Patents Examined by Yuri Kan
  • Patent number: 10495473
    Abstract: A route search apparatus comprises a road information storage part configured to store road information including link information comprised of single link information and composite link information; and a route searcher configured to search a recommended route between two different points using the link information. The single link information includes information regarding an approach link that is a link approaching to a node at one end of a target link, an exit link that is a link exiting from a node at the other end of the target link, and a cost of the target link for entering from the approach link and exiting to the exit link. The composite link information includes information regarding an approach link that is a link approaching to a node at one end of a target link array, an exit link that is a link exiting from a node at the other end of the target link array, and a cost of the target link array for entering from the approach link and exiting to the exit link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: ZENRIN Co., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tashiro, Tomohiko Masutani, Yukiko Hiroo, Motohiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kodan, Atsushi Ikeno, Yoshitaka Kato, Sadahiro Koshiba, Kazuteru Maekawa, Koichi Ushida
  • Patent number: 10491970
    Abstract: A system for a gas turbine engine includes an electrical interface device, a sensing/control/identification device, and a remote processing unit. The electrical interface device has electrical interface device data. The electrical interface device is operatively connected to a sub-system component that is provided with a shielding. The sensing/control/identification device is disposed within the sub-system component and is attached to the electrical interface device. The remote processing unit is in electromagnetic communication with the sensing/control/identification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurt J. Sobanski, Joseph V. Mantese
  • Patent number: 10486553
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a seat state acquisition unit (160) that acquires an orientation about a vertical axis of a seat on which an occupant of a vehicle sits, a vehicle state acquisition unit (170) that acquires a current or future acceleration relating to the vehicle, and a seat control unit (180) that deforms at least a part of the seat on the basis of the orientation of the seat acquired by the seat state acquisition unit and the acceleration acquired by the vehicle state acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Hirayama, Hajime Ishihara, Manabu Matsumoto, Muneatsu Minato, Yosuke Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10472090
    Abstract: A lighting system for an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) adapts to the environment around the UAV to ensure status notification lights are visible to an operator and/or abide by regulatory lighting requirements. A processor of the UAV may receive information from various sensors regarding environmental conditions and location of the UAV, and adjust a UAV lighting system to ensure visibility under the environmental conditions. Adjustments to the lighting system may include selection of light sources that are illuminated, the illumination intensity of particular light sources, the colors emitted by various light sources and other lighting configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ross Eric Kessler, Jonathan Paul Davis, John Anthony Dougherty, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III, Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Donald Hutson
  • Patent number: 10464575
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a reception section configured to receive a selection operation for one or more driving modes by an occupant of a vehicle from out of plural driving modes having different control characteristics related to acceleration/deceleration or cornering; and an automated driving controller configured to perform automated driving in which at least one of speed control and steering control of the vehicle is controlled automatically based on the driving mode received as the selection operation by the reception section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Abe, Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen
  • Patent number: 10464605
    Abstract: To provide a vehicle steering control device capable of suppressing influence of a torque generated during driving support by an EPS device on steering of a steering wheel performed by a driver. The vehicle steering control device includes an EPS controller (first controller) that controls a speed reduction mechanism and a differential mechanism controller (second controller) that controls a differential mechanism. In addition, the vehicle steering control device has a first steering assist mode of assisting driver's steering and a second steering assist mode of performing steering independently from the driver's steering. In the second steering assist mode, the second controller controls the differential mechanism so as to cancel a torque applied to a rack-and-pinion side of the differential mechanism from the speed reduction mechanism controlled by the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Tomonori Sato, Sakae Nejo, Nobuhiro Mitsuishi, Sumio Sugita
  • Patent number: 10467824
    Abstract: A method for determining driving characteristics of a vehicle. To provide an enhanced method to determine from a driving characteristics of the vehicle a long term mechanical stress of a vehicle, it is proposed that during operation of the vehicle an acceleration of the vehicle is detected by an acceleration sensor in the vehicle and evaluated by a vehicle analyzing system in the vehicle, wherein a driving parameter occurring during an acceleration event in which the vehicle acceleration is above a predetermined threshold is used to determine a driving characteristics value of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Walter Steven Rosenbaum
  • Patent number: 10459437
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air-ground heterogeneous robot system path planning method based on a neighborhood constraint. A smallest heterogeneous robot system is formed by a ground mobile robot and an air flying robot. The steps of the method include the ground mobile robot and the air flying robot start from a start point at the same time, successively access N sub-task points for executing sub-tasks and finally reach a destination together. In the present invention, it is considered that the position of each sub-task point is allowed to be effective in a certain neighborhood, and a neighborhood constraint is introduced. In addition, the maximum speed constraints are considered respectively for the air flying robot and the ground mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Yang Chen, Yanping Tan, Huaiyu Wu, Lei Cheng, Minghao Jiang, Wen Long
  • Patent number: 10458807
    Abstract: An augmented reality visualization framework for precision traffic analysis combines traffic data with content representative of physical-world characteristics, such as conditions in an intersection or roadway in which traffic activity occurs, and images of the intersection and roadway itself. The framework includes a visualization platform that enables display of the combined traffic data and content representing physical-world characteristics, and continual augmentations of such information in response to adjustments directed by users or automatically detected from actions such as user movement, other user manipulation, or movement of the visualization platform itself. The framework enables traffic applications such that a user can, when the platform is interfaced with intersection or roadway equipment, adjust machine activity or signal timing based upon the visualizations or data presented via the visualization platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ITERIS, INC.
    Inventors: Todd W. Kreter, Michael T. Whiting
  • Patent number: 10459445
    Abstract: According to various aspects, an unmanned aerial vehicle may be described, the unmanned aerial vehicle including: one or more sensors configured to gather thermal information associated with a vicinity of the unmanned aerial vehicle; one or more processors configured to determine at least one control information based on the thermal information and to control the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the at least one control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Menzel, Daniel Pohl, Thomas Seiler, Markus Achtelik
  • Patent number: 10427650
    Abstract: A self-cleaning system is provided for the interior of a motor vehicle. That self-cleaning system includes a photoactive self-cleaning surface, a sun shade, an actuator displacing the sun shade between an opened position and a closed position and a controller. A related method of self-cleaning a surface in a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Chester Stanislaus Walawender
  • Patent number: 10427554
    Abstract: A vehicle seat in accordance with the present disclosure includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom to move relative to the seat bottom. The seat bottom is coupled to a floor of a vehicle and configured to move relative to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Cedric Ketels, Rod Goodrich, John M. Perraut, Tristan J. Vanfossen
  • Patent number: 10421536
    Abstract: A control method for controlling an electrical taxiing system adapted to moving an aircraft while it is taxiing, the method comprising the steps of: generating a ground speed setpoint for the aircraft; transforming the ground speed setpoint into an optimized speed setpoint presenting a curve as a function of time that has a predefined function comprising a plurality of linear portions, each having a slope that is a function of the ground speed setpoint; implementing a regulator loop having the optimized speed setpoint as its setpoint; and generating a command for the electrical taxiing system from an output of the regulator loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Clément Gorce
  • Patent number: 10423130
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive weather data including a plurality of measured data points in an area around a vehicle, from a remote weather server. The processor is also configured to receive a path from a vehicle subsystem. The processor is further configured to combine the data points and path to form a predictive model reflecting expected weather conditions along the path at future times, the model based on predefined parameters defining expected weather behavior and send the model to a requesting vehicle subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Yimin Liu, David Charles Weber, Steven Joseph Szwabowski
  • Patent number: 10421487
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a rear wheel steering (RWS) system, may include determining, by a controller, whether an abnormality occurs in a rear wheel alignment based on information collected from the vehicle; determining, by the controller, a correction amount of the rear wheel alignment for correcting the abnormality occurring in the rear wheel alignment using predetermined data based on one or more of the information collected from the vehicle when the abnormality is determined to occur in the rear wheel alignment; correcting, by the controller, a rear wheel control position determined based on variable information related to an RWS control using the determined correction amount of the rear wheel alignment; and controlling, by the controller, an RWS actuator of the vehicle based on the corrected rear wheel control position, and an apparatus for controlling an RWS system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Min Kim, Dae Suk Jung
  • Patent number: 10422357
    Abstract: A remote controlled demolition robot (10) comprising a controller (17) and at least one actuator (12) controlled through a hydraulic system (400) comprising at least one valve (13a) connected to a corresponding actuator for a tool (11b) and a pump (410). The controller (17) is configured to operate in a first mode wherein the fluid flow is controlled through the at least one valve (13a), wherein said valve (13a) is a proportional valve, receive a pressure indication indicating a pressure in the hydraulic system (400) and determine if the pressure in the hydraulic system (400) is above a first mode threshold and/or if a pressure change fulfills a first mode condition, and if so operate in a second mode wherein the at least one valve (13a) is in an opened state and the fluid flow is controlled through the pump (410).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Tommy Olsson
  • Patent number: 10423166
    Abstract: A method and a first apparatus for furnishing a signal for operating at least two vehicles along a first trajectory, having a step of ascertaining first environmental data values by way of at least one sensor of the at least two vehicles, the first environmental data values representing a first environment of the at least two vehicles; and a step of ascertaining second environmental data values from an external server, the second environmental data values representing a second environment, dependent on the first trajectory, of the at least two vehicles, the first environment being encompassed by the second environment. The method furthermore encompasses a step of determining data values on the basis of the first and second environmental data values, and a step of furnishing a signal, on the basis of the determined data values, for operating the at least two vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wegend, Martin Rous, Volker Hofsaess
  • Patent number: 10414288
    Abstract: Calculating a current target position value for controlling a traction speed of a materials handling vehicle, that includes receiving steering command signals; generating an output value proportional to a rate of change of the steering command signals; determining whether the output value is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold; determining a raw target position value for controlling the traction speed of the materials handling vehicle; and calculating the current target position value based on: whether the output value is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, and whether the raw target position value is less than or equal to a previously calculated target position value for controlling the traction speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Mangette
  • Patent number: 10414387
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle deceleration in a vehicle comprising an ABS braking system includes detecting a setpoint vehicle deceleration predetermined by a driver; establishing a maximum deceleration and a minimum deceleration, in each case as a function of the detected setpoint vehicle deceleration; detecting an actual vehicle deceleration; and controlling a brake pressure at wheel brakes of a vehicle axle to be controlled as a function of the detected actual vehicle deceleration by controlling ABS brake valves. Controlling the brake pressure at the wheel brakes of the vehicle axle as a function of the detected actual vehicle deceleration comprises: increasing the brake pressure at the wheel brakes when the actual vehicle deceleration is less than the minimum deceleration, and limiting the brake pressure at the wheel brakes when the actual vehicle deceleration is greater than the maximum deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WABCO GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Boethel, Horst Eckert, Torsten Wallbaum
  • Patent number: 10416677
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomous vehicle routing using annotated maps. For at least some path segments within a geographic region in which the vehicle is operating, values are determined for the path segments based at least on risk factors associated with autonomous operation of the vehicle along each path segment. Path segments are combined to generate a travel route, from a first location to a second location, based on the determined values, and the vehicle is controlled to navigate along the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Dean, Bryan Nagy, Anthony Stentz, Brett Bavar, Xiaodong Zhang, Adam Panzica