Patents Examined by Todd M Melton
  • Patent number: 10315504
    Abstract: A displayed rotation speed control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle includes: a displayed rotation speed controller having a display mode in which a target primary rotation speed stepwisely set is displayed as a driving source rotation speed in the rotation speed display device in the simulated stepwise shift mode, when the mode is switched from the EV mode to the HEV mode to initiate a starting of the engine, and when the mode is switched from the continuous shift mode to the simulated stepwise shift mode while an actual engine speed is smaller than a predetermined rotation speed, the displayed rotation speed controller being configured to display a value obtained by retarding the actual engine speed, during a period from the initiation of the starting of the engine to a rotation speed smaller than a predetermined rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: JATCO Ltd, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Miyaishi, Akito Suzuki, Tetsuya Izumi, Toshiaki Motomura
  • Patent number: 10319158
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reporting data based on monitored emissions levels. An exemplary system automatically provides emissions level data acquired from an engine operating in a roadway vehicle while the vehicle is in motion. Data is made available for vehicle approval by a roadway inspection authority. For example, NOx emissions may be monitored with a sensor positioned in the engine exhaust flow path. Embodiments of the invention provide solutions to reduce time delays associated with inspections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BMS-Tek, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10308137
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed toward a geared traction drive system configured to drive a wheel of a vehicle, comprising: a driveshaft for transmitting power to the wheel; an electric drive motor for driving the driveshaft, the electric drive motor configured to receive signals from a vehicle dynamic control system to command a required speed; a gear reduction component for reducing the speed of the motor by a predetermined factor to a lower speed suitable for driving the wheel; and a drive electronics component that works with the electric drive motor to drive the wheel to the speed commanded by the vehicle dynamic control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Wrightspeed, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Wright, Ryan Cash
  • Patent number: 10308116
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for providing implement-based speed control for a work vehicle may include a planter controller provided in operative association with a planter towed by the work vehicle and a vehicle controller provided in operative association with the work vehicle. The planter controller may be configured to access an input associated with at least one predetermined threshold value for an operating parameter of the planter and monitor the operating parameter relative to the predetermined threshold value(s) as the planter is being towed at a current ground speed of the work vehicle. In addition, when the operating parameter differs from the predetermined threshold value(s), the planter controller may be configured to adjust a speed control request transmitted to the vehicle controller to cause the current ground speed of the work vehicle to be automatically increased or decreased between predetermined maximum and minimum speed values set for the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jason T. Czapka, Kevin D. McKee, Kevin M. Smith, Robert J. Longua, Keith W. Wendte, Marvin A. Prickel
  • Patent number: 10306959
    Abstract: A motorized, weighted base for outdoor patio umbrellas that can be controlled by a smartphone via Bluetooth, is solar powered to not need recharging, and moves the umbrella automatically to keep the user in the shade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: August Rosedale
  • Patent number: 10304262
    Abstract: A method of data collection and reporting for a vehicle fleet includes defining a master reporting template at an original equipment manufacturer. The master reporting template includes one or more original equipment manufacturer report structures for original equipment manufacturer use. The master reporting template is communicated from the original equipment manufacturer to one or more vehicle operators. An inherited reporting template is defined at the vehicle operator including the one or more original equipment manufacturer report structures and one or more vehicle operator report structures for vehicle operator use. Data is collected from one or more vehicles of the vehicle fleet at a data hub via a data port at the one or more vehicles. The data collection is based on the contents of the inherited reporting template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Raymond Scheid
  • Patent number: 10301031
    Abstract: Methods and related apparatus for improving synchronization of two or more engines on an aircraft are disclosed. Such method may be used where each engine comprises a first spool and a second spool, and, where a rotational speed of a first spool of a first engine has been substantially synchronized with a rotational speed of a first spool of a second engine. An exemplary method comprises receiving a value of a sensed parameter useful in controlling the first engine; adding a bias to the value; and using the biased value for controlling the first engine to cause a change in rotational speed of the second spool of the first engine in relation to the rotational speed of the first spool of the first engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Colavincenzo, Andre Brodeur, Alexis Caron L'Ecuyer, Mirel Bogdan, Dragan Jovicic
  • Patent number: 10302447
    Abstract: Navigation applications may utilize various input data to determine various navigation routes. One example method of operating may include providing at least one navigation instruction to a navigation device via a navigation application, detecting the at least one instruction via a detection application, obtaining an image of a physical object, performing a holo-acoustic object manipulation of the physical object, and providing a visual display of the holo-acoustic manipulation as an additional navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10301860
    Abstract: A boundary position, which determines the range of the positions of the window within which trap prevention control is disabled, is set according to the sum of a first amount of rotation and a second amount of rotation. The first amount of rotation approximates a change, in a reference amount of rotation, that corresponds to a change in a detected voltage from a reference voltage. The second amount of rotation is set to a value that is smaller than the difference between a specific amount of rotation at a stop and the reference amount of rotation and is larger than the amount of variations in the reference amount of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Endo, Satoshi Hayasaka, Takuya Sugita
  • Patent number: 10293826
    Abstract: Systems and methods use cameras to provide autonomous navigation features. In one implementation, a method for navigating a user vehicle may include acquiring, using at least one image capture device, a plurality of images of an area in a vicinity of the user vehicle; determining from the plurality of images a first lane constraint on a first side of the user vehicle and a second lane constraint on a second side of the user vehicle opposite to the first side of the user vehicle; enabling the user vehicle to pass a target vehicle if the target vehicle is determined to be in a lane different from the lane in which the user vehicle is traveling; and causing the user vehicle to abort the pass before completion of the pass, if the target vehicle is determined to be entering the lane in which the user vehicle is traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Anna Clarke, Eyal Bagon
  • Patent number: 10289922
    Abstract: A maintenance system can be used with a self-driving vehicle. The maintenance system can include a camera system coupled to an interior of the vehicle and a vehicle management system configured to autonomously drive the vehicle to a first location to remove an item left in the vehicle by a rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Eric John Wengreen, Wesley Edward Schwie
  • Patent number: 10281916
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for detecting transparent elements in a vehicle environment are described. In some examples, this may include accessing an image of a scene captured by an image capture device attached to a vehicle. A reflected image present in the image may be detected. The reflected image may include a portion of the vehicle. It may be determined that the scene includes a transparent element based at least in part on detecting the reflected image present in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chengwu Cui, Sarah Graber, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 10281920
    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: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: nuTonomy Inc.
    Inventors: Emilio Frazzoli, Baoxing Qin
  • Patent number: 10280590
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for inhibiting the bridging of a work vehicle. A method adjusts a position of an implement of a work vehicle to inhibit a bridging of the work vehicle. The method includes: receiving, by a processor associated with the work vehicle, a chassis pitch angle associated with a chassis of the work vehicle from the Grade Control System; determining, by the processor, whether the chassis pitch angle is greater than a predefined threshold; receiving, by the processor, a current height of the implement relative to a grade from the Grade Control System; determining, by the processor, an offset to move the implement to a height above the grade based on the current height of the implement; and outputting, by the processor, the offset to the Grade Control System to move the implement to inhibit the bridging of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher R. Benson, Jeffery Dobchuk, Carl J. Koenig
  • Patent number: 10272742
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is provided that includes a memory and a control module. The memory stores settings. The settings are for interior temperatures of a vehicle, a temperature of a steering wheel, and temperatures of seats within the vehicle. The control module: collects data from one or more cameras, where the data corresponds to one or more captured images of an interior cabin of the vehicle; based on the data, displays a thermographic anthropomorphic figure on a display of the vehicle or a mobile device, where the thermographic anthropomorphic figure is a thermogram representative of temperatures of an occupant of the vehicle; receives via a user interface an input from a user to adjust one of the settings; and based on the input from the user, adjusts operation of a first controlled device to change at least one of the temperatures of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hector Chavez Hernandez, Jorge Alejandro Estevez Garcia, David Yanez Velazquez
  • Patent number: 10276037
    Abstract: An agricultural apparatus includes an agricultural tractor and at least one agricultural implement. The agricultural tractor has at least one tractor controller and the agricultural implement has at least one implement controller. At least one wireless connection is connected to the at least one tractor controller and/or to the at least one implement controller. The agricultural tractor and/or the at least one agricultural implement has at least one adjustable setting controllable by the at least one tractor controller and/or by the at least one implement controller. A multi-purpose handheld wireless device communicates with the tractor controller and/or the implement controller by way of the wireless connection. The multi-purpose handheld wireless device has at least one application that transmits adjustment instructions to the tractor controller and/or to the implement controller to be carried out upon the at least one adjustable setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Tracey D. Meiners
  • Patent number: 10268209
    Abstract: A method of assisting the piloting of an aircraft having at least one actuator acting on a control member. The aircraft has a main measurement system and a secondary measurement system respectively determining at least one predicted value and at least one measured value of a parameter that is used in at least one flight-control law. A filter unit is used to estimate an estimated value of at least one parameter with the help of the predicted and measured values, and for estimating at least one measurement accuracy margin. Each measurement accuracy margin is compared with a corresponding threshold, and the flight-control law that is to be applied is selected as a function of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Jose Torralba
  • Patent number: 10266023
    Abstract: A vehicle hitch assistance system includes an imaging system, a steering system, a dead reckoning system, and a controller. The controller determines a hitch location within a vehicle exterior image received from the camera system, derives a vehicle path to align a hitch ball of the vehicle with the hitch location, and controls the steering system to guide the vehicle along the path including tracking the location of the vehicle using information received from the dead reckoning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Jacob Mattern, Hongtei Eric Tseng, John Paul Shaw, Jill Plavcan, Lisa Yeung, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Patent number: 10259530
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a switching unit which is capable of performing switching between a permission state in which an electric motor is permitted to operate and an inhibiting state in which the electric motor is inhibited from operating. An assembling management system of the electric vehicle includes an information obtaining section which obtains set information set in a vehicle body or a battery and transmits the obtained set information to a determiner section which determines whether or not the electric motor is permitted to operate based on the set information, and an output section which receives a result of determination from the determiner section, and outputs an electric signal indicating which of a permission state and an inhibiting state should be set in the switching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10259449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a hybrid drive device (2) which has an internal combustion engine (3) and an electric machine (4) which can be or is operatively connected to the internal combustion engine (3) and can be operated as a generator, wherein in a normal operating mode a temperature of the electric machine (4) is determined by means of a temperature sensor (14), and operation of the electric machine (4) is permitted only if the temperature is lower than a predefined maximum temperature. There is provision here that in the event of a defect in the temperature sensor (14) an emergency operating mode is carried out in which operation of the electric machine (4) is permitted only with limited power, limited torque and/or over a limited time period. The invention further relates to a hybrid drive device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Martin Adam, Stefan Schlederer