Patents Examined by Yonel Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 10525884
    Abstract: A camera system is installed on the front end of a vehicle, either on the left front, the right front, or both sides. The camera is linked via wired or wireless connection to an onboard computer and a navigation display that is located within the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The driver reviews a visual description on the display of any oncoming traffic in the form of motor vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, animals and the like on the navigation display via a single screen, split screen or alternating screens. The camera system can include a speed sensor that detects when the vehicle reaches a threshold speed to activate or de-activate the camera. Alternatively, the computer can activate the system when a turn signal is activated, and de-activate the system when the turn signal is no longer activated. This camera system can be retrofitted into older vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Klear-View Camera LLC
    Inventors: Steven R. Petrillo, Robert Michael Roeger
  • Patent number: 10527720
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for using millimeter-wave radar for terrain-aided navigation in support of autonomous guidance, landing, and mapping functions in all weather for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). In an embodiment, a UAV can generate a map, based on millimeter-wave (MMW) radar returns, that rejects a large number of radar measurements as clutter and generates a flight path using waypoints based on the map. Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a means of correlating MMW radar returns with high resolution terrain maps to enable navigation in GPS-denied environments. This process significantly reduces cost, development time, and complexity when compared to conventional approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas Apker, Christopher T. Rodenbeck, Thomas Pizzillo
  • Patent number: 10501077
    Abstract: An inter-vehicle distance estimation method includes: estimating a screened area screened by an obstacle from a sensor and two unscreened areas sandwiching the screened area; and, based on speeds of two tracked vehicles traveling in a same traffic lane respectively within the two unscreened areas, estimating the inter-vehicle distances from the two tracked vehicles to a tracked vehicle traveling in the same traffic lane within the screened area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Noda, Fang Fang
  • Patent number: 10502819
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for aligning an inertial measurement unit (IMU) of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a system includes a sensor device configured to provide sensor data associated with an environment of the vehicle. The system further includes a sensor data processing module configured to process the sensor data to determine a ground plane and a vertical plane in the environment of the vehicle. The system further includes a correction module configured to determine at least one of a pitch and a roll alignment value based on the ground plane and the vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jaechoon Chon
  • Patent number: 10496089
    Abstract: An aircraft control device and a remote controller aircraft are disclosed. The aircraft control device includes a first channel configured to receive first control information outputted by a remote controller and transmit the first control information to an aircraft; a second channel configured to receive second control information outputted by the remote controller and transmit the second control information to a camera and/or a gimbal; and a switch unit configured to switch that the first control information is received by the second channel and transmitted to the aircraft when the first channel is disturbed or a distance between the remote controller and the aircraft is larger than a distance threshold. The present invention is able to switch the transmission route of the first control information between the first channel and the second channel in accordance with situations of the first channel and the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Haoxiang Electric Energy (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10487478
    Abstract: A short-range wireless device includes a short-range data transmission component transmitting data at a first signal strength. A movement detection device provides an indication that a work tool supporting the short-range wireless device is in a coupled configuration with a machine, or is intended to be coupled with the machine. A processor reduces the first signal strength to a second signal strength in response to the indication. The short-range data transmission component then transmits data at the second signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Dean Reed, Arjun Veneshetty
  • Patent number: 10480955
    Abstract: A method for displaying location information on a display of an electronic device as part of a graphical user interface involves accessing a reference geographical location. The method further involves receiving a set of geographical destinations, each destination of the set of destinations comprising a name and a location. The method further involves determining a set of travel times between the reference geographical location and each of the locations associated with the destinations in the set. The method further involves generating for display in a map display region of the graphical user interface a reference graphical element, a set of isochrone graphical elements, and a set of destination graphical elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mapbox, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Qi Liu
  • Patent number: 10471927
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to airbag systems for vehicles. The airbag systems may prevent the airbags from splitting apart during impact with a pedestrian or object. The airbag system may include a first airbag attached to a first connector and a second airbag attached to a second connector. The airbag system may also include a tether attached to the first connector and the second connector, and wherein the tether is configured to be pulled taut upon the first or second airbag being deployed in an environment of a vehicle in order to reduce the likelihood of an object colliding directly with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: WAYMO LLC
    Inventors: Atul Gupta, Peter Craig Lombrozo, Daniel Lynn Larner
  • Patent number: 10466707
    Abstract: An example method includes determining a path to be followed by a vehicle through an environment. The path includes an ordered sequence of positions. The method also includes determining an intersection between a first object in the environment and a first area planned to be occupied by the vehicle while moving along the path and, in response, sequentially testing the ordered sequence of positions to identify a first ordinal position in the ordered sequence of positions, where the first ordinal position corresponds to a second area planned to be occupied by the vehicle while moving along the path, and where the second area is within a threshold distance of the first object. The method further additionally includes trimming the path to remove (i) the first ordinal position and (ii) any positions subsequent thereto and causing the vehicle to stop at an end of the trimmed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Taylor
  • Patent number: 10459442
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for receiving data from a plurality of sensors and using the data, as well as other data, to generate a parking recommendation for an autonomous vehicle and instruct the autonomous vehicle to travel to the recommended parking location are provided. Data may be received from a plurality of sensors within a first autonomous vehicle, as well as from other vehicles and/or structures. Historical parking data associated with the first autonomous vehicle may also be extracted. In some examples, an expected future trip of the first autonomous vehicle may be determined. The system may then evaluate the data to generate a parking recommendation for the first autonomous vehicle. The system may generate and transmit instructions for traveling from a current location to the recommended parking location and may cause the first autonomous vehicle to travel to the recommended parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Regina Madigan, Surender Kumar, Mark Slusar
  • Patent number: 10459456
    Abstract: A system and method for flying an aircraft is disclosed. A perception system at the aircraft tracks a trajectory of a moving object. A processor determines, from the trajectory of the moving object, a reference frame in which the moving object is stationary and establishes the aircraft at a selected offset from the moving object for the trajectory of the moving object. The aircraft is flown along a flight path based on the selected offset using calculations performed with respect to the determined reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Montrallo Flickinger, Mark D. Ward, William T. McNeill
  • Patent number: 10460533
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle may include a processor configured to buffer records of vehicle information created at a scheduled acquisition rate, and to buffer event files of vehicle information created upon the occurrence of predetermined triggering events. The processor may be further configured to cause the buffered records to be wirelessly transmitted on a last-in first-out basis if a signal strength in a vicinity of the vehicle is greater than a first predetermined threshold, and to cause the buffered files to be wirelessly transmitted if the signal strength is greater than a second predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel William Forthoffer, Medville Jay Throop, Brian David Tillman
  • Patent number: 10452074
    Abstract: When an ADV is detected to transition from a manual driving mode to an autonomous driving mode, a first pedal value corresponding to a speed of the ADV at a previous command cycle during which the ADV was operating in the manual driving mode is determined. A second pedal value is determined based on a target speed of the ADV at a current command cycle during which the ADV is operating in an autonomous driving mode. A pedal value represents a pedal percentage of a maximum pedal pressure or maximum pedal pressed distance of a throttle pedal or brake pedal from a neutral position. A speed command is generated and issued to the ADV based on the first pedal value and the second pedal value, such that the ADV runs in a similar acceleration before and after switching from the manual driving mode to the autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Xiang Yu, Zhenguang Zhu, Yuchang Pan, Jiarui He, Haoyang Fan, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10449861
    Abstract: A vehicle battery controller based on a reduced order model is provided. The controller identifies a value of a current output by the battery that supplies power to the vehicle. The controller provides the value of the current to a solid diffusion component, an electrolyte transport component, and a electrolyte and solid potential component. The solid diffusion component can update a solid concentration model of the battery. The electrolyte transport component can update an electrolyte concentration model of the battery. The electrolyte and solid potential component can update an electrolyte potential model and a solid potential model of the battery. The controller component can determine a value of a voltage of the battery and a value of a heat generation rate of the battery. The controller component can generate a command to manage a performance of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Bin Wu, Ying Liu, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 10449972
    Abstract: A vehicle haptic feedback system includes a haptic actuator, a detection device, and a controller. The haptic actuator is configured to provide haptic feedback to a vehicle driver. The detection device is disposed in an interior of the vehicle and is configured to capture movements of the vehicle driver and output data representing the movements. The controller is coupled to the detection device and is configured to receive a signal from the detection device indicative of the movements. The controller is also coupled to a haptic effect feedback system. Based on the signal, the controller is configured to send a signal to select a haptic effect from an effect table and is configured to send a signal to the haptic actuator to provide the selected haptic effect. The haptic actuator is coupled to a driver's seat, a steering wheel, a driver's seat belt, and/or an object wearable by the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Dat Truong
  • Patent number: 10453276
    Abstract: A reporting device that is connected to at least one vehicle, which is controlled based on a result of recognition by an outside recognizer, via a network provides the vehicle with information on a possibility of a failure in outside recognition on the basis of a condition under which a failure in outside recognition has occurred previously. Preliminarily, if a failure such as non-detection or erroneous detection occurs due to an outside recognizer of a connected car, the abnormality is stored while being linked with an external traveling environment such as the position of the vehicle or a weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Takehisa Nishida, Mariko Okude, Masayoshi Ishikawa, Kazuo Muto
  • Patent number: 10446023
    Abstract: A logistics monitoring method and device are disclosed. The method comprises: obtaining an estimated speed of a vehicle at a road section according to the weather and speed data of the road section, and then acquiring logistics monitoring data according to the estimated speed of the vehicle. Weather information can be structured into a pattern that can be applied to logistics monitoring, and precise logistics monitoring and prediction data is acquired by combining weather factors with information about a road section. Due to the large time and space span in long-distance logistics, weather factors have a great impact on long-distance logistics, making the logistics monitoring method and device applicable for monitoring of intercity long-distance logistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Jidong Ren, Simiao Liang, Yu Wang, Baohui Pang, Wanli Min
  • Patent number: 10435010
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method of and an apparatus for controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle. An apparatus for controlling a vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle may include: an engine position detector detecting a position of an engine; an air amount detector detecting an air amount flowing into the engine; an accelerator pedal position detector detecting a position of an accelerator pedal; a vehicle speed detector detecting a speed of the hybrid electric vehicle; and a controller. The controller controls operation of a motor based on the position of the engine, the air amount, the position of the accelerator pedal, and the speed of the hybrid electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Jae Kim, Jeong Soo Eo
  • Patent number: 10437254
    Abstract: The present application provides a control method, a device and a system of the robot and a robot using the same. The control method comprises: acquiring at least one image captured during a movement of the robot and identifying characteristic line segments in the at least one image; determining a relative orientation relationship between the robot and a room divider in a physical space according to the identified characteristic line segments; and adjusting a pose of the robot according to the orientation relationship, such that the robot moves along a principal direction constructed based on the room divider in the physical space. Through the technical solution in the preset application, the movement coverage rate of robot can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Yuwei Cui, Xiru Hou
  • Patent number: 10427806
    Abstract: A control algorithm that determines one or more deviations in an orbit of a companion satellite, and control the companion satellite to minimize effects of perturbing forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Chao, Victor Shiaw-Jong Lin, Siegfried W. Janson