Patents Examined by Thomas Tarcza
  • Patent number: 9836053
    Abstract: A method for controlling an aerial system with a rotor enclosed by a housing, including: operating the rotor in a flight mode, detecting a grab event indicative of the aerial system being grabbed, and automatically operating the rotor in a standby mode. A method for controlling an aerial system including a central axis extending normal to a lateral plane of the aerial system, including: generating a first aerodynamic force with a set of rotors enclosed by a housing, detecting that an acute angle between the central axis and a gravity vector is greater than a threshold angle, and operating each rotor of the set of rotors to cooperatively generate a second aerodynamic force less than the first aerodynamic force with the set of rotors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Zero Zero Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Mengqiu Wang, Lixin Liu, Pengxiang Jin, Jia Lu, Tong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9766712
    Abstract: To orient a user within a map display, a portable device displays a panoramic view representative of the user's real-world surroundings. The portable device also displays a map representation of an adjacent area above the panoramic view so that the area displayed in the map representation appears further away than the real-world surroundings depicted in the panoramic view. The portable device may also display an intersection which includes a commonly shared boundary between the panoramic view and the map representation so that the user can identify the relationship between the two displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Joshua S. Schpok
  • Patent number: 9714833
    Abstract: A method of determining the location of a point of interest is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing an optical detector; capturing an image by the optical detector; obtaining the position and orientation of the optical detector; identifying at least one coordinates of the point of interest within the captured image; mapping the position of the optical detector and the coordinates of the point of interest in a digital elevation model; and determining the location of the point of interest by projecting at least one path from the position of the optical detector through the coordinates of the point of interest in the digital elevation model. A system for determining the location of a point of interest by utilizing the aforesaid method is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Insight Robotics Limited
    Inventors: Pui Sum Rex Sham, Chik Man So
  • Patent number: 9702726
    Abstract: A system and method for providing the information contained in instrument procedure charts in a more intuitive and easier to comprehend manner is provided. The provided enhanced instrument procedure visualization system displays a dynamic three-dimensional view of a selected instrument procedure, and incorporates time-relevant information from weather and traffic sources. The provided enhanced instrument procedure visualization system further allows a pilot to scroll forward and backward in time to review and study the complete instrument procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Nathan Shaughn Turner, John-Paul Gorsky, Vincent Acuna, Sue McCullough, Charles Dairman, Steven Crouch
  • Patent number: 9702717
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for creating a route are disclosed. In embodiments, the method comprises identifying a start location and a destination for a user; identifying defined needs of the user; obtaining satellite imagery of a specified area between the start location and the destination. The satellite imagery is analyzed to identify defined local features affecting the defined needs of the user in the specified area; and a route is selected for the user, from the start location to the destination, based on the defined local features in the specified area. In embodiments, selecting the route includes identifying a plurality of candidate routes from the start location to the destination; generating a score for each of the candidate routes using the defined local features, and selecting one of the candidate routes based on the generated scores for the candidate routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fabrizio Nascimento Caldas, Argemiro José de Lima, Joaquim Siqueira de Mattos, Leonardo José da Costa Gonzales, Guilherme Segantin Viteri
  • Patent number: 9703288
    Abstract: A method for controlling an aerial system, including: receiving a video, selecting a region of the video, controlling a touch-sensitive display to display the region of the video, receiving a drag input from the touch-sensitive display, receiving a second video, selecting a second region of the second video based on the drag input, controlling the touch-sensitive display to display the second region of the second video, and moving the aerial system based on the drag input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Zero Zero Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Tong Zhang, Mengqiu Wang, Jia Lu, Pengxiang Jin, Lixin Liu
  • Patent number: 9694765
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle having a plurality of subsystems in which each subsystem includes a sensor and/or actuator. A general purpose processor is programmed with a plurality of software applications in which each software application is associated with one of the vehicle subsystems. The subsystems and processor communicate with each other through an electrical bus and each subsystem includes a communication interface to receive commands from the processor as well as to send task signals to the processor. A task arbitrator prioritizes the order of execution of multiple task signals received by the processor during a preset time period. The general purpose processor then initiates execution of the software application associated with the subsystem of the sensor signal received from the task arbitrator and thereafter transmits a control signal to one or more of the subsystems via the bus as a result of execution of the associated software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Heming Chen, Donald J. McCune, Sujit Phatak, Yuan Xiao
  • Patent number: 9694834
    Abstract: An asset management system for a machine is disclosed. The asset management system may include a sensor associated with an asset of the machine and configured to generate a signal indicative of an operational status of a system associated with the asset. The asset management system may further include a user interface associated with the machine and a controller in communication with the sensor and the user interface. The controller may be configured to display on the user interface a graphical representation of the asset, receive via the user interface a user selection of the system from a plurality of systems associated with the asset, and display on the graphical representation of the asset a visual indicator of the system in response to the user selection. The visual indicator of the system may indicative of the operational status of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Elecro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shubs, Jr., David Roenspies, James D. Seaton
  • Patent number: 9687180
    Abstract: A system for identifying human motion of a subject may comprise: a sensor platform attached to the subject; an attitude filter that receives sensor data and calculates the attitude and heading of the platform; a feature construction and aggregation unit that receives the sensor data and the attitude and heading to calculate a feature vector for a human motion model, an evaluation unit that receives feature vectors and calculates the probability that an instance of a specific human motion occurred; wherein the feature vector comprises: one or more feature constructions, X, such as: forces along and perpendicular to the gravity field direction; a magnitude of rotations perpendicular to the gravity field direction; an adjusted pressure altitude; one or more feature constructions which are time derivatives dX/dt; and one or more feature constructions which are derivatives V(dX/dt), wherein: V(x)=2*H(x)?1, H(x)=+1 (x>0), 0 (x<0), and x is dX/dt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: YOTTA NAVIGATION CORPORATION
    Inventors: William James Deninger, Andrew John Zaydak, Joseph Martin Schlesselman
  • Patent number: 9688296
    Abstract: A remote data backup system for a locomotive may include a communication unit on-board the locomotive configured to be communicatively coupled with an off-board server. The communication unit may be configured to transmit data to the off-board server and receive at least one of data, commands, and applications from the off-board server. The remote data backup system may also include a central processing module on-board the locomotive comprising a cab electronics system configured to receive and store on-board equipment operational data from outputs of one or more of machine gauges, indicators, sensors, and controls in an on-board memory, process and integrate the received equipment operational data, receive additional equipment operational data and one or more control command signals from the off-board server, and communicate commands based on the equipment operational data and the received control command signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Shubs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9689686
    Abstract: Techniques for determining whether data associated with an autonomous navigation of an unmanned vehicle may be trusted. For example, navigation-related data may be provided from a source external to the unmanned vehicle. Image data associated with the autonomous navigation may be generated. The navigation-related data and the image data may be compared to determine whether the navigation data may be trusted or not. If untrusted, the autonomous navigation may be directed independently of the navigation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gerard Carmack, Narasimha Rao Lakkakula, Nima Sharifi Mehr
  • Patent number: 9688416
    Abstract: Systems and methods for isolating attitude failures are provided. In one embodiment, an attitude integrity and display system comprises a display system comprising a primary system displaying a first attitude solution and a standby system displaying a second attitude solution; an attitude integrity system generating an attitude integrity (AI) solution calculated from measurements from an attitude solution data source, the AI solution comprising an aircraft roll and pitch, the data source providing data independent from any data generated by inertial sensor flight instruments and not displayed on either the primary or the standby systems; and an attitude monitor that compares the first solution against the second solution. When the first solution deviates from the second solution by more than a threshold, the monitor identifies on the display system which of either the first or the second solution is failed based on which has a greater deviation from the AI solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Mark A. Ahlbrecht, Michael R. Ibis, John R. Morrison
  • Patent number: 9688150
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an environmentally-friendly vehicle perform a safety function by blocking a high voltage output of a high voltage battery at the time of a rear-lateral side collision of the environmentally-friendly vehicle. The high voltage blocking function is smoothly performed at the time of the rear-lateral side collision accident by determining a rear-lateral side collision of the environmentally-friendly vehicle using a blind spot detection sensor, a lane change alert sensor, or a rear cross traffic alert sensor, along with a yaw rate sensor that detects a yaw rate, and turning off a relay of the high voltage battery at a moment when the rear-lateral side collision is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jae Yong Seong, Do Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9689704
    Abstract: One particular example includes a system, comprising a processor and a memory to store instructions that when executed by the processor performs operations, comprising displaying a map of a first area on a display; receiving an instruction to designate a second area on the map to be avoided; displaying the second area to be avoided on the map; and generating a route from a first point to a second point, where the route does not go through the second area to be avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Giuseppe Raffa
  • Patent number: 9682695
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus controls a vehicle including an internal combustion engine, a power generation unit that converts at least one of an engine output of the internal combustion engine and a kinetic energy of the vehicle into electric power, and a power storage unit that stores the electric power. The vehicle control apparatus includes: a first control unit configured to control the vehicle to alternate repeatedly between acceleration travel, in which the vehicle accelerates using the engine output, and coasting travel, in which the vehicle coasts without using the engine output, such that a vehicle speed is maintained within a predetermined speed region; and a second control unit configured to control the power generation unit to convert at least one of the engine output and the kinetic energy into electric power during a coasting period in which the vehicle performs the coasting travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Amano, Hidehumi Aikawa
  • Patent number: 9684304
    Abstract: A communication module for controlling a motor vehicle, which is configured for receiving vehicle-independent commands and converting these received commands into a target trajectory of the motor vehicle, and transmitting this target trajectory to an implementation module which is configured for associating a sequence of control commands for components of the motor vehicle with this transmitted target trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Markus Schweizer, Carsten Gebauer, Bernd Mueller, Christian Lasarczyk, Thomas Heinz, Jochen Ulrich Haenger, Rakshith Amarnath
  • Patent number: 9683494
    Abstract: A method is provided for carrying out a diagnosis of an internal combustion engine of a motor vehicle wherein, during the diagnosis, at least partially an additional drive machine, particularly an electric motor, generates a torque, and thereby changes an operating point of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Steffen Strauss, Nikolas Poertner
  • Patent number: 9682624
    Abstract: Described herein are devices, systems, and methods for managing the power consumption of an automotive vehicle, and thereby for optimizing the power consumption of the vehicle. The devices and systems for managing the power consumption of the vehicle typically include power management logic that can calculate an applied power for the vehicle engine based on information provided from the external environment of the vehicle, the operational status of the vehicle, one or more command inputs from a driver, and one or more operational parameters of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Invent.ly, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Jason H. Harper, Stephen J. Brown, Nicole G. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 9682626
    Abstract: A system for monitoring torque supplied by a motor of a motor vehicle, for example an electric or hybrid vehicle. The system includes a mechanism determining a driver's request for torque, a mechanism estimating torque produced by a propulsion unit, a mechanism filtering the driver torque request which is connected at an input to a mechanism determining consistency between the torque request and the torque produced including a mechanism determining consistency of positive torque and a mechanism determining consistency of negative torque each including a mechanism determining phases of quasi-static variation of the request and a mechanism detecting torque anomalies which can construct an acceptable torque template and determine that a torque anomaly has occurred as a function of the torque estimate, the torque request, and the acceptable torque template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventor: Marco Marsilia
  • Patent number: 9681361
    Abstract: A wireless transmission system is provided that includes a transmission apparatus that transmits a wireless signal indicative of a vehicle parameter. The system includes a mobile computing device having an input device for accepting user input and a wireless transceiver configured to receive the wireless signal. The mobile computing device includes a processor that communicates with the wireless transceiver and the input device. The processor is configured to run an application that disables the input device if the vehicle parameter exceeds a threshold. The processor is further configured to detect if the application is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Invictus Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Luciano Tuluca