Patents Examined by Yuen Wong
  • Patent number: 11905005
    Abstract: An unmanned ground-based system is disclosed which includes a chassis, a plurality of wheels coupled to the chassis and configured to allow the chassis to move about a surface, a plurality of propeller assemblies configured to provide on-ground motion propulsions, a boom having a boom propeller assembly with a propeller disposed on a plane generally perpendicular to the plurality of propeller assemblies, configured to independently and selectively provide positive and negative rectilinear thrust vectors, and an end-effector coupled to a distal end of the boom, the end-effector having a force sensor configured to provide contact force between the end-effector and an object, wherein the contact force is used as a feedback signal to determine magnitude of the positive and negative rectilinear thrust vectors that is generated by the propeller of the boom propeller assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: David J. Cappelleri, Daniel R. McArthur
  • Patent number: 11904698
    Abstract: A controller selectively generates output for display indicative of a recommendation against use of a power outlet in a vehicle with devices external to the vehicle having a power rating greater than a predefined power rating threshold based on a difference between a current state of charge of a battery of the vehicle and a required state of charge for the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Erik J. Christen, Matthew Joseph, Shehan Haputhanthri
  • Patent number: 11899472
    Abstract: Disclosed is a configuration to control automatic return of an aerial vehicle. The configuration stores a return location in a storage device of the aerial vehicle. The return location may correspond to a location where the aerial vehicle is to return. One or more sensors of the aerial vehicle are monitored during flight for detection of a predefined condition. When a predetermined condition is met a return path program may be loaded for execution to provide a return flight path for the aerial vehicle to automatically navigate to the return location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Anthony Enke
  • Patent number: 11899450
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and devices for centralized control of autonomous vehicles. In some embodiments, a system and method allow an autonomous control system on-board an autonomous vehicle to pass control of the autonomous vehicle to an offboard panel of experts upon encountering an anomaly. In some embodiments, a system and method allow a regulatory entity to proactively distribute rules and requirements to autonomous vehicles while operating within a regulated space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventor: Bran Ferren
  • Patent number: 11900796
    Abstract: A map generation system includes a vehicle including a terminal, an input data compilation device, and an output data compilation device. The input data compilation device includes a data reception unit, a data accumulation unit, and a current state map data creation unit. The data reception unit communicates with a communication unit of the terminal. The data accumulation unit accumulates data held by the terminal. The current state map data creation unit creates current state map data using data accumulated by the data accumulation unit, and map data, regional data, or both. The output data compilation device includes a forward region calculation unit and a calculation transmission unit. The forward region calculation unit makes predictive calculation of a forward region of the vehicle, using the current state map data. The calculation transmission unit communicates with the communication unit regarding a result of the predictive calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hajime Oyama, Tomoyuki Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11890908
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes accessing a set of control signals including a measured vehicle speed value associated with a movement of a vehicle. A control signal associated with user-induced input is also accessed. The method compares the measured vehicle speed value with a predetermined vehicle speed threshold value to achieve a speed value threshold approach status, and then compares the set of values to achieve a user-induced input threshold value approach status. The method monitors a state of a valve within the vehicle suspension damper, and determines a control mode for the vehicle suspension damper. The method also regulates damping forces within the vehicle suspension damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, Christopher Paul Cox, Philip Tsiaras, Mark Larson, Mario Galasso, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 11891072
    Abstract: A driving analysis server may be configured to receive vehicle operation data from mobile devices respectively disposed within the vehicles, and may use the data to group the vehicles into multiple groups. A driving pattern for each vehicle may be established and compared against a group driving pattern of its corresponding group to identify outliers. A driver score the outliers may be adjusted positively or negatively based on whether the outlier behaved in a manner more or less safe than its group. Further, unsafe driving events performed by the outlier that were the result of another vehicle's unsafe driving event may be ignored or positively accounted for in determining or adjusting the outlier's driver score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11892318
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for bias determination and value calculation of parameters of a robot are disclosed herein. According to at least one exemplary embodiment, a bias in a navigation parameter may be determined based on a bias in one or more measurement units, wherein a navigation parameter may be a parameter useful to a robot to recreate a route such as, for example, velocity and the bias may be accounted for to more accurately recreate the route and generate accurate maps of an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Brain Corporation
    Inventors: Oleg Sinyavskiy, Girish Bathala
  • Patent number: 11873081
    Abstract: A rotorcraft has a drive system including a main rotor coupled to a main rotor gearbox to rotate the main rotor at a rotor speed, a main engine coupled to the drive system to provide a first power, a supplemental engine coupled, when a first clutch is engaged, to the drive system to provide a second power additive to the first power, and a control system operable to control the main engine and the supplemental engine to provide a total power demand, where the main engine is controlled based on variations in rotor speed and a power compensation command to produce the first power, and the supplemental engine is controlled to produce the second power in response to a supplemental power demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Eric Covington, Chia-Wei Su, Darren Gregory Lang, Thomas Parsons, Cody Earl Fegely
  • Patent number: 11850925
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a door for a vehicle includes a first electrode corresponding to an electrostatic sensor electrode including a first detection surface, and a second electrode corresponding to an electrostatic sensor electrode including a second detection surface including an overlapping region which overlaps with the first detection surface and a non-overlapping region. The control apparatus includes a control portion configured to switch between a first detection state in which the first electrode is driven and an electric potential of the second electrode is at a float, and a second detection state in which the second electrode is driven and an electric potential of the first electrode is in a grounded state, and configured to identify an action instruction to the door for the vehicle on the basis of an electrostatic capacitance value measured at the first electrode and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saya Kobayashi, Haruki Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11841292
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a shock strut may comprise measuring a first shock strut pressure, measuring an ambient temperature, measuring a shock strut stroke, measuring a second shock strut pressure, and determining a servicing condition of the shock strut based upon the first shock strut pressure, the ambient temperature, the shock strut stroke, and the second shock strut pressure, wherein the servicing condition indicates whether it is desirable for the shock strut to be serviced with at least one of a liquid and a gas. The first shock strut pressure and the shock strut stroke may be measured before the takeoff event with a weight of an aircraft supported by the shock strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Fazeli, Adnan Cepic, Susanne M Reber
  • Patent number: 11837089
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining input information relating to an environment in which an autonomous vehicle (AV) operates in which the input information describes at least one of: a state of the AV, an operation of the AV within the environment, a property of the environment, or an object included in the environment. The method may include identifying a region of interest that represents a section of the environment based on the input information and identifying a portion of the environment based on the identified region of interest. The portion of the environment may include an object that affects operation of the AV. The method may include determining a first decision that relates to the object and sending an instruction to a control system of the AV describing a given operation of the AV responsive to the object according to the first decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: CYNGN, INC.
    Inventors: Biao Ma, Lior Tal
  • Patent number: 11837090
    Abstract: A method may include obtaining input information relating to an environment in which an autonomous vehicle (AV) operates. The input information may describe a state of the AV, an operation of the AV within the environment, a property of the environment, or an object included in the environment. The method may include setting up a traffic rule profile for the AV that specifies societal traffic practices corresponding to a location of the environment. The method may include identifying a first traffic rule relevant to the AV based on the obtained input information and determining a first decision corresponding to the traffic rule profile and the first traffic rule. The method may include sending an instruction to a control system of the AV, the instruction describing a given operation of the AV responsive to the traffic rule profile and the first traffic rule according to the first decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: CYNGN, INC.
    Inventors: Biao Ma, Lior Tal
  • Patent number: 11825765
    Abstract: A method of unloading mobile farm implements is presented. Unloading the mobile farm implement is accomplished by transmitting commands to unfold an auger arm and to open a container door and by monitoring weight measurements from the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: UNVERFERTH MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Shawn W. Gerdeman, Ronald J. Schlimgen
  • Patent number: 11820345
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining a wheel condition on whether wheel locking occurs in each wheel of a vehicle having a main brake apparatus and an auxiliary brake apparatus. The apparatus includes: a WSS (Wheel Speed Sensor) configured to primarily detect whether wheel locking occurs; a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) configured to secondarily detect whether wheel locking occurs; and a control unit configured to determine, when the WSS fails, a wheel condition indicative of whether wheel locking occurs in each wheel, by using information detected through the TPMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 11820344
    Abstract: A system to monitor and predict vehicle brake wear includes a brake sensor configured to be coupled to a brake pedal of a vehicle and to transmit data of the brake pedal operation of when the brake pedal is pressed and a duration, and an electronic control unit (ECU) is coupled to the brake sensor. The ECU includes a microprocessor coupled to a memory, where the microprocessor is configured to receive data of the brake pedal operation, and to calculate a depth of wear of a brake component based on the brake pedal operation. The ECU also comprises a global positioning system configured to determine a speed of the vehicle, and an accelerometer. In addition, the ECU includes a module configured to transmit data from the ECU to a remote computer, where the remote computer is configured to receive the data from the ECU and to generate a virtual map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Tony Hines
  • Patent number: 11821751
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to validating map data using challenge questions. For instance, an attributes to be validated may be identified from the map data. At least one challenge question may be selected from a plurality of predetermined challenge questions based on the attribute. An image may be retrieved based on image information associated with the at least one challenge question. The image and the at least one challenge question may be provided for display. In response to the providing, operator input identifying an answer to the at least one challenge question may be received. This answer may be then used to validate the attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Michael Steven Montemerlo, Ming Ji, Peter Pawlowski
  • Patent number: 11816988
    Abstract: A mobility information provision system includes a collector, a mapping unit, a generator, and a controller. The collector collects field information on movement of mobile bodies using communication apparatuses provided in respective predetermined zones or sections. The mapping unit maps positions of the mobile bodies based on the collected information. The generator generates course-related information based on mapping information on the positions of the mobile bodies. The controller is provided for each mobile body and controls movement of the mobile body based on the course-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hajime Oyama, Ryosuke Namba, Masato Mizoguchi, Tomoyuki Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11814069
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a driving control device that controls a driving section for a vehicle; a control instructing device that controls the driving control device based on control signals transmitted to the driving control device; a first communication path that connects a plurality of control devices, which include the control instructing device and the driving control device, such that the plurality of control devices can communicate with one another, and that is connected to a vehicle exterior so as to be able to communicate therewith; and a second communication path that connects a plurality of control devices, which include the control instructing device and the driving control device, such that the plurality of control devices can communicate with one another, the second communication path being independent from the first communication path and being a network that is cut off from the vehicle exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 11814068
    Abstract: An automated driving system controls an automated driving vehicle. A plurality of stop lots are virtually arranged in a pick-up and drop-off area in which the automated driving vehicle stops to pick up or drop off a user. An order of priority of the plurality of stop lots is set. The automated driving system selects a stop lot one by one in the order of priority and determines whether or not the selected stop lot is available for the automated driving vehicle to stop. When the selected stop lot is available for the automated driving vehicle to stop, the selected stop lot is set as a target stop lot. The automated driving system controls the automated driving vehicle so as to stop in the target stop lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nakamura, Akihide Tachibana, Katsuhiro Sakai, Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa