Patents Examined by Thomas G. Black
  • Patent number: 11124179
    Abstract: A vehicle comprising a steering axle, a steering device configured to steer the steering axle, wherein a steering wheel angle can be input via the steering device, wherein the steering wheel angle leadings to a steering angle of wheels of the steering axle, and a quotient of the steering wheel angle to the steering angle defines a steering ratio, a first drive, wherein the first drive allows a wheel-selective distribution of a first torque to the wheels of the steering axle, a second drive, wherein the second drive allows a wheel-selective distribution of a second torque to the wheels of a drive axle, and a controller configured to receive input variables defining driving dynamic variables of the vehicle, wherein the drive dynamic variables allow a change in the steering ratio to ascertained, and the controller outputs control information for distributing the drive torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Roemer, Marcel Philipp Mayer
  • Patent number: 11124178
    Abstract: An automatic tilting vehicle includes a pair of wheels that are non-steering driving wheels, a braking/driving device, a vehicle tilting device, and a control device, and the control unit calculates a target tilt angle of the vehicle for tilting the vehicle turning inward and controls the vehicle tilting device so that a tilt angle of the vehicle becomes the target tilt angle. The control unit calculates target braking/driving forces of the pair of wheels based on a braking/driving operation of a driver, corrects the target braking/driving forces so that a difference between vertical forces acting on the wheels caused by the braking/driving forces of the pair of wheels is reduced, and controls the braking/driving device such that braking/driving forces of the pair of wheels becomes the corrected target braking/driving forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahito Ishino
  • Patent number: 11124196
    Abstract: A receding horizon state estimator estimates state of a vehicle such as to reduce total communication cost of acquiring external measurements over a prediction horizon, in which state estimation accuracy for a time step is a function of state estimation accuracy for a previous time step. For each time step of the prediction horizon, estimator selects a subset of external sensors with external measurements sufficient to estimate the state with accuracy satisfying the constraint on state estimation accuracy for the corresponding time step while reducing a total communication cost of acquiring the external measurements over the prediction horizon. The estimator requests the external measurements from the subset of external sensors determined for a current time step and estimates the state of the vehicle using the internal and the requested external measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Heejin Ahn, Claus Danielson
  • Patent number: 11126185
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to predicting a trajectory of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. McGill, Jr., Luke S. Fletcher, Guy Rosman, Xin Huang
  • Patent number: 11124203
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device is configured to switch a driving mode, and includes a destination setting type autonomous driving mode in which a vehicle is made to travel to a destination and a following road autonomous driving mode in which, when a destination is not set, the vehicle is made to travel along a road. The autonomous driving device includes a display unit and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to, when the display unit is made to display a traveling route along a following road traveling route, make the display unit display a traveling route from a current position of the vehicle to a nearest branch road in front in a moving direction along the following road traveling route and a moving direction on the nearest branch road along the following road traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Bunyo Okumura
  • Patent number: 11126186
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to predicting a trajectory of a road agent external to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen G. McGill, Jr., Guy Rosman, John Joseph Leonard, Luke S. Fletcher, Yusuke Sawamura, Xin Huang
  • Patent number: 11127226
    Abstract: An onboard device to acquire data relating to motion and/or driving parameters of a vehicle is described, the device, comprising: at least one data source internal to the on-board device adapted to provide in output a first data signal containing data correlated to motion and/or driving parameters of the vehicle; a data processing unit to receive and process said first data signal; a long-range radio communication interface to allow a data transmission on a telecommunications network between the data processing unit and a remote processing centre; a first short-range Bluetooth radio communication interface to allow the on-board device to receive at least one data signal from an external device, the external device comprising a data source external to the on-board device and a second short-range Bluetooth radio communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: OCTO TELEMATICS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Zucconelli, Giuseppe Zuco
  • Patent number: 11117576
    Abstract: A lane trace control system for maintaining a vehicle in its intended lane of travel. The system includes a lane trace control module configured to: compare the road information obtained by a lane recognition camera with map data obtained from a map module; determine a confidence level of the lane recognition camera based on a magnitude of any differences identified between the road information obtained from the lane recognition camera and the obtained map data; generate a target wheel angle for keeping the vehicle in its intended lane based entirely on the road information obtained from the lane recognition camera when the confidence level is above a predetermined threshold; and generate the target wheel angle based on a combination of the road information obtained from the lane recognition camera and the obtained map data of the road when the confidence level is below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minglei Huang, Yu Yan, Hiroshi Inou
  • Patent number: 11118925
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes determining a request classification based on a keyword included in a user request; generating a search result including the request classification with a control unit for presenting on a device; determining a retry classification based on the keyword included in a retry request; generating a carryover result based on the retry classification, the request classification, or a combination thereof to carryover a user's intent from the user request to correlate the carryover result with the search result; and generating an autosuggestion based on the carryover result for presenting on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 11110944
    Abstract: A travel management device is configured to transmit a reservation request for a block section to be reserved based on track information indicating a plurality of block sections constituting a track on which a vehicle travels and a connection relationship between the block sections, the block section to be reserved being among the block sections included in the track on which the vehicle travels. A resource management device is configured to record the block section to be reserved indicated by the reservation request as a reserved block section of the vehicle which has transmitted the reservation request in case where the block section to be reserved indicated by the reservation request is not reserved by a vehicle other than the vehicle which has transmitted the reservation request at a time at which the reservation request is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventors: Noritaka Yanai, Masahiro Yamada, Yutaka Miyajima, Hiroki Nonaka, Kazuyuki Wakasugi
  • Patent number: 11105642
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for identifying problematic areas within a service area for an autonomous vehicle transportation service. For instance, a starting location within the service area corresponding to a potential pickup location for passengers or cargo for the service may be identified. A destination within the service area may be identified. A simulation may be run in order to determine a route for a simulated vehicle to travel between the starting location and the destination. That the route includes a particular type of maneuver may be determined. A new simulation without allowing the simulated vehicle to complete the particular type of maneuver may be run. Whether the simulated vehicle reaches the destination in the new simulation may be determined. Based on the determination of whether the simulated vehicle reaches the destination in the new simulation, the starting location and destination location may be flagged as potentially problematic areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Austin Abrams
  • Patent number: 11099572
    Abstract: A self-moving device, including: a housing, provided with a motor; a moving module, including a track, the track, driven by the motor, moving the self-moving device; a working module; a control module, configured to control movement of the moving module and working of the working module; and a first sensor and a second sensor, configured to detect an obstacle in a moving direction of the self-moving device. The first sensor is configured to detect a first area in the moving direction, the second sensor is configured to detect a second area in the moving direction, and the first area and the second area are arranged perpendicular to the moving direction. The control module controls a moving manner of the self-moving device according to sensing results of the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrea Cestonaro, Paolo Andriolo, Don Zhendong Gao, Shiping Jiao, Jiang Du, Yuanzhong Ran, Xiurui Tang
  • Patent number: 11096323
    Abstract: A machine control system includes an agricultural work machine having an ECU coupled via a system bus to control engine functions, a GPS receiver, data collector, and specialized guidance system including a stored program. The data collector captures agricultural geospatial data including location data for the work machine and data from the ECU, and executes the stored program to: (a) capture geometries of the farm; (b) capture agricultural geospatial data; (c) automatically classify the agricultural geospatial data using the geometries of the farm, into activity/event categories including operational, travel, and ancillary events; (d) aggregate the classified data to create geospatial data events; (e) match the geospatial data events to a model to generate matched events; (f) use the matched events to generate actionable information for the working machine in real time or near real-time; and (g) send operational directives to the agricultural work machine based on the actionable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CropZilla Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin J. Wolters, Brian H. Watkins, Michael J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11092969
    Abstract: In a system and method for operating a vehicle, the system includes the vehicle and a concrete floor, which has at least one reinforcement rod, the vehicle is disposed on the concrete floor so as to be movable, the vehicle has an evaluation device and a first sensor group, which has at least two sensors, the sensors are situated along a first reference line at a distance from one another, the sensors are adapted to detect the reinforcement rod, and the evaluation device is connected to the sensors and adapted to determine the driving direction based on the signals from the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Josef Schmidt, Jürgen Böckle, Zhidong Hua, Thomas Schäfer, Andreas Wanjek
  • Patent number: 11091134
    Abstract: A method for brake control of a vehicle combination (1) having a tractor vehicle (2) and a trailer vehicle (3) with an electrically controllable trailer control valve (9) changes an assigned trailer control valve characteristic curve (p_normal) stored in an electronic controller (6) for normal operation of the vehicle combination (1) or replaces it with a trailer control valve characteristic curve for special operation (p_special) in the event that a special operation of the vehicle combination (1) is detected or predicted, which special operation, under consideration of relevant parameters, differs from the normal operation or is evaluated as being potentially impermissible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ZF CV Systems Europe BV
    Inventors: Mirko Brütt, Jakob Friedrich Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11086331
    Abstract: The invention relates to an autonomously guided machine (10) comprising at least a steering body and a steering mechanism (13), said machine also comprising: a guide system (11) including an optical filter (17) which has a receiving surface exposed to the exterior and which can transmit light rays directed substantially in one direction and eliminate other light rays; a screen (18) that receives the filtered light; a digital camera (19) for capturing pixel resolution images of the screen (18); a pre-processing element for selecting the pixels corresponding to an incident planar laser beam received by the guide system (11), and filtered and projected onto the screen (18), and for generating a response detection image; a line generator for generating an estimate J of the coordinates of the detected lines based on the response detection image, involving the processing of the pixel columns pixels; and a locator which receives the estimate of the coordinates of the detected lines and calculates values representati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: INRIA INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
    Inventors: Alejandro Dizan Vasquez-Govea, Jan Michalczyk, Stanislas Borkowski
  • Patent number: 11085785
    Abstract: A system for programming an intended geographical destination into a global positioning system enabled vehicle navigation system is provided. The system includes a navigation board with a surface comprising a symbol at a position of an RFID tag representing a geographical destination. The system includes a vehicle key comprising an RFID tag reader adapted for a wireless reading of an identifier value of the RFID tag if the vehicle key is in proximity of the RFID tag. The vehicle key can store and memorize the RFID tag identifier value. The system includes a vehicle navigation system including a receiver for receiving the identifier value stored in the vehicle key if the vehicle key is in an activation mode for the vehicle such that the vehicle navigation system is programmed with the geographical destination represented by the at least one RFID tag of the navigation board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Stober, Uwe K. Hansmann
  • Patent number: 11084582
    Abstract: The present approach relates to the inspection of assets, such as assets having parts that move during operation. As discussed herein, operational data for the asset may be incorporated into planning or adapting the flight plan and/or operational commands may be issued to asset in accordance with the flight plan to facilitate acquisition of the inspection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: William Borea Noto
  • Patent number: 11085787
    Abstract: Navigation assistance is provided to a user of a vehicle. A live view shows a scene of the roadway and navigation indicators may be superimposed on to the scene of the roadway using augmented reality. Interface elements on the live view provide additional information related to navigation. A map view may also be provided and be toggled from the live view by a toggle interaction. In addition, a hazard detection system may be provided to detect hazards and display indicators of the hazards to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PHIAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Chen-Ping Yu, Myvictor Tran
  • Patent number: 11077876
    Abstract: A method for controlling a power steering system utilizes a vehicle having a motor, a controller coupled to the motor, and a steering assembly. The method includes detecting a steering rate using the controller and determining a vehicle speed. A base level steering damping is computed using the steering rate and the vehicle speed. At least one approximate vehicle acceleration is determined. A steering torque of the steering assembly is sensed through a torque sensor configured to sense the steering torque of the steering assembly. Moreover, a user torque is determined using the torque sensor. A damping boost is computed using the user torque and the at least one approximate vehicle acceleration. A final steering damping gain is determined using the base level steering damping and the damping boost. The final steering damping gain is applied to the steering assembly to minimize unwanted feedback to the steering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kongsberg Inc.
    Inventors: Francis Gagné, Nicolas Girard, Simon Bédard, Alexandre Frigon