Patents Examined by Yonel Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 10688995
    Abstract: In a travel control method for a vehicle in which a certain target inter-vehicle distance is set from among a plurality of settable target inter-vehicle distances and a subject vehicle is controlled to follow, in an automated or autonomous manner, a traveling trajectory of a preceding vehicle traveling ahead of the subject vehicle, when a trajectory-following travel mode for following the traveling trajectory of the preceding vehicle in the automated or autonomous manner transitions from an OFF state to an ON state, the target inter-vehicle distance between the subject vehicle and the preceding vehicle is set to a relatively small value from among the settable values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayasu Shimakage
  • Patent number: 10688870
    Abstract: A device and method controls the different energy sources for supplying a vehicle with main and auxiliary air, for which compressed air is produced for pressurizing a main air tank and an auxiliary air tank using at least one compressor. That compressor is driven via a respective associated electric motor, wherein the main air is supplied via an external primary energy source and the auxiliary air is supplied at least partially via an internal secondary energy source which is weaker in contrast. There is a shift between the two different energy sources depending on the operating status of the vehicle, wherein the auxiliary air supply is switched off by decoupling the electric motor from the secondary energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Merkel, Boris Wittich, Martin Kutschker, Martin Linner
  • Patent number: 10685513
    Abstract: A method for activating a function of a motor vehicle upon detecting the presence of a user apparatus in a predetermined detection area around the vehicle. The method includes a step of determining the position of the user apparatus relative to the body of the user; a step of receiving, by the user apparatus, a signal comprising a broadcast message sent by the vehicle; a step of calculating a compensated value of the power of the signal received from the determined position of the user apparatus; a step of estimating the distance separating the user apparatus from the vehicle using the compensated power value, and a step of activating at least one function by the vehicle when the estimated distance is less than a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Sylvain Godet
  • Patent number: 10683195
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for detecting and correcting errors when picking up and lowering a payload coupled to a tether of a winch system arranged on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). For example, the winch system may include a motor for winding and unwinding the tether from a spool, and the UAV's control system may control the motor to lower the tether and monitor an electric current supplied to the motor to determine whether a payload has detached from the tether. This process of lowering the tether and monitoring the motor current may be repeated up to a predetermined number of times, at which point the control system may operate the motor to detach the tether from the spool, leaving both the tether and the payload behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Trevor Shannon, Andre Prager
  • Patent number: 10661738
    Abstract: A method, system, and device for controlling internal systems within a vehicle based on user preferences is disclosed. The method includes detecting, by a floor mat, presence of a user seated on a seat within the vehicle. The method further includes capturing, by the floor mat, at least one user characteristic associated with the user in response to detecting presence of the user. The method includes controlling, by the floor mat, at least one internal system within the vehicle based on the at least one user characteristic, wherein the floor mat communicates with a central controller in the vehicle to control the at least one internal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Vijay Kumar, Thomas Chittakattu Ninan, Shagun Rai
  • Patent number: 10649469
    Abstract: Indoor mapping and modular control for UAVs and other autonomous vehicles, and associated systems and methods. A representative unmanned aerial vehicle system includes a body, a propulsion system carried by the body, a sensor system carried by the body, and a controller carried at least in part by the body and operatively coupled to the propulsion system and the sensor system. The controller is programmed with instructions that, when executed, operate in a first autonomous mode and a second autonomous mode. In the first autonomous mode, the instructions autonomously direct the propulsion system to convey the body along a first route within an indoor environment. While the body travels along the first route, the instructions receive inputs from the sensor system corresponding to features of the indoor environment. The features are stored as part of a 3-D map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VTRUS INC.
    Inventors: Renato Fernando Salas-Moreno, Carlos Rafael Sanchez, Jonathan David Lenoff
  • Patent number: 10648824
    Abstract: A method and electronic device for requesting and providing a navigable movement path are provided herein. An electronic device for providing the movement path and meeting location are provided as well. The electronic device for requesting the navigable movement path includes a communication module, a display and a processor. The processor may implement the method including: when a preset condition is satisfied, transmit a request for movement path information and movement information of the electronic device through the communication module to the external device, the movement path information navigable to a meeting location with a second electronic device, receive a transmission of information from the external device, the received information including the meeting location designated based on the movement information of the electronic device, and a movement path navigable to the meeting location, and display the movement path navigable to the meeting location on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonghyun Han
  • Patent number: 10649456
    Abstract: A sub-mobility device charging system for a vehicle is capable of moving while carrying a sub-mobility device in which a passenger sits. The system includes an acquisition unit, a main electric power supply unit and a controller. The acquisition unit acquires a destination or traveling schedule inputted to the sub-mobility device; the main electric power supply unit supplies electric power to the sub-mobility device carried in the vehicle; and the controller controls to supply electric power to the sub-mobility device via the main electric power supply unit. The controller charges the sub-mobility device on a basis of the acquired traveling schedule for the sub-mobility device in the destination, and generates a traveling route to guide the charged sub-mobility device to a stop-off points corresponding to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Yuji Aiuchi, Katsumi Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10640116
    Abstract: A traveling control system for vehicle includes a map database, a detector, a traffic signal searching unit, and a speed adjusting unit. The map database is configured to store map data including information regarding one or more traffic signals on a road. The detector is configured to detect a signal state of any, of the one or more traffic signals, ahead of the own vehicle. The traffic signal searching unit is configured to search, from the map database, for a nearest traffic signal ahead of and nearest to the own vehicle. The speed adjusting unit is configured to perform, when the signal state of the nearest traffic signal is undetectable, adjustment of a passing speed at which the own vehicle passes around the nearest traffic signal, to perform a passing speed decreasing operation including decreasing of the passing speed of the own vehicle, stopping of the own vehicle, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 10625873
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a controlled parameter of an aeronautical equipment device, the controlled parameter being governed by an operating law linking the controlled parameter to a command and to a plurality of input parameters, the control system including a control loop controlling the controlled parameter to a setpoint with the control of the device by the command, the system including an operating law compensation module and a determination module determining a local gain configured to determine the local gain of a static part of a model of the operating law representative of the gain of the controlled parameter in response to a variation in the command in a stabilised operating regime of the operating law, the operating law compensation module using the inverse of the local gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Cedrik Djelassi
  • Patent number: 10618519
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to lane change control for an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computer-implemented method for determining whether to abort a lane change in an autonomous vehicle includes initiating, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a lane change procedure for an autonomous vehicle. The method further includes obtaining, by the computing system, data indicative of one or more changed objects relative to the autonomous vehicle. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, that the lane change procedure cannot be completed by the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the data indicative of one or more changed objects. The method further includes in response to determining that the lane change cannot be completed by the autonomous vehicle, generating, by the computing system, a motion plan that controls the autonomous vehicle to abort the lane change procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: UATC LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Philip Marden, Eric Michael Perko
  • Patent number: 10612961
    Abstract: A method for estimating the mass of a vehicle system includes a number of steps including a first step of providing a vehicle system having at least a powertrain and a vehicle control module. Three different mass estimates are assigned with the last mass estimate being the most accurate. The mass estimates are used in the vehicle control module calculations for vehicle control parameters in the event that the weight of the vehicle changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaoyu Huang
  • Patent number: 10607177
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a delivery location is provided. The method includes enabling a UAV delivery application specifying a delivery location for delivery of a package. A street address defining the delivery location is received and an eyewear based video device is enabled and directed towards a geographical area associated with the delivery of the package. GPS data associated with the geographical area is retrieved from the eyewear based video device and first GPS coordinates identifying a location of an embedded computing device are retrieved from a GPS system. A distance between the first GPS coordinates and the geographical area is calculated. Additionally, second GPS coordinates identifying the geographical area are calculated based on the GPS data, the distance, and the first GPS coordinates and it is determined if the second GPS coordinates are located within a specified perimeter surrounding the street address defining the delivery location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahamed Jalaldeen, Chivukula Venkata L. Narayana
  • Patent number: 10597156
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for managing the flight of a drone comprising a physical treatment device, the method comprises the steps repeated over time of measuring the distance between the drone and an object present in the environment of the drone; adjusting the distance from the drone to the object according to predefined internal parameters; and performing a physical treatment on the object from the drone. Developments describe the management of distances to objects, surface tracking, object recognition, the installation of beacons in the environment, the use of on-board or remotely accessed sensors (e.g. position and contact sensors, cameras, motion detectors) and various types of treatment (e.g. cleaning, dusting, sterilization). Both software aspects (e.g. learning, central or distributed logic, autonomy, cooperation with floor robots) and system aspects (addition of a fan, brush, duster or germicidal lamp) are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Pierre Emmanuel Viel
  • Patent number: 10599143
    Abstract: A system may include one or more sensors configured to acquire data associated with a driver of a vehicle and a processor. The processor may receive the data and determine whether the data is within a baseline data associated with expected behavior of the driver. The processor may then control one or more operations of the vehicle in response to the data being outside the baseline data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kade L. Scott, Benjamin D. Ethington, Richard Daniel Graham, Matthew T. Flachsbart
  • Patent number: 10584972
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping, tracking, positioning, and navigating in GPS-denied or GPS-inaccurate areas features accurate and automatic generation and update of a pedestrian lane map based on crowd-sourcing unique path features (UPFs) in combination with associated path estimates from a plurality of mobile devices. Searching and matching newly generated UPFs and associated path estimates, to a pedestrian lane map with known UPFs and associated lanes (or lane estimates) provides simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) of mobile devices in GPS-denied or GPS-inaccurate areas, including indoors, underground; dense urban streets with high buildings, natural canyons, and similar environments. UPFs are robust to noise and orientation invariant, enabling operation on low cost mobile device sensors and handling of real life human behavior. The innovative UPFs and pedestrian lane map enable route finding, generating guiding instructions, tracking, and analysis of pedestrian traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Oriient New Media Ltd.
    Inventors: Amiram Frish, Dror Reif, Michael Balter
  • Patent number: 10575461
    Abstract: A controller for a harvester. The controller is configured to receive crop flow information representative of how crop is flowing through the harvester and generate display information for providing a visual display to an operator of the harvester. The visual display includes an animation of crop flowing through the harvester. The controller is further configured to set one or more properties of the animation of the crop flowing through the harvester based on the received crop flow information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bart M. A. Missotten, Glenn Aesaert, Michael Carpentier, Dre W. J. Jongmans, Thomas Mahieu, Ricardo Mesquita, Karel M. C. Viaene, Bart Vroman, Johnny M. F. Scherrens
  • Patent number: 10576947
    Abstract: Provided is an electric brake system that changes responsiveness depending on responsiveness required for an electric brake device, thereby enabling operation sound and power consumption to be reduced without influencing movement of a vehicle. The electric brake system includes one or more electric brake device (3) each having a control operation module (12) for performing follow-up control for a target braking force. The electric brake system includes a response requirement determination module (14) for determining responsiveness required for the brake actuator (4) from one or both of a braking requirement and the vehicle travelling condition. The braking requirement is outputted from a brake operation member or a vehicle-stable-travelling control system. The electric brake system includes a control modification module (15) for changing a control operation formula to be used for follow-up control by the module (12), depending on responsiveness determined by the module (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Yui Masuda
  • Patent number: 10578457
    Abstract: An onboard robust and stable vision-inertial navigation system that makes an unmanned vehicle autonomous in its navigation capabilities in the absence of external navigation aids like a global positioning system (GPS). The system is robust to the sensor noise properties of the onboard vision and inertial sensors, as well as errors in initial estimates of the position and orientation of the vehicle. The system enables any unmanned vehicle to autonomously navigate an unfamiliar or unknown environment. The system is also stable and robust to uncertainties in the measurement noise and dynamics of the unmanned vehicle, and does not exhibit any instability when sensors are changed or when sensor noise properties change over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Sasi Prabhakaran Viswanathan, Amit K. Sanyal
  • Patent number: 10579057
    Abstract: A vehicle control device can include a memory; and a processor to generate driving information including information of driving the vehicle in a manual driving mode from a first point to a second point in a preset manner based on traffic regulations stored in the memory, store the driving information in the memory, and drive the vehicle in an autonomous driving mode based on the driving information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Heedong Choi