Patents Examined by Y. Lin
  • Patent number: 10780821
    Abstract: A computing system for a vehicle includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to process sensor information to determine a condition of a portion of a ground surface adjacent at least one door opening of the vehicle, and to control an operation of the vehicle responsive to the condition of the portion of the ground surface adjacent the at least one door opening of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolaos Michalakis, Julian M. Mason
  • Patent number: 10768003
    Abstract: A system includes a computer including a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to determine a route based on at least one of (a) an amount of snow accumulation, and (b) a predicted amount of remediation material, for each of a plurality of road segments, actuate a vehicle to follow the route, and actuate at least one of a snow plow and a material spreader on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Erick Michael Lavoie, Roger Arnold Trombley
  • Patent number: 10768627
    Abstract: An autonomously moveable storage unit includes one or more processors, a storage container configured to contain a stored item, a moveable base coupled to the storage container and communicatively coupled to the one or more processors, and one or more memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors. The one or more memory modules store logic that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the autonomously moveable storage unit to actuate the moveable base to automatically move the autonomously moveable storage unit from a docked position coupled to the wheelchair to an undocked position uncoupled from the wheelchair, and actuate the moveable base to automatically move the autonomously moveable storage unit from the undocked position to the docked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Moore
  • Patent number: 10751881
    Abstract: In current distributed simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) implementations on multiple robots in a robotic cluster, failure of a leader robot terminates a map building process between multiple robots. Therefore, a technique for fault-tolerant SLAM in robotic clusters is disclosed. In this technique, robotic localization and mapping SLAM is executed in a resource constrained robotic cluster such that the distributed SLAM is executed in a reliable fashion and self-healed in case of failure of the leader robot. To ensure fault tolerance, the robots are enabled, by time series analysis, to find their individual failure probabilities and use that to enhance cluster reliability in a distributed manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Swarnava Dey, Swagata Biswas, Arijit Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10756919
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a robotic device to manipulate a manual control of a device. In one aspect, the system includes a robotic device, a first device that is located at a property and that has a manual control, and a monitoring unit. The monitoring unit may include a network interface, a processor, and a storage device that includes instructions to cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may include determining an operating state of the first device, determining the state of the monitoring system, determining whether one or more of the manual controls associated with the first device should be manipulated to alter the operating state of the first device, and transmitting one or more instruction to the robotic device that instruct the robotic device to manipulate one or more manual controls that are associated the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 10745927
    Abstract: A robotic pool cleaner for cleaning surfaces of a pool including a housing having an upper portion disposed over a base to define an interior chamber. The base includes a water inlet and the upper portion has at least one water discharge port for discharging filtered water. Rotatably-mounted supports support and guide the cleaner along a pool surface. A filter assembly filters water drawn through the water inlet. An electric motor mounted in the interior chamber is configured to move the cleaner on a pool surface. The electric motor receives power from a remote power source via a two-wire power cable. An electrical circuit having at least one orientation sensor is provided on-board the cleaner. The circuit is configured to provide an electrical signal to the remote power supply over the two-wire cable when the cleaner changes its orientation by a predetermined amount with respect to the pool surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: AQUA PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Kameshwar Durvasula, Mark Sphilman, Ethan Hanan
  • Patent number: 10717462
    Abstract: A sensor device includes: multiple sensor units, each of which includes multiple sensor elements and a signal processing unit that generates and transmits an output signal including multiple detection signals corresponding to detection values of the sensor elements; and multiple control units, each of which includes a communication unit that receives the output signal, an abnormality monitoring unit that monitors abnormality of the respective sensor unit, and a physical quantity computation unit that computes a physical quantity based on at least one of the detection signals which is normal. One control unit mutually transmits and receives the detection signals as subject sensor signals received from the respective sensor unit and the detection signals as other sensor signals received from another one of the control units with another system control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Atsuko Oka, Shuji Kuramitsu, Koichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10705536
    Abstract: Route segment information is received from a first autonomous vehicle over a network. The route segment information includes one or more route segments and estimated entrance times, each of the entrance times being associated with one of the route segments and representing a time the first autonomous vehicle enters the route segment. Whether the first autonomous vehicle is within a specific route segment is determined based on an entrance time associated with the specific route segment and a current location of the first autonomous vehicle. If the first autonomous vehicle is within the specific route segment, a request is sent to invite the first autonomous vehicle to join a vehicle group of one or more vehicles associated with the specific route segment. The vehicle group is one of a plurality of vehicle groups that were determined based on route segment information received from a plurality of autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jinghao Miao, Liyun Li, I-Hsuan Yang, Shiyuan Fang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10706642
    Abstract: A system includes at least one processor configured to, in response to receiving a VIN from a remote vehicle, transmit to the vehicle a parameter definition selected based on fields of the VIN to configure an ECU of the vehicle to enter a logging mode to capture, aggregate, and send operational data of the vehicle, and a bandwidth configuration file for a modem of the vehicle based on historical throughput requirements associated with operational data. The parameter definition may include a reporting application configured to be executed by a processor of the ECU to generate a processed parameter from a raw parameter associated with vehicle operation. Also, the parameter definition may include updated firmware for the ECU, and the reporting application is configured to be executed by the ECU after the updated firmware is installed in the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Medville Jay Throop, Praveen Kumar Yalavarty, Douglas B. Thornburg, John William Schmotzer, Brian David Tillman
  • Patent number: 10699543
    Abstract: A method for operating a self-propelled cleaning device, in particular a vacuuming and/or wiping robot, the cleaning device traveling in one or more rooms on the basis of a stored room map and, if necessary, carrying out cleaning jobs. The cleaning device furthermore receives information from a fire sensor, in particular initiates an emergency call in the event of a fire alarm. In order to devise a method which offers active help to individuals present in the rooms, the cleaning device, in the event of a fire alarm, outputs an acoustic and/or optical signal and moves toward an emergency exit or toward a safe location starting from its current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Pia Hahn
  • Patent number: 10696137
    Abstract: A control unit for a climate control system for a vehicle, comprising; a monitoring module arranged to monitor at least one demand representative of an environmental parameter change within the vehicle and/or at least one active user input relating to an environmental parameter within the vehicle; a storage means storing a control policy for configuring at least one climate control element; a feedback module configured to receive the at least one demand from the monitoring module and to receive a simulated control policy from a simulation module; wherein the feedback module is configured to update the control policy, based on the simulated control policy, in response to receiving the at least one demand; and an implementation module for controlling said at least one climate control element in accordance with said control policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Diana Hintea, James Brusey, Neil Beloe
  • Patent number: 10689008
    Abstract: A method is provided for assisting a driver of a single-track motor vehicle during a drive in order to drive through a bend safely. In the method, at least one current driving state variable and driver-specific driving dynamics variables are compared with an approaching driving situation and, if a danger threshold value is reached or exceeded, a warning signal is output. The current speed of the motor vehicle is sensed by a speed sensor and transmitted to a computer—and memory unit as the current driving state variable. Both previously reached inclined positions of the single-track motor vehicle and previously reached brake pressures and/or brake pressure gradients are stored by the computer-and-memory unit as the driver-specific driving dynamics variables. In order to evaluate the approaching driving situation, a bend radius of a curve to be driven through next is determined via a navigation unit and is transmitted to the computer—and memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Josef Seidl
  • Patent number: 10683633
    Abstract: A system for controlling the operation of an industrial machine during crowd runaway conditions. The system includes a controller that monitors and compares an actual crowd system state (e.g., an actual dipper position) with a requested crowd system state (e.g., a requested dipper position from the operator). If the controller determines that the crowd system is behaving contrary to requested crowd system behavior, the controller adjusts a crowd parameter, such as a crowd motor torque, to resolve the runaway condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Joy Global Surface Mining Inc
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Voelz, Michael Linstroth
  • Patent number: 10685506
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that detect a wheel alignment condition are provided. The method includes receiving a dataset comprising one or more from among a steering wheel angle parameter, a speed parameter, a lateral acceleration parameter, a self-aligning torque parameter and a power steering torque parameter, normalizing the received dataset, analyzing the normalized dataset according to a model for determining a wheel alignment condition, and outputting a value indicating whether the wheel alignment is within a predetermined value based on the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Wei Tong, Hojjat Izadi, Fahim Javid
  • Patent number: 10661782
    Abstract: An operation control system for a hybrid vehicle capable of causing the vehicle to travel in parallel mode in which front wheels of the vehicle are driven by an engine and a front motor, capable of fuel cut control to stop fuel supply to the engine during deceleration of the vehicle, and capable of regenerative braking using the front motor, wherein when the vehicle traveling in parallel mode is to be decelerated and SOC of a traction battery is lower than or equal to an electricity-generation determination lower limit value Sbu, Sbd, a hybrid control unit performs first charging promotion control to brake the vehicle by regenerative braking while causing the engine to continue operating by continuing fuel supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Takahiro Oguma, Shigetoshi Hirano, Tadayoshi Hirao
  • Patent number: 10657831
    Abstract: A computing device receives image data from a camera. The received image data represents a scene comprising an unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV. The computing device receives identification data wirelessly from the UAV. The computing device associates the received image data with the received identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Iain Matthew Russell
  • Patent number: 10647331
    Abstract: A presentation control device controlling an information presentation device in a vehicle equipped with a vehicle control device for controlling an acceleration-deceleration function or a steering function, includes: a plan acquisition section that acquires a travel plan indicating a control content of the vehicle; a behavior change determination section that determines whether a control target value relating to a magnitude of a behavior change included in the travel plan is larger than an advance threshold; and a presentation execution section that presents the control content to the occupant using the information presentation device in accordance with the behavior change occurring in the vehicle when the control target value is smaller than the advance threshold, and presents the control content temporarily in advance of an actual behavior change when the control target value is larger than the advance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Yuki Fujisawa, Akira Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10649465
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to self-driving luggage systems, devices, and components thereof, having multiple following modes. In one implementation, a self-driving system includes a piece of luggage. The piece of luggage includes one or more motorized wheels and an onboard ultra-wideband device. The onboard ultra-wideband device includes a control unit and one or more transceivers. The piece of luggage also includes one or more laser emitters configured to shoot light towards a target. The piece of luggage also includes one or more proximity cameras configured to take one or more images of the target, and the one or more images include light reflected off of the target. Each of the one or more proximity cameras includes an optical filter. The self-driving system also includes a central processing unit. The central processing unit is configured to switch between a vision following mode and a radio following mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Wenqing Tang, Yaming Tang
  • Patent number: 10647351
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle is provided with a novel wheel design and a virtual differential transmission. The novel wheels are generally rounded with scallops along the outer periphery permitting secure engagement of irregular terrain structures, such as the rungs of an inclined ladder. The virtual differential transmission employs rotational sensors in independently driven wheels to maintain information on the relative rotational position of left- and right-side wheels. When necessary, the relative rotational position information is used to selectively drive the left- or right-side wheel until the scallops in a left-side wheel are horizontally aligned with the scallops in a right-side wheel. Thus, the virtual differential transmission can realign the scallops in left- and right-side wheels to facilitate their mutual engagement with a terrain structure, such as a ladder rung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Cardinal Gibbons High School
    Inventors: Christopher Randall Bain, Miguel Douglas Chavez, Michael Reilly Comstock, Thomas Anthony Connor, Evan Patrick Elezaj, Nathan Michael Kearney, Oliver Dacey McCann, Alyssa Mary Nicholas, Austin Carlyle Inman Reiss, Jon Ryan Riley, Samuel John Hazinski, Katharine Miranda Priu
  • Patent number: 10647202
    Abstract: When a boost converter has an abnormality, a battery-less traveling is executed by shutting off a gate of the boost converter and setting a voltage command VH* of a capacitor (high-voltage-system electric power line) to a predetermined voltage VHset higher than a battery voltage VB. Then, during the execution of the battery-less traveling, when it is determined that a charging current has flowed through a battery or when it is determined that the voltage (high-voltage-system voltage) VH of the capacitor has approached the battery voltage VB, it is determined that an upper arm of the boost converter has been short-circuited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukimasa Nishimura, Kazuhiro Oka, Yoshizo Akita