Patents Examined by Yazan A Soofi
  • Patent number: 10330486
    Abstract: Disclosed are vehicle communications networks for adapting user information using crowd-sensed contextual data, computer-executable instructions for provisioning such content/information, and vehicles equipped with a telematics system for adapting driver information using contextual data from vehicle participatory sensing systems. A disclosed method for provisioning information to occupants of a motor vehicle includes determining trip characteristics, including vehicle and driver data, for a current trip of the vehicle, and determining trip characteristics for previous trips that correspond to the current trip. The vehicle's communications system receives, over a distributed computer network from a vehicle participatory sensing system aggregating data from participative vehicles, operational data for the current trip as sensed by the participative vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Fan Bai, David E. Bojanowski, Omer Tsimhoni
  • Patent number: 10328842
    Abstract: A cargo securing apparatus and a method of maintaining a user configured tension in a cargo securing element are disclosed. The apparatus includes at least one sensor arranged to measure a first and second tension in a tensile element (used to secure the cargo) at different times and a processor in data communication with the sensor. The processor is configured to receive the tension measurements from the sensor and to distinguish between acute and sustained deviations in tension based on the tension measurements. Conditionally, the processor may compare the first and second tension measurements to a user configured tension setting and determine tension correction parameters required to maintain the tension in the tensile element within a range of the user configured setting. The apparatus may include one or more manual or automated adjustment drives to adjust the tension in the tensile element in accordance with the tension correction parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Leo David McNally
  • Patent number: 10323388
    Abstract: A display system for a construction machine includes: a moving direction computing section for computing a predictive moving direction of a bucket; a work-tool display control section that, if the moving direction computing section predicts a movement of the bucket, changes the display position of a bucket image based on the predictive moving direction such that the area of a region located on the predictive moving direction side from the bucket image on the display screen of a monitor is displayed wider than when the bucket image is displayed at a reference position and that displays the bucket image at the reference position if a movement of the bucket cannot be predicted. A target-surface display control section displays on the display screen an image of a target surface when the bucket image is displayed at the display position determined by the work-tool display control section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kanari, Manabu Edamura, Shiho Izumi, Takahiko Kurose
  • Patent number: 10324468
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a position of a marine vessel near an object are disclosed. A location sensor determines a location of the marine vessel, and a speed sensor determines a speed of the marine vessel. A control module is in signal communication with the location sensor and the speed sensor. A marine propulsion system is in signal communication with the control module. The control module determines if the marine vessel is within a predetermined range of the object based on the marine vessel's location. In response to determining that the marine vessel is within the predetermined range of the object, the control module controls the propulsion system to produce at least one of a braking linear thrust and a braking moment to counter current movement of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Arbuckle, Steven J. Andrasko, Andrew J. Przybyl
  • Patent number: 10326266
    Abstract: In an interrupting device, a CPU temporally calculates a temperature difference between an ambient temperature of an electrical wire and an electrical wire temperature, based on current information indicating a value of current flowing through the electrical wire, and adds the ambient temperature of the electrical wire to the calculated temperature difference. In this way, the CPU temporally computes the electrical wire temperature. In the case where the electrical wire temperature computed by the CPU is greater than or equal to a threshold temperature, a FET turns off and current flowing through the electrical wire is interrupted. The CPU suspends computation of the electrical wire temperature, in the case where the calculated temperature difference is less than a reference temperature difference and the current value indicated by the current information is less than a reference current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuki Sugisawa
  • Patent number: 10322741
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for automotive vehicle including a steering wheel, an instrument cluster, the steering wheel including sensors which are arranged on the rim and configured to detect the presence of fingers (5) of a hand (4) of the driver in contact with the rim (25), situated one after the other in the circumferential direction, the method including the following steps: a) defining first and second zones of activation on the rim of the steering wheel, b) defining first and second interaction entities in the digital display zone, which are situated in positional correspondence with the activation zones, c) detecting a movement of fingers including at least one closing or gripping of a hand on an activation zone, d) undertaking an action in conjunction with the first interaction entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Pascal Clochard, Jerome Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 10322747
    Abstract: Vehicle state information is input, and a control amount, which is control state information, is calculated from the vehicle state information to control a controlled device. A control state is monitored by a monitor unit, and an abnormality is detected based on a state where the vehicle state information or the control state information exists in an abnormality region in which the vehicle state information or the control state information has not reached a failure region corresponding to a failure. The vehicle state information, the control state information, and monitor information are stored in a buffer for a period set in advance while always updating the latest vehicle state information, control state information, and monitor information. When the abnormality is detected, the above respective information before and after the abnormality detection including the information stored in the buffer are stored in a nonvolatile storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Chiaki Fujimoto, Tomoya Itsuji
  • Patent number: 10322770
    Abstract: An electricity aided bicycle and an auxiliary power controlling method thereof are provided. The electricity aided bicycle includes a driving circuit, a rotating speed detector and a command voltage generator. The driving circuit receives a command voltage, and drives an auxiliary motor of the electricity aided bicycle based on the command voltage. The rotating speed detector generates a detection signal having a plurality of pulses based on a rotation status of a driving gear of the electricity aided bicycle. The command voltage generator receives the detection signal, and is configured to: calculate times between two adjacent pulses in the detection signal, operate numerical value derivation operation based on the times to generate an estimated velocity value, set an electricity aid strategy table and calculate the command voltage based on the estimated velocity value and the electricity aid strategy table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Metal Industries Research & Development Centre
    Inventors: Chang-Ching Lin, Cheng-Yen Chen, I-Chiao Tsai
  • Patent number: 10310510
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle may be configured to incorporate multiple sensors to make the robotic vehicle capable of detecting grass by measuring edge data and/or frequency data. In this regard, in some cases, the robotic vehicle may include an onboard positioning module, a detection module, and a mapping module that may work together to give the robotic vehicle a comprehensive understanding of its current location and of the features or objects located in its environment. Moreover, the robotic vehicle may include sensors that enable the modules to collect and process data that can be used to identify grass on a parcel on which the robotic vehicle operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Björn Mannefred, Stefan Grufman, Anders Mattsson
  • Patent number: 10294630
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for creating a final graded soil surface may include controlling an operation of a grading implement of a work vehicle such that the grading implement removes a layer of soil from a current soil surface as the work vehicle is moved in a forward direction. The method may also include receiving an input indicative of the current soil surface being at an offset soil depth relative to the initial ungraded soil surface, with the offset soil depth differing from the final soil depth. When the current soil surface is at the offset soil depth, the method may further include adjusting a position of the grading implement to add or remove soil based on a depth differential defined between the offset soil depth and the final soil depth to create the final graded soil surface as the work vehicle is moved in the reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Scott Andrew Elkins
  • Patent number: 10293917
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to control and monitor a folding wingtip actuation system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a collection module to obtain flight stage information of an aircraft. The example apparatus further includes a sequence and control module to calculate a first position of a folding wingtip assembly operatively coupled to a wing of the aircraft, determine actions during a first stage and a second stage to complete in sequence to move the folding wingtip assembly, determine a status of a component of the folding wingtip assembly based on a measurement of a sensor, and control a movement of the folding wingtip assembly in accordance with the actions and based on the status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Aaron Niemiec, Adam Michael Honse, Gregory James Garmire, Mike Andrew Hritzo
  • Patent number: 10293814
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle originates from a condition in which a torque converter lockup clutch (6) or a master clutch (13) is engaged and the transmission (2) is friction-locking. The torque converter lockup clutch (6) or the master clutch (13) is then brought into a slip condition on a control side, and a prime-mover rotational speed is decoupled from a driven-end rotational speed. The torque converter lockup clutch (6) or the master clutch (13) is brought into the slip condition without reducing a pressure control of the torque converter lockup clutch (6) or the master clutch (13) and by specifying a target rotational speed or a target torque for the prime mover (1) such that a torque or a target torque is greater than a power transmission capacity of the torque converter lockup clutch (6) or the master clutch (13) and slip is built up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Felix Bühle, Thomas Lemp
  • Patent number: 10290217
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods for the evaluation of runway changes that analyze the effect of the runway change on relevant factors, and provide intuitive visual feedback of the analysis, are provided. The provided systems and methods depict the original runway and the new runway, side by side, in a pictorial representation. Additionally, a selectable group of relevant factors for each runway is determined. The pictorial representation is overlaid with one or more symbolic indicators that distinctly demark each of the factors, alphanumeric descriptors may also be displayed alongside the symbolic indicators. The provided systems and methods additionally generate a tabular display of the information and factors. The tabular display provides a side by side comparison of the old runway, the new runway, and the relevant factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sripathi Ramachandra, Patricia May Ververs, Thea L. Feyereisen, Karel Mundel, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen, Mark Pearson, Srikanth Desai
  • Patent number: 10288443
    Abstract: According to an example aspect of the present invention, there is provided an apparatus comprising at least one processing core, at least one memory including computer program code, the at least one memory and the computer program code being configured to, with the at least one processing core, cause the apparatus at least to determine a route based at least partly on a thematic map database and a current location of the apparatus, present the determined route as a suggested route to a first user, and responsive to the first user approving the suggested route, initiate an activity session based on the suggested route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amer Sports Digital Services Oy
    Inventors: Heikki Nieminen, Erik Lindman
  • Patent number: 10286915
    Abstract: An automated system for controlling a vehicle gathers a set of sensor information for a series of driving actions that comprises a driving path of an individual driver. A context is determined that is related to the set of sensor information for the series of driving actions that comprise the driving path of the individual driver. For example, the context may be a weather condition or when the driver merges into traffic. A personalization score is determined for the series of driving actions for the individual driver based on the context. A personalization score is determined for one or more other driving paths and a driving path with the highest personalization score is identified. The driving path with the highest personalization score is then chosen for automated driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Xiao, Christopher F. Pouliot, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Patent number: 10266065
    Abstract: An HV-ECU specifies a control target section satisfying a predetermined condition in a scheduled traveling route and performs SOC control of changing an SOC of a power storage device in advance before entering the control target section. An HMI device displays that the SOC control is being performed. The HV-ECU controls the HMI device such that that the SOC control is being performed is not displayed until a distance to a start point of the control target section is less than a predetermined distance after the SOC control is started and that the SOC control is being performed is displayed when the distance is less than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuki Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10268203
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a vehicle includes: an imaging device, a reference data source, one or more sensors, one or more actuators, and a controller. The controller detects a stationary condition based at least in part on the sensor output, obtains an image during the stationary condition, identifies a reference position for a reference object based on reference data for a field of view of the imaging device during the stationary condition, identifies the reference object at a second position within the image, validates a transformation associated with the imaging device based on a difference between the reference position and the second position, and thereafter autonomously operates the one or more actuators in a manner that is influenced by the validated transformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Matthias Wisniowski
  • Patent number: 10261517
    Abstract: A rotorcraft including a flight control computer (FCC) providing a vertical speed hold for the rotorcraft, a collective control, and a collective trim motor connected to the collective control. The collective trim motor moves the collective control according to a collective set command generated by the FCC according to a target vertical speed and when the FCC determines the collective control is in-detent. A collective position sensor is connected to the collective control. The collective position sensor generates, and sends to the FCC, a collective position signal indicating the position of the collective control. A flight control device controls a flight parameter of the rotorcraft in response to a flight control device control signal received from the FCC. The FCC generates the flight control device control signal according to the collective position signal, and sends the flight control device control signal to a flight control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Mike Bothwell, Sung Kyun Kim, Jillian Samantha Alfred, Robert Earl Worsham, II, Luke Dafydd Gillett, Morganne Cody Klein
  • Patent number: 10259478
    Abstract: An urban rail transit train control system based on vehicle-vehicle communications, comprising an intelligent train supervision (ITS) system, a train manage center (TMC), a data communication system (DCS), and an intelligent vehicle on-board controller (IVOC) provided on each of trains, the ITS system. The TMC and the IVOC are communicatively coupled by the DCS, and IVOCs of the trains communicatively coupled by the DCS. IVOCs of all the trains report first train operation information to the ITS system and second train operation information to the TMC in accordance with a predetermined period. The TMC sends the received second train operation information to the ITS system. The ITS system determines a following train that needs a virtual coupling operation and a head train corresponding to the following train, and dispatch a virtual coupling operation instruction to the head train IVOC to perform a virtual coupling operation of trains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Traffic Control Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunhai Gao, Qiang Zhang, Junguo Sun
  • Patent number: 10255811
    Abstract: On a basis of a relative position of an obstacle 401, a size of the obstacle in an own vehicle 12 width direction and a width of the own vehicle 12, a maximum amount Dt of movement of the own vehicle 12 in the vehicle width direction as required to avoid the obstacle 401 is calculated. A point displaced over the maximum amount of movement toward a side of the adjacent lane from the relative position of the obstacle 401 is determined as an avoiding point 250. If a distance d between the avoiding point 250 and the adjacent lane is greater than the width Wm of the own vehicle 12, an avoiding path is generated for allowing the own vehicle 12 to pass the avoiding point 250.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Naka, Masaki Kanai, Takayuki Satou