Patents Examined by Tan Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10317239
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method of providing information associated with a point of interest (POI), comprising: communicating location information indicative of a determined geographic location of a portable device to a server computer; receiving at least one POI-map from the server computer based on the location information, wherein each POI-map is associated with at least one POI and comprises segments representative of navigable elements of a navigable network; determining a segment of a received POI-map corresponding to the determined geographic location of the portable device; and outputting a notification associated with a POI of the received POI-map based on the navigable segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM TRAFFIC B.V.
    Inventors: Dionysius Nicolaas, Vladislav Dmitrev, David Silsbury, Rory Jones
  • Patent number: 10308260
    Abstract: A method for testing the function of a driver assistance system of a vehicle, wherein an environment of the vehicle is detected by means of a sensor system, includes the following steps: stimulating the driver assistance system by means of an external stimulation; processing the stimulation in the driver assistance system so that a stimulation response is obtained; transmitting the stimulation and/or information relating to the stimulation to an external reference device and determining a reference response for the stimulation in the external reference device in accordance with a desired state of the driver assistance system; and comparing the stimulation response with the reference response. The invention enables the functionality of a driver assistance system of a vehicle to be tested in a simple and cost-effective manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Sven Fleck, Benjamin May
  • Patent number: 10308278
    Abstract: [Problem] An object of the present invention is to provide an electric power steering apparatus that gradual-changes a steering angle control command value, an assist control command value and also a steering angle speed command value, suppresses an excessive accumulation of an integral value in a speed control by being provided a steering speed command value with a limiter, and does not give the driver an uncomfortable feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Tsubaki, Tetsuya Kitazume, Keita Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10309795
    Abstract: A method of generating a routing policy from an origin to a destination through a navigable network, the navigable network being represented by an electronic map comprising a plurality of segments representing navigable segments of the navigable network, each segment having associated therewith data indicative of an expected travel time along the segment. The expected travel times are used for respective segments of the electronic map to determine a route from the origin to the destination that has a shortest expected journey time using a deterministic routing algorithm. A stochastic routing algorithm is then used to generate a routing policy that maximizes the probability of arriving at the destination within a time budget from leaving the origin, wherein the time budget is based at least on said determined shortest expected journey time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Felix Godafoss K├Ânig, Heiko Schilling
  • Patent number: 10303178
    Abstract: A system and method for avoiding or mitigating collisions by an autonomous vehicle is provided. Raw sensor data for the vehicle's environment is received, such as through a perception system of the vehicle. A trajectory is also received, the trajectory having a width corresponding to a distance that is at least as wide as the vehicle. The trajectory and raw sensor data are projected onto a grid, such as a static occupancy grid, having a plurality of cells. It is determined whether any cell that overlaps with the trajectory includes the raw sensor data. It is further determined, based on the raw sensor data, whether an obstacle is present along the trajectory. When no obstacles are determined to be present along the trajectory, the trajectory may be verified. However, where obstacles are determined to be present, the vehicle may take an action to avoid collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Jens-Steffen Ralf Gutmann
  • Patent number: 10293815
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a driver assistance system having a controller and a method of controlling the driver assistance system. The driver assistance system may include: at least one sensor; a driving device configured to be controlled on the basis of a sensing result by the sensor; and a controller configured to control the driving device by providing a control signal generated on the basis of information from the sensor, and to determine a point to read information from the sensor in response to an event signal based on a predetermined condition provided from the sensor. Accordingly, it is possible to quickly obtain information with small load, thereby effectively controlling the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 10294636
    Abstract: A system of estimating fatigue in a lifting member, the system including: a first sensor configured to measure a first load related to a ram, the ram being connected to the lifting member; and a calculating device configured to: determine an actuator load based on the first load; determine a first force based on the actuator load; estimate a unit of fatigue life based on the first force; and estimate a fraction of total fatigue life consumed for a portion of the lifting member based on the unit of fatigue life and a fatigue life adjustment value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CQMS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Bruce Alexander Leslie, David Clinton Andrews
  • Patent number: 10296420
    Abstract: A vehicle communication apparatus includes a reset object portion, a reset portion, a power source determination portion, and a reset execution portion. The reset object portion executes a software in both an on state and an off state of a vehicle power source. The reset portion resets an operation of the software executed by the reset object portion. The power source determination portion determines whether the vehicle power source is in the on state or the off state. The reset execution portion controls the reset portion to reset the operation of the software executed by the reset object portion at a reset time point that is preliminary determined in the off state of the vehicle power source. The reset portion resets the operation of the software when the power source determination portion determines that the vehicle power source is in the off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Toshiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 10293835
    Abstract: A method is for energy management in a hybrid motor vehicle that includes a power plant coupled with wheels of the vehicle via a transmission according to at least two modes, one of which is currently in use. The method includes determining a quantity of energy representing energy consumption of the power plant and selecting one of the transmission modes according to the quantity of energy. The selecting includes determining a parameter representing an imminent change in torque demand at the wheels, determining a correction factor of the quantity of energy according to the transmission mode currently in use and according to the parameter which represents an imminent change in torque demand, determining a corrected quantity of energy equal to the sum of the quantity of energy plus the correction factor, and selecting the transmission mode in order to minimize the corrected quantity of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RENAULT S.A.S.
    Inventors: Thomas Miro-Padovani, Abdel-Djalil Ourabah
  • Patent number: 10286908
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system can include a first vehicle that has a camera, radar, and lidar to record a first path of a second vehicle as the first and second vehicles drive on a road. A processor system of the vehicle guidance system can analyze a first deviation of the first path. Information from a third vehicle can provide additional data regarding a second path of the second vehicle. Analyzing the first path in light of the second path can enable the vehicle guidance system to identify impaired driving indicators. The vehicle guidance system can warn other vehicles about the impaired driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10289114
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for ensuring safety controls for a network-connected autonomous vehicle. The method and apparatus monitor a respective state of each of one or more data communication connections one or more data communication networks. One of a plurality of operational modes for the autonomous vehicle is selected based on the monitored states. Each of the plurality of operational modes defines a respective level of autonomous control for the autonomous vehicle. The method and apparatus transition operation of the autonomous vehicle to the selected operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy M. Mitchell, Jason W. Shelton, Jack D. Lawson
  • Patent number: 10279857
    Abstract: A vehicle driving force control device controls a driving force of an engine in accordance with an operation of a handlebar grip attached to a motorcycle. The handlebar grip is nonrotatably secured to a handlebar of the motorcycle. The vehicle driving force control device includes a strain gauge and a control section. The strain gauge acts as twisting force detection means for detecting a twisting force that is oriented in a normal rotation direction or in a reverse rotation direction and applied to the handlebar grip. The control section controls the driving force in accordance with the detected twisting force. The control section exercises control to increase the driving force in accordance with the twisting force oriented in the normal rotation direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Tetsuka, Yoshihiro Nomura
  • Patent number: 10279778
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (METH) for assisting in determining the position of an identifier (I) for accessing and starting a vehicle (V), relative to the vehicle (V), comprising: transmission (Em_TSvp), from a first device, either the vehicle (V) or the identifier (I) to a second device, different from the first, either the vehicle (V) or the identifier (I), at a transmission time t0, of an initial train (TSvp) of N sinusoidal signals, having identical amplitudes and respective frequencies fp, p?[1;N], for any p between 1 and N?1; reception (Rec_TSvp?) by the second device of an image train (TSvp?) corresponding to the initial train (TSvp, TSip) altered by the transmission (Em_TSvp); construction (Cons_Spv) of a frequency spectrum (Spv) for the image train (TSvp?); inverse Fourier transformation (TFI_Spv) of the spectrum (Spv), allowing a time signature (Sgv) to be obtained; first integration (Int1_Sgv) of the time signature (Sgv), between the transmission time t0 and a pre-determined intermediate tim
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Eric Leconte
  • Patent number: 10281921
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for autonomous parking of vehicles in perpendicular parking spots. An example vehicle includes a front corner, a sensor, and a parking controller. The parking controller is to detect, via the sensor, a perpendicular parking spot and determine a linear parking path located within the perpendicular parking spot along which the front corner is to travel. The parking controller also is to determine an approaching turn path to the linear parking path and autonomously turn along the approaching turn path and the linear parking path into the perpendicular parking spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Simmons, Li Xu, Douglas Blue, Hongtei Eric Tseng
  • Patent number: 10279919
    Abstract: A vehicle (100) comprising: an engine (102); a system for starting the engine (102); a fault detection module (120); an electrical power source (110); and a controller (116, 122). The controller (116, 122) is configured to, responsive to the fault detection module (120) detecting a fault occurring with the engine (102): determine a window in which to attempt to start the engine (102); control the electrical power source (110) to provide electrical power to the system for starting the engine (102); and control the system for starting the engine (102) to attempt to start the engine (102) using the supplied electrical power only during the determined window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Gordon Charles Woodhouse, Luke Michael Boston
  • Patent number: 10272925
    Abstract: Integrated performance braking is disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a hand-operated lever of a vehicle, a data interface to operatively couple the lever to an anti-lock braking system (ABS) of the vehicle, and a brake controller to cause at least one wheel of the vehicle to lock via the ABS when the lever is rotated to a defined angular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Wicks, Evert Hendrik Aalt Kasteel, Todd Brown
  • Patent number: 10272927
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor configured to receive first sensor data from a sensor system of the first entity and a receiver. The receiver is configured to receive second sensor data from a second entity in the vehicle to vehicle network over a communication network and provide the second sensor data to the processor. The second sensor data comprises a first type of sensor data having a first bandwidth requirement. The processor is further configured to determine an available bandwidth of the communication system; and when the first bandwidth requirement exceeds the communication bandwidth, select a second type of sensor data having a second bandwidth requirement. The second bandwidth requirement is less than the first bandwidth requirement. The processor is further configured to process the first and second sensor data to at least partially determine an environment surrounding the first entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Holger Mahnke, Abdellatif Zanati, Michael Johannes Doescher
  • Patent number: 10259338
    Abstract: A method is provided for optimizing the operating lifetime of an energy storage system including a battery pack with a plurality of battery cells. The method includes: measuring the temperature of the battery pack by means of a sensor unit; and measuring at least one further parameter representing an indication of the operating lifetime of the battery pack. Furthermore, the method includes the steps of: detecting whether the parameter reaches a predetermined threshold value indicating that the battery pack is in a condition close to an end of its expected operating lifetime; and, in the event that the threshold value is reached, initiating heating of the battery pack, thereby increasing the temperature of the battery pack to a predetermined value so as to prolong the operating lifetime of the battery pack. A system for optimizing the operating lifetime of an energy storage system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Hanna Bryngelsson, Niklas Legnedahl, Christopher D. Rahn, Tanvir Tanim
  • Patent number: 10260883
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable medium, and a method to operate a vehicle in a manner that minimizes a cost to travel from an origin to a destination that includes finding the input to a flight control system that minimizes direct operating cost. The approach described herein employs an energy state approximation (ESA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Reza Ghaemi, Eric Richard Westervelt, Mark Lawrence Darnell
  • Patent number: 10261652
    Abstract: A system includes an analytics collector that receives world state data to provide status relating to a plurality of mission analytics of an unmanned vehicle or an unmanned vehicle mission planner. An asset filter filters the status from the analytics collector with respect to mission analytics of a subset of selected assets. An analytic aggregator collects the filtered status from the asset filter and generates a visual analytics file based on one or more selected analytics for the subset of selected assets. A rendering pipeline processes the visual analytics file from the analytic aggregator and generates a formatted output file describing a visualization of the plurality of mission analytics from the visual analytics file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Miteshkumar K. Patel, Louis Oddo, William Parsons, Feng Cao, Henry H. Fung, Devang R. Parekh