Patents Examined by Yonel Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 10364548
    Abstract: A method of controlling machines for performing operations at a worksite is disclosed. The method includes receiving pre-construction terrain data, design terrain data, and resource data and then defining a plurality of constraints based on the data. Operations of the machines are simulated based on the data. The method includes estimating process variables associated with the operations and defining and scheduling tasks to be performed by the machines. The method includes collecting real time data from the worksite and updating the estimated process variables and the scheduled tasks of the machines based on the collected real time data. Instructions are then provided to the machines for executing the tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Liqun Chi, Sanat A. Talmaki, Paul T. Corcoran, Scott A. Leman, Brad L. Holsapple, Mark W. Whiting, Allen J. DeClerk
  • Patent number: 10364698
    Abstract: A system and method of non-intrusive thrust measurement of a gas turbine engine. The system comprises a transmitter disposed at a boundary of fluid flow and at least one receiver adapted to receive transmissions from the transmitter. A processor is coupled to the receivers to determine a parameter from a characteristic of the transmission at the receiver suite and adapted to determine a thrust parameter from the parameter. A method for non-intrusively measuring engine thrust includes transmitting a wave across the exhaust plume, receiving the transmitted wave and determining a measurement parameter of the exhaust plume based on a characteristic of the received wave, and comparing the measurement parameter to a reference parameter and determining the thrust based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: C. Edward Hodge
  • Patent number: 10364025
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems of various embodiments are disclosed for managing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In various embodiments, the UAV may charge an onboard battery while docked at a docking terminal of a charging station. The UAV may receive a message from the charging station with an instruction to undock from the docking terminal. The UAV may undock from the docking terminal before charging of the onboard battery is complete in response to receiving the message from the charging station with the instruction to undock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Parthasarathy Krishnamoorthy, Prashanth Mohan, KrishnaKumar Vasanthasenan, Suman Kumar Sinha, Prasad Gadde, Ramu Thondapu, Sri Sai Kandakatla, Prachi Agrawal
  • Patent number: 10360796
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of controlling vehicle traffic through an intersection comprising: receiving a request, by one or more processors of a traffic flow controller and from each of a plurality of vehicles, to use the intersection; allocating, by the one or more processors and to a first subset of the plurality of vehicles, a first ticket to use the intersection; allocating, by the one or more processors and to a second subset of the plurality of vehicles, a second ticket to use the intersection; authorizing, by the one or more processors, the first subset of the plurality of vehicles to use the intersection; determining, by the one or more processors, that all vehicles of the first subset of the plurality of vehicles have cleared the intersection; and authorizing, by the one or more processors, the second subset of the plurality of vehicles to use the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Li, Jiafeng Zhu
  • Patent number: 10350949
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for a wireless portable tire monitoring system are provided. According to one aspect, wireless portable tire monitoring system includes a portable monitor that receives sensor information from one or more tire-mounted sensors, each sensor being associated with a tire, and each tire being associated with a vehicle, and monitors tire status. Multiple vehicles may be monitored from the same portable monitor, and tires can be dynamically associated with or disassociated from a particular vehicle. Tire status may be displayed to the user in a manner that provides a graphic association between the tire status and the vehicle to which the tire is associated, including showing the location of the tire on the vehicle. The system may asynchronously alert the user if threshold conditions, such as low tire pressure, are detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Prabu S. Surendra
  • Patent number: 10354526
    Abstract: A method is presented which includes obtaining or holding available map data representing a travel network of road links and determining at least one lane-specific speed profile for a specific lane of at least one selected link of the plurality of links based, at least in part, on perpendicular distances between the selected link as represented by map data and positions represented by a plurality of data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Dongwook Jang, Anton Anastassov
  • Patent number: 10345805
    Abstract: System for and method of controlling vehicles in a closed transport system. A closed transport system network controller generates a route for a requested journey, determining the commencement time of the journey from the origin point such that the vehicle executes the journey free of collisions with other vehicles in the closed transport system. The network controller provides steering and speed instructions in order for the vehicle to execute the route in the prescribed manner. The network controller controls all vehicles in the closed transport system such that, on a macro level, the capacity of the closed transport system is generally maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Podway Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathon Seally
  • Patent number: 10346888
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods to obtain autonomous vehicle passenger feedback. In particular, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can detect an occurrence of a driving event performed by an autonomous vehicle and, in response, provide an interactive user interface that enables a passenger of the autonomous vehicle to enter passenger feedback regarding the occurrence of the driving event. Thus, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can actively prompt passenger feedback in response to a particular instance of a specific type of driving event, thereby enabling improved collection of information about autonomous vehicle ride quality relative to specific types of driving events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Dennis Zhao, Daniel Hertz
  • Patent number: 10345453
    Abstract: A surveying system for a construction site has a restricted antenna system with a plurality of fixed location antennas each defined by a set of location data associated with a specific deployment position. The surveying system also has a computing device with a data processor and a display screen. A communications module establishes a data transfer link with the restricted antenna system over which spatial data for distances between current positions of the computing device and one or more of the plurality of fixed location antennas are received. The computing device is loadable with project drawings corresponding to the construction site and displayable on the display screen. A position marker is overlaid on the display of the project drawing at a position thereon corresponding to a computing device location value derived from the spatial data and the location data of one or more of the fixed location antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jesse Gil, Ronald D. Shaw, Jeff Counterman
  • Patent number: 10337835
    Abstract: An ordnance munition is included in an intelligent ordnance projectile delivery system and equipped with targeting and guidance systems that allow the ordnance munition to collaborate with other devices to intelligently select targets and/or to guide the ordnance munition to its selected target. The ordnance munition may determine its approximate current location, form a communication group with a wireless transceiver that is in close proximity, and send the approximate current location to the wireless transceiver and/or other devices in the communication group. In response, the ordnance munition may receive location information from the wireless transceiver and/or other devices that are in the communication group. The ordnance munition may determine its more precise location based on the information received from the wireless transceiver, and alter its flight path based in the updated and more precise location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rivada Research LLC
    Inventor: Clint Smith
  • Patent number: 10337872
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: an automated driving controller configured to execute automated driving which autonomously controls at least one of speed control and steering control to allow a vehicle to travel along a route to a destination; and a factor acquisition section configured to acquire a factor which is independent of travel requirements for the vehicle to travel by autonomously driving along the route to the destination. The automated driving controller changes the plan of the automated driving based on the factor acquired by the factor acquisition section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10339728
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting motor vehicle damage is described which includes a sensor to detect damage to a motor vehicle component from a plurality of motor vehicle components. A network interface is provided to transmit an indication of the detected damage, the indication including an identifier associated with the damaged motor vehicle component. Also provided is a data store to store the indication of the detected damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Charles L. Oakes, III, Rickey D. Burks, Michael P. Bueche
  • Patent number: 10331127
    Abstract: A method for switching modes for operating a vehicle, a non-transitory computer-readable medium for performing the method, and information processing apparatuses. The method includes determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, whether a mode for operating the vehicle is to be switched from one of autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous and manual driving modes. A state of a driver of the vehicle is obtained when the mode for operating the vehicle is determined to be switched. The method further includes switching, by the circuitry, the mode for operating the vehicle from the one of the autonomous and manual driving modes to the other of the autonomous manual driving modes based on the obtained state of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Oba
  • Patent number: 10332413
    Abstract: Methods are provided for adjusting any correlation between a visual display perspective and a default display view of an aircraft. The method comprises determining the default display view for an inflight aircraft and determining the orientation of the visual display for the crew of the aircraft. The default display view is compared with the orientation of the visual display to determine if the visual display's perspective needs to be transitioned to reflect the default display view. If the display does need to be changed, the rate of transition of the visual display's perspective is selected based on current aircraft performance parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • Patent number: 10322675
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an outside mirror and inside rearview mirror comprising receiving pre-stored information, identifying the driver physical dimensions and preset at least one vehicle setting to the correctly engineered position for a the identified driver physical dimensions to avoid dangerous conditions from wrongly set device where the device is a rear view mirror and the dangerous condition is not seeing vehicles in adjacent lane when trying to change lanes and adapting the position of the rear view mirror as new information become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: ACT-IP
    Inventor: Mouhamad A. Naboulsi
  • Patent number: 10315659
    Abstract: An apparatus for a clutchless manual transmission includes a transmission, a drive shaft, and a motor shaft. The transmission includes an input shaft, an output shaft, and an intermediate gear. The input shaft is coupled to an engine shaft to receive power and the output shaft is coupled to the drive shaft to transmit power to a wheel of a vehicle. The input shaft and output shaft are coupled by a plurality of input and output shaft gears. A first synchronizer is coupled to the output shaft to selectively engage a particular output shaft gear, adjusting the speed of the output shaft relative to the input shaft. The motor shaft receives power from a motor and includes a second synchronizer to selectively engage the engine shaft to the drive shaft via the motor shaft. The apparatus can be used to reduce acceleration and turbo lag in hybrid and high-performance vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Chad L. Jacoby, Jacob M. Jurewicz, Joshua E. Siegel, Amos G. Winter, V, Young Suk Jo, Patricia Yen, Guillermo Pamanes Castillo, Daniel Scott Dorsch
  • Patent number: 10316490
    Abstract: A controller that includes a memory and an electronic processor. The electronic processor receives a first signal and a second signal. The electronic processor determines a retract torque limit based on the first signal and the second signal. The electronic processor sets a retract torque parameter of a crowd motor to the retract torque limit that has been determined. The electronic processor operates the crowd motor at or below the retract torque parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Joy Global Surface Mining Inc
    Inventor: Mooyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 10315633
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control device is for use in a vehicle including a brake pedal, a master cylinder generating a hydraulic pressure in response to an operation with the brake pedal, an electric hydraulic pressure generator connected to the master cylinder and electrically generating a hydraulic pressure based on the operation with the brake pedal, and a wheel cylinder in each wheel for braking. The device controls a brake hydraulic pressure to be applied to the wheel cylinder to control vehicle behavior. When brake control is executed such that a brake hydraulic pressure not based on the operation with the brake pedal is generated if the brake pedal is not being operated, a hydraulic pressure applied to a wheel cylinder in a diagonal wheel positioned diagonal from a brake wheel for controlling the behavior of the vehicle is adjusted to the hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamazaki, Satoshi Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10309792
    Abstract: Among other things, a determination is made of and ability of an autonomous vehicle to safely or robustly travel a road feature or a road segment or a route that is being considered for the autonomous vehicle as of a time or range of times. The route conforms to properties of stored road network information. The road feature or road segment or route is eliminated from consideration if the computer has determined that the road feature or road segment or route cannot be safely or robustly traveled by the autonomous vehicle. The determination is based on analysis of performance of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: nuTonomy Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Iagnemma
  • Patent number: 10311729
    Abstract: A navigation system includes: a traffic condition calculation unit (222) that calculates an evaluation value indicating a traffic condition of each road segment included in a target area; a guidance route determination unit (223) that determines a route in which a degree of non-congestion based on the traffic condition evaluation value of a road segment included in a route to a destination of each vehicle is the highest as a guidance route on the basis of the traffic condition evaluation value calculated by the traffic condition calculation unit and the destination of each vehicle; and a guidance route providing unit (224) that provides the guidance routes determined by the guidance route determination unit to a driver of the corresponding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Kiichi Sugimoto, Ryota Hiura, Takeshi Fukase, Takuma Okazaki