Patents Examined by Tyler J Lee
  • Patent number: 11568743
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for managing a vehicle fleet based on compliance regulations, and, in some embodiments, involve blockchain or other distributed ledger technologies. Systems and methods for managing a vehicle fleet based on compliance regulations may include receiving a service request, wherein the service request is a request for a passenger ride or a request for a cargo transport, receiving first information for a first node, wherein the first information comprises a vehicle size, a vehicle weight, and/or a number of seats, receiving second information comprising a first threshold number of vehicle occupants and/or a first threshold vehicle occupant weight limit, determining that the first threshold number of vehicle occupants or the first threshold vehicle occupant weight limit are exceeded, and sending an indication that the first node has not accepted the service request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Abraham Mezaael
  • Patent number: 11567511
    Abstract: An automated package retrieval system is provided. The automated package retrieval system includes a hub apparatus that includes multiple docking stations for multiple delivery devices, a power supply unit coupled to the hub apparatus, and a controller. The controller is configured to instruct at least one of the delivery devices to travel to a location to deliver an item ordered by a user. Once it is determined that the user has not retrieved the item from the delivery device, the delivery device is instructed to return to the hub apparatus. In response to detecting the user in proximity to the hub apparatus after the delivery device has returned to the hub apparatus, the user is provided with access to a storage compartment of the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Scott, Scott Malcolm Waters
  • Patent number: 11565923
    Abstract: A materials handling vehicle includes a mast, a load handling structure supported on the mast, one or more operator controls, and a lifting structure having a chain structure for performing a lifting and lowering of the load handling structure. The materials handling vehicle further includes a height sensor for generating a height signal corresponding to vertical movement of the load handling structure relative to the mast, and a vehicle control module for processing the height signal received from the height sensor and an operator control signal received from the one or more operator controls. The vehicle control module evaluates the height signal and the operator control signal and disables one or more vehicle functions if the height signal does not correspond to the operator control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Okroy, Masoud Karimi
  • Patent number: 11565589
    Abstract: A tractor includes a controller configured to make a determination as to whether stopping control is necessary and to start the stopping control, based on a relation between a target bale size and a current bale size and a stopping distance corresponding to a vehicle speed and a surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinnosuke Ishikawa, Susumu Umemoto, Ryo Kurata
  • Patent number: 11567497
    Abstract: Systems and methods for perceiving a field around a mobile device include a sensor system has a distance sensor arranged on a mobile device. The sensor system captures distance measurements of a field of view. The distance measurements are captured at a unique set of angular scan positions per revolution of the distance sensor over a sequence of scan rotations. A perception system generates a three-dimensional point cloud representation of the field of view based on the distance measurements for each scan rotation in the sequence of scan rotations. The perception system generates a composite three-dimensional depth map of the field of view by compiling each of the three-dimensional point cloud representations for the sequence of scan rotations. Each of the three-dimensional point cloud representations has a resolution that is lower than a resolution of the composite three-dimensional depth map of the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventor: Paul Foster
  • Patent number: 11554782
    Abstract: An apparatus of controlling an engine including an electric supercharger includes: an engine to combust fuel to generate power; a drive motor to assist the power of the engine and selectively operate as a generator to generate electrical energy; a battery configured to supply electrical energy to the drive motor and to be charged by the electrical energy generated from the drive motor; a plurality of electric superchargers respectively installed in a plurality of intake lines through which an ambient air flows to be supplied to a combustion chamber of the engine; and a controller that based on a determined driving tendency, adjusts a target speed of the electric superchargers of the plurality of electric superchargers, determine a driving mode of the electric superchargers, limits a maximum output of the engine, and variably adjusts a SOC electricity-generating region where the engine charges the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yeongseop Park, Dong Hee Han, Hyun Woo Lim, Buhm Joo Suh, Jinkuk Cho, Kwanhee Lee, Sungchan Na, Jihyun Park, Seungwoo Hong, Yong Kak Choi, Hyunjin Kang
  • Patent number: 11548154
    Abstract: A method includes providing a virtual representation of an environment of a robot, the virtual representation including an object representation of an object in the environment. The method further includes receiving manipulation input from a user to teleoperate the robot for manipulation of the object. The method also includes alerting the user to an alignment dimension based upon the manipulation input, receiving confirmation input from the user to engage the alignment dimension, and constraining at least one dimension of movement of the object according to the alignment dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Allison Thackston, Sam Zapolsky, Katarina Bouma, Laura Stelzner, Ron Goldman
  • Patent number: 11549237
    Abstract: A monitor controller configured to control a display content on a display unit is configured to keep displaying a bird's-eye-view image when an operation of an operation device is sensed in the state where the display unit displays the bird's-eye-view image, and to cause the display unit to display the bird's-eye-view image when the operation of the operation device is sensed in the state where the display unit does not display the bird's-eye-view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mizuno, Satoru Ide
  • Patent number: 11548351
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for limiting the functionality of remote start systems within vehicles. Remote start operations may be limited, for example, in response to exceeding one or more remote start limits. Limiting the remote start operations may include either preventing the initiation of a remote start request or ending an already in-progress remote start operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Everett Badger, II, Brandon Beauvais
  • Patent number: 11541742
    Abstract: A mobile omnidirectional device having a base support, four wheels pivotally connected to the base support, each wheel being driven by a drive motor, a controller for individually controlling each of the drive motors, and a power source for powering the controller and the drive motors. The device provides a zero inch turning radius and can be configured as a jib hoist or a rolling transportation cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Northern Valley Machine Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Henningsgard, Frank Walski, Paul Olson
  • Patent number: 11541549
    Abstract: A mobile character control system includes a platform, a character assembly, a control system, and a transportation assembly. The platform is configured to support an operator. The character assembly is engaged with the platform and includes actuatable features configured to simulate movement of a creature. The control system is configured to control activation of the actuatable features of the character assembly in response to signals received from control features controlled by the operator. The transportation assembly is configured to direct movement of the platform and to support the character assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: Ricky Recardo Temple, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11543252
    Abstract: A method for operating a support system for preventing a motor vehicle from being left stranded due to a lack of drive energy is disclosed. The, wherein the motor vehicle has at least one driver assistance system and an internal combustion engine, which is operated with fuel as a first energy source of drive energy, and/or an electric motor, which is operated with electric energy of a battery as a second source of drive energy. The motor vehicle is autonomously driven to a charging and/or filling location using a vehicle system, which is designed to guide the motor vehicle in a fully automatic manner, when an emergency criterion is met which is constantly evaluated during an operational phase of the motor vehicle, and indicates to the driver that the motor vehicle will be left stranded if a charging and/or filling process is not carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Viktor Schimik, Manuel Geisinger
  • Patent number: 11542681
    Abstract: A method and system of using real-time control for a work machine to determine strategies for operating the work machine is disclosed. The method may comprise accessing a real-time cutting time; accessing a first productivity rate, accessing a payload data; analyzing the cutting time; determining an operating strategy based at least on changes in the cutting time and the payload data; and either executing the operating strategy or notifying an operator to execute the operating strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Francois Stander
  • Patent number: 11543145
    Abstract: Performance mapping of equipment performance parameters by capturing, mapping, and/or structuralizing equipment performance data of a device for installation in a system. This includes generating performance maps which outline the expected feature performance parameter behavior of the equipment based on a set of operating parameters that capture the operating conditions. Each performance parameter on the map is representative of an operating point of specific operating conditions taken at a particular point in time. In one example, a performance parameter can be defined by an individualized set of parameter coefficients which in turn are dependent on instantaneous operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: S.A. Armstrong Limited
    Inventors: Olatunji Asiwaju, Peter Thomsen
  • Patent number: 11541947
    Abstract: An assembled body of a vehicle may include a plurality of body parts, each of which forms a portion of the vehicle body, and forming the vehicle by being assembled during combination thereof; a magnetic module provided in each of the body portions and combining the plurality of body portions with each other by use of magnetic flow of the magnetic module; and a controller engaged to the magnetic module and configured for controlling a closed circulating magnetic path produced in the magnetic module such that the plurality of body portions is combined with each other to form the assembled body or to be separated from each other according to a control signal of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Ho Hwang, Dong Eun Cha, Sang Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 11533846
    Abstract: The height of a header of a self-propelled harvesting machine is controlled by a closed loop header position control system. A sensitivity control system receives parameters related to header position error (e.g., an accuracy parameter) and machine stability (e.g., a stability parameter) and automatically identifies a sensitivity metric indicative of a sensitivity with which the header position control system controls the header height, based upon the received parameters. The sensitivity metric is provided to the header position control system. The header position control system performs closed loop header position control with a sensitivity level based upon the sensitivity metric provided by the sensitivity control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Byron K. Miller, Benjamin M. Lovett, Austin M. Laugen
  • Patent number: 11535247
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of cooperatively coordinating future driving maneuvers of a vehicle with fellow maneuvers of at least one fellow vehicle, wherein trajectories for the vehicle are rated with an effort value each, trajectories and fellow trajectories of the fellow vehicle are combined into tuples, the trajectory and the associated effort value of a collision-free tuple are selected as reference trajectory and reference effort value, trajectories with a lower effort value than the reference effort value are classified as demand trajectories, trajectories with higher effort value than the reference effort value are classified as alternative trajectories, and a data packet having a trajectory set consisting of the reference trajectory and the associated reference effort value as well as at least one trajectory from a group comprising the demand trajectories and the alternative trajectories as well as the respective effort values is transmitted to the fellow vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GMBH, Continental Automotive Technologies GMBH
    Inventors: Hendrik Fuchs, Florian Wildschütte, Thomas Michalke, Ignacio Llatser Marti, Maxim Dolgov, Sebastian Strunck, Jonas Schönichen, Thomas Grotendorst
  • Patent number: 11535262
    Abstract: An approach is provided for using a passenger-based driving profile. The approach involves detecting an identity of a user of a vehicle. The approach also involves retrieving a passenger profile of the user based on the identity. The passenger profile is generated based on sensor data indicating a reaction of the user to at least one vehicle driving behavior previously experienced by the user as a vehicle passenger. The approach further involves configuring the vehicle based on the passenger profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Aaron Rincover
  • Patent number: 11536008
    Abstract: A first processor determines a loaded state of a bucket, makes a determination that a traveling apparatus has performed an operation for shifting from a rearward movement state to a state (forward movement or stop) other than the rearward movement state in the loaded state, and calculates a load weight of the bucket from a detection value of a work implement sensor (first hydraulic pressure detectors and a first angle detector) based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Daimon
  • Patent number: 11536007
    Abstract: A system for proactively controlling rimpull limit of a machine includes a hydraulic system having a lift cylinder to move an implement; a lift cylinder pressure sensor that senses a hydraulic pressure of the lift cylinder and responsively produces a lift cylinder pressure signal; and a controller in operable communication with the power train and the lift cylinder pressure sensor. The controller is configured to receive the lift cylinder pressure signal; determine the rimpull limit based at least in part upon the lift cylinder pressure signal; and adjust the torque of the power train to the rimpull limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Berry