Patents by Inventor Samuel J. Macano

Samuel J. Macano 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: 5364047
    Abstract: A signaling and traffic control system which is capable of a vehicle determining its own absolute position along a guideway based on information received from the wayside using an inductive loop or beacon system in conjunction with the distance traveled according to the onboard tach generator(s), and report its position to a wayside control device, whereby the wayside control device reports to the vehicle, as part of its communications message, the location of the closest forward obstacle. Based upon this information, the vehicle controls itself safely based upon its characteristics as contained in a topographicla database and a vehicle database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: General Railway Signal Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Petit, George G. Maderer, Samuel J. Macano, James R. Hoelscher
  • Patent number: 3934125
    Abstract: An automatic vehicle operation system which responds to a plurality of speed commands and a plurality of stopping commands. The vehicle is controlled to travel at one of a plurality of speeds in response to one of a plurality of speed commands. The vehicle can also be controlled to stop a predetermined distance after receipt of one of the two stopping commands. Which of the two stopping commands is received determines the distance over which the vehicle travels between receipt of the stopping command and the point at which the vehicle comes to rest. Regardless of which of the commands is received the vehicle is controlled so as to respect predetermined acceleration and jerk limits during periods of acceleration and deceleration. The acceleration control circuit is responsive not only to velocity rate of change but also to the grade over which the vehicle is traveling so as to limit the total acceleration of deceleration forces to a predetermined maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1973
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1976
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel J. Macano