Patents by Inventor Ricky L. Ochsendorf

Ricky L. Ochsendorf has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10166920
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Patent number: 10161746
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Patent number: 9349228
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to monitoring and assessing driver behavior. A system comprises an interface configured to receive vehicle data acquired by a computer system of a vehicle, a wireless transceiver configured to effect communications with a central office via one or more networks, a display, memory configured to store scoring algorithms, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive at least some of the vehicle data, and generate, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, a plurality of scores for a plurality of scoring parameters using the stored scoring algorithms and the received vehicle data. The processor is also configured to update, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, the plurality of scores during a predetermined period of time, and cooperate with the display to present the plurality of scores on the display during the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: TRIMBLE NAVIGATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, William G. Nimchuk, Thomas V. Dorazio
  • Publication number: 20160052453
    Abstract: A system comprises a transmitter unit configured for mounting at a trailer connected to a tractor. The transmitter unit comprises a video input for receiving video data from one or more trailer cameras, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the trailer, and a wireless communication module for communicating with a mobile communication device. A memory is configured to store trailer information received from the wireless communication module, the trailer information uniquely identifying the trailer. A transmitter is configured to wirelessly transmit the video data. A receiver unit is configured for mounting at the tractor and comprises a receiver for wirelessly receiving the video data transmitted by the transmitter, a power input for receiving power from a power line of the tractor, and an output for outputting the received video data. The receiver unit is further configured to receive the trailer information from the transmitter unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, James W. Angel, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Publication number: 20160047646
    Abstract: A system for use with a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer includes one or more image capture devices. The one or more image capture devices capture images of the interior of a trailer and/or cargo items of the trailer. An image processor estimates available cargo space within the trailer based on the captured images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, Michael D. Nalepka
  • Publication number: 20160050356
    Abstract: A system for use on a vehicle comprising a tractor and a trailer comprises a communications device that effects communications between the system and a remote system. The communications device is configured to receive data from the remote system. An event detector is configured to generate a trigger signal in response to detecting occurrence of predetermined events. An onboard computer is coupled to the communications device, the event detector, a media recorder, and a computer of the vehicle. One or more image capture devices at the vehicle are communicatively coupled to one or both of the onboard computer and the media recorder. The onboard computer is configured to adjust one or more parameters of the image capture devices and/or modify one or more parameters of the event detector based at least in part on the data received from the remote system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Michael D. Nalepka, Ricky L. Ochsendorf
  • Publication number: 20150112546
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to monitoring and assessing driver behavior. A system comprises an interface configured to receive vehicle data acquired by a computer system of a vehicle, a wireless transceiver configured to effect communications with a central office via one or more networks, a display, memory configured to store scoring algorithms, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive at least some of the vehicle data, and generate, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, a plurality of scores for a plurality of scoring parameters using the stored scoring algorithms and the received vehicle data. The processor is also configured to update, in substantially real-time and independently from the central office, the plurality of scores during a predetermined period of time, and cooperate with the display to present the plurality of scores on the display during the predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ricky L. Ochsendorf, William G. Nimchuk, Thomas V. Dorazio