Patents Examined by Todd Melton
  • Patent number: 10078334
    Abstract: A lane-control system suitable for use on an automated vehicle comprising a camera, a lidar-sensor, and a controller. The camera captures an image of a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle. The lidar-sensor detects a discontinuity in the roadway. The controller is in communication with the camera and the lidar-sensor and defines an area-of-interest within the image, constructs a road-model of the roadway based on the area-of-interest, determines that the host-vehicle is approaching the discontinuity, and adjusts the area-of-interest within the image based on the discontinuity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Premchand Krishna Prasad, Michael I. Chia
  • Patent number: 10072935
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods are provided herein for tracking carts in a shopping space. A system for tracking carts in a shopping space comprises: a sound sensor array, a cart location database storing location information and sound profiles associated with a plurality of shopping cart identifiers, and a control circuit configured to: identify a cart sound made by a movement of a shopping cart traveling in the shopping space, determine a current location of the shopping cart based on the cart sound, match the shopping cart to a shopping cart identifier in the cart location database, update the location information associated the shopping cart identifier in the cart location database based on the current location of the shopping cart; and update the sound profile of the shopping cart identifier based on the cart sound captured by the sound sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron J. Vasgaard, Matthew A. Jones, Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10072397
    Abstract: A payload management system embodiment may include a force sensing system operatively associated with a bucket of an excavator. The force sensing system senses a magnitude of a force required to hold the bucket at a defined position with respect to a reference datum. An angle sensing system operatively associated with the bucket senses a direction of the force with respect the reference datum. A processing system operatively associated with the force system and the angle sensing system processes data relating to the magnitude of the force and the direction of the force to determine the amount of the payload in the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Flanders Electric Motor Service, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Claxton
  • Patent number: 10068489
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing energy of a UAV during flight. In particular, the disclosed systems and methods assist in safely returning a UAV to ground while reducing diversionary time for providing energy to the UAV. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods calculate a measure of remaining energy with regard to a UAV flying a mission plan and a measure of landing energy needed to travel to a landing station. The disclosed systems and methods can select a transition point from a mission plan and route leading from the mission plan to the landing station by comparing the calculated measure of remaining energy and the calculated measure of landing energy. Moreover, the disclosed system and methods can modify a mission plan to include the selected transition point and route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SKYCATCH, INC.
    Inventors: Stephan Brown, Behrooze Sirang
  • Patent number: 10059347
    Abstract: A safety system for an autonomous vehicle that may be used to warn an occupant engaged in a certain activity that involves handling an object that can harm the occupant in an event of a Sudden Decrease in Ride Smoothness (an SDRS event). The safety system includes a camera that takes images of the occupant and a computer that estimates, based on the images, whether the occupant is engaged in the certain activity. The computer receives from an autonomous-driving control system an indication of whether an SDRS event is imminent. Responsive to both receiving an indication of an imminent SDRS event and estimating that the occupant is engaged in the certain activity, the computer commands a user interface to warn the occupant shortly before the SDRS event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Active Knowledge Ltd.
    Inventors: Tal Thieberger-Navon, Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 10053065
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention provides a method for controlling a vehicle brake system while the vehicle is in reverse. The method includes prefilling the brake system upon detecting an object in the vehicle's path. If the vehicle continues to move toward the detected object and a first threshold is reached, light braking is applied. If the vehicle continues to move toward the detected object and a second threshold is reached, heavier braking up to full braking is applied to prevent the vehicle from colliding with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Brad Ignaczak, Oliver Schwindt, James Kim, Michael Neumeyer
  • Patent number: 10053102
    Abstract: A motor vehicle control system for controlling a plurality of vehicle subsystems to operate in a plurality of subsystem control modes in dependence on a driving surface. The system is operable in an automatic control mode selection condition in which the system is configured to determine the driving surface automatically and to cause each of the vehicle subsystems to operate in a predetermined one of the subsystem control modes in dependence on the determined driving surface. The system may be configured to determine if an interruption in powertrain torque occurs and to, in dependence on the identification of a powertrain torque interruption event, temporarily suspend causing an automatic change to the predetermined one of the subsystem control modes in which each subsystem is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Elliot Hemes, Dan Dennehy, Andrew Fairgrieve, James Kelly, Sam Anker
  • Patent number: 10046643
    Abstract: In order to enable satisfactory vehicle motion control to be carried out while wheels (10) are being braked, on a vehicle in which each of the wheels (10) is braked by a regenerative braking force by a motor (30) and a friction braking force by a friction brake mechanism (40), a brake ECU (53) acquires at least one parameter out of a steering angle, a steering velocity, a lateral acceleration of a vehicle body, a yaw rate of the vehicle body, a sprung vertical acceleration, and an unsprung vertical acceleration, and when a magnitude of the parameter is more than a threshold, decreases a ratio of the regenerative braking force out of a driver-requested braking force, and increases a ratio of the friction braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masatoshi Nakatsu
  • Patent number: 10029714
    Abstract: A system for pacing a train having a plurality of locomotives is disclosed. The system may include an signaling system onboard component configured to receive a signal indicative of a requested time of arrival (RTA) of the train, a locomotive health system configured to output one or more health signals indicative of a health status of each of the plurality of locomotives, and an energy management system in electronic communication with the signaling system onboard component and the locomotive health system. The energy management system may be configured to generate driving command signals based on the RTA and the one or more health signals, generate an RTA confirmation signal based on the one or more health signals, the RTA confirmation signal being indicative of whether the train will achieve the RTA, and communicate the RTA confirmation signal to a train signaling system via the signaling system onboard component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventor: James David Seaton
  • Patent number: 10018469
    Abstract: A method of using signal processing representations from IMU/INS devices to identify terrain types. Using orientation and pace invariant gait dynamics images (GDIs) to identify terrain types. Utilizing signal processing representations from IMU/INS devices to determine relative position in GPS-denied areas. Using orientation and pace invariant gait dynamics images (GDIs) to determine relative position in GPS-denied areas. A method of using signal processing representations from IMU/INS devices to determine absolute position using GDI terrain IDs. A method of using signal processing representations from IMU/INS devices to identity position relative to land classes. Using orientation and pace in variant gait dynamics images (GDIs) to identity position relative to land classes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Naimark, Yunbin Deng, Geoffrey S. Meltzner, Yu Zhong
  • Patent number: 10017023
    Abstract: A method for controlling the level of an air-suspended motor vehicle includes determining, by a sensor system, at least one of the speed of travel or the actuation state of a parking brake, measuring, if at least one of the speed of travel has undershot a minimum speed of travelor the parking brake has been actuated, the actual level in the region of each air spring bellows, comparing the measured values for the actual level with the predetermined setpoint level, determining an actual level value of an air spring bellows having the greatest deviation from the setpoint level, and expanding, for the air spring bellows having an actual level having the greatest deviation from the setpoint level, the tolerance band by at least one of increasing the upper tolerance limit thereof to a corrected upper tolerance limit or lowering the lower tolerance limit thereof to a corrected lower tolerance limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Albers, Siegfried Bartel, Reinhard Gocz, Ingo Jovers, Uwe Lentz
  • Patent number: 10012668
    Abstract: A first air data system for providing first aircraft air data parameter outputs is formed by a first electronics channel of a first multi-function probe (MFP) that is electrically coupled with a first static pressure sensor. A second air data system for providing second aircraft air data parameter outputs is formed by a first electronics channel of a second MFP that is electrically coupled with a second static pressure sensor. A third air data system for providing third aircraft air data parameter outputs is formed by a second electronics channel of the first MFP that is electrically coupled with a second electronics channel of the first MFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Brent Naslund, Jaime Sly
  • Patent number: 10011265
    Abstract: Inverterless running control is control in which an inverter is set to a gate cut-off state, an engine is driven to mechanically rotate a motor-generator and to generate in the motor-generator, counter-electromotive torque in accordance with a difference between a counter-electromotive voltage of the motor-generator and a system voltage, and a vehicle runs with drive torque applied to an output shaft as reaction force of the counter-electromotive torque. An ECU controls drive torque to produce driving force determined by an accelerator position by raising or lowering the system voltage during inverterless running control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kishimoto, Masaya Amano, Takashi Ando, Yu Shimizu, Wataru Nagashima
  • Patent number: 10008121
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate method and system for managing a dispatch of vehicles based on generation of a dispatch schedule. The method includes generating a dispatch schedule for one or more vehicles at one or more time instants based on a first demand for the one or more vehicles along a route. For a current time instant, the method includes predicting a second demand for the one or more vehicles at each of the one or more stations, at time instants subsequent to the current time instant, based on a current demand. The method further includes updating the dispatch schedule by varying the count of vehicles to be dispatched from the first station based at least on the second demand. Further, the method includes transmitting a notification to a computing device installed in each of the one or more vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Theja Tulabandhula, Narayanan Unny Edakunni
  • Patent number: 10005493
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control apparatus includes a setting unit and a adjusting unit. The setting unit sets a set position of a preceding vehicle ahead of an own vehicle in a vehicle width direction as a control target point of follow-up traveling allowing for traveling while following the preceding vehicle. The control amount adjusting unit adjusts, on a basis of a first control adjustment value that is based on shape data of the preceding vehicle, a control amount that controls the own vehicle to the control target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensei Sakamoto, Takashi Kubo, Hideaki Suzuki, Masayuki Yajima
  • Patent number: 10000200
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems including a controller for a hybrid system. The controller includes an electronic processor configured to receive inputs defining a current condition of the hybrid system. The inputs include an acceleration input and an engine speed input. The electronic processor is configured to determine a desired torque based at least in part on the acceleration input, determine an actual torque based at least in part on the engine speed input, and set a torque strategy to operate an internal combustion engine at a high efficiency level when the desired torque is different than the actual torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Shyam Jade, Jason Schwanke
  • Patent number: 9988008
    Abstract: Described herein is utilization of nontransparent Shock-Absorbing Energy Dissipation Padding (SAEDP) in an autonomous on-road vehicle. In one embodiment, the vehicle includes a side window located at eye level of an occupant who sits in the vehicle. The side window enables the occupant to see the outside environment. A motor is configured to move the SAEDP over a sliding mechanism between first and second states. A processor is configured to command the motor to move the SAEDP from the first state to the second state responsive to an indication that a probability of an imminent collision reaches a threshold. In the first state, the SAEDP does not block the occupant's eye level view to the outside environment, and in the second state, the SAEDP blocks the occupant's eye level view to the outside environment in order to protect the occupant's head against hitting the side window during collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Active Knowledge Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil Thieberger, Ari M Frank
  • Patent number: 9981691
    Abstract: A vehicle steering control apparatus having high robustness while ensuring the accuracy of automatic parking. The steering control apparatus includes a target parking position computing module to calculate a target parking position, a target line computing module to calculate a target parking line, an own vehicle position target attitude angle computing module to calculate an own vehicle position target attitude angle, an own vehicle attitude angle, and the target parking line, an own vehicle position target curvature computing module to calculate an own vehicle position target curvature, and a steering controller for calculating a target steering angle based on the own vehicle position target curvature and performing control such that the actual steering angle matches the target steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Michitoshi Azuma, Yukiyasu Akemi, Kohei Mori, Yu Takeuchi, Toshihide Satake, Masaya Endo
  • Patent number: 9976864
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for providing a recommendation and/or a travel interface based upon a predicted travel intent. For example, a set of user signals (e.g., search queries, calendar information, social network data, etc.) may be evaluated to determine the predicted travel intent for a user to travel to a destination. A recommendation may be provided based upon the predicted travel intent. For example, images, news stories, advertisements, events, attractions, travel accommodation (e.g., hotel, car, and/or flight reservation functionality) and/or other information and functionality associated with the destination may be provided through the recommendation. The recommendation may be provided through an alert, a mobile app, a website, a travel interface, and/or a variety of other interfaces. The predicted travel intent may be used to modify information provided by a website, an operating system, and/or apps (e.g., a news app may display information about the destination).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Adam Kahn, Karan Singh Rekhi, Gautam Kedia
  • Patent number: 9978273
    Abstract: A method and a system for improving a traffic participant's attention is such that, at first, information on the traffic scene that is encountered by the traffic participant is obtained. From the obtained information a traffic situation development is predicted. A measure for at least on future risk in the predicted traffic situation development is determined and a communication with the traffic participant is started. The communication comprises a first step of notifying the traffic participant and a second step of providing additional information in response to the traffic participants reaction to the notification which includes some information on the determined future risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Heckmann