Radiation, Force, Or Waves Reflected From External Object Or Surface Patents (Class 180/169)
  • Patent number: 10160283
    Abstract: A relative velocity between a sprung mass and an unsprung mass of a vehicle is calculated by differentiating a stroke amount of an electromagnetic damper with respect to time. The relative velocity is compared with a predetermined value that is set in advance, and a determination is made whether or not the relative velocity is the predetermined value or higher. In a case where the relative velocity is lower than the predetermined value (relative velocity<predetermined value), a normal filter is selected, and a gain G of only an unsprung resonance frequency range is increased. On the other hand, in a case where the relative velocity is the predetermined value or higher (relative velocity?predetermined value), a delay inhibition filter is selected, and a gain of a high frequency range is increased compared to the normal filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Toyohira, Takafumi Kato, Satoshi Ohno, Atsuhiko Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10144410
    Abstract: A hybrid construction machine is disclosed, which comprises an engine, a generator, the generator connected to the engine, a converter connected to the generator, and an ESS (Energy Storage System) connected to the converter. The hybrid construction machine further comprises a converter current detector positioned either between the converter and the generator or between the converter and the ESS to detect the current flowing between the converter and the generator, an ESS current detector positioned between the converter and the ESS to detect the current flowing between the converter and the ESS, a processing unit receiving the current detected from the converter current detector and the ESS current detector and calculating the operation time of the respective component, and a display unit displaying the operation time of the respective component. Since the hybrid construction machine calculates the operation time of the respective component and displays the same to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventor: Dong-Uk Choi
  • Patent number: 10146228
    Abstract: A work vehicle control system controls a work vehicle having a braking device. The work vehicle control system includes a location information generating unit that obtains and outputs a location of the work vehicle, and a control unit that controls the braking device based on location information of the work vehicle obtained from the location information generating unit. The control unit determines braking force that controls the braking device based on first accuracy that is accuracy of the location information of the work vehicle obtained from the location information generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakai, Tatsuya Shiga, Ryuuen Kou
  • Patent number: 10144474
    Abstract: Bicycle collision systems, apparatus, and methods may include, or use, one or more various sensing apparatus to detect vehicles or other objects that may collide, or potentially collide, with a bicycle. The sensing apparatus may include at least one of side sensing apparatus, rear sensing apparatus, and front sensing apparatus. Further, alert apparatus may be used to alert not only the cyclist but also the driver of a vehicle of an imminent collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Rajesh Rajamani, Woongsun Jeon
  • Patent number: 10133930
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robot cleaner configured to project light of a predetermined pattern to a floor of an area in front thereof in a specific direction and to acquire an image of the area to which the light is projected, according to the present disclosure, includes: (a) acquiring a front view image of the robot cleaner; (b) detecting the pattern from the image acquired in (a); and (c) discriminating a pattern formed by reflected light from a pattern formed by light directly projected from the robot cleaner, from among patterns indicated in the acquired image, on the basis of geometrical characteristics defined by a projection direction of the light and the direction of an optical axis in which the image is acquired when two or more patterns are detected from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongki Noh, Yeonsoo Kim, Seungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 10134287
    Abstract: An automatic following control execution unit recognizes a preceding vehicle of the own vehicle and performs automatic following control of causing the own vehicle to automatically follow the preceding vehicle. A start-command acquisition unit acquires a start command to initiate the automatic following control. An automatic following control starting unit starts the automatic following control, when the brake is switched from on to off after satisfaction of a first to fifth conditions. The first condition is that the own vehicle is not under the automatic following control. The second condition is that a brake of the own vehicle is in an on state. The third condition is that the own vehicle is at rest. The fourth condition is that the preceding vehicle has been recognized. The fifth condition is that the start command acquisition means has acquired the start command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Niino, Masayoshi Ooishi, Hiroshi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10121255
    Abstract: An optical sensor system for determining trajectory of a wheel includes: a wheel mounted in a wheel arch having an outer surface covered with evenly-spaced wheel treads; a plurality of optical sensors mounted in the wheel arch but not touching the wheel, for performing a plurality of counts corresponding to respectively capturing a plurality of images of the wheel according to the wheel treads; and a plurality of clear casings respectively mounted in the wheel arch between the wheel and the plurality of optical sensors, but not touching the wheel. The captured images are compared with a reference image to determine a 2D displacement and a calculation is further performed to convert the measured 2D displacement of the wheel from its original position into a distance the wheel travels along a path in order to determine the wheel trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Keen-Hun Leong, Boon-How Kok, Dennis Dominic Donald
  • Patent number: 10106158
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system comprising: a first, controller operable to assume an off state or one of one or more on states, in a first on state the first controller being configured to generate a first controller powertrain signal in order to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque and cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value, the system being configured to cause the first controller to assume the first on state in dependence at least in part on receipt of a first input signal indicative that the controller is required to assume the first on state and a second signal indicative that a driver is maintaining a driver-operated brake control device in a brake-applied condition, being a condition in which a braking system of a vehicle is caused to apply a brake to one or more wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Woodley
  • Patent number: 10106137
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for adjustment of maximum brake pump speed based on target and measured decelerations. An example vehicle includes a brake pump having a maximum pump speed. The example vehicle also includes a vehicle decelerator to determine a target deceleration for autonomous deceleration and send a signal to the brake pump to decelerate the vehicle at the target deceleration. The example vehicle also includes a first sensor to detect a measured deceleration and a maximum speed regulator to adjust the maximum pump speed based on a difference between the target deceleration and the measured deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Denis Lewandowski, Jason Christopher Matthews, Charles Edward Uptain, Shane Larkin
  • Patent number: 10099691
    Abstract: In an apparatus, a first obtainer obtains a first travelling-condition parameter of a target vehicle. The first travelling-condition parameter shows one or more conditions under which the target vehicle is travelling on the road. A second obtainer obtains a second travelling-condition parameter of a preceding vehicle travelling on the road immediately ahead of the target vehicle. The second travelling-condition parameter shows one or more conditions under which the preceding vehicle is travelling on the road. A deviation calculator calculates a deviation between the first and second travelling-condition parameters. A behavior deter miner determines a recommended behavior of the target vehicle in response to the calculated deviation. A controller controls a device, which is associated with a behavior of the target vehicle, according to the recommended behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Niino, Masao Oooka, Shotaro Fukuda, Takahiro Narita
  • Patent number: 10100978
    Abstract: Grease distribution systems for lubricating a plurality of fracking valves on a wellhead include a distribution manifold configured for mounting on or adjacent to the wellhead, stand mount, mobile skid, grease skid or trailer. The distribution manifold includes a plurality of manifold valves configured for coupling in fluid communication with the fracking valves, respectively, on the wellhead. A grease pump is disposed in fluid communication with the distribution manifold. Methods of lubricating fracking valves on a wellhead are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Lee C. Gouge
  • Patent number: 10086809
    Abstract: A braking system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes a ranging-sensor, a braking-actuator, and a controller. The ranging-sensor detects reflections indicative of objects present in a field-of-view proximate to a host-vehicle. The braking-actuator controls movement of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the ranging-sensor and the braking-actuator. The controller determines a region-of-interest within the field-of-view and defines an occupancy-grid that segregates the field-of-view into an array of grid-cells. The controller further determines a repeatability-of-detection of each of the grid-cells based on reflections detected by the ranging-sensor. The controller further determines that a rigid-object is present in the field-of-view when each of a string of the grid-cells are characterized by the repeatability-of-detection greater than a repeatability-threshold. The controller activates the braking-actuator when the string intersects the region-of-interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Premchand Krishna Prasad
  • Patent number: 10065650
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a program of predicting an obstacle course, capable of appropriately predicting a course of an obstacle even under a complicated traffic environment, are provided. For this purpose, the course, which the obstacle may take, is predicted based on the position and the internal state of the obstacle, and at the time of the prediction, a plurality of courses are probabilistically predicted for at least one obstacle. When there are a plurality of obstacles, the course in which different obstacles interfere with each other is obtained from the predicted courses, which a plurality of obstacles may take, and the predictive probability of the course for which the probabilistic prediction is performed from the courses in which they interfere with each other is lowered. Probability of realizing each of a plurality of courses including the course of which predicted probability is lowered is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiki Kindo, Kazuaki Aso, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 10066977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods of monitoring velocity or flow in channels, especially in microfluidic channels. In some embodiments, the present invention relates to systems and methods of monitoring velocity or flow rate in systems and methods for performing a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a continuous-flow microfluidic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenton C. Hasson, Gregory A. Dale
  • Patent number: 10059372
    Abstract: A bulldozer is provided with left and right steering brakes that brake the rotations of left and right drive wheels, and a control unit for hydraulically controlling the braking state of the respective left and right steering brakes. The control unit executes protection processing on the left steering brake or the right steering brake when a state of the degree of engagement of the left steering brake or the right steering brake being within a predetermined range and the vehicle speed being equal to or greater than a predetermined vehicle speed continues for a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sasada, Hiroaki Takeshima, Osamu Takatori
  • Patent number: 10061030
    Abstract: An in-vehicle apparatus installed in a first vehicle. The in-vehicle apparatus includes a first distance sensor measuring a distance to an object based on time to receive a reflection wave of an electro-magnetic transmission wave from the object after a transmission of the electro-magnetic transmission wave, with the first distance sensor being an electro-magnetic wave sensor. The in-vehicle apparatus also includes an inclination angle sensor that senses a first vehicle inclination angle representative of an inclination angle of the first vehicle that includes the first distance sensor, a radio communicator that receives a second vehicle inclination angle transmitted from a second vehicle that leads the first vehicle, an angle difference calculator that calculates an angle difference between the first vehicle inclination angle and the second vehicle inclination angle, and a processor that performs a preset operation based on the distance measured by the first distance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohito Takasuka, Junichiro Funabashi
  • Patent number: 10063836
    Abstract: A visualization technique for a vehicle and a vehicle driver combines a forward facing video camera and a forward facing time of flight camera. The outputs of the camera are combined to provide the vehicle driver with an augmented reality display, whereby topographical features can be identified in relation to the vehicle even if out of line of sight of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Popham, Anna Gaszczak
  • Patent number: 10053095
    Abstract: In a vehicle control apparatus, a preceding vehicle ahead of an own vehicle is detected. A movement trajectory of a target preceding vehicle is acquired. Based on the movement trajectory of the target preceding vehicle, a target route on which the own vehicle is to travel is set. Travelling control of the own vehicle is performed so as to follow the target preceding vehicle on the target route. An obstacle ahead of the own vehicle is detected. The target route is changed so as to extend a separation distance between the detected obstacle and a parallel portion of the target route that is parallel to the obstacle, based on a separation distance between the obstacle and a parallel portion of the movement trajectory of the target preceding vehicle that is parallel to the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Habu
  • Patent number: 10048358
    Abstract: A LIDAR system emits laser pulses, wherein each pulse is associated with a power level. A laser emitter is adjusted during operation of a LIDAR system using power profile data associated with the laser. The power profile data is obtained during a calibration procedure and includes information that associates charge duration for a laser power supply with the actual power output by laser. The power profiles can be used during operation of the LIDAR system. A laser pulse can be emitted, the reflected light from the pulse received and analyzed, and the power of the next pulse can be adjusted based on a lookup within the power profile for the laser. For instance, if the power returned from a pulse is too high (e.g., above some specified threshold), the power of the next pulse is reduced to a specific value based on the power profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Panosense Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Berger, Denis Nikitin, Riley Andrews, Ryan McMichael, Brian Pilnick
  • Patent number: 10046767
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program the apparatus comprising: processing circuitry (5); and memory circuitry (7) including computer program code (11); the memory circuitry and the computer program code configured to, with the processing circuitry, cause the apparatus at least to perform: obtaining information from a plurality of sensors wherein the plurality of sensors are located on a plurality of vehicles; analyzing the obtained information to determine whether at least one vehicle is exposed to risk; and if it is determined that at least one vehicle is exposed to risk, enabling one or more of the plurality of vehicles to activate a defensive mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Marko Tuukkanen, Jerome Beaurepaire, Ari Aarnio
  • Patent number: 10046696
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a car includes: an input configured to receive data from a sensor; a processor configured to perform a statistical analysis using the data to determine a control parameter for controlling an automatic control of the car; and an output for providing the control parameter for controlling the automatic control of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Anita Au, Gerald Chan
  • Patent number: 10048381
    Abstract: The invention relates to a scanning opto-electronic detection device and a method for sensing the surroundings of a motor vehicle 1 by scanning by means of an opto-electronic detection device 2. The detection device 2 comprises a transmission and reception optical system 4 that outputs electromagnetic rays and maps reflected rays on a detector, wherein the detector is of multiline design and comprises a plurality of detector cells for providing electrical received signals on the basis of received reflected rays, which detector cells are lined up in a detector cell stack and are evaluable in parallel measurement planes. The detection device furthermore comprises a mirror carrier 7 having mirror faces 9, 10 that are averted from one another and that are arranged in a manner tilted at a tilt angle with respect to an axis of rotation 8 of the mirror carrier 7 and map different vertical sensing regions for reflected rays onto the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Koehler
  • Patent number: 10036626
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclose a vehicle guidance system, a method for orientating a vehicle, and an inspection vehicle. The vehicle guidance system includes at least two separate reference devices; a laser scanner device, configured to emit a laser beam signals and scan a sectorial region with the laser beam so as to measure a distance of a straight connection line for connecting the laser scanner device to any of the at least two separate reference devices, and an angle between the corresponding straight connection line and a vehicle body of the vehicle, or an angle between the straight connection lines; a processor, configured to process and store data, and to determine whether the orientation of the vehicle body in real time is deviating from an initial orientation of the vehicle body upon the system starts to operate or not, in accordance with the sensed results by the laser scanner device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yanwei Xu, Defang Meng, Weifeng Yu
  • Patent number: 10035508
    Abstract: A device performs real-time signaling of at least one object to a navigation module of a vehicle. The device includes a first sensor to produce first-sensor data including a first captured position and a first captured speed of the object relative to the vehicle, at least one second sensor to produce second-sensor data including a second captured position and a second captured speed of the object relative to the vehicle, a synchronization module to produce synchronized data including a first synchronized position from the first captured position and the first captured speed and at least one second synchronization position from the second captured position and the second captured speed, and a merging module to produce merged data including a merged position from the first synchronized position and the second synchronized position to signal the object to the navigation module by communicating all or part of the merged data thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Javier Ibanez-Guzman, Vincent Fremont, Stephane Bonnet, Arthur De Miranda Neto
  • Patent number: 10029606
    Abstract: A method for setting a characteristic of a light emission of at least one headlight of a vehicle, in which the method includes reading in concealment data which represent at least one property of at least one concealment object situated adjacent to a roadway in surroundings of the vehicle. In addition, the method includes ascertaining a distance between the vehicle and a segment of the roadway situated in the forward travel direction of the vehicle, adjacent to the at least one concealment object, using the concealment data. Moreover, the method includes adapting a waiting time period and/or waiting distance for changing the characteristic of the light emission from a first characteristic to a second characteristic as a function of the ascertained distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10029708
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a railroad scout vehicle system includes a scout vehicle and a processing unit. The scout vehicle may include at least two wheels configured to engage a set of railroad tracks, a motor mechanically coupled to at least one of the wheels, a speed controller, an electromagnetic sensor aimed at the set of railroad tracks, a positioning receiver, a local speed sensing device and a transceiver. The speed controller may be coupled to the motor and configured to control the speed of the scout vehicle in order to maintain an appropriate distance between the scout vehicle and a train traveling behind. The processing unit may be configured to transmit the track status information via the transceiver, receive train speed and position signals from the train via the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Gary Viviani
  • Patent number: 10025314
    Abstract: A system is described for presenting information relating to lifting and moving a load object with a vehicle. Upon the lifting, a dimensioner determines a size and a shape of the load object, computes a corresponding spatial representation, and generates a corresponding video signal. During the moving, an imager observes a scene in front of the vehicle, relative to its forward motion direction, and generates a video signal corresponding to the observed scene. The imager has at least one element moveable vertically, relative to the lifting. A display renders a real time visual representation of the scene observed in front of the vehicle based on the corresponding video signal and superimposes a representation of the computed spatial representation of the load object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Xavier Houle, Jeffrey Mark Hunt
  • Patent number: 10019008
    Abstract: A set of driving scenarios are determined for different types of vehicles. Each driving scenario corresponds to a specific movement of a particular type of autonomous vehicles. For each of the driving scenarios of each type of autonomous vehicles, a set of driving statistics is obtained, including driving parameters used to control and drive the vehicle, a driving condition at the point in time, and a sideslip caused by the driving parameters and the driving condition under the driving scenario. A driving scenario/sideslip mapping table or database is constructed. The scenario/sideslip mapping table includes a number of mapping entries. Each mapping entry maps a particular driving scenario to a sideslip that is calculated based on the driving statistics. The scenario/sideslip mapping table is utilized subsequently to predict the sideslip under the similar driving environment, such that the driving planning and control can be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 9994152
    Abstract: An active scanning collision avoidance system for vehicles and the like. In one embodiment, an active scanning radar module is affixed to a vehicle's roof. A microwave transmitter sends out a signal to a directional antenna or array directed outwards radially away from the radar assembly. When this transmitted signal is reflected off another vehicle or object, it is received by a second directional antenna or array. This return signal is mixed internally with the transmitted signal, and the resulting signal is amplified and processed so that distance, velocity and object size can be determined. These object attributes are transmitted to an in-vehicle display in real time for quick and informed decision-making for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan Hess
  • Patent number: 9989457
    Abstract: A system for classifying different types of sheeting materials of road signs depicted in a videostream compares estimated retroreflectivity values against known minimum retroreflectivity values for each of a plurality of colors. Once a road sign has been identified in the videostream, the frames associated with that road sign are analyzed to determine each of a plurality of colors present on the road sign. An estimated retroreflectivity for each of the plurality of colors present on the road sign is then determined. By comparing the estimated retroreflectivity for each of the plurality of colors against known minimum retroreflectivity values for the corresponding color for different types of sheeting materials, an accurate determination of the classification of the sheeting material of the road sign is established. Preferably, certain conditions of gross failure of the sheeting material are filtered out before classification of the sheeting material is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: MANDLI COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: James E. Retterath, Robert A. Laumeyer
  • Patent number: 9981387
    Abstract: Provided is a robot control system and a method thereof. The robot control system includes: a mobile robot comprising at least one camera; and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to transmit, to the mobile robot, a signal for adjusting a resolution of a next image to be transmitted from the at least one camera to the controller, based on a data transmission rate of a current image captured by the at least one camera and output to the controller, and wherein the mobile robot is configured to adjust the resolution of the next image, based on the signal for adjusting the resolution of the next image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hanwha Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Ju, Jihyuk Song
  • Patent number: 9983735
    Abstract: A touch system is disclosed herein. The touch system includes detecting units and a control unit. The detecting units are disposed around a detecting area, and form a plurality of scan lines therebetween. The control unit is configured to detect first crossing points according to a transmission status of each of the scan lines, to delete ghost points of the first crossing points according to a first scan line having a first slope value of the scan lines to generate second crossing points, and to divide the second crossing points into groups to output touch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li-Wei Chang, Yung-Chih Wu, Wei-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 9983588
    Abstract: A system is described for presenting information relating to lifting and moving a load object with a vehicle. Upon the lifting, a dimensioner determines a size and a shape of the load object, computes a corresponding spatial representation, and generates a corresponding video signal. During the moving, an imager observes a scene in front of the vehicle, relative to its forward motion direction, and generates a video signal corresponding to the observed scene. The imager has at least one element moveable vertically, relative to the lifting. A display renders a real time visual representation of the scene observed in front of the vehicle based on the corresponding video signal and superimposes a representation of the computed spatial representation of the load object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Xavier Houle, Jeffrey Mark Hunt
  • Patent number: 9978149
    Abstract: Described is a system for door detection for use with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The system receive a video input image from a single monocular camera. Edge points are detected in the video, with the edge points connected to form long edge lines. Orientations of the long edge lines are determined, such that long edge lines having a substantially vertical orientation are designated as initial door line candidates and long edge lines having a non-vertical, non-horizontal orientation are designated for use in detecting a vanishing point. A vanishing point is then detected in the video frame. Thereafter, intensity profile and line properties of the door line candidates are calculated. Finally, it is verified if the door line candidates are real world door lines and, if so, an area between the real world door lines is designated as an open door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Kyungnam Kim, Deepak Khosla
  • Patent number: 9974502
    Abstract: A mobile base designed to receive an X-ray machine is provided. An X-ray machine capable of being mounted on the mobile base is also provided. The X-ray machine of the invention is configured to move using a motor-driven system associated with a navigation system. The navigation system of the invention enables the X-ray machine to be moved automatically and with precision from one position to another within an examination, hybrid or operation room. The X-ray machine is also configured for the automatic positioning of the moving parts around the patient, while at the same time keeping the region to be subjected to radiography within an X-ray beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Bernard Bouvier, Carlos Martinez Ferreira, Bruno Galloni, Jean-Luc Thomé, Guy Jean Sébastien Caverot
  • Patent number: 9978276
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition device includes a traveling path predicting module that predicts a traveling path on which a vehicle travels, based on a current traveling condition of the vehicle, a traveling path restricting module that restricts the predicted traveling path in the width direction of the vehicle, according to at least one or more parameters selected from the group consisting of a traveling speed of the vehicle, an indicating state of a blinker, an angular speed of the vehicle, and a steering angle, and a control input identifying module that identifies a traffic indicator that exists ahead of the vehicle based on the restricted traveling path and that is to be used as the control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinnosuke Kido
  • Patent number: 9977118
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of operating a distance-measuring monitoring sensor for monitoring an at least two-dimensional protected field that is divided into a plurality of sector-shaped, cyclically scannable monitored fields, wherein the monitoring sensor comprises at least one light transmitter and at least one light receiver. The invention further relates to a monitoring sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventor: Fabian Jachmann
  • Patent number: 9969399
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a photographing unit for acquiring a plurality of images of a road, and a vehicle controller for detecting a marker on the road from the plurality of images, for deciding a first estimated position of the vehicle using an amount of change of the marker in the plurality of images, for deciding a second estimated position of the vehicle based on information about driving of the vehicle, and for deciding a final estimated position of the vehicle using the first estimated position and the second estimated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Youngchul Oh, Kicheol Shin, Byungyong You, MyungSeon Heo
  • Patent number: 9969393
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for assisting a driver in driving a vehicle, in which sensor data are produced by at least one sensor physically sensing the environment of a host vehicle or by obtaining data conveying information about the environment of a host vehicle, an object in a path of the host vehicle is detected based on the sensor data, a distance between the host vehicle and the detected object is controlled based on a preset gap (tGAP), environmental conditions of the host vehicle are estimated based on the sensor data, gap adaption indicators associated to the estimated environmental conditions are determined, wherein each of the gap adaption indicators indicates an extension or a reduction of the preset gap (tGAP) and the preset gap (tGAP) is adjusted based on the gap adaption indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Rebhan, Marcus Kleinehagenbrock
  • Patent number: 9971768
    Abstract: A system for use in a vehicle having a selected vehicle language, the system comprising image capture means for capturing an image scene external to the vehicle, wherein the image scene includes one or more information indicator including text in a country language other than the selected vehicle language. A means is provided for outputting a vehicle language signal representative of the selected vehicle language to an off-board server; and a means is provided for outputting a country language signal to the off-board server which is representative of the country language. A means is also provided for outputting the text to the off-board server for translation from the country language into the vehicle language; together with means for receiving a translated text output from the off-board server which is representative of the translated text. A means is provided for communicating the translated text output to the vehicle user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Niranjan Murthy, Andy Wells
  • Patent number: 9964559
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for determining cross track error between a stored planted location and the actual physical location of plants. An array of active light sensors is mounted on a vehicle for travel above the plants. The array of active light sensors generate an electrical signal from each sensor corresponding to the reflected light from the sensor. A computer system generates a reflectance curve from the array of sensors to determine the location of a plant below the array of sensors and also generates the cross track error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Ag Leader Technology
    Inventors: Roger Zielke, Chad Fick
  • Patent number: 9964406
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a single-camera system for measuring a vehicle distance and measurement method thereof. The single-camera system for measuring the vehicle distance comprises a variable-magnification single-camera module, an operational control module and an infrared emission module, wherein the operational control module is respectively connected with the variable-magnification single-camera module and the infrared emission module. The variable-magnification single-camera module is used for performing real-time video recording on a front scene, capturing the position information of a highlight speckle in a video image from a video and capturing the number of pixels occupied by the width/height of a vehicle license plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Gang Long, Songwei Lin
  • Patent number: 9956958
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control device includes a target speed calculation unit configured to calculate a target speed on the basis of a target lateral acceleration and a curve radius; a speed control unit configured to control the speed of a vehicle on the basis of the target speed and a vehicle speed; and a lane determination unit configured to determine whether a lane on which the vehicle is driving is an overtaking lane on the basis of image information. The target lateral acceleration setting unit sets the target lateral acceleration to be higher than the target lateral acceleration when it is determined that the lane on which the vehicle is driving is not the overtaking lane in a case where it is determined that the lane on which the vehicle is driving is the overtaking lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Sakaguchi, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 9959762
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for warning in a vehicle generates a warning based on a distance in order to avoid a problem that may occur when a collision warning is generated based on only a time required for a collision. The method of generating a warning in a vehicle includes: obtaining a distance and a relative speed of the vehicle to a target vehicle ahead; obtaining a time required for a collision with the target vehicle from the distance and the relative speed; and generating a warning when at least one of a first condition in which the time required for the collision is equal to or less than a predetermined warning generation time and a second condition in which the distance is equal to or less than a predetermined warning generation distance is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eungseo Kim, Junghyun Kim, Sangmin Lee, Taeyoung Lee, Donghyun Sung, Yongseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 9953534
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and computer storage media are disclosed for vehicle collision warnings based on a time-to-collision. An example vehicle includes a sensor to detect an object, a speed sensor to measure a current speed, and a collision alerter. The example collision alerter is to determine a distance to the object and determine a time-to-collision based on the distance and the current speed. Also, the example collision alerter is to emit, in response to the time-to-collision being less than or equal to a first collision threshold, a first alarm associated with the first collision threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Rijan Malla
  • Patent number: 9944319
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a motor vehicle system, the system being operable to provide that provides a visual indication of the position relative to the vehicle of one or more obstacles that lie in the vicinity of the vehicle, predicts a path of a vehicle by reference to a position of a steering wheel or steerable road wheel of the vehicle, and determines whether any obstacles in the vicinity of the vehicle lie in the predicted path by reference to data regarding the location of such obstacles. If the system determines that one or more obstacles lie in the predicted path the system provides an audible indication of a distance any such obstacles from the vehicle according to a distance from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Diana Franganillo, Steven Clugston, Kevin Cockings
  • Patent number: 9944316
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems that can be used, for example, to configure a vehicle (e.g., a lawn tractor or riding lawn mower) to make low- to substantially zero-radius turns. Some of the present vehicle control systems utilize at least one steered wheel position sensor to generate a signal that indicates the actual position of the steerable structure (e.g., wheel) to which the sensor is coupled, rather than a projected or anticipated position of that steerable structure. Vehicles that include such control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: MTD Products Inc
    Inventors: Michael Goebel, Derek Kaesgen
  • Patent number: 9931940
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a safety apparatus (20) for monitoring charging of an electrical energy store in a motor vehicle (100), having at least one first sensor device (21a) and at least one second sensor device (21b), the two of which are each designed to capture motion data for the motor vehicle (100) and to provide said motion data as a sensor signal; and a control device (25) that is coupled to the at least one first sensor device (21a) and to the at least one second sensor device (21b) and that is designed to deactivate the at least one second sensor device (21b) while the electrical energy store is being charged and, if the control device (25) detects motion of the motor vehicle (100) on the basis of one of the provided sensor signals, to actuate at least one actuator device (30) of the motor vehicle (100) in order to brake the motor vehicle (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jose-Luis Parga-Cacheiro
  • Patent number: 9919723
    Abstract: An aerial system and method use a distance sensor to measure spatial distances between the distance sensor and plural vehicles in a vehicle system formed from the vehicles operably coupled with each other during relative movement between the distance sensor and the vehicle system. The spatial distances measured by the distance sensor are used to determine a size parameter of the vehicle system based on the spatial distances that are measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aadeesh Shivkant Bhagwatkar, Sharon DSouza, Krishna Chaitanya Narra, Brad Thomas Costa, Seneca Snyder, Jerry Duncan, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Michael Scott Miner, Shannon Joseph Clouse, Anwarul Azam, Matthew Lawrence Blair, Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki, Scott Daniel Nelson, Nikhil Uday Naphade, Wing Yeung Chung, Daniel Malachi Ballesty, Glenn Robert Shaffer, Jeffrey James Kisak, Dale Martin DiDomenico
  • Patent number: 9910137
    Abstract: A multi-plane scanner support system includes a bracket and a mirror block. The bracket is configured to be secured in a fixed orientation with respect to a scanner. And the mirror block is arranged to receive a scanning signal from the scanner and to reflect the scanning signal into a plurality of directions to create multiple scanning planes. The scanner can be a laser scanner. The scanner and multi-plane scanner support system can be attached to a material transport vehicle, for example, to provide safety functions. The vehicle can be manned or unmanned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Seegrid Corporation
    Inventors: Mitchell Weiss, William R. Bosworth