Patents Examined by Tyler D. Paige
  • Patent number: 10845809
    Abstract: Achieving safety and natural automatic driving needs a control platform using intelligence (such as learning function and artificial intelligence), but it is difficult to ensure operations suited for the behavior of a vehicle by the output of intelligence. An automatic driving device according to the present invention includes a control program for inputting outside information and vehicle information, and outputting a target control value for a vehicle. The control program has a first program for generating a first target control amount on the basis of a dynamically changing algorithm (which outputs operations based on learning function or artificial intelligence), and a second program for generating a second target control amount on the basis of a prescribed algorithm (which outputs operations according to traffic rules or driving morals).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Imai, Takao Kojima, Kentaro Yoshimura, Kiyoshi Yorozuya
  • Patent number: 10845803
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an autonomous vehicle safety system can be implemented with a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors being configured to produce an electrical signal that is indicative of an environmental condition about a vehicle; a sensor distribution hub that receives the electrical signals from the plurality of sensors and generates two streams of data based on the electrical signals received from the plurality of sensors; a first micro-processing unit configured to receive a first of the two streams of data generated by the sensor distribution hub, where the first micro-processing unit is further configured to autonomously control the vehicle; and a second micro-processing unit configured to receive a second of the two streams of data generated by the sensor distribution hub, where the second micro-processing unit is also configured to autonomously control the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Eric Sidle, Veera Ganesh Yalla, Samir Agrawal, Jerry L. Petree, Dennis Polischuk
  • Patent number: 10836613
    Abstract: A hydraulic crane comprising: —a rotatable column (7); —a crane boom system comprising a first crane boom (11) connected to the column; and —an electronic control device for controlling the movement of the column and the crane boom system on the basis of control signals from a manoeuvring unit and a calculation model for boom tip control. The control device is configured to switch from a first control mode into a second control mode when the first crane boom is about to interfere with an obstacle. In the first control mode, the control device controls the crane boom movements in accordance with an ordinary control strategy. In the second control mode, the control device makes the load suspension point (P) of the crane boom system move along the trajectory defined by said control signals while controlling the crane boom movements in accordance with an auxiliary control strategy in which the first crane boom is prevented from interfering with the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cargotec Patenter AB
    Inventors: Per Gustafsson, Sten Sirén
  • Patent number: 10829068
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a set of vehicle-specific, user-specified vehicle physical system settings for a first vehicle. The processor is also configured to use a known first vehicle physical configuration to convert the system settings into user-centric settings, representing at least spacing between physical components achieved in the first vehicle by the user-specified settings. The processor is further configured to save the converted user-centric settings with respect to a user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Pankow, Hamid M. Golgiri, James Issac, Adam Thomas Rainey, Stephen Schmidt, Patrick Lawrence Jackson Van Hoecke, Matthew Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10829126
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to monitor and evaluate vehicle operator behavior. An example apparatus includes at least one processor to process image data to identify a traffic sign in relation to a vehicle; identify a driver event using a pattern of objects including the traffic sign and the vehicle in the image data; and evaluate compliance with a driver event rule for the driver event by at least: a) calculating a proximity of the traffic sign to the vehicle based on i) a distance between the vehicle and the traffic sign and ii) an operating state of the vehicle; b) comparing the proximity of the traffic sign and the operating state of the vehicle to determine an actual vehicle operating behavior; and c) generating a score associated with operation of the vehicle by comparing the actual vehicle operating behavior with the reference vehicle operating behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy Innes, Stephen Mitchell, Soe Naing, Matthew O'Donnell, Andrew Silva
  • Patent number: 10829149
    Abstract: Model-based control of dynamical systems typically requires accurate domain-specific knowledge and specifications system components. Generally, steering actuator dynamics can be difficult to model due to, for example, an integrated power steering control module, proprietary black box controls, etc. Further, it is difficult to capture the complex interplay of non-linear interactions, such as power steering, tire forces, etc. with sufficient accuracy. To overcome this limitation, a recurring neural network can be employed to model the steering dynamics of an autonomous vehicle. The resulting model can be used to generate feedforward steering commands for embedded control. Such a neural network model can be automatically generated with less domain-specific knowledge, can predict steering dynamics more accurately, and perform comparably to a high-fidelity first principle model when used for controlling the steering system of a self-driving vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Gowtham Garimella, Joseph Funke, Chuang Wang, Marin Kobilarov
  • Patent number: 10821996
    Abstract: A motor-driven vehicle includes a power storage device and a control device configured to perform a restraint process for restraining progress of deterioration of the power storage device when a parameter falls outside a predetermined range. The control device sets the predetermined range to be narrower when a second mode in which a person other than an owner of the vehicle serves as a user is set as an operation mode than when a first mode in which the owner serves as the user is set as the operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10823816
    Abstract: A system for providing the location of a planer board is provided. In an embodiment, the system includes one or more computer devices and one or more computer processors. The system includes (A) a planer board application (planer board app) embodied in instructions stored by the one or more computer devices. When the planer board app is executed by the one or more computer processors, the planer board app is configured to: (i) receive inputs from a GPS locator module. The planer board app is further configured to receive user inputs for (ii) a lure line length for a planer board and (iii) a boat line length to the planer board. (B) The planer board app generates a planer board track based on the inputs from (i)-(iii). (C) The planer board app also includes a user interface, such that the planer board app is further configured to display the planer board track on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: ITroll, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Zdroik, Matt Lazarski
  • Patent number: 10825268
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving, at a computing system, parameters from a vehicle, wherein the parameters correspond to a set of associated parameter identifiers (PIDs), and determining, by the computing system, one or more thresholds for one or more PIDs of the set of associated PIDs. The example method additionally includes determining, by the computing system, one or more indicators displayable on a first graph of parameters corresponding to a first PID of the set of associated PIDs. For instance, at least one indicator of the one or more indicators represents a parameter corresponding to a second PID of the set of associated PIDs breaching a threshold associated with the second PID. The example method further includes displaying, by the computing system on a graphical user interface, the first graph of parameters corresponding to the first PID and the one or more indicators on the first graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: Joshua C. Covington
  • Patent number: 10814913
    Abstract: A driving support ECU initializes a target trajectory calculation parameter at a start of LCA; calculates, based on the target trajectory calculation parameter, a target trajectory function representing a target lateral position which is a target position of an own vehicle in a lane width direction in accordance with an elapsed time from the start of LCA; calculates a target control amount based on the target trajectory function; when a steering operation by a driver has been detected, again initializes the target trajectory calculation parameter; and recalculates the target trajectory function based on the target trajectory calculation parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Fujii
  • Patent number: 10814736
    Abstract: A wireless charging system for a vehicle is described, as well as methods of using the system. The system may include a computer programmed with instructions stored in memory and executable by a processor, and a radar device controlled by the computer. One method includes: aligning a reception coil on a vehicle with a charging coil using ground penetrating radar data; and then receiving inductive charge at the reception coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Thomas Joseph Hermann, Ali Hassani
  • Patent number: 10816356
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for autonomous feature optimization. In some embodiments, a method includes generating one or more candidate navigation routes for a driver of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the method includes determining a set of autonomous features to be provided by the vehicle for each of the one or more candidate navigation routes. In some embodiments, the method includes determining that the set of autonomous features includes an unsafe autonomous feature that is not safe to use during any part between the start point and the end point of the one or more candidate navigation routes. In some embodiments, the method includes displaying a user interface that includes the one or more candidate navigation routes and corresponding autonomous features that are available for each of the one or more candidate navigation routes, wherein the user interface excludes the unsafe autonomous feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Shum, BaekGyu Kim, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10809741
    Abstract: A system for regulating the speed of a vehicle includes defining a first border for a first geographic region. The border has a first speed within the border and a second speed outside of the border. The system includes determining a first velocity of the vehicle including a vehicle speed and direction of the vehicle approaching the border. The difference between the vehicle speed and the second speed is the calculated, as is a distance between the vehicle and the border. If the difference between the vehicle speed and the second speed divided by the distance is greater than a predetermined value, the vehicle is decelerated at a rate so that the vehicle will have a second speed when the vehicle reaches the border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Hille, Chun Lan, Scott D. Taylor, Joseph B. Bottensek, Jacob D. Scherer, Duane D. Wagner, Jacob J. Minick
  • Patent number: 10809710
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided that includes a communication circuit configured to transmit and receive wireless data with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a display configured to display a user interface (UI) for operating the UAV, a memory, and a processor electrically coupled with the communication circuit, the display, and the memory. The processor is configured to receive information about a direction of a first point of the UAV from the UAV, display a direction indication object corresponding to a direction of the first point on the display, in response to receiving a user input associated with movement or rotation of the UAV, generate a control signal for moving or rotating the UAV with respect to the first point in response to a location of the direction indication object and the user input, and transmit the generated control signal to the UAV using the communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Kee Lee, Su Hyun Na, Tae Ho Wang, Choon Kyoung Moon, Eun Kyung Yoo, Olivia Lee, Hee Young Chung
  • Patent number: 10800645
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method, device and system for automatic oiling of a long-distance transport vehicle. The method provided by the present application includes: obtaining, by a transport planning system at a network side, vehicle status information, transport mission information and highway port information of the vehicle before the long-distance transport vehicle starts from a highway port of departure; generating a transport plan according to the vehicle status information, the transport mission information and the highway port information, wherein the transport plan comprises at least one highway port to be stopped at, cargo quantity to be loaded at each highway port to be stopped at and oil mass to be filled at each highway port to be stopped at; and sending the transport plan to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 10802504
    Abstract: In one example, notice of a priority vehicle is obtained. A first protective field is generated around a current vehicle and a second protective field is generated around the priority vehicle. A priority lane is created by moving the first protective field of the current vehicle away from the second protective field of the priority vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Pohl, Rodrigo Aldana Lopez, Leobardo Campos Macias, Rafael De La Guardia Gonzalez, David Gomez Gutierrez, Jose Parra Vilchis, Roman Schick
  • Patent number: 10803620
    Abstract: An example trailer monitoring system includes a trailer monitoring unit including an image capture arrangement disposed within the trailer monitoring unit to capture first image data. An accelerometer is carried by the trailer monitoring unit is to generate acceleration data of the trailer monitoring unit. The trailer monitoring system also includes one or more processors configured to access the acceleration data and configured to compare the acceleration data to a reference acceleration data range to determine if the acceleration data is within the reference acceleration range. In response to the acceleration data being outside the reference acceleration data range, the one or more processors are to increase a tally of impact events associated with the trailer monitoring unit being impacted. In response to the tally satisfying a threshold, the one or more processors are to generate an alert indicative of the trailer monitoring unit requiring maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Justin F. Barish, Adithya H. Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10794722
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle including (i) a vehicle main body, (ii) an input device that receives a destination input operation, (iii) a first display that displays information on a route to a destination inputted by the input device, the first display being arranged in the vehicle main body, (iv) an acquisition device for acquiring location-related information based on a current location of the vehicle main body or a location of a goal point of the vehicle main body, and (v) a second display that displays the location-related information acquired by the acquisition device, the second display being arranged in the vehicle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Megumi Amano, Kohei Maejima, Chika Kajikawa, Hikaru Gotoh, Yoshiaki Matsumura, Chiharu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10795552
    Abstract: This avionics device intended to be on board an aircraft is configured to implement an avionics function and to control the display, by at least one receiving device, of data associated with the avionics function, the avionics function including one or several avionics commands able to be displayed on the receiving device and selected by a user. The avionics device comprises a module for generating a data message, and a module for sending said message to the receiving device. The generating module is configured to generate a usage domain message containing a list of avionics command(s) available for the corresponding avionics function, and the sending module is configured to send the usage domain message to the receiving device, to display the availability of the only command(s) included in said list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Isabelle Todescato, Jean-Jérôme Vengeon, Stéphane Roulon, Ludovic Billault
  • Patent number: 10796176
    Abstract: Personal emotional profile generation uses cognitive state analysis for vehicle manipulation. Cognitive state data is obtained from an individual. The cognitive state data is extracted, using one or more processors, from facial images of an individual captured as they respond to stimuli within a vehicle. The cognitive state data extracted from facial images is analyzed to produce cognitive state information. The cognitive state information is categorized, using one or more processors, against a personal emotional profile for the individual. The vehicle is manipulated, based on the cognitive state information, the categorizing, and the stimuli. The personal emotional profile is generated by comparing the cognitive state information of the individual with cognitive state norms from a plurality of individuals and is based on cognitive state data for the individual that is accumulated over time. The cognitive state information is augmented based on audio data collected from within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Gabriele Zijderveld