Patents Examined by Thomas G. Black
  • Patent number: 10181080
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed including a computer storage medium, comprising instructions that when executed by one or more processors included in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), cause the UAV to perform operations, comprising: receiving, by the UAV, a flight plan configured to direct the UAV to fly a flight path having a plurality of waypoints adjacent to and above a structure and to capture sensor data of the structure from a camera on the UAV while the UAV is flying the flight path; adjusting an angle of an optical axis of the camera mounted to a gimbal to a predetermined angle within a range of 25 degrees to 75 degrees relative to a downward direction, and capturing sensor data of at least a portion of a roof of the structure with the optical axis of the camera aligned with at least one predetermined location on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, John Monaco
  • Patent number: 10181081
    Abstract: A computerized system, comprising: a computer system having an input unit, a display unit, one or more processors and one or more non-transitory computer readable medium, the one or more processors executing image display and analysis software to cause the one or more processors to: receive an identification of a structure from the input device, the structure having multiple sides, an outline, and a height; obtain characteristics of a camera mounted onto an unmanned aircraft; generate unmanned aircraft information including: flight path information configured to direct the unmanned aircraft to fly a flight path around the structure that is laterally and vertically offset from the structure, the lateral and vertical offset being dependent upon the height of the structure, an orientation of the camera relative to the unmanned aircraft, and the characteristics of the camera; and, store the unmanned aircraft information on the one or more non-transitory computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Pictometry International Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Schultz, John Monaco
  • Patent number: 10173479
    Abstract: A method and a device locate wheels of a vehicle, according to which method at least one wheel has wheel electronics. In accordance with the method, a signal is received on the vehicle side by the wheel electronics, which signal allows conclusions to be drawn about a point in time at which the wheel assumed a first rotation angle position. The signal contains a plurality of packets. At least one time interval between the packets is determined, and at least one estimated value for the at least one time interval is provided on the basis of the at least one determined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Bettecken, Juergen Spotka
  • Patent number: 10173724
    Abstract: A control system for a power steering system includes an error module that generates an error signal based on a difference of an estimated output vector and an output vector, a scaling module that calculates a feedback correction signal based on the error signal and an observer gain value, an extended state vector estimation module that determines an extended state vector estimate based on the feedback correction signal and a motor torque command, and a gain module that applies a gain to the extended state vector estimate to generate an estimated driver torque signal, the estimated driver torque signal is applied in control of the power steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bo Yu, Anthony J. Champagne, Tejas M. Varunjikar, Timothy W. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 10176720
    Abstract: An auto driving control system includes: a situation determining unit which recognizes a situation around the vehicle and determines whether automatic traveling is possible; a drive control unit which performs traveling control when the automatic traveling is possible; a state determining unit which determines whether an occupant is able to drive; and an estimation drive control unit configured such that when the automatic traveling is difficult and it is difficult for the occupant to take over the driving, and when it is determined that execution of a function of the automatic traveling is difficult due to a first sensor, the estimation drive control unit executes the function by using information of a second sensor, and performs traveling control of the vehicle, wherein the automatic traveling is continued based on a control instruction of the estimation drive control unit until the occupant becomes able to take over the driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ushiba, Mariko Okude, Takehisa Nishida
  • Patent number: 10173690
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a detection section and a automated drive controller. The detection section detects actual behavior of the vehicle. The automated drive controller generates a automated drive action plan for the vehicle, issues an instruction relating to behavior of the vehicle based on the generated action plan to a drive source controller that controls a drive source of the vehicle, and compares predicted behavior of the vehicle predicted based on the issued instruction and actual behavior of the vehicle detected by the detection section. In cases where the predicted behavior of the vehicle and the actual behavior of the vehicle detected by the detection section differ from each other by more than a preset range, the automated drive controller issues an instruction to decelerate the vehicle to a brake device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuyuki Mukai
  • Patent number: 10173624
    Abstract: An occupant protecting device for a vehicle, including: a pretensioner applying tension to a webbing that is configured to restrain an upper body of a vehicle occupant seated in a vehicle seat; a vibrating unit configured to vibrate a contact portion to which the vehicle occupant contacts; a single operating section operating the vibrating unit in a case in which an instruction to operate the vibrating unit is received, and operating the pretensioner in a case in which an instruction to operate the pretensioner is received; and a control section, in a case in which the vibrating unit is to be vibrated, outputting an instruction to vibrate the vibrating unit to the operating section, and, in a case in which the pretensioner is to be operated, outputting an instruction to operate the pretensioner to the operating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Osamu Fukawatase, Motoki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10176650
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a volatile memory module configured to store vehicle data; a non-volatile memory module coupled to the volatile memory module; and an energy-storage module configured to provide power to the volatile memory module and the non-volatile memory module during a data transfer between the volatile memory module and the non-volatile memory module. The energy is provided to the non-volatile memory module for writing the vehicle data to non-volatile memory. The apparatus further includes a collision-detector module configured to identify a collision event of the vehicle; and a controller coupled to the energy-storage module and the collision-detector module. The controller is configured to initiate a transfer of the vehicle data stored in the volatile memory module to the non-volatile memory module in response to receiving an indication from the collision-detector module that a collision has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: George James Hansel, Yi Lu
  • Patent number: 10175058
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes determining algorithmically a a plurality of vehicle cost values for traveling a plurality of road segments in a vehicle based at least in part on vehicle cost data derived at least in part from position derivative data obtained from at least one vehicle that traveled the road segments (S1); associating each of the plurality of road segments with at least one of the vehicle cost values (S2); and storing the determined vehicle cost values in a memory device (S3). In at least one embodiment, a method for determining a route of travel from a first location to a second location is disclosed. Other embodiments include a map database, storable on a storage medium; a device including a memory (230) storing a map database, a processor (210) and an output device (260); and a device for use in a vehicle, where the device includes a GPS receiver (250), a memory (230) and a processor (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TOMTOM GLOBAL CONTENT B.V.
    Inventor: Christopher Kenneth Hoover Wilson
  • Patent number: 10173717
    Abstract: [Problem] An object of the present invention is to provide an electric power steering apparatus that can accurately suppress a vibration, a noisy sound and so on whose vibration source is a power spectrum occurring from a relationship between an operation period of torque control and an operation period of current control, and which occur regardless of presence or absence of a mechanical resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 10173532
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system associated with a second set of wheels of the vehicle, and a controller for selectively actuating the electric drive system to operate in an electric retarding mode and for selectively actuating the friction brake system. The controller is configured to transfer retarding force from the first set of wheels to the second set of wheels, and/or to determine wheel speed signal accuracies, in either case to mitigate vehicle/wheel sliding or slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Nedley, Henry Young, Timothy Brown, Carlos Vallejo, Jeffrey Wolff, Sean Cillessen
  • Patent number: 10166841
    Abstract: A vehicle climate control system has a control strategy which controls temperature of an evaporator in a refrigeration circuit to achieve a target temperature/relative humidity within a comfort zone which is defined by upper and lower temperature boundaries and upper and lower relative humidity boundaries. Several system embodiments are disclosed, including an all-electric system. All systems operate with improved efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald L. Larson, Dean A. Opperman
  • Patent number: 10167014
    Abstract: The actuator control device includes an assist control circuit for calculating a first assist component and an automatic steering control circuit for calculating a second assist component. The automatic steering control circuit is allowed to calculate the second assist component while a steering torque is less than a first threshold value. The automatic steering control circuit calculates the second assist component by performing PID control that uses an integral term obtained on the basis of an angle deviation. When the steering torque is less than the first threshold value but not less than a second threshold value, the automatic steering control circuit limits the integral term in such a manner that it is harder for the integral term to increase while the steering torque is not less than the second threshold value than while the steering torque is less than the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Maeda, Takahiro Toko, Gempei Nakasone, Shinya Aono
  • Patent number: 10166880
    Abstract: A system for announcing a predicted remaining amount of energy includes: an obtaining unit configured to obtain traveling state information which contains current vehicle position information; a searching unit configured to search a predicted passage point through which the vehicle is predicted to pass in a future on a basis of the traveling state information; an predicting unit configured to predict a predicted remaining amount of energy, the predicted remaining amount of energy being a predicted amount of traveling energy remaining at the time when the vehicle passes the predicted passage point; and an announcing unit configured to announce information about the predicted remaining amount of energy and the predicted passage point corresponding to the predicted remaining amount of energy to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyohei Ueda
  • Patent number: 10168424
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for managing mobile objects. The embodiment may acquire, by a first acquiring section, measurement data obtained by a first mobile object measuring the first mobile object, using a sensor of the first mobile object. The embodiment may acquire, by a second section, data obtained by a second mobile object detecting the first mobile object in response to a request from outside, using a sensor of the second mobile object. The embodiment may verify, by a verifying section, a validity of the measurement data using the detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Akiyama, Sanehiro Furuichi, Gaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10166980
    Abstract: A vehicle having a drivetrain is controlled based on a difference between a torque transmitted by the drivetrain when the vehicle has constant non-zero speed and the torque transmitted by the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating. The drivetrain torque may be measured by a drivetrain torque sensor. The effective vehicle mass is computed from the torque difference. The computed mass of the vehicle is used to adjust the activation of a collision warning system or a collision avoidance system. A method of operating a vehicle where the activation of a collision avoidance system is adjusted based on a difference between a torque transmitted by a drivetrain when the vehicle has constant non-zero speed and the torque transmitted by the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating is disclosed. The torque difference is used to compute a vehicle mass that is used to adjust a collision warning distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuji Fujii, Nimrod Kapas, Joseph F. Kucharski, Diana Yanakiev, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Jianbo Lu, Gregory Michael Pietron
  • Patent number: 10166994
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, a computer-implemented method for real-time determination of the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. With the customer's permission, the operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be monitored to obtain operating data from one or more autonomous operation features. An operating status of the autonomous features may be determined based upon the operating data. After which, a change in the operating status of the autonomous features may be identified, and a report containing information regarding the change in the operating status of the autonomous features may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 10162372
    Abstract: An idle control system for a vehicle is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Oakes
  • Patent number: 10159534
    Abstract: The robotic device for positioning a surgical instrument relative to the body of a patient includes a first robotic arm with a device for rigidly connecting to at least one surgical instrument, a device for anatomical realignment of the first arm by realigning an image that is of an area of the anatomy of the patient, and a device for compensating the movements of the first arm on the basis of detected movements. One version of the device includes at least one second robotic arm having sensors for detecting inner movements of the anatomical area, and a device for controlling the positioning of the first arm relative to sensed inner movements and to the outer movements induced in the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MedTech S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Maillet, Bertin Nahum, Fernand Badano, Patrick Dehour
  • Patent number: 10162368
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to an autonomous moving machine which may maintain the self-location with high reliability. Operations of the moving machine include acquiring sensor information about the self-location, estimating the self-location based on the sensor information, calculating the reliability of the estimated self-location, recording the reliability in association with the estimated self-location. When the reliability satisfies a given condition, the operations include moving the moving machine to a position at which the reliability is high, based on the reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Naoyuki Harada