Patents Examined by Truc M Do
  • Patent number: 12004449
    Abstract: A fill control system on a harvester detects that a receiving vehicle is to be repositioned relative to the harvester. The fill control system generates a signal indicative of how the receiving vehicle is to be repositioned relative to the harvester. The harvester sends the signal to a mobile device that is remote from the harvester. A mobile device receives an indication from a fill control system on a harvester that indicates how a receiving vehicle is to be repositioned relative to the harvester. The mobile device controls a user interface mechanism to generate an output indicating how the receiving vehicle is to be repositioned relative to the harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Faust, Kellen O'Connor
  • Patent number: 12000946
    Abstract: A system and method established and maintains precision relative position, navigation, and timing (PNT) across a network of at least four mutually connected mobile platforms. In embodiments, a key (e.g., advantaged, absolute positioning capable) node of the network determines its pressure altitude and inertial state relative to its platform reference frame and receives inertial state and pressure altitude data from each neighboring node (in exchange for its own) to estimate the relative position and orientation of each neighbor node in its platform frame. The key node performs ranging to each neighboring node, and the neighboring nodes additionally range between each other and exchange ranging data with the key node. By correcting position and orientation estimates via ranging data, the key node determines and maintains extended relative PNT (e.g., in GPS-denied areas), which relative PNT solution is distributed across all network nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Kirchner, Ramachandra J. Sattigeri, Vladislav Gavrilets, James H. Doty
  • Patent number: 11999322
    Abstract: A front tire heating and cleaning system for a vehicle includes a brake system configured to selectively apply hydraulic braking pressure against front wheels and rear wheels of the vehicle, and a controller in signal communication with the brake system. The controller is configured to, upon receipt of a request, initiate a controlled front tire heating mode where the brake system is controlled to selectively apply hydraulic braking pressure against the rear wheels and not the front wheels, and rotate the front wheels to increase tire temperature for improved front wheel traction during off-road maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Eric R Thompson, Colin M Cole, Aleksander Tonkovich
  • Patent number: 11994858
    Abstract: Performance anomalies in complex systems can be difficult to identify and diagnose. In an example, CPU-usage associated with one or more of the systems can be determined. An anomalous event can be determined based on the determined CPU-usage. In some examples, based at least in part on determining the event, the system may be controlled in a safe state and/or reconfigured to obviate the anomalous event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Edward Somers, Thomas Michael Flanagan, Andrew Lewis King, Arpan Silas Rajan
  • Patent number: 11993240
    Abstract: The present invention obtains a controller and a control method capable of simultaneously achieving freedom of driving and safety of a lean vehicle. In a controller (60) and the control method according to the present invention, a control section of the controller (60) can execute anti-lock braking operation for suppressing locking of a rear wheel (4) by increasing/reducing a braking force or drive power of the rear wheel (4) of a lean vehicle (100) and thereby controlling a slip degree of the rear wheel (4) to a slip degree target, and in the case where a slide request, which is a request by a rider to make the lean vehicle (100) slide, is present, implements a slide control mode in which the anti-lock braking operation is performed by setting the slip degree target to be higher than that of a case where the slide request is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Naoto Kijima, Shunsaku Ono
  • Patent number: 11987181
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for coupling a trailer to a towing vehicle is described, including a video camera attached to the towing vehicle and an associated display device in the driver's field of vision, in whose video image a static guide marking is displayed along which a coupling mouth arranged on the towing vehicle can be contacted with a drawbar eye held on the trailer by a drawbar. Providing a driver assistance system which helps the driver estimating the three-dimensional position of the drawbar eye in relation to the towing vehicle while rearwards approaching a trailer. The video camera is arranged at a vertical distance from the coupling and the guide marking is formed by two beam corridors arranged on both sides of the vehicle's longitudinal axis converging towards one another in the rearward direction of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Jost-Werke Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Benjamin Kaufhold, Swen Saupe
  • Patent number: 11977393
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle can access map data comprising travel ways within a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle, and further access constraint data that define original navigational constraints within the map data. The vehicle can further receive constraint files comprising additional navigational constraints within the map data and modify the constraint data based on the constraint files. The vehicle can determine a travel route to a destination using composite constraint data and autonomously driver to the destination along the travel route accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Nagy, Jordan Romaidis, Brett Bavar, Julie Derence, Marcial Hernandez, Tashwin Khurana
  • Patent number: 11969136
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner for performing autonomous driving may include: a main body; a driving unit; a suctioning unit; a plurality of sensors for sensing obstacles present in each direction; and a control unit for controlling the driving unit to move the main body on the basis of a preset driving pattern. The control unit uses sensors provided at the front side of the main body and a first side of the both sides of the main body so as to detect whether entry into a corner area among cleaning areas is made while driving along the preset driving pattern, and controls the driving unit such that the first side of the main body comes into contact with a first wall forming the corner area at least one time when the main body enters the corner area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Woochan Jun
  • Patent number: 11958363
    Abstract: A vehicle includes first and second electric machines constrained to rotate in unison and configured to power a common axle. A controller is programmed to, in response to activation of the vehicle, select one of the first and second speed sensors as a representative speed sensor, and, in response to the electric machines being in speed control, command speeds to the first and second electric machines based on a difference between a target speed of the electric machines and a measured speed of the representative speed sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dev Saberwal, Christopher Golecki
  • Patent number: 11960011
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of validating an output from a GNSS at a receiver including a fusion system comprising location sensors. A location estimate and a location error estimate are computed. A navigation update including a sensor location estimate and sensor location error estimate is also computed with the fusion system based on sensor measurements from the location sensors. A determination is made as to whether or not GNSS filters should be applied based at least on the location estimate, the sensor location estimate, and the sensor location error estimate. When GNSS filters should be applied, the location estimate and/or the location error estimate may be adjusted or rejected and a new navigation update may be computed with the fusion system based on the adjustment or rejection. When the GNSS filters should not be applied, the new navigation update is computed with the location estimate and the location error estimate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John George Karvounis, Benjamin Edward Funk, Jonathan Morton Fetter-Degges, Carole Ann Teolis
  • Patent number: 11955009
    Abstract: A system includes: one or more storage devices that store specific position information indicating a specific position where an autonomous vehicle has a possibility to require remote support; and one or more processors configured to set a first target route as a target route, determine whether an abnormality has occurred in a remote support system, when the abnormality is detected in the remote support system, search for an alternative route that is a route to the destination based on the specific position information, the alternative route having a smaller number of the specific positions to be passed through by the autonomous vehicle than the first target route, when the alternative route is found, change the target route from the first target route to the alternative route, and control the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Takayuki Iwamoto, Kunihito Satou, Takefumi Goto
  • Patent number: 11948468
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting and avoiding conflict along a current route of a robot. The method includes accessing or determining trajectories of the robot and a nearby moving object forward in time from their respective current positions, and detecting a conflict from a comparison of the trajectories. The method includes selecting a maneuver to avoid the conflict, and outputting an indication of the maneuver for use in at least one of guidance, navigation or control of the robot to avoid the conflict. Selection of the maneuver includes determining a plurality of angles that describe the conflict such as those at which the robot and moving object observe one another, and/or an angle between their trajectories, and evaluating the plurality of angles to select the maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Kearney-Fischer
  • Patent number: 11941920
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing an automotive preventive maintenance service includes: a vehicle information creator that creates vehicle information including vehicle diagnosis information obtained in real time while a vehicle is driven and vehicle state information showing a current state of the vehicle; a vehicle breakdown generation predictor that creates vehicle part states each composed of a preventive maintenance emergency degree and a vehicle part on the basis of the vehicle information, and predicts breakdown generation of the vehicle; an automotive repair shop recommender that recommends an automotive repair shop based on a cost or a distance on the basis of the preventive maintenance emergency degree in at least one of the vehicle part states; and a preventive maintenance service compensator that detects whether to perform a maintenance service about a corresponding vehicle part state according to the preventive maintenance emergency degree, and provides preventive maintenance service compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: GLOBIZ CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Sik Im, Jong Soon Im
  • Patent number: 11932226
    Abstract: The present invention obtains a control system and a control method capable of appropriately suppressing rear lift-up of a straddle-type vehicle. In the control system and the control method according to the present invention, damping forces of suspensions and a braking force generated to the straddle-type vehicle are controlled. Braking force adjustment control is executed to adjust the braking force generated to the straddle-type vehicle so as to suppress the rear lift-up that causes a rear wheel of the straddle-type vehicle to lift off from the ground, and initiation timing of the braking force adjustment control is controlled by using a physical quantity to which states of the suspensions are reflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Shoichiro Kaneko, Yoshiki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11927969
    Abstract: A system includes a robotic vehicle having a propulsion and a manipulator configured to perform designated tasks. The system also including a local controller disposed onboard the robotic vehicle and configured to receive input signals from an off-board controller. Responsive to receiving an input signal for moving in an autonomous mode, the local controller is configured to move the robotic vehicle toward one of the different final destinations by autonomously and iteratively determining a series of waypoints until the robotic vehicle has reached the one final destination. For each iteration, the local controller is configured to determine a next waypoint between a current location of the robotic vehicle and the final destination, determine movement limitations of the robotic vehicle, and generate control signals in accordance with the movement limitations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ghulam Ali Baloch, Huan Tan, Balajee Kannan, Charles Theurer
  • Patent number: 11917933
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes a steering handle, a vehicle body to travel with either manual steering by the steering handle or automatic steering of the steering handle based on a traveling reference line, an operator provided to the vehicle body, and a controller to terminate the automatic steering when the operator is operated under the automatic steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Shunsuke Miyashita, Yasuaki Morioka, Kunihiko Nishino, Kumiko Kobayashi, Misako Kawai
  • Patent number: 11914390
    Abstract: Techniques for determining information associated with sounds detected in an environment based on audio data and map data or perception data are discussed herein. A vehicle can use map data and/or perception data to distinguish between multiple audio signals or sounds. A direct source of sound can be distinguished from a reflected source of sound by determining a direction of arrival of sounds and which objects the directions of arrival are associated with in the environment. A reflected sound can be received without receiving a direct sound. Based on the reflected sound and map data or perception data, characteristics of sound in an occluded region of the environment may be determined and used to control the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: ZOOX, INC.
    Inventors: Venkata Subrahmanyam Chandra Sekhar Chebiyyam, Aleksandr Oysgelt, Subasingha Shaminda Subasingha, Nam Gook Cho
  • Patent number: 11904831
    Abstract: Method for updating at least one vehicle model parameter and at least one tire parameter in at least one chassis control unit of a vehicle, based on tire sensor information collected by a tire sensor placed on a tire. The method includes the steps of: collecting tire sensor information; updating the at least one vehicle model parameter based on updating at least one tire parameter, updating one tire parameter being based on the tire sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventor: Chidambaram Subramanian
  • Patent number: 11906318
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for a navigation system that enhances the safety of drivers using fatigue detection mapping. The navigation system accesses data sources storing map data a route for drivers of one or more first vehicles. Based on the map data, a personalized fatigue map for a driver of a second vehicle is generated based on the map data. The personalized fatigue map displays predicted driver fatigue of the driver of the second vehicle on the route. Drivers in the first and second vehicles are monitored to detect driver fatigue and a level of the driver fatigue is measured according to a calculated fatigue score. When driver fatigue is detected, a recommendation is output to the driver of the second vehicle that is based on the level of the driver fatigue. The personalized fatigue map is updated to reflect the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chengcheng Jia, Lei Yang, Hai Yu, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 11895937
    Abstract: A slip determination system is provided that is capable of providing appropriate control information to a traveling vehicle when the traveling vehicle has proceeded to an area where a slip is likely to occur during automatic travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Sakaguchi, Tomohiko Sano, Osamu Yoshida, Tetsuya Nakajima, Takashi Nakabayashi, Satoshi Maruo, Kazuhiro Takahara