Patents Examined by Thomas G. Black
  • Patent number: 10287013
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The VTOL UAV includes a flight control system configured to provide avionic control of the VTOL UAV in a hover mode and in a level-flight mode. The VTOL UAV also includes a body encapsulating an engine and the flight control system. The VTOL UAV further includes a rotor disk coupled to the engine and configured to provide vertical thrust and cyclic pitch control in the hover mode and to provide horizontal thrust for flight during the level-flight mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ralph C. Starace, Robert A. August, Douglas L. Fronius, Francois Creasman
  • Patent number: 10285649
    Abstract: Techniques are described for collecting sensor data associated with a wheelchair and, based on the sensor data, determining metric(s) for a user of the wheelchair. Sensor(s) attached to, or in proximity to, the wheelchair may collect sensor data describing the wheelchair and/or its component(s), such as location, velocity, acceleration, direction of movement, orientations (e.g., pitch, yaw, roll), angular velocity of wheels, angular acceleration of wheels, and so forth. The sensor data may be analyzed to determine (e.g., fitness) metrics such as a caloric burn rate, a metabolic burn rate, and/or power expenditure of the user while the user is employing the wheelchair to exercise or otherwise move. The metric(s) and/or sensor data may be presented to the user through a user interface on a smartphone, tablet computer, wearable computer, or other device, to enable the user to monitor fitness metric(s) during use of the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Matt Murray, Eric Bee, Eric Schneider, Marc Boudria, Ben E. Lamm, Tyler Hively
  • Patent number: 10287739
    Abstract: This invention provides a disaster prevention system capable of taking an effective measure against a flood disaster. According to one embodiment, a disaster prevention system comprises a weather prediction unit configured to calculate a predicted rainfall in a region based on rainfall information necessary for protecting the region from a flood; an analysis unit configured to determine, based on the predicted rainfall calculated by the weather prediction unit, whether a flood can occur in the region; and a control unit configured to control to close a water stop gate provided in the region to protect the region from the flood if the analysis unit determines that the flood can occur in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kida, Masakazu Wada
  • Patent number: 10286980
    Abstract: A vessel is disclosed having a body portion that is at least partially suspended above at least one left moveable hull and at least one right moveable hull, each hull being moveable with respect to the body portion. At least one sensor is arranged to sense at least one operational parameter of the vessel. The roll attitude of the body portion is adjustable and controlled during operation in response to the at least one operational parameter to ensure that the sum of the gravitational force and the centrifugal force acting on the vessel during a turn has a line of action that is substantially perpendicular to a deck of the vessel, i.e. that the vessel executes a coordinated turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Richard Monk, Michael Longman, Anthony Christopher Livanos
  • Patent number: 10282998
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a vehicle size sensor mounted in a subject vehicle, the vehicle size sensor configured to detect whether a leading vehicle in front of the subject vehicle is oversized, and a processor coupled to the subject vehicle and the vehicle size sensor. The subject vehicle is configured to perform an assisted passing of the leading vehicle based on a passing parameter that defines a characteristic of the assisted passing, and the processor is programmed to, during the assisted passing: communicate with the vehicle size sensor to determined whether the leading vehicle is oversized, and modify the passing parameter when the leading vehicle is determined to be oversized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Te-Ping Kang
  • Patent number: 10282924
    Abstract: A device for sending and receiving messages between an electronic control unit of a vehicle and an external device includes a processor, a memory, a first port, and a second port. The memory, first port, and second port are each in communication with the processor. The first port is configures to communicate with the electronic control unit of a vehicle, while the second port is configured to communicate with the external device. The processor is configured to receive a request message from the external device via the second port, transmit the request message to the electronic control unit of the vehicle; receive requested information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle based on the request message, and determine an information subset in the requested information that should be transmitted to the external device; and transmitting the information subset to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DREW TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron, Eric Wheeler, Gus Nassar
  • Patent number: 10281287
    Abstract: A route generation device configured to generate a travel route of a traveling body that travels through a network configured of a node and a link, the route generation device includes a route model storage unit configured to store a route model that is data in which a frequency of travel through each link by the traveling body in a past trip performed by the traveling body is classified by destination of the trip; a trip acquisition unit configured to acquire a route starting point and a destination of a traveling body; and a route generation unit configured to extract a set of links corresponding to the acquired destination from the route model, and generate at least a part of a route of the traveling body from the route starting point to the destination based on the travel frequency associated with the extracted link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadashi Yanagihara, Sayaka Yoshizu, Kenji Horiguchi, Chihiro Sannomiya, Toshiro Hikita, Teruhide Hayashida
  • Patent number: 10282916
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a mapping application that displays a rotation of a 3D map and corresponding rotation of a set of map labels overlaying the 3D map in response to receiving input to rotate the 3D map. When a particular map label in the set of map labels rotates towards an upside down orientation, the mapping application also replaces the particular map label with a version of the particular map label arranged in a right side up orientation to prevent the particular map label from being displayed in the upside down orientation in the 3D map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Anders Mikael Adlers, Christopher F. Marrin, Elisabeth Lindkvist, Jeffrey Paul McCurdy Hultquist, Ian MacDonald Henderson, II
  • Patent number: 10272914
    Abstract: A vehicle control arrangement is configured to control steering and velocity of a road vehicle including a velocity control arrangement, remote sensors configured to acquire vehicle surrounding information, a steering control unit configured to control steering of the vehicle based on the vehicle surrounding information, an upcoming road geometry detecting unit configured to detect presence of an upcoming curve section, a hands-on-wheel detecting unit configured to detect if presence exists of at least one hand on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The velocity control arrangement is configured to perform a reduction of velocity of the vehicle in case presence of an upcoming curve section is detected and no presence is detected of at least one hand on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Harda, Jonas Nilsson, Erik Coelingh
  • Patent number: 10274960
    Abstract: An automatic guided vehicle comprising a fork carriage with a fork, a propulsion drive system, a sensor to acquire position data of objects located in a detection field and a computer. The vehicle comprises a reference member located in the detection field of the sensor rigidly secured to a common rigid frame with the sensor. The sensor periodically acquires control position data indicative of a position of the reference member. The computer periodically compares the control position data with a reference value stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BALYO
    Inventors: Fabien Bardinet, Pierre Bureau
  • Patent number: 10272923
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a remote device having a processor programmed to receive driver data in real-time during operation of a first vehicle. The processor processes the driver data to determine a driver behavior. A command signal is generated to command a second vehicle to update at least one parameter in accordance with the driver behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hsin-hsiang Yang, Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante
  • Patent number: 10273895
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods provide a way of determining whether or not an engine has stalled while a vehicle may be propelled via the motor/generator. In one example, an engine stall may be indicated responsive to a first estimated engine torque and a second estimated engine torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Joseph A. Zamora, Paul Stephen Bryan, Minku Lee
  • Patent number: 10273021
    Abstract: A flight-time variable associated with an aircraft is determined including by determining the flight-time variable while the aircraft is flying. It is determined whether the aircraft is airworthy based at least in part on the flight-time variable. In response to determining that the aircraft is not airworthy, the aircraft is automatically landed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander David Selwa, Mark Johnson Cutler
  • Patent number: 10274330
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining weighting information for candidate navigation routes in a navigation program. A routing platform causes, at least in part, an application of at least one prize factor to one or more variables to evaluate one or more candidate routes. The routing platform determines weighting information for the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the application of the at least one prize factor to the one or more variables. The routing platform then causes, at least in part, a selection or a recommendation of at least on navigation route from among the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the weighting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jens Unger, Giuseppe Tribulato
  • Patent number: 10269253
    Abstract: Systems and methods of refining trajectories for aircraft include a trajectory prediction module for predicting a set of four-dimensional trajectories for aircraft; and a constraint selector module for determining a set of constraints based on the set of four-dimensional trajectories. The trajectory can be refined by mapping values for a goal associated with the set of four-dimensional trajectories based on the determined set of constraints and estimating additional values for the goal based on the mapped values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Szabolcs Andras Borgyos
  • Patent number: 10266180
    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 operating an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. With a vehicle owner's permission, a vehicle operator identity may be determined; and operating data regarding the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be received from one or more vehicle-mounted sensors. Based upon the received operating data, (i) autonomous operation risk levels associated with autonomous vehicle operation; and (ii) operator risk levels associated with autonomous vehicle operation by the vehicle operator may be determined. Based upon a comparison of the autonomous operation versus vehicle operator risk levels, the autonomous features may be engaged if it is safer for the vehicle to travel autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 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: 10268207
    Abstract: A telematics controller is connected to a first modem to communicate over a wide-area network. An autonomous vehicle controller is connected to a second modem to communicate over the network, and is programmed to send autonomous vehicle commands determined using autonomous vehicle data to control the vehicle. A scheduler controller is programmed to direct the telematics controller and autonomous vehicle controller to offload autonomous vehicle data over the network using the first and second modems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10268192
    Abstract: Self-driving vehicles have unlimited potential to learn and predict human behavior and perform actions accordingly. Vehicle management systems can be configured to help govern self-driving vehicles. A vehicle management system can communicatively couple a self-driving vehicle to a remote computing device of a user of the vehicle. Losing communication with the remote computing device can cause the vehicle management system to take actions designed to safeguard the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Drivent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10267635
    Abstract: A high-definition map system receives sensor data from vehicles travelling along routes and combines the data to generate a high definition map for use in driving vehicles, for example, for guiding autonomous vehicles. A pose graph is built from the collected data, each pose representing location and orientation of a vehicle. The pose graph is optimized to minimize constraints between poses. Points associated with surface are assigned a confidence measure determined using a measure of hardness/softness of the surface. A machine-learning-based result filter detects bad alignment results and prevents them from being entered in the subsequent global pose optimization. The alignment framework is parallelizable for execution using a parallel/distributed architecture. Alignment hot spots are detected for further verification and improvement. The system supports incremental updates, thereby allowing refinements of subgraphs for incrementally improving the high-definition map for keeping it up to date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventor: Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 10266069
    Abstract: A control device for electric motor vehicle uses the motor as the traveling driving source. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to decelerate by the regenerative braking force from the motor. The control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect the amount of the accelerator operation, detect the motor rotation speed proportionate to the traveling speed of the electric motor vehicle, and calculate the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the state of the electric motor vehicle. Additionally, the control device for electric motor vehicle is configured to detect or estimate the resistance component unrelated to the gradient from the vehicle state and correct the motor rotation speed estimated value according to the resistance component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Sawada, Ken Ito, Takashi Nakajima, Yuji Katsumata, Hiroyuki Komatsu