Tilt, Imbalance, Or Overload Patents (Class 340/440)
  • Patent number: 11827237
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to improving crash prediction through correlating an observed response and a predicted response of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes generating the predicted response for the vehicle as a function of a response model and according to current vehicle inputs that are control inputs associated with steering, braking, and accelerating the vehicle. The response model is a learning model that predicts behaviors of the vehicle. The method includes computing a residual indicating an extent of correlation between the predicted response and the observed response. The method includes, in response to determining the residual satisfies a crash threshold that indicates an anomaly between the predicted response and the observed response, providing an alert indicating the vehicle has likely crashed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Connected North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Kilaru, Akshata Dundi Mohan, Nimish Kumar Amlathe, Christian Gilles Claudel
  • Patent number: 11816939
    Abstract: A rollover alarming system, a rollover risk prediction method, and a rollover alarming method. An axle housing strain measurement unit measures strain values on both sides of an axle housing of a vehicle body. A roll angle measurement unit measures a roll angle of the vehicle body. A collection control unit is configured to collect the strain values on both sides of the axle housing of the vehicle body and the roll angle of the vehicle body, calculate a strain difference between the strain values according to the strain values on both sides of the axle housing of the vehicle body, and output a corresponding alarm control signal according to the strain difference between both sides of the axle housing of the vehicle body and the roll angle of the vehicle body. An alarm unit is configured to output a corresponding alarm signal according to the received alarm control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: JIANGSU XCMG CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LTD.
    Inventors: Chunlei Liu, Yanbo Geng, Li Wang
  • Patent number: 11787243
    Abstract: An electronic unit suitable for being positioned on an internal face of a tread of a tire with a view to measuring operating parameters of a vehicle wheel equipped with the tire. The electronic unit includes: a body, configured to be embedded into the thickness of the tire, in a housing provided for this purpose, and includes sensors dedicated to measuring operating parameters of the wheel, a head, arranged at one end of the body, including a circuit board for managing information output from the sensors of the body and a way of communicating with a central unit installed in the vehicle; a way for connecting the elements with which the body is equipped and the elements with which the head is equipped; and a way to supply the electronic unit with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Boisset, Joachim Busche, Andrei Cimponeriu, Parthiv Dharamshi, Florin Mihai Cristea
  • Patent number: 11724644
    Abstract: A vehicle for transporting passengers include a floor board on which the passengers ride. The vehicle further includes a passenger distribution detection device that detects a passenger distribution that is a distribution of the passengers on the floor board. The vehicle further includes a control device that executes a passenger guidance control that guides the passengers on the floor board such that the passenger distribution approaches a target passenger distribution to increase a stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Saki Narita, Tetsuya Kanata, Yozo Iwami, Daisaku Honda, Yuhei Katsumata, Hideki Fukudome, Takuya Watabe, Naoko Ichikawa, Yuta Maniwa, Yuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11654737
    Abstract: A method for controlling a pitch of a vehicle, in which a control unit of a vehicle controls actuators of a suspension of a vehicle, which set a pitch of the vehicle, in dependence on a slope of a roadway section of a route of the vehicle and also a control unit and a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Andreas Zecherle, Harald Hagen
  • Patent number: 11623637
    Abstract: Leading and trailing electrified vehicles are coupled together in a towing arrangement for in-flight transfer of an electrical charge between their battery systems. With the vehicles connected by a towing device, a parking maneuver is initiated in which the trailing vehicle leads the leading vehicle. For the parking maneuver, one of the vehicles is designated (e.g., automatically or by driver agreement) to be an active steering vehicle and the other vehicle to be a passive steering vehicle. At least the passive steering vehicle comprises an electrically-controlled steering actuator. During movement, a turning (e.g., steering angle) of the active steering vehicle is monitored. Based on the turning of the active steering vehicle, an assistive steering angle is determined for the passive steering vehicle. The electrically-controlled steering actuator is commanded according to the assistive steering angle. The parking maneuver may be reverse or forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Kenneth P. McHugh, Peter Phung, David Brian Glickman, Paul K. Dellock, John R. Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11565655
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first sensor that senses a state of the vehicle and a second sensor that senses outside of the vehicle. A computing device is configured to receive signals from the sensors and to control rotating and turning of the wheels. While the vehicle is parked, the computing device determines according to a signal received from the sensors, that a condition is satisfied. The condition may be associated with a particular wheel. Based on determining that the condition is satisfied, and while the vehicle remains parked, the computing device initiates automatically rotating or turning the particular wheel associated with the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Ford GLobal Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Weston, Brendan Diamond, Jonathan Hair, Jordan Barrett, Andrew Lewandowski, Michael Mcnees
  • Patent number: 11560031
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine vehicle weight are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a vehicle controller configured to control a motor operatively coupled to a suspension system to raise or lower a vehicle. The vehicle controller is to also determine a first parameter of the motor while controlling the motor to raise or lower the vehicle when the vehicle is unloaded. The vehicle controller is to also determine a second parameter of the motor while controlling the motor to raise or lower the vehicle when the vehicle is at least partially loaded. The vehicle controller is to also calculate a weight of the vehicle based on the first and second parameters of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Peter Simeon Lazarevski, Rinku Patel, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Joshua Rajasingh, Salvador Padilla
  • Patent number: 11505149
    Abstract: A method for controlling the actuation of an actuatable restraint to help protect a vehicle occupant in response to a rollover event is implemented in a controller of a vehicle safety system that includes the actuatable restraint. To implement the method, the controller is configured to execute a roll discrimination metric that discriminates the occurrence of a ramp rollover event or an embankment rollover event in response to a vehicle roll rate (R_RATE) having a magnitude that exceeds a predetermined threshold roll rate (R_RATE). The controller is also configured to execute a switching metric that is operative to reduce the predetermined threshold roll rate (R_RATE) in response to a vehicle pitch rate (P_RATE) having a magnitude that exceeds a predetermined threshold pitch rate (P_RATE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Kiran Balasubramanian, Annette Schanz, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Charles A. Bartlett
  • Patent number: 11499878
    Abstract: A strain body of a force sensor according to the present invention includes a tilting structure disposed between a force receiving body and a support body, a force-receiving-body-side deformable body connecting the force receiving body and the tilting structure, and a support-body-side deformable body connecting the tilting structure and the support body. The tilting structure includes a first tilting body that extends in a second direction orthogonal to a first direction and that is elastically deformable by the action of force in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: TRI-FORCE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okada, Miho Sekine, Yuki Hongo
  • Patent number: 11465550
    Abstract: A device for visually verifying tautness of a cargo strap includes a hinged body, itself including first and second platform surfaces configured to be shifted between an open configuration and a closed configuration. In the closed configuration, the first and second surfaces form a confronting relationship. The device further includes a light source disposed on the first platform and is configured to emit light parallel to the first platform surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Rick Dooley
  • Patent number: 11410526
    Abstract: A dynamic rollover zone detection system that is easily attached to mobile machinery and dynamically detects a rollover zone around the mobile machinery. The system detects humans and objects within the rollover zone using one or more pre-trained machine learning models in order to prevent accidents and potential collisions between machinery and people or objects in the rollover zone. If a human or obstacle is identified in the rollover zone, an alert or warning is provided and/or the mobile machinery is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: LANTERN HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Chad Thomas Green
  • Patent number: 11370348
    Abstract: A method for securing cargo that can form a unit load when the cargo is immobilized on a load carrier or on a vehicle by means of a securing device, and a measuring device for measuring a tensile stress acting on the securing device being disposed on the securing device, the measuring device being equipped with a data processing system having a device for signal transfer to a central data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: SPANSET INTER AG
    Inventor: David Ehnimb
  • Patent number: 11346084
    Abstract: A controller obtains a load value within a bucket when a work implement has a basic attitude, as a reference value, and a load value, within the bucket when the work implement has an attitude different from the basic attitude, as a comparison value. The controller generates correction data according to an attitude of the work implement beforehand, based on the reference value and the comparison value. The controller senses a current attitude of the work implement, and calculates a correction amount of a load value within the bucket when the work implement has the current attitude, based on the correction data. The controller corrects a load value within the bucket when the work implement has the current attitude using the correction amount, and obtains a corrected load value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Minetaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11281693
    Abstract: A method for processing tasks in a distributed data processing system includes processing sets of tasks. The method includes maintaining, at a first processing node a number of counters including a working counter indicating a current time interval of the number of time intervals in the distributed data processing system, and a replication counter indicating a time interval of the number of time intervals for which at least one of (1) all tasks associated with that time interval, or (2) all corresponding results associated with that time interval, are replicated at multiple processing nodes of the number of processing nodes. The method includes providing messages from the first processing node to the other processing nodes of the number of processing nodes, the messages including the working counter and the replication counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Craig W. Stanfill, Joseph Skeffington Wholey, III
  • Patent number: 11181433
    Abstract: A center-of-mass height estimation device includes a roll moment calculation unit for calculating roll moment of a sprung portion in a vehicle on the basis of bearing capacities of left and right suspensions provided on the vehicle, a lateral acceleration measurement unit for measuring lateral acceleration, which is acceleration in a width direction of the vehicle, a mass measurement unit for measuring mass of the sprung portion, a transfer function calculation unit for calculating a transfer function of the roll moment with respect to the lateral acceleration, and a center-of-mass height calculation unit for dividing the gain of the transfer function by the mass of the sprung portion to calculate a height from a roll center of the vehicle to a center of mass of the sprung portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Toshihiko Iwama
  • Patent number: 10989300
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating method for an automatic transmission, particularly for an automatic variable-speed transmission and/or dual-clutch transmission, for a motor vehicle. The automatic transmission can be operated in a cost-effective manner, particularly with reduced component wear and increased service life, and/or the driving comfort of the vehicle can be improved such that when lifting of at least one driven vehicle wheel off the roadway during braking is detected by the operating method, then for the length of said braking process, in the event of an incomplete gear change into a gear of the transmission, the engagement of a gear is prevented and/or the beginning of a gear change into a gear of the transmission is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rainer Hofmann, Axel Schamscha
  • Patent number: 10949414
    Abstract: A method for processing data using a distributed data processing system includes providing input data to the distributed data processing system from a distributed data processing system interface component in communication with the distributed data processing system. The distributed data processing system processes the input data to generate a response, which it provides to the distributed data processing system interface component. The distributed data processing system interface component holds the response in escrow until it receives an indication from the distributed data processing system that the response has reached a sufficient level of durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Phil Douros, Craig W. Stanfill
  • Patent number: 10919358
    Abstract: An attitude estimation apparatus includes an attitude estimation unit for estimating the roll angle and pitch angle of a movable body and for using a calculation process to estimate an offset error for at least one of first, second and third angular velocity detection units and first, second and third acceleration detection units. The attitude estimation unit estimates the roll angle and pitch angle of the movable body and the offset error for at least one detection unit based on detected values from the first, second and third angular velocity detection units, detected values from the first, second and third acceleration detection units, a detected value from the velocity information detection unit, an estimated value of the roll angle from a previous estimation operation, an estimated value of the pitch angle from the previous estimation operation, and an estimated value of the offset error from the previous estimation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Go Takahashi, Takahiro Fujii
  • Patent number: 10901702
    Abstract: Combining specifications of dataflow graphs includes receiving: a first dataflow graph specification that specifies two or more components connected by links representing flows of data, and a second dataflow graph specification that specifies at least one component, and at least one sub-graph interface. The sub-graph interface includes at least one flow junction representing a connection between: (1) a flow of data outside the sub-graph interface, and (2) a flow of data inside the sub-graph interface. The method includes processing information including the first dataflow graph specification and the second dataflow graph specification, to generate a combined dataflow graph specification, including: identifying an association between the sub-graph interface and the first dataflow graph specification, for at least a first flow junction, determining a direction associated with transferring a value of a descriptor, and transferring a value of a descriptor according to the determined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brond Larson, Paul Bay, H. Mark Bromley
  • Patent number: 10866947
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium to receive a definition of a first chart; determine a chart type for the first chart based on the definition; calculate, based on the determined first chart type, proportion values for chart elements of the first chart; receive a definition of a second chart; determine whether a chart type for the second chart is the same as the first chart type; calculate, in response to the determination that the second chart type is the same as the first chart type, proportion values for the chart elements of the second chart based on the first chart type; determine whether the second chart is a valid representation of the first chart based on the calculated proportion values for the first chart and the second chart; and store a record of the validation determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ganesh Moorthy Duraisamy, Poornima Umashankar
  • Patent number: 10817495
    Abstract: Techniques for determining processing layouts to nodes of a dataflow graph. The techniques include: obtaining information specifying a dataflow graph, the dataflow graph comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges connecting the plurality nodes, the plurality of edges representing flows of data among nodes in the plurality of nodes, the plurality of nodes comprising: a first set of one or more nodes; and a second set of one or more nodes disjoint from the first set of nodes; obtaining a first set of one or more processing layouts for the first set of nodes; and determining a processing layout for each node in the second set of nodes based on the first set of processing layouts and one or more layout determination rules, the one or more layout determination rules including at least one rule for selecting among processing layouts having different degrees of parallelism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ab Inito Technology LLC
    Inventor: Garth Allen Dickie
  • Patent number: 10800403
    Abstract: A processor-implemented path planning method in a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes retrieving road surface information along a planned path for the vehicle; constructing, by the processor, a model of the road surface along the planned path; identifying, by the processor, a road irregularity in the road surface for the planned path; classifying, by the processor, the road irregularity; projecting the location of vehicle tire patches on the model of the road surface; predicting, by the processor, vehicle sprung-mass dynamics as a function of time for the vehicle along the planned path; calculating a plurality of alternative path trajectories within the constraints of the road boundaries for avoiding the road irregularity; choosing an alternative path trajectory out of the plurality of alternative path trajectories that reduces the sprung-mass dynamics for the vehicle to provide a more comfortable ride; and updating the planned path with the chosen alternative path trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Bertollini, Joseph F. Szczerba, Roy J. Mathieu
  • Patent number: 10793162
    Abstract: A method and system for predicting a driving path of a neighboring vehicle which may influence a subject vehicle is provided. The subject vehicle detects a segment adjacent to the neighboring vehicle which is currently driven and searches all segments connected to the segment. The method prevents a collision between the subject vehicle and the neighboring vehicle that occurs due to misrecognition of a position, a driving direction, or velocity of the neighboring vehicle, and more accurately predicts the driving path of the neighboring vehicle. The method includes receiving information of a neighboring road on which a subject vehicle is driven from a detailed map and detecting a segment showing the neighboring vehicle which is being currently driven from the information of the neighboring road. Segments are detected that are connected to the segment and the driving path of the neighboring vehicle is predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ji Hyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10773672
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a cancel switch for cancelling notification of overturn occurrence information. A handle includes one or more right switch boxes to the left of a right handle grip, and one or more left switch boxes to the right of a left handle grip. The cancel switch is a position that is within a center region located between a plane perpendicular to the left-right direction that includes the left end of a right switch box which is furthest to the left among the one or more right switch boxes, and a plane perpendicular to the left-right direction that includes the right end of a left switch box which is furthest to the right among the one or more left switch boxes. The cancel switch is at a position that is visible in one or more horizontal directions in the leaning vehicle in an overturned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Takeuchi, Hiroshi Shibuya, Kotaro Onishi
  • Patent number: 10776325
    Abstract: An approach to parallel access of data from a distributed filesystem provides parallel access to one or more named units (e.g., files) in the filesystem by creating multiple parallel data streams such that all the data of the desired units is partitioned over the multiple streams. In some examples, the multiple streams form multiple inputs to a parallel implementation of a computation system, such as a graph-based computation system, dataflow-based system, and/or a (e.g., relational) database system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ann M. Wollrath, Bryan Phil Douros, Marshall Alan Isman, Timothy Wakeling
  • Patent number: 10710523
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a seat, and a back panel with at least a part of the back panel located behind the seat. The back panel has a box portion that has an opening facing a cabin, and a lid covers the opening. An electrical component is housed in the box portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Ishibashi, Itsuo Takegami, Kazumasa Hisada
  • Patent number: 10625658
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for sensing the tension of a securing member and generating a signal indicative of a loose securing member when the tension of the securing member drops below a threshold level. The device can further include features for detection of tampering with either the device itself or the tensioning members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Process4, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Taylor
  • Patent number: 10586362
    Abstract: A chart creation tool is provided that operatively, specifies chart layouts interactively in lieu of programmatically specifying data transformations. Operatively, the herein described systems and methods can convert user-specified layouts into mathematical constraints, and a constraint solver is employed to draw the resulting chart. An illustrative user interface is provided that can allow a user to input data representative of one or more chart layouts through the interaction with one or more illustrative controls of the user interface. Responsive to such interactions (i.e., data input), one or more mathematical constraints can be calculated/generated from the inputted user-specified one or more chart layout input data. Illustratively, the chart layout can comprise a reusable layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Bongshin Lee, Matthew Michael Brehmer, Donghao Ren
  • Patent number: 10543846
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for determining a power of a vehicle is disclosed. A method includes: providing predetermined calibration settings relating force to engine speed for a vehicle travelling at various speeds, altering accelerometer data based on filtered vehicle pitch and roll data, determining that one or more vehicle performance parameters fall within a threshold range, storing a plurality of data pairs that include longitudinal acceleration and drive force, and determining a slope of a line that linearly approximates the plurality of data pairs, the slope indicating a total weight of the vehicle including vehicle load; determining the vehicle power based on the total weight and drag force of the vehicle; and transmitting the total power to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Seth Myer
  • Patent number: 10328756
    Abstract: A method for detecting a displacement of a motor vehicle including a plurality of wheels each including a tire inflated by inflation gases, includes the steps of: periodically measuring (E1), at a standby frequency, the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire, comparing (E2) the values measured over a predetermined time interval for detecting movement of the vehicle, detecting (E3) a movement of the vehicle when the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire increases by at least a first predetermined temperature value during the predetermined time interval for detecting movement of the vehicle, and periodically measuring (E4), at an activation frequency higher than the standby frequency, the temperature of the inflation gases of the tire when a movement of the vehicle has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Christian Niggel
  • Patent number: 10214069
    Abstract: A vehicle height adjustment device includes a changer, a vehicle speed obtainer, a vehicle height controller, and a malfunction detector. The changer is configured to change a relative position of a body of a vehicle, which includes a plurality of wheels, relative to an axle of each of the plurality of wheels of the vehicle. The vehicle speed obtainer is configured to obtain a vehicle speed, which is a traveling speed of the vehicle. The vehicle height controller is configured to control a vehicle height, which is a height of the body, based on the vehicle speed obtained by the vehicle speed obtainer. The malfunction detector is configured to detect a failure of the vehicle speed obtainer to obtain an accurate value of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masayoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10202071
    Abstract: A mounting bracket sub-assembly used to mount a vehicular approach lighting assembly including a base member, wherein the base member is adapted for securement to a drain aperture located on an undercarriage of a vehicle body, a cover member, wherein the cover member mates with the base member to secure a vehicular approach lighting assembly, and at least one fastener, wherein the at least one fastener releasably secures the cover member to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Steven G. Hoek
  • Patent number: 10180821
    Abstract: Combining specifications of dataflow graphs includes receiving: a first dataflow graph specification that specifies two or more components connected by links representing flows of data, and a second dataflow graph specification that specifies at least one component, and at least one sub-graph interface. The sub-graph interface includes at least one flow junction representing a connection between: (1) a flow of data outside the sub-graph interface, and (2) a flow of data inside the sub-graph interface. The method includes processing information including the first dataflow graph specification and the second dataflow graph specification, to generate a combined dataflow graph specification, including: identifying an association between the sub-graph interface and the first dataflow graph specification, for at least a first flow junction, determining a direction associated with transferring a value of a descriptor, and transferring a value of a descriptor according to the determined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Brond Larson, Paul Bay, H. Mark Bromley
  • Patent number: 10176003
    Abstract: Methods and system are disclosed that assist monitoring activities in an organization in real-time using an integrated application. In one aspect, the integrated application establishes a connection with a central monitoring framework and an in-memory data store. The in-memory data store includes business data and associated key performance indicators (KPIs). In response to a detection of a modification of key performance indicators or an unauthorized access of the business data, an analytical engine associated with the integrated application analyzes the associated KPIs and/or the business data and generates results including modified KPIs and identifiers. Based on the identifiers, the KPIs and the modified KPIs are mapped with control parameters in a corresponding framework to determine a deviation in the values of KPIs and a workflow in the corresponding framework is instantiated. Upon instantiating the workflow, the KPIs are displayed on a user interface that provides monitoring information in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Ying Zeng
  • Patent number: 10120744
    Abstract: A computing environment provisioning system includes a processing system and a memory for storing instructions that are executed by the processing system to obtain a graph having one or more edges with multiple vertices representing task instructions to perform multiple tasks on one or more resources of a computing environment, and sequentially execute the task instructions according to the edges between the vertices. When an at least one task encounters an error, the instructions pause execution of an ensuing task instruction in the graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: VCE IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Akshaya Mahapatra, Vandana Rao
  • Patent number: 10118626
    Abstract: A system for processing sensor data in a vehicle has a processor and a chassis sensor in communication with the processor. The processor is configured to record driving dynamics data and chassis sensor data for the vehicle, and filter driving dynamics data or the chassis sensor data on the basis of the chassis sensor data or the driving dynamics data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO. OHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Klaus Rink, Stefan Günthner
  • Patent number: 10094357
    Abstract: A nacelle for a wind turbine generator comprises a crane articulated on a base fixed to said nacelle. The crane includes a cantilevered telescopic boom, a principal winch with a lifting line and respective azimuth and elevation drive units for moving said boom in azimuth and in elevation relative to said nacelle. The crane has a deployed condition in which said boom is moveable in azimuth and in elevation and a stowed condition. The nacelle comprises a support structure against which said boom is brought to rest in said stowed condition thereof and wherein when in said stowed condition said boom is located into a predetermined position at which it is held to rest at a point along its length against said support structure and wherein said lifting line is in a reference position in relation to said nacelle when said crane is in its stowed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Claus Hald Therkildsen
  • Patent number: 10048158
    Abstract: A stability warning system for a tree feller-buncher includes a first inertial measurement unit configured to measure an orientation of an undercarriage of the tree feller-buncher carrying at least one track, a second inertial measurement unit configured to measure an orientation of a boom coupled to the turntable, and a felling head operably connected to the boom. A controller is operable to estimate a center of gravity of the tree feller-buncher based on the measured orientation of the undercarriage and the measured orientation of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard J. Lawler, Bryon P. Neumann
  • Patent number: 9914461
    Abstract: A device that can stably and accurately estimate the roll angle of a vehicle body during various states of movement of the vehicle body. A roll angle estimated value calculation portion calculates an estimated value of the roll angle by integrating a value obtained by correcting an estimated value of roll angle velocity of a vehicle body by use of a correction value, or by correcting a value obtained by integrating an estimated value of roll angle velocity by use of a correction value. The correction value is calculated by use of a detection value of speed of the vehicle body in the traveling direction, detection values of angular velocity and acceleration detected by sensors mounted on the vehicle body, a previous estimated value of the roll angle, and a previous estimated value of the pitch angle of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Okoshi, Toru Takenaka, Shinya Shirokura
  • Patent number: 9834186
    Abstract: An autonomous emergency braking apparatus comprises: a relative vehicle information collector that collects relative vehicle information regarding a relative vehicle using a plurality of sensors in a vehicle; a self vehicle information collector that collects self vehicle information regarding a self vehicle using the plurality of sensors; and a processor configured to calculate and compare a first time for a collision avoidance of the self vehicle and a second time for a collision avoidance of the relative vehicle based on the relative vehicle information and the self vehicle information, and determine a braking point of time and a required braking force based on the comparison of the first time and the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Dae Seok Jeon
  • Patent number: 9809194
    Abstract: A safety system for a motor vehicle having at least a front wheel arrangement having one or more wheels and rear wheel arrangement having one or more wheels, the arrangement having: a control unit; and one or more vehicle inertial sensors to detect acceleration experienced by the vehicle, the inertial sensors being connected to the control unit so the control unit receives output signals from the inertial sensors; and one or more vehicle safety systems which may be activated by the control unit, wherein the control unit is configured to process the signals received from the inertial sensors and to determine whether at least one of the wheels of the front and rear wheel arrangements is not in contact with the surface over which the vehicle is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignees: Autoliv Development AB, Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Moroine Laoufi, Alessandro Zin, Peter Harda, Pär Nilsson, Anders Axelsson, Anders Wogel
  • Patent number: 9682702
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle includes determining whether control over a rate of torque decrease is desired in order to improve the vehicle behavior. The rate of torque decrease is controlled to stay within a range of a selected rate of change. A vehicle control system includes a controller configured to determine whether control over a rate of torque decrease is desired. The controller is also configured to control the rate of torque decrease to stay within a range of a selected rate of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Paul Beever
  • Patent number: 9645250
    Abstract: A method for providing redundant vehicle speed estimation. The method includes providing sensor output signals from a plurality of primary sensors and providing inertial measurement signals from an inertial measurement unit. The method also includes estimating the vehicle speed in a primary module using the primary sensor signals, and buffering the estimated vehicle speed values from the primary module for a predetermined period of time. The method further includes determining that one or more of the primary sensors or the primary module has failed, and if so, estimating the vehicle speed in a secondary module using the buffered vehicle speed values and the inertial measurement signals. The method can use GPS signal data and/or range data from static objects to improve the estimated vehicle speed in the secondary module if they are available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, David M. Sidlosky, David W. Doerr
  • Patent number: 9607073
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method includes, at a node of a Hadoop cluster, the node storing a first portion of data in HDFS data storage, executing a first instance of a data processing engine capable of receiving data from a data source external to the Hadoop cluster, receiving a computer-executable program by the data processing engine, executing at least part of the program by the first instance of the data processing engine, receiving, by the data processing engine, a second portion of data from the external data source, storing the second portion of data other than in HDFS storage, and performing, by the data processing engine, a data processing operation identified by the program using at least the first portion of data and the second portion of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ab Initio Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ian Schechter, Tim Wakeling, Ann M. Wollrath
  • Patent number: 9452657
    Abstract: Ride height for use in an adaptive suspension damping system, tiltable headlamp systems, or other systems is determined for first and second wheels which are mounted to first and second suspensions having first and second control arms coupled between the respective wheels and a frame of the vehicle. An anti-roll system is coupled between the control arms. A mechanical height sensor is coupled to the first wheel to directly sense a first height associated with the first wheel. A strain sensor is coupled to the anti-roll system to generate a strain signal in response to a strain in the anti-roll system. A controller converts the strain signal to a second height associated with the second wheel. Thus, ride heights for both wheels on opposite sides of the vehicle are obtained using only one direct height measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin S. Giaier, Edmund S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9437055
    Abstract: When calculating an angle of articulation between two portions of an articulated vehicle such as a tractor-trailer combination, a camera-based articulation angle measuring system comprises camera(s) mounted on the tractor and/or trailer that observe their counterpart and/or features on the other portion of the vehicle. The angles or locations of the counterpart features are measured in the image(s) produced by the camera(s). A geometric model is employed to convert the location and/or angular measurements into a corresponding articulation and/or roll angle for the tractor-trailer combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U Kuehnle, Marton Gyori
  • Patent number: 9434307
    Abstract: A rollover meter device is disclosed that prevents vehicle rollover and minimizes the harm and damage caused if a rollover occurs. The rollover meter device comprises a meter housing component and a digital display component that displays the current angle of the vehicle. The meter housing component comprises microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), such as a gyro component and two tri-axial accelerometer components which are mounted on a printed circuit board (PCB), along with LED warning lights, which is then secured behind the digital display inside the meter housing component. Furthermore, the meter housing component can be in electrical communication with a vehicle's gas supply, ignition, blade rotation, Power Take Off (PTO), and/or wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Richard Alexander
  • Patent number: 9323802
    Abstract: Processing data includes profiling data from a data source, including reading the data from the data source, computing summary data characterizing the data while reading the data, and storing profile information that is based on the summary data. The data is then processed from the data source. This processing includes accessing the stored profile information and processing the data according to the accessed profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: AB INITIO TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Joel Gould, Carl Richard Feynman, Paul Bay
  • Patent number: 9303953
    Abstract: A system for detecting tamper events in a digital circuit by having a Critical Path Replica (CPR) circuit operable in parallel with the circuit being monitored, and adjusted to generate a timing violation if the operating parameters of the circuit change to be outside the normal operating parameters. The critical path replica circuit is adjusted to generate a timing violation before the actual circuit being monitored fails due to the changed operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William C Wallace, Alok Anand, Ravi Srivaths, Chillara Kiran Kumar, Aruna Koityar