Patents Examined by Thomas Black
  • Patent number: 9043130
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure builds on integrating existing technology with new devices, methods, and systems to provide a complete vehicle ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 8996277
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine control apparatus comprises a controller 34, a memory 36 associated with the controller 34 and inputs 38 for measurement data from an engine. The controller 34 determines the start of a monitoring cycle at 73, receives measurement data at the inputs 38 during the monitoring cycle, manipulates the measurement data to provide an incremental deterioration value representing deterioration occurring within the engine and during the monitoring cycle, and uses the incremental deterioration value at 72 to update a deterioration value 74 stored in the memory 36, and determines the start of a further monitoring cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Peter Beecroft, Leo Vivian Lewis, Marko Bacic
  • Patent number: 8886404
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control system for a motor vehicle, especially for a commercial vehicle that has a box body supportable on a chassis, with at least one detection means generating detection data for detecting the road profile in front of the vehicle in the direction of travel and a control device for controlling at least one controllable spring and/or damper unit depending on the detected data, wherein the at least one spring and/or damper unit for suspension and damping of the box body in the direction of a vertical axis of the vehicle can be connected to the box body and the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bodo Hanisch, Martin Schumacher, Georg Hoppe
  • Patent number: 8862299
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a perceptible output control system for a vehicle that can perform a number of different operations that are particularly useful for electric vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 8843308
    Abstract: A system for displaying a map, the system including: a map database maintaining map data associated with a route; a map data identification unit identifying map data corresponding to a driving route of a vehicle from the map database; an information receiving unit receiving weather information associated with a current seasonal weather from a background service server in real time; a background data generation unit generating background data according to an actual environment based on the received weather information; and a route guidance unit guiding a route by associating the map data with the generated background data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Thinkware Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Sang Hun Chang
  • Patent number: 8838335
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed that assist a user in performing proper setup of a vehicle suspension. A user may utilize a device equipped with an image sensor to assist the user in proper setup of a vehicle suspension. The device executes an application that prompts the user for input and instructs the user to perform a number of steps for adjusting the suspension components. In one embodiment, the application does not communicate with sensors on the vehicle. In another embodiment, the application may communicate with various sensors located on the vehicle to provide feedback to the device during the setup routine. In one embodiment, the device may analyze a digital image of a suspension component to provide feedback about a physical characteristic of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, Joseph Franklin, Andrew Laird, Charles Bass, Ryan Bavetta
  • Patent number: 8838381
    Abstract: Described is a system for conveying the spatial location of an object with respect to a user's current location utilizing a video rendering following an automatically generated path from the user's location to the location of the object of interest initiated from the user's current perspective. The system comprises a display device; a virtual three-dimensional model of the user's environment; a visualization creation module; a route planner; and a video rendering following an automatically generated path from the user's location to the location of the object of interest utilizing the visualization creation module, wherein the video rendering displayed on the display device is from a first-person view. Also described is a method of utilizing the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Daily, Ronald Azuma
  • Patent number: 8831811
    Abstract: A control unit for a series hybrid vehicle includes a basic required output calculator for calculating a basic required output for driving the vehicle based on a vehicle speed and an accelerator pedal opening, a gradient calculator for calculating a rising gradient of a road surface on which the vehicle runs, a correction output calculator for calculating a correction output which is added to the basic required torque based on the rising gradient, and a target output calculator for calculating, when a required output which results from adding the correction output to the basic required output is larger than a predetermined value, based on the required output, a battery target electric power by which the battery is required to output part of the required output and an engine target output by which the engine is required to output the remaining of the required output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8825238
    Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring an energy height of an aircraft during landing. The system includes a database including landing distance data; a processing unit configured to receive the landing distance data from the database and to calculate a landing distance of the aircraft based on a velocity and a height of the aircraft, the processing unit further configured to provide display signals based on the landing distance; and a visual display coupled to the processing unit and configured to provide a visual image based on the display signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Peptione, Blake Wilson, Roger W. Burgin
  • Patent number: 8825244
    Abstract: In a method and an apparatus (9) for operating a hybrid vehicle with an internal combustion engine (4) and an electric motor (5), the internal combustion engine (4) is started automatically in a readiness to drive mode of the hybrid vehicle (1) as soon as it is no longer detected reliably that the driver is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Jörg Rieling, Andreas Boy, Marko Wollenberg
  • Patent number: 8825280
    Abstract: A vehicle data storage system, in which vehicle data obtained from a vehicle-mounted device is stored, includes a vehicle data storage portion in which the vehicle data is stored; a country determination portion that determines a country in which a vehicle exists, based on position data of the vehicle; a selection table storage portion in which a type of the vehicle data that should be stored in the vehicle data storage portion is stored in association with country data; a data determination portion that determines the type of the vehicle data that should be stored in the vehicle data storage portion, based on the country determined by the country determination portion, by referring to the selection table storage portion; and a data processing portion that stores, in the vehicle data storage portion, the vehicle data determined by the data determination portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8825400
    Abstract: When a navigation apparatus generates, in the course of learning a new road, shape points information of the new road as well as new road information and connecting road information which respectively specify a road name, road attributes and other features of the new road and connecting roads, the generated information regarding the new road is examined if a corresponding road that corresponds to the new road is registered in case that a map database used by the navigation apparatus is updated. If the corresponding road is found in the updated map database, the generated information of the new road such as the shape points information is deleted, thereby securely invalidating the generated information that became unnecessary due to the update of the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Kanematsu, Takeshi Shikimachi
  • Patent number: 8825357
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method of determining speed information for one or more road segments in map data by receiving probe data relating to the one or more road segments, determining a speed formula for the one or more road segments based on the probe data, and determining the speed information for the one or more road segments according to the speed formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: TomTom North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Van de Velde
  • Patent number: 8825239
    Abstract: A method for communicating data in a rail vehicle consist includes transmitting first data at a first rail vehicle of the consist over a power supply conductor to a second, different rail vehicle in the consist, where at least one rail vehicle of the consist receives direct electrical power from the power supply conductor. The method also includes monitoring the power supply conductor for second data at the first rail vehicle and receiving the second data over the power supply conductor at the first rail vehicle for use by a first system onboard the first rail vehicle. In one aspect, the transmitting step comprises transmitting the first data over one or more of a catenary line or a third rail that supplies the electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jared Cooper, Todd Goodermuth, David Peltz, David McKay, Scott C. Sherin, John Brand, Eugene Smith, David Teeter, Robert Bryant, Mark Kraeling
  • Patent number: 8825240
    Abstract: In order to minimize a calculation load and surely obtain a maximum adhesion torque, estimated adhesion torques are always stored, an maximum value is obtained from the stored plural estimated adhesion torques immediately before slip/skid is detected when detecting the slip/skid, and the maximum value is set as a maximum adhesion torque. The maximum adhesion torque immediately before the slip/skid is detected is compared with a value of the estimated adhesion torque when the slip/skid is detected. When the calculated value exceeds a threshold value, it is determined as a condition where an adhesion coefficient drastically drops, and a suppression/return ratio of the torque is switched to a lower value than that under a condition where the adhesion coefficient does not drastically drop. The value of the torque at the time of suppression or return is set to a smaller value to surely suppress the slip/skid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Watanabe, Motomi Shimada, Toshihiro Aono, Shuichi Tachihara
  • Patent number: 8825278
    Abstract: A method and a system for detecting the first signs of malfunction of an aircraft engine valve, including an acquisition device to acquire the output pressure measurements of the valve, and contextual and command data of the valve, a processor to define a set of indicators of the first signs of malfunction, according to the output pressure measurements and the contextual and command data. A set of estimators corresponding to the set of indicators of the first signs of a malfunction, is determined using a previously produced regression model. At least one distance between the set of indicators and the set of estimators is computed. The distance is compared to a threshold of the first signs of a malfunction, in order to detect the first signs of malfunction of the said valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventors: William Bense, Jean-Yves Picart
  • Patent number: 8818631
    Abstract: A vehicle steering control unit which can implement various type of self-tuning in accordance with various properties of an objective vehicle is realized. ECU includes a control information acquiring part 501 which acquires control information which is information relating to the controlling of steering of the vehicle, a parameter value calculation part 502 which calculates after-change values for parameters whose values need to be changed in various steering control parameters based on the control information acquired by the control information acquiring part 501, and a parameter value rewrite part 503 which rewrites the values of steering control parameters. The control information includes information representing system properties of an objective vehicle, information retained by the chassis control system, and information on elements which make up a steering system which is installed on the objective vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Masaya Segawa
  • Patent number: 8818719
    Abstract: A method of controlling data communication between a vehicle and a plurality of wireless networks includes tracking a location of the vehicle over time to identify a known route, and tracking a signal duration for each of the plurality of wireless networks. One of the plurality of wireless networks that provides the longest signal duration for the vehicle, and which is available for data communication with the vehicle along the identified known route, is identified. When a current route of the vehicle is the same as the known route, data communication from the vehicle is connected to the available wireless network identified as providing the longest signal duration for the vehicle when moving along the identified known route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Lakshmi Thanayankizil, Timothy J. Talty, Massimo Osella
  • Patent number: 8818677
    Abstract: If a condition for finishing speed limit control is satisfied, a gradient of a slope of the road is estimated based on a steady component of the longitudinal acceleration of the vehicle, and a correction factor is computed based on the slope gradient of the road, while a target acceleration of the vehicle is computed based on the vehicle speed. Then, a target vehicle speed is computed by adding the target vehicle speed of the last cycle to the product of the correction factor, target acceleration and the cycle time of the control, and the braking or driving force of each wheel is controlled so that the vehicle speed becomes equal to the target vehicle speed. In this manner, a passenger of the vehicle is prevented from feeling uncomfortable about the speed increase after the completion of the vehicle speed limit control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Advics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gen Inoue, Hiroshi Omine, Yasuhito Ishida
  • Patent number: 8818616
    Abstract: A vehicle diagnostic device is provided that includes a programmable function to control a function on an emission computer workstation. The function key can be programmed to interact and manipulate with the workstation. The vehicle diagnostic device allows a user to wirelessly communicate with the workstation while located in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Dan Sampson, Tom Webster, Richard Mattox