Patents Examined by Thomas G. Black
  • Patent number: 10234298
    Abstract: Emergency response re-routing is provided. Event information is received, wherein the event information identifies a first location. Emergency resources available at the first location are determined. At least one entity in an area surrounding the first location is identified. A notification is issued to at least one entity in an area surrounding the first location, wherein the notification identifies one or more resources required at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10234864
    Abstract: Among other things, a world model is maintained of an environment of a vehicle. A hypothetical object in the environment that cannot be perceived by sensors of the vehicle is included in the world model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: nuTonomy Inc.
    Inventors: Emilio Frazzoli, Baoxing Qin
  • Patent number: 10234304
    Abstract: A map information navigation system includes: a storage unit that stores POI data including point data about a POI, node data of nodes set on roads in advance, and link data of links connecting neighboring nodes; a specification unit that specifies one link located at a shortest distance from the POI among the links for each of a plurality of directions; a determination unit that sets one of the nodes included in the specified links as a specific point and determines a predetermined area centered on the POI and passing through the specific point as a presentation target range of map information; an acquisition unit that acquires current position information indicating a current position; and a presentation unit that presents POI data including the point data about the POI with entrance of the current position into the presentation target range as a trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Mapmaster Incorporated, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenta Nakanishi, Satoru Deguchi, Atsushi Inoue, Kazuhito Baba
  • Patent number: 10234301
    Abstract: The present invention provides a route calculation device, a navigation device, a route calculation method, and a navigation device that can calculate a route that allows a user to arrive at a destination or a stop-off point within a determined time period. The route calculation device according to the present invention includes a communication available hours acquisition unit 11 that acquires communication available hours of a plurality of branch stations that establish communication with a mobile station, a reference time acquisition unit 12 that acquires a reference time, a road information acquisition unit 13 that acquires time information of a road section, and a route calculation unit 31 that calculates a first travel route that offers the shortest required time for stopping by the branch stations based on the communication available hours, the reference time, and the time information of a road section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoki Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10234295
    Abstract: A system includes reception of first address data associated with a first location, the first address data comprising first geo-coordinates, determination of a first two or more candidate cities based on the first address data, identification of a first one of the first two or more candidate cities based on the first geo-coordinates, and generation of second address data associated with the first location based on the identified first one of the first two or more candidate cities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ronald Dupey, Jeffrey Woody, Prasanthi Thatavarthy
  • Patent number: 10227933
    Abstract: A method of controlling thrust for a gas turbine engine of an aircraft is provided. The method includes determining a fan speed required for minimum thrust to achieve an aircraft operation. The method also includes determining an excess amount of thrust generated by the gas turbine engine. The method also includes reducing the amount of thrust generated by the gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurt J. Sobanski, Richard P. Meisner, Robert J. Bengtson
  • Patent number: 10229546
    Abstract: A remote server identifies based on unique identification information, model information, operator name information and/or owner name information, and a plurality of pieces of contact information. The remote server identifies trouble content information, estimated cause information, and seriousness information based on trouble content identification information. The remote server simultaneously transmits transmission information to contact addresses indicated by the plurality of pieces of contact information identified, the transmission information including the model information, the operator name information and/or the owner name information, date and time information, position information, the trouble content information, the estimated cause information, and the seriousness information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sosuke Murata, Akihiro Shinkuma, Minoru Koyama
  • Patent number: 10227004
    Abstract: A number-of-operations information storage unit (113) stores number-of-operations information in which a plurality of conditions of the vehicle is defined and number of acceleration operations and number of deceleration operations performed by a vehicle are described for each condition defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takehiko Hanada, Mengxiong Wang
  • Patent number: 10222808
    Abstract: An inspection system for a storage facility including an automatic guided vehicle with a bidimensional positioning system, an unmanned aerial vehicle with a measurement sensor, a position control system to maintain the unmanned aerial vehicle above the automatic guided vehicle, an altitude sensor to acquire a relative vertical distance between the unmanned aerial vehicle and the automatic guided vehicle, and a communication system to transmit the measurement data to a remote server. The inspection system transmits to the remote server a set of tridimensional coordinates associated with the measurement data comprising horizontal coordinates function of the bidimensional location of the automatic guided vehicle on the floor of the storage facility and a vertical coordinate function of the relative vertical distance of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respect to the automatic guided vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BALYO
    Inventors: Fabien Bardinet, Pierre Bureau
  • Patent number: 10220829
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes: an engine configured to output power for traveling; a motor configured to output power for traveling; a switch configured to set a fuel economy priority mode, in which priority is given to fuel economy, and to cancel the fuel economy priority mode; and a controller configured (a) to operate the engine and the motor based on the switch setting; (b) to determine the presence/absence of degradation of fuel supplied to the engine; and (c) to prohibit setting of the fuel economy priority mode by the switch subsequently when determination is made that the fuel has degraded when the hybrid vehicle travels using power of the motor in a state in which the drive of the engine is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Oonishi, Koji Hokoi, Daisuke Itoyama, Hiroki Endo, Kazuma Aoki, Hideaki Yaguchi, Mikihisa Arai
  • Patent number: 10220832
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a rotary electric machine, an internal combustion engine, a temperature sensor, and a limiter. The rotary electric machine generates power to move the vehicle. The internal combustion engine is started by the rotary electric machine to generate power to move the vehicle. The temperature sensor detects temperature of the rotary electric machine or of a drive circuit for the rotary electric machine. The limiter restricts the power generated by the rotary electric machine if the temperature is higher than a first threshold temperature. The start prohibitor prohibits the rotary electric machine from starting the internal combustion engine if the temperature is higher than a second threshold temperature which is higher than the first threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Yamashiro, Shinji Mikami
  • Patent number: 10220837
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control device for controlling a vehicle equipped with a steering apparatus comprises: a PCM operable to acquire a steering speed in the steering apparatus, and, when the steering speed becomes equal to or greater than a given threshold (TS1) which is greater than 0, to reduce a driving force for the vehicle according to the steering speed, wherein the steering apparatus comprises a steering shaft coupled to the steering wheel and rotatable together with the steering wheel, wherein the steering shaft has a torsion bar whose torsional rigidity about a rotational axis of the steering shaft is less than a remaining portion of the steering shaft. The steering speed acquisition section is configured to acquire the steering speed of the steering apparatus at a position on the side of the front road wheels with respect to the low rigidity portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasunori Takahara, Tomoji Izumi, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Masaki Chiba
  • Patent number: 10220671
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes conditioning an electrified vehicle to maintain a target conditioning level using power from a grid source. The conditioning either lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle to the beginning of a second drive cycle that is subsequent the first drive cycle, or lasts from a conclusion of a first drive cycle for set time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Scott Gee, Mazen Hammoud, Kevin Layden
  • Patent number: 10216186
    Abstract: A system and method for flying an aircraft is disclosed. The system includes one or more flight-assist agents for performing an operation related to flying the aircraft and a vehicle autonomy management system. The vehicle autonomy management system allocates tasks of a task workload involved in the operation between a flight crew and the one or more flight-assist agents, monitors a performance of the flight crew in executing a portion of the task workload allocated to the flight crew, and adjusts an allocation of the task workload between the flight crew and the one or more flight-assist agents based on the performance of the flight crew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harshad S. Sane, Suraj Unnikrishnan, Igor Cherepinsky, Suresh Kannan
  • Patent number: 10215570
    Abstract: A system is provided that manages a geographic space including a route on which a moving object moves, including a plurality of subsystems operable to respectively manage maps of a plurality of regions obtained by dividing the geographic space, and a region manager operable to adjust loads of the subsystems by dynamically changing a boundary of at least one region among the plurality of regions. Also provided is a method and computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Gotoh, Tomohiro Miyahira, Taku Sasaki, Makoto Tanibayashi
  • Patent number: 10214118
    Abstract: Systems, Methods and Apparatuses are provided for a seat adjustment system for a vehicle which includes: a plurality of sensors configured to produce sensor data associated with an occupancy by an internal or external user of a particular seat of the vehicle and a processor, configured to receive the sensor data to: determine a state of one or more settings of the seat adjustment system for the particular seat of the vehicle based on stored data or the received sensor data; determine in a near future whether a particular seat will be occupied by the external user based on the received sensor data; determine currently whether a particular seat is occupied by the internal user based on the received sensor data; and adjust settings of the particular seat in accordance with determinations of the state of settings and occupancy of the particular seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Yashanshu Jain, Shashank Rameswaran
  • Patent number: 10218302
    Abstract: To provide a controller and a control method for an electric motor including plural energization systems each composed of an inverter and coils corresponding to plural phases. The controller performs first diagnosis processing for detecting an abnormality in each system under energization control, and second diagnosis processing for detecting an abnormality in each system not under energization control. When the first diagnosis processing detects an abnormality in one system and the second diagnosis processing detects no abnormality in the one system or when the first diagnosis processing detects an abnormality in one system to thereby stop energization control over the one system and in such a state, an abnormality is detected in another system, the energization control over the one system is restarted to drive the electric motor. It is therefore possible to avoid stopping output from a normal system when some of the systems have an abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonobu Koseki, Tomishige Yatsugi
  • Patent number: 10214073
    Abstract: Agricultural machines such as sprayers can be improved by providing a control system configured to adjust an engine cooling package fan with variable speeds, to thereby minimize parasitic losses, based on progress of the HVAC system for attaining a desired temperature in the operator cab. In one aspect, as a gap between actual and desired temperatures (temperature differential) in the cab minimizes, the cooling package fan can be variably adjusted to increase or decrease in speed, depending on heating or cooling occurring in the cab, respectively. However, if a temperature of an area in the engine compartment reaches a predetermined threshold, such variable speed control can cease, and the cooling package fan can instead be controlled to cool the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Brooks
  • Patent number: 10215572
    Abstract: A map update determination system includes a traveling plan generation unit generating, based on a target route of a vehicle set in advance and map information, a traveling plan of the vehicle including a control target value for the vehicle in accordance with a position on the target route, a detection value acquisition unit acquiring, in association with the position on the target route, a control result detection value resulting from an automatic driving control for the vehicle executed based on a road environment in a vicinity of the vehicle, a traveling situation of the vehicle, a position of the vehicle, and the traveling plan, an evaluation value calculation unit calculating an evaluation value of the traveling plan for each zone, and a map update determination unit determining a necessity of an update of the map information for each zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Koji Taguchi
  • Patent number: 10214234
    Abstract: A steering return control apparatus of an MDPS may include: a vehicle speed sensor configured to detect a vehicle speed; a yaw rate sensor configured to sense a tilted state of the vehicle, and output a yaw rate value; a column torque sensor configured to detect a column torque applied to a steering shaft; a motor encoder configured to detect a rotation amount of a motor; and a return controller configured to receive the vehicle speed, the yaw rate value and the column torque, determine whether the vehicle is driven in a neutral state, calculate a rack position and rack speed from the rotation amount of the motor, set a target position value in the neutral drive state, calculate a return torque for returning a steering wheel to the target position value, adjust a gain according to the vehicle speed and column torque, and output a return torque driving value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tae Hong Kim