Patents Examined by Tyler J Lee
  • Patent number: 11225777
    Abstract: A mode selecting device configured to select a work mode of a hydraulic excavator, a work determining section configured to determine whether work contents of the hydraulic excavator are work contents other than those of the selected work mode on the basis of a detection result of pilot pressure sensors, a minimum alarm region determining section configured to determine one of a plurality of minimum alarm regions preset on the periphery of the hydraulic excavator on the basis of a selection result of the mode selecting device and a determination result of the work determining section, and an alarm determining section configured to output an alarm signal to a buzzer when the relative position of an obstacle, the relative position being computed by an obstacle position calculating section, is inside an alarm region set so as to include the minimum alarm region determined by the minimum alarm region determining section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazushige Kurokami, Hiroshi Sakamoto, Shigeki Tokita
  • Patent number: 11220802
    Abstract: A shovel management apparatus configured to manage a shovel including a lower traveling body, an upper turning body mounted on the lower traveling body via a turning mechanism, and an excavation attachment attached to the upper turning body includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to obtain fuel consumption information regarding the fuel consumption of the shovel and work mode information indicating the work mode of the shovel set by an operator and aggregate the fuel consumption information according to the work mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeya Izumikawa
  • Patent number: 11214301
    Abstract: An automatic steering control apparatus includes a target-path acquisition unit that acquires a target path that is to be a traveling path of the vehicle, a target-rudder-angle acquisition unit that acquires a target rudder angle that is to be a rudder angle in the vehicle, on the basis of the target path, a sideslip-angle estimation unit that estimates a sideslip angle in the vehicle that is traveling at the target rudder angle, on the basis of the target rudder angle and a vehicle condition of the vehicle, and an automatic steering control unit. The automatic steering control unit performs at least one of stopping of automatic steering control and controlling of a steering-quantity regulation gain for regulating the target rudder angle, when the estimated sideslip angle is equal to or greater than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuhei Tsukahara, Masaya Endo
  • Patent number: 11214264
    Abstract: One way to improve fuel efficiency of a vehicle is to detect the vehicle operational shortcomings related to fuel consumption by determining whether fuel used during operation of the vehicle is normal fuel use or wasted fuel use. Considerations of idling, speeding and inappropriate gear shifts are some ways to measure the amount of fuel wasted due to operator shortcomings. Communicating this information to the operator in real-time so adjustments can be made will improve vehicle fuel efficiency. These techniques are applicable to tracking employment of other driving best practices as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: VNOMICS CORP.
    Inventors: David Charles Chauncey, Edward Charles McCarthy, Peter Joseph Roth, Nicholas Allen Elliott
  • Patent number: 11217044
    Abstract: A map-based notification system configured to perform operations that include: accessing a base-map that comprises a map-tile, the map-tile defining a speed limit of a location; receiving vehicle data that includes speed data; determining that the speed data from the vehicle data transgresses the speed limit associated with the location defined by the map-tile; and causing display of a notification in response to determining that the speed data from the vehicle data transgresses the speed limit associated with the location defined by the map-tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Derrek Harrison, Ingo Gerhard Wiegand, David Liang, John Charles Bicket, Sushant Thakur, James Michael Rowson, Sylvie Lee, Bodecker John DellaMaria, Kenshiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11214939
    Abstract: A method for controlling a loading tool includes positioning the loading tool on a lifting device of a machine, receiving a payload by the loading tool from a payload stock during an operating mode, and determining a mass of the payload during the operating mode. The method also includes providing calibration data representative of a ratio between a volume of the payload and a mass of the payload, detecting a volume of the payload during the operating mode, and determining the mass of the payload as a function of the detecting step and the calibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Andreas Remmelmann
  • Patent number: 11214943
    Abstract: A load value W, which is a weight of a transportation target carried by a front work implement 12, is calculated based on a work load of a boom cylinder 16 of the front work implement 12, and on posture information which is information associated with a posture of the front work implement 12. A load threshold T used for determining whether to recalibrate a load measuring system is changed in accordance with a posture index value which is an index associated with the posture of the front work implement 12 and is obtained based on the posture information. Whether to recalibrate the load measuring system is determined based on the load value W and the load threshold T. A determination result is displayed on a display screen 30 to notify an operator of the determination result. In this manner, deterioration of measuring accuracy is more appropriately detectable regardless of variations of a posture of a front work implement of a work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yousuke Yamanobe, Kazunori Hoshino, Satoshi Nakamura, Youhei Toriyama
  • Patent number: 11215985
    Abstract: An apparatus for remote support of autonomous operation of a vehicle is described. The apparatus includes a processor that performs a method including receiving a query to define a path for the vehicle while the vehicle is traveling along a route from an origin to a destination in a vehicle transportation network, the query comprising multiple points including at least a start point and an end point of the path, obtaining a satellite image of a portion of a geographical area that encompasses the multiple points, determining, using the satellite image, static obstacles within the portion of the geographical area, the static obstacles defining navigable areas within the vehicle transportation network, generating the path through each of the multiple points such that the path is located within at least one navigable area of the navigable areas, and transmitting the path for use by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Aude Laurent, Kevin Poulet, Omar Bentahar, Siddharth Thakur
  • Patent number: 11208097
    Abstract: Methods include electronically monitoring sensor or transceiver location information to detect a location of a machine. Responsive to detection of the machine, determining if the machine is located within a first geographic region, and if the machine is located within a first geographic region, electronically sending a command to an actuator that is coupled to the machine to initiate a first response. The first response includes limiting a height of an implement that is coupled to a chassis of the machine. The implement being height-adjustable relative to the chassis by action of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. Schwartz, Andrew C. Jensen, Rodney L. Menold, Anthony J. Weltzer
  • Patent number: 11203425
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for an unmanned aerial system inspection system. One of the methods is performed by a UAV and includes obtaining, from a user device, flight operation information describing an inspection of a vertical structure to be performed, the flight operation information including locations of one or more safe locations for vertical inspection. A location of the UAV is determined to correspond to a first safe location for vertical inspection. A first inspection of the structure is performed is performed at the first safe location, the first inspection including activating cameras. A second safe location is traveled to, and a second inspection of the structure is performed. Information associated with the inspection is provided to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Patrick Bauer, Bernard J. Michini, Brett Michael Bethke
  • Patent number: 11203351
    Abstract: A control device of an automatic drive vehicle includes: an information acquisition unit that acquires power generator information as information on a power generator provided in the automatic drive vehicle; an operation control unit that switches between a first state in which automatic driving of the automatic drive vehicle is executed without restriction and a second state in which the automatic driving is partially or entirely restricted; and a determination unit that determines whether to perform switching to the second state by the operation control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Higashitani, Noriaki Ikemoto, Tomomi Hase
  • Patent number: 11199857
    Abstract: A vehicle management apparatus includes: a communication unit communicating with a vehicle with lodging capability; a vehicle management control unit creating a travel plan based on information transmitted from a user terminal operated by a user, and managing travel of the vehicle; and an emergency vehicle management unit managing so that an emergency vehicle is deployed at a position so as to arrive at a route, on which the vehicle moves according to the travel plan, within a predetermined arrival time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Katsuya Terahata, Yushi Seki, Yoshihiro Sakayanagi, Koichi Ueda, Shuntaro Shinohara, Ryoko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11198424
    Abstract: A method for operating a hybrid electric vehicle including an electric machine, a battery and an internal combustion engine, the load point of which is shifted upward to drive the electric machine for charging the battery in the generator mode, wherein a target state of charge of the battery is specified; a required target charging capacity is determined; the load point of the internal combustion engine initially is only shifted upward within an engine-map range of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Michael Vogt, Alexander Kruse, Stefan Appel, Christopher Hohm
  • Patent number: 11200761
    Abstract: A work state identifying unit identifies work states of a work machine. A parameter identifying unit identifies a parameter related to a work amount per unit time of the work machine or a parameter related to a speed of the work machine for each of the identified work states on the basis of a time series of position data, azimuth data, or speed data of the work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Onishi, Shinya Kanou, Kyohei Kuroda, Shota Furukawa, Naoyuki Omuro
  • Patent number: 11192532
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle control system capable of improving driving stability and providing safe fun driving to a driver by varying and controlling a regenerative braking torque generated by a motor during coasting. The vehicle control system according to an embodiment of the disclosure includes: a motor configured to provide a driving force to a wheel; a wheel sensor configured to detect a rotational speed of the wheel; and a controller configured to control the motor to generate a first regenerative braking torque during coasting, and to control the motor to generate a second regenerative braking torque lower than the first regenerative braking torque when a wheel slip of the wheel is detected based on an output of the wheel sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: In Hye Park
  • Patent number: 11195351
    Abstract: A work machine measurement system includes an image acquisition unit that acquires an image of a work target captured, while a swinging body of a work machine is swinging, by an image capturing device mounted on the swinging body, a three-dimensional position calculation unit that calculates a three-dimensional position of the work target based on the image, a swing data acquisition unit that acquires swing data about the swinging body, a determination unit that determines whether or not the swing data satisfies a predefined swinging condition and an output unit that outputs a swinging instruction signal based on a result of the determination by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Shun Kawamoto, Toyohisa Matsuda, Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11194346
    Abstract: An angular speed acquisition device acquires the angular speed about a road surface perpendicular axis of a leaning vehicle. The leaning vehicle includes a vehicle body frame capable of leaning in a vehicle left-right direction and a steering shaft which steers at least one of a front wheel unit and a rear wheel unit. An angular speed acquisition device, which is mountable on the leaning vehicle, includes a memory and a processor. The memory stores the relationship between the steering angle, which is a rotation angle about the rotational axis of the steering shaft, the vehicle speed of the leaning vehicle, and the angular speed ? about the road surface perpendicular axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Katsuki
  • Patent number: 11188074
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors that are configured to receive data from one or more sensors, to determine whether one or more characteristics of a driver or an occupant indicate driving control of a vehicle should transfer from the driver based on the data, and to enable a remote operator to control operation of the vehicle in response to determining that the driving control should transfer from the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Andy Benavidez, Jessica Gisela Ellinor Nunn, Michael Livingston
  • Patent number: 11180903
    Abstract: A control system for a work vehicle includes a storage device and a controller in communication with the storage device. The storage device stores target parameter data defining a relationship between a movement distance of the work vehicle and a target parameter related to a target digging amount of a work implement of the work vehicle. The target parameter data includes digging time data defining a relationship between the movement distance of the work vehicle within a predetermined digging area and the target parameter. The controller determines a target return distance from a distance of the digging area defined in the target parameter data, and determines a position returned from a predetermined reference position by the target return distance as a recommended digging start position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 11180901
    Abstract: A work vehicle is provided. The work vehicle is capable of notifying an operator of a state close to overheating of a temperature of a cooling oil that cools a brake device before the temperature overheats. A controller (10) in a work vehicle (100) compares each detection value detected from a brake pressure sensor (26) and a vehicle speed sensor (15) to each threshold (V1, P1, R1) predetermined corresponding to each sensor. The controller (10) outputs a warning command that a temperature of a cooling oil is likely to overheat to a notification device (28) when a state that at least one detection value is equal to or more than the threshold and when a state that at least one detection value is equal to or more than the threshold continues for a first duration (t1) or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Hyodo, Tetsuji Tanaka, Isamu Aoki, Kouji Shimazaki