Patents Examined by Tyler D. Paige
  • Patent number: 10479361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of controlling a braking force of a vehicle can improve fuel efficiency by increasing the rate of regenerative braking in the vehicle. The method includes: determining a required deceleration based on a running state of other vehicle ahead; determining a maximum value of a maximum creep torque of a motor and a maximum creep torque of a battery as an amount of available creep torque; determining a smaller value of a required deceleration and the amount of available creep torque as the creep torque; determining a motor torque based on the creep torque; performing regenerative braking by controlling the motor so as to follow the determined motor torque; calculating a deceleration torque based on the creep torque and calculating an amount of hydraulic braking based on the deceleration torque; and performing hydraulic braking according to the calculated hydraulic braking amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jeewook Huh, Kyoungcheol Oh, Teh Hwan Cho
  • Patent number: 10480953
    Abstract: A monitoring system may include a semi-autonomous mobile monitoring device capable of determining whether it has a sufficient power level to perform a monitoring task based on the distance between the position of the mobile monitoring device and a task area corresponding to the monitoring task. Upon determining a sufficient power level to perform the monitoring task, the mobile monitoring device may calculate a path to a task area corresponding to the monitoring task based on map information stored in a memory of the mobile monitoring device. The mobile monitoring system may automatically avoid known obstacles in the monitoring area between the position of the mobile monitoring device and the task area without using a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan P. Leach
  • Patent number: 10474155
    Abstract: A control system for operating an autonomous earthmoving machine to move material from a work area to a dumping location is disclosed. The control system includes a receiving module to receive values of a set of parameters associated with a profile of a first ground surface between the work area and the first dump location, a profile of a second ground surface between the work area and the second dump location, and operational characteristics of the machine. The control system includes a controller to generate a first cost and a second cost of moving the material from the work area to the first dump location and the second dump location, respectively, and send instructions to the autonomous earthmoving machine to move the material from the work area to either of the first dump location and the second dump location, based on the first cost and the second cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Mo Wei
  • Patent number: 10466690
    Abstract: According to the present invention, the work status at an actual site is represented using a combination of component statuses. A degree of damage that takes into account the manner of use at the actual site is predicted by associating test data collected in a component status test. The objective of the present invention is to estimate, with high accuracy, the degree of damage to a device operating in an actual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Munetoshi Unuma, Yasuki Kita, Takashi Saeki
  • Patent number: 10457318
    Abstract: A steering control information calculation unit (2) calculates a graph of steering control information in accordance with steering control information acquired by a steering control information acquisition unit (1). A mark information input unit (3) acquires mark information input by an adjusting person. A mark information processing unit (4) sets a mark on the graph of the steering control information when the mark information input unit (3) acquires the mark information. An adjustment information display unit (6) displays the graph of the steering control information and the mark set by the mark information processing unit (4) to be superimposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Reiko Sakata, Yoshimichi Umeki, Tsutomu Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10457283
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assist apparatus includes a processor that generates a target traveling trajectory of an own vehicle on the basis of a preceding vehicle traveling trajectory. The processor includes: a determining unit that determines first and second fluctuation amounts and compares them with a threshold to determine fluctuation in both end point positions in a widthwise direction of a preceding vehicle; and a first calculator that, on a condition that one of the first and the second fluctuation amounts is greater than the threshold and thereby determined as fluctuating and the other of the first and the second fluctuation amount is equal to or less than the threshold and thereby determined as non-fluctuating, determines a vehicle width center position of the preceding vehicle by setting, as a reference, non-fluctuating one of the both end point positions corresponding to the non-fluctuating one of the first and the second fluctuation amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichiroh Tamura
  • Patent number: 10457110
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension system (3) is provided that allows attention eliciting information such as rumble strips, bumps and road markers to be conveyed to the vehicle operator substantially without detracting from the performance of the vehicle suspension system. A control unit (10) determines if a prescribed warning condition exists according to vehicle information and/or road surface information acquired by an information acquiring unit, and performs a warning control including an extending and retracting movement of the actuator interposed between an sprung member (8) and an unsprung member (9) of the vehicle at a prescribed frequency when the warning condition is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Toyohira, Takafumi Kato, Atsuhiko Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10451435
    Abstract: A head up display arrangement for a motor vehicle includes a global positioning system module emitting geographic location coordinates associated with the motor vehicle. A database includes lane marking location data stored in association with corresponding geographic location coordinates. An electronic processing device is communicatively coupled to the global positioning system module and to the database. The electronic processing device receives the geographic location coordinates and retrieves from the database lane marking location data stored in association with the received geographic location coordinates. The electronic processing device transmits the retrieved lane marking location data. A head up display is communicatively coupled to the electronic processing device and receives the transmitted lane marking location data. The head up display displays virtual lane markings dependent upon the received lane marking location data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic of North American
    Inventor: Donald Allen Turner
  • Patent number: 10449848
    Abstract: A vehicle provided with an electric propulsion system and a method for controlling the electric propulsion system are provided. The system includes a first Electrical Motor (EM1) connected via first Electrical Connections (EC1) to an on-board Energy Storage System (ESS1) and drivingly connected to wheels. The system further includes a second Electrical Motor (EM2) connected via second Electrical Connections (EC2) to one or several electrical energy sources and drivingly connected to wheels. The system is controlled by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and the Electrical Motors (EM1, EM2) are used in dependence of the State Of Charge (SOC) level in the first Energy Storage System (ESS1) and the availability of electrical energy for the second Electrical Motor (EM2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonas Storm
  • Patent number: 10444757
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-moving device, which moves and works in a working area defined by a limit and comprises a shell, a moving module, a task executing module and a control module; the control module controls the moving module to drive the self-moving device to move and controls the task executing module to execute a work task; the self-moving device comprising at least one capacitance sensor, which is mounted in the shell and electrically connected to the control module and detects whether a surface below the self-moving device or in front of a moving direction is a surface to be machined; the capacitance sensor comprises at least one probe, the probe comprises a probing surface located on the outer surface of the probe, and a conductivity of at least part of the probing surface is larger than or equal to 10?9 s/m; or a distance between the probe and the surface below the self-moving device meets a first preset condition; or an area of the probing surface meets a second preset condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongming Dong, Fangshi Liu, Zhendong Gao, Yiyun Tan
  • Patent number: 10445791
    Abstract: An example customer assistance system and associated methods are described. The example customer assistance system includes a shopping cart, a customer assistance unit mounted on the shopping cart, and a location system disposed remotely from the shopping cart and the customer assistance unit. The customer assistance unit includes a light source oriented upwards relative to horizontal, and an actuator for actuating the light source into an illumination position. In the illumination position, the light source projects a light beam over the shopping cart. The locating system includes at least one image capturing device configured to scan a ceiling for the light beam and to determine a source location of the shopping cart based on a ceiling location of the light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert James Taylor, Matthew Allen Jones, Aaron James Vasgaard, Nicholaus Adam Jones
  • Patent number: 10434962
    Abstract: A method for detecting a rollover on the basis of a signal of an acceleration sensor in the direction of the vertical axis of the vehicle is described, wherein the time period in which acceleration lies within a specified range is assessed. For this purpose, a counter and a clock generator are provided, wherein the counter is incremented each clock pulse if acceleration lies within a specified range, and the counter is decremented maximally to the value of zero if acceleration lies outside of a specified range. An emergency call may be triggered if a specified counter reading is reached. Additionally, a maximum speed may be specified in the travel direction above which the counter or the triggering is not active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Oskar Leirich
  • Patent number: 10434834
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle with a chassis arrangement having at least two vibration dampers. A body control is carried out at least partially with the vibration dampers. The chassis arrangement further has at least one stabilizer. During transverse accelerations below a threshold acceleration the stabilizer contributes to the body control less than the vibration dampers and contributes more than the vibration dampers from the threshold acceleration upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Norbert Ackermann, Helmut Baalmann, Andreas Förster, Sven Greger, Steffen Heyn, Holger Kirchner, Sven Philip Krüger, Thomas Manger, Hendrik Marquar, Christian Maurischat, Stefan Rappelt, Alexander Schwarz, Jens Seiler, Achim Thomae, Michael Triebel
  • Patent number: 10435028
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus (1) for estimation of a vehicle state. The apparatus (1) includes a controller (21) configured to determine a first estimation of the vehicle state in dependence on at least one first vehicle dynamics parameter. A filter coefficient (FC) is calculated based on a first vehicle operating parameter. An operating frequency of a first signal filter (35) is set in dependence on the determined filter coefficient (FC) and the first estimation is filtered to generate a first filtered estimation of the vehicle state. The present disclosure also relates to a vehicle; and to a method of estimating a vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Juan Herrera, Stephen Docker
  • Patent number: 10431089
    Abstract: A system for interacting with data of a vehicle history database includes an interface and a processor. The interface is configured to receive sensor data associated with one or more nearby vehicles. The processor is configured to determine vehicle data associated with the one or more nearby vehicles based at least in part on the sensor data; provide the vehicle data to a vehicle history database; receive vehicle history data associated with the one or more nearby vehicles from the vehicle history database; and indicate a feedback action based at least in part on the vehicle history data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10427683
    Abstract: An image acquisition unit acquires an image around a vehicle. A distance acquisition unit acquires a distance to a first object included in the acquired image. An image processing unit processes the image such that a distance to a second object located beneath the first object included in the acquired image is reflected, in accordance with the acquired distance. A viewpoint transformation processing unit subjects the processed image to viewpoint transformation to produce an image as viewed from above the vehicle. A display processing unit causes a display unit to display the image subjected to transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Yamada, Ichiro Ishida
  • Patent number: 10427582
    Abstract: A load control device includes a camera to capture information of objects of load handled by a load handling device to forward such information to a computer, which compares load data derived therefrom with reference data in a data source and emits a signal to an output device in the case of a certain conflict between the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Timo Käppi, Marko Paakkunainen
  • Patent number: 10421359
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes at least one camera capturing images of an environment outside of the motor vehicle. A proximity sensor detects an object disposed adjacent to the motor vehicle. An electronic processor receives the images captured by the at least one camera, and receives a proximity signal from the proximity sensor. The proximity signal is indicative of whether an object is disposed adjacent to the motor vehicle. The electronic processor determines, based upon the images captured by the at least one camera and the proximity signal, whether the motor vehicle is disposed within an enclosure. The electronic processor receives an engine start request signal that has been wirelessly transmitted by a user. In response to receiving the engine start request signal, the electronic processor causes the engine start system to start an engine of the motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is not disposed within an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Padmanaban Kanagaraj, Katherine Freund
  • Patent number: 10414400
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle includes: an engine (10); an engine torque adjustment mechanism; and a PCM (50) configured to execute vehicle attitude control for, upon satisfaction of a vehicle attitude control executing condition that the vehicle is traveling and a steering angle-related value is increasing, reducing the engine torque to thereby generate deceleration of the vehicle. The PCM (50) is configured, upon satisfaction of a given terminating condition for terminating the vehicle attitude control, to control the engine torque adjustment mechanism to restore the reduced engine torque to an original state before the execution of the vehicle attitude control. The PCM (50) sets a rate of change in the engine output torque being restored, such that it becomes larger as the number of times of combustion per unit time becomes smaller, and restores the engine torque according to the rate of change set in the above manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Hiwatashi, Chikako Ohisa, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Koichi Kimoto, Yasunori Takahara, Daisaku Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10414394
    Abstract: ECU 10 is configured to detect an object external to the vehicle 1, and determine a speed distribution area 40 for defining a distribution of an allowable upper limit of a relative speed of the vehicle 1 with respect to the object in a travelling direction, in a range from a lateral area to rearward and forward areas of the object in the travelling direction. The speed distribution area is determined such that the allowable upper limit is made lower as a lateral distance and a longitudinal distance from the object become smaller. When objects (8A, 8B) are detected, respective ones of the speed distribution areas (40A, 40B) for respective ones of the objects are set, the relative speed for each of objects is calculated, and an avoidance control is executed for restricting the relative speed from exceeding the allowable upper limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ohmura