Patents Examined by Tiffany P Ohman
  • Patent number: 11014600
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a body frame, a steered wheel and a non-steered wheel, a motor, a left-right-tilt-angle-detection-section, and a control device that controls the motor to apply a steering force to the steered wheel. The steering force steers the steered wheel to turn the leaning vehicle rightward in a case where the body frame tilts rightward, and steers the steered wheel to turn the leaning vehicle leftward in a case where the body frame tilts leftward. Alternatively, the steering force steers the steered wheel to turn the leaning vehicle leftward in the case where the body frame tilts rightward, and steers the steered wheel to turn the leaning vehicle rightward in the case where the body frame tilts leftward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Nobuo Hara, Yukihide Fukuhara, Takeshi Toyota, Tatsuya Nagata
  • Patent number: 10989547
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of systems and methods described in this disclosure generally pertain to a ride service that includes an autonomous vehicle configured to execute various functions autonomously for assisting customers. An exemplary autonomous vehicle of the ride service may be configured to autonomously execute one or more functions such as identifying a customer upon arriving at a pick-up location, finding a suitable parking spot close to the customer, guiding the customer (such as a visually impaired customer) to the autonomous vehicle, positioning a particular door of the autonomous vehicle to facilitate entry into the autonomous vehicle by the customer, and/or providing an assigned seat to the customer upon entry into the autonomous vehicle. In at least some cases, the customer may be a physically handicapped individual in need of certain types of assistance offered by the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Hamilton, Michael Awad Alla
  • Patent number: 10988142
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle includes applying torque to a set of tires to cause the vehicle to move along a surface, reducing an amount of downward force applied to the surface by a first tire from the set of tires using an active suspension component, and actuating the first tire to control the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface. The method also includes determining a traction force of the first tire relative to the surface at each of multiple values for the dynamic response of the first tire relative to the surface, and determining a maximum available traction force based on the multiple values of the dynamic response and the corresponding values for the traction force. The method also includes determining a friction parameter based on the maximum available traction force, and controlling an operation of the vehicle based on the friction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Prateek Mehrotra, Christopher D. Gadda
  • Patent number: 10976174
    Abstract: An investigation assist device includes a processor and a storage that records information on a road map including a plurality of intersections and captured videos of a plurality of cameras in correlation with a capturing time, camera information, and intersection information. The processor retrieves at least one vehicle satisfying a retrieval condition and extracts a traveling direction of the vehicle when passing through each of the plurality of intersections based on the captured videos of the plurality of cameras in response to a designation of the retrieval condition including information on time when an incident occurs and feature information on a vehicle causing the incident. The processor superimposes a traveling route of the vehicle on the road map based on the traveling direction extracted for each of the intersections and outputs the traveling route to an output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic I-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuumi Miyake, Takahiro Yoshimura, Kazuya Ozawa, Takamitsu Arai, Takeshi Wakako
  • Patent number: 10964218
    Abstract: A method for assigning control rights for an autonomous vehicle is provided. The method includes acquiring, via a network, identification information for identifying a user or a terminal of the user, and dispatch request information that indicates a dispatch request for an autonomous vehicle issued by the user. The method further includes selecting the autonomous vehicle to be dispatched to the user from among a plurality of autonomous vehicles, based on the dispatch request information. Thereafter, the method assigns a control right for the selected autonomous vehicle, to the user or the terminal, based on the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10960810
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an adaptive drive beam mode vehicle headlamp of a subject vehicle travelling a road includes a headlamp driver adapted to drive the vehicle headlamp, a preceding vehicle determining section adapted to determine whether or not a preceding vehicle is travelling ahead of the subject vehicle, a road state determining section adapted to determine whether a state of the road is straight or curved, and a curved-mode illumination intensity pattern outputting section adapted to output a curved-mode illumination intensity pattern to the headlamp driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Waragaya, Mitsuhiro Uchida
  • Patent number: 10957207
    Abstract: Systems and methods for associating critical flight reference data with a flight path vector symbol are provided. The system displays a continuously updated image with a symbol for a flight path vector. The system displays a first readout arrangement, in which the airspeed indicator and the altitude indicator are (i) each located in relationship to boundary edges of the display device, and (ii) their locations are substantially static. The system detects a deviation between the flight path vector and the heading, and when the deviation exceeds a threshold, the system toggles to a second readout arrangement, in which the airspeed indicator and the altitude indicator are (i) each located a distance measured from the flight path vector, and (ii) dynamically change location responsive to movement of the flight path vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Gang He
  • Patent number: 10957195
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include receiving, by a transportation requestor device, progress information that indicates progress of a transportation provider toward a request location, presenting, via a graphical user interface of the transportation requestor device, the progress of the transportation provider toward the request location with a graphical representation of the transportation provider according to the progress information, receiving, by the transportation requestor device, contextual information from a server that explains the progress of the transportation provider as indicated by the progress information, and changing, via the graphical user interface of the transportation requestor device, the graphical representation of the transportation provider with a graphical representation of the contextual information. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Eliot Landis Wertime Walker, Christopher John Selin, Meghan Newell, Seven Shurygin
  • Patent number: 10945502
    Abstract: A self-propelling item of luggage, for example a suitcase, includes at least a storage area, a drive, a camera, and a data processing device which is designed to recognize an authorized user in a predefined distance range by means of at least one image captured with the camera and on the basis of at least one visual feature extracted from the image, and to actuate the drive so that the item of luggage follows the authorized user in a self-propelling manner at a distance, where the at least one visual feature is characteristic of at least one item of clothing of the authorized user. A method for operating such a self-propelling item of luggage is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventor: Andreas Herrmann
  • Patent number: 10946897
    Abstract: A vehicle system comprises a hitch ball mounted on a vehicle and a steering system configured to steer the vehicle. The system further comprises a controller configured to identify a coupler position of a trailer and control a motion of the vehicle at a rate aligning the hitch ball with the coupler position. In response to the rate below a speed threshold, the controller activates a standstill mode suspending a steering control of the steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10948926
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure address the capacity constrained vehicle routing (CVRP) problem that may be applied to a warehouse scenario wherein multi-robot task allocation is required. Conventional methods can solve CVRP instances up to 100 nodes. In the present disclosure, a nearest-neighbor based Clustering And Routing (nCAR) approach is provided that makes the systems and methods of the present disclosure scalable wherein the number of nodes can be in the range of several hundreds to several thousands within an order wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Chayan Sarkar, Himadri Sekhar Paul, Arindam Pal, Arijit Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10933710
    Abstract: A modular electronic damping control system is described and includes a damping component located at a vehicle suspension location. The modular electronic damping control system also includes a control system configured to control the damping component, and determine the type of damping component present. Also, the control system is configured to automatically tune a vehicle's suspension based on the type of damping component present, and automatically monitor the damping component and determine when a change has been made to the damping component so that the control system can then automatically re-tune the vehicle's suspension based on the change to the damping component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Tong
  • Patent number: 10935789
    Abstract: An image display apparatus having a display part that is arranged on a mount body which is mounted on the head of a user includes a detection part and a control part. The detection part detects a tilt of the head of the user. The control part sets a virtual horizon based on the tilt which is detected by the detection part and sets a non-display region having a band shape that is parallel to the set virtual horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Katagiri, Shiro Fukano, Tetsuro Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10919524
    Abstract: A fault-tolerant computer system (FTCS) for generating safe trajectories for a vehicle. The FTCS includes: a sensor part (SENSE), a primary part (PRIM), a secondary part (SEC), a tertiary part (TER), and a decide part (DECIDE). The PRIM and TER are configured to produce trajectories by interpreting information of the real world as perceived by the SENSE. The SEC is configured to produce a safe space estimate (FSE) by interpreting information of the real world as perceived by SENSE. The DECIDE and/or SEC are configured to execute correctness checks that take trajectories and FSE as inputs, and qualify a trajectory (TRJ) as safe when said TRJ is inside the FSE, and qualify a trajectory (UTRJ) as unsafe when said UTRJ is not inside the FSE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TTTECH AUTO AG
    Inventors: Stefan Poledna, Eric Schmidt, Georg Niedrist, Stefan Traxler, Hermann Kopetz
  • Patent number: 10890766
    Abstract: An image display apparatus having a display part that is arranged on a mount body which is mounted on the head of a user includes a detection part and a control part. The detection part detects a tilt of the head of the user. The control part sets a virtual horizon based on the tilt which is detected by the detection part and sets a non-display region having a band shape that is parallel to the set virtual horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Katagiri, Shiro Fukano, Tetsuro Hosoda
  • Patent number: 10871138
    Abstract: A method for controlling a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) for a torque assist and an air conditioner of a mild hybrid electric vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes setting a minimum charge amount of a first battery of the mild hybrid electric vehicle based on an outdoor temperature of the vehicle, repeating charging and discharging of the first battery by operating the MHSG so that the charge amount of the first battery is maintained at the set minimum charge amount or more, and operating the MHSG to convert power from the first battery to a second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hwa Yong Jang
  • Patent number: 10868489
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle is capable of preventing over-temperature of an electric motor when the vehicle travels using only the output of the electric motor without driving an engine while passing through a specific zone using route information to a destination and a motor control method for the same. The motor cooling control method includes, when determined that a specific zone related to discharge of exhaust gas is present on a traveling route, determining a target motor temperature to be reached when entering the specific zone, determining a cooling distance necessary to reach the target motor temperature, determining the time at which to start cooling control using the determined cooling distance, and restricting a motor-driving range from the time at which to start the cooling control until entering the specific zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jea Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10864794
    Abstract: A passenger compartment of a hybrid electric vehicle is heated without operating an engine when passing through a specific zone using information about a route to a destination and a heating control method. The heating control method includes, when determined that a specific zone related to discharge of exhaust gas is present on a traveling route, determining a target coolant temperature, which is a coolant temperature to be reached when entering the specific zone, determining a coolant temperature increase distance necessary to reach the target coolant temperature, determining the time at which to start temperature increase control using the determined coolant temperature increase distance, and operating an engine from the time at which to start the temperature increase control until entering the specific zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jea Mun Lee
  • Patent number: 10830593
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, computer program products, and computer-implemented methods for cognitive fingerprinting of an indoor location are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment of the inventive concepts includes: determining calibration information for using a sensing device within an indoor environment; generating instructions corresponding to one or more suggested location sensor placements throughout the indoor environment based at least in part on the calibration information; and issuing the instructions corresponding to the one or more suggested location sensor placements via the sensing device while a user operating the sensing device navigates the indoor environment. Additional features and embodiments of the inventive concepts are also described in this disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Divyesh Jadav, Thomas D. Griffin, German H Flores
  • Patent number: 10829121
    Abstract: Described herein are technologies relating to controlling an autonomous vehicle based upon a computed lane boundary. The computed lane boundary defines a travel path for the autonomous vehicle when the autonomous vehicle turns across a lane of traffic at an intersection of two or more roadways. The autonomous vehicle navigates turn based upon the computed lane boundary, which allows the autonomous vehicle to enter the intersection without crossing into a lane of oncoming traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Allan, Daniel Chen