Vehicle Operator Instruction Or Testing Patents (Class 434/29)
  • Patent number: 9755848
    Abstract: A system and method for simulating a presence between a first user in a first pod at a first location and a second user in a second pod at a second location is provided. A first user suit is disposed in the first grid pod and a second user suit is disposed in the second grid pod. A first controller unit is electrically connected with the first pod and a second controller unit is electrically connected with the second pod. At least one input sensor is disposed in each of the first and second pods. Output devices are disposed in the first and second pods. A mainframe is electrically connected with the first and second controller units for receiving inputs from the input sensors and for providing instructions for activating the output devices to simulate the interaction of the first and second users with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Matthew Cieszkowski, III, Timothy David Smith
  • Patent number: 9731217
    Abstract: A dynamic multidirectional film watching system, comprising: a film watching system base; a motor arranged on the film watching system base; a film watching platform base fixedly arranged on the film watching system base; a film watching platform arranged in a rolling arrangement on the film watching platform base and comprising a plurality of rows of seats; a roller arranged on a rotation shaft of the motor; a transmission cable with one end arranged on the roller and the other end fixedly arranged on the film watching platform; and an incomplete spherical screen vertically arranged on the film watching system base, and an opening thereof facing the film watching platform. A bottom of a film watching platform is arranged in a rolling arrangement on the film watching platform base to provide audience with more dynamic and multidirectional film watching experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN OCT VISION INC.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Hongguang Wen, Baoluo Jia
  • Patent number: 9711059
    Abstract: A motion platform device for flight simulation comprises: a base frame, a moving platform, which is spaced apart from said base frame and which has a user position surface opposing to the base frame, and a number of mounts connected to the base frame and connected with the moving platform, wherein the mounts are adapted to allow a relative movement of the user position surface, especially pivoting around a central point in three directions. The user is lying on the surface and actuates the flying movement through lateral inner wings and/or lateral outer wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: SOMNIACS AG
    Inventors: Max Rheiner, Thomas Tobler, Fabian Troxler
  • Patent number: 9675894
    Abstract: A cable driven elevator system having an elevator platform with an integral motion system is provided using one or multiple actuators. Each actuator includes a support plate attached to the elevator platform, a planetary gearbox engaged with and driven by an electric servo motor, and a drive shaft driven by the servo motor and engaged with a one crank. Connecting rods are connected between the crank and a frame. The frame supports a passenger platform. A control system is operable with each electric servo motor of each actuator for providing a simulated motion to the passenger platform including a heaving (vertical) motion such that the vertical downward acceleration experienced by persons riding the elevator exceeds 1 g, by way of example. The motion system is also capable of directly imparting vibrations to the elevator platform of up to at least 100 Hz without additional vibration generating equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Dynamic Motion Group GMBH
    Inventors: David J. Vatcher, Simon A. James, Andrew J. Cox
  • Patent number: 9669321
    Abstract: Provided is a system for providing a virtual reality experience, the system including a vehicle controlled to follow a pre-determined path; a virtual reality controller; one or more headsets each including a virtual reality generator and at least one screen, wherein the virtual reality generator is controlled by the virtual reality controller; and a synchronization sensor, wherein the controller includes a memory adapted to store data relating to the path, the synchronization sensor is connected to the controller and includes at least one accelerometer adapted to sense movement of the vehicle, the controller includes a processor adapted to compare data from the synchronization sensor to the data stored in the memory of the controller to calculate the location of the vehicle on the path, and the controller is adapted to synchronize the virtual reality generator with the location of the vehicle on the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Figment Productions Limited
    Inventor: Simon Paul Reveley
  • Patent number: 9666092
    Abstract: A system for comparing energy usage of different vehicle platforms is provided. The system may include a processor to execute routines stored in a memory device. Further, in one embodiment the routines include routines configured to receive selection of a driving style by a user and to select a virtual test drive based on the received selection. Also, the routines may include routines configured to output the selected virtual test drive and to output a comparison of multiple vehicles having different characteristics based on the selected virtual test drive. Other systems, methods, and manufactures are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rebecca K. Fitzgerald, Garth A. Cole, Kimberley S. Metcalf-Kupres, Thomas M. Watson, Craig W. Rigby
  • Patent number: 9666094
    Abstract: A test device includes a base plate configured to move on a slipping floor in X-Y directions substantially parallel to the slipping floor by an air bearing, and rotate around an axis substantially perpendicular to the slipping floor, and a platform connected to the base plate by a movement connecting mechanism. The base plate is between the slipping floor and the platform. The movement mechanism connected pivotally with the base plate is configured to move on the slipping floor in the X-Y directions, and rotate around the axis. When the base plate is at substantially a center of the slipping floor's upper surface, the tips of the movement mechanism are directed to points on a circle C or points close to C, and a central angle between a line from C's center to one of the tips and a line from C's center to another tip is 120°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMIYA SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Eisei In, Tomohiro Hosaka
  • Patent number: 9665094
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a container that can be installed at a remote location, detect a disaster event, and automatically deploy a UAV. In response to detection of the disaster event, such a container may be configured to: (i) determine whether or not one or more weather conditions affecting operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are conducive to deployment of the UAV to fly to the first geographic area, (ii) if the one or more conditions are conducive to deployment of the UAV, then deploy the UAV to fly to the first geographic area, and (iii) if the one or more conditions are not conducive to deployment of the UAV, then monitor the second data until it is determined that the one or more conditions are conducive to deployment of the UAV, and then deploy the UAV to fly to the first geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Martin Russell
  • Patent number: 9666093
    Abstract: A test device includes a base plate configured to move on a slipping floor in X-Y directions by an air bearing, and rotate around a Z axis, a platform connected on the base plate by a movement connecting mechanism, and a magnetizing device disposed on a lower surface of the base plate to face the slipping floor and configured to change a magnetizing force to the slipping floor. The X-Y directions are substantially parallel to the slipping floor, and the Z axis is substantially perpendicular to the slipping floor. The base plate is disposed between the slipping floor and the platform. A magnetizing force of the magnetizing device to the slipping floor when the air bearing operates is stronger than magnetizing force of the magnetizing device to the slipping floor when the air bearing does not operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SAGINOMIYA SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Eisei In, Ryotaro Masuyama
  • Patent number: 9646417
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying simulation objects. A simulation of a live environment is run while a training device is present in the live environment. A set of simulation objects in the simulation is identified from a number of simulation objects in the simulation using a position of the training device in which the set of simulation objects is visible to the training device in the live environment. Simulation data is generated for the set of simulation objects. The simulation data is sent to the training device in the live environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Clifford B. Sowadski, Robert James Lechner
  • Patent number: 9586152
    Abstract: Provided is a motion simulator with two degrees of freedom of angular motion that is capable of performing pitching rotation and yawing rotation. The motion simulator includes: a first rotation body (100) that a user boards; a second rotation body (200) located under the first rotation body (100); a first driving unit (300) for pitching the first rotation body (100); a second driving unit (400) for yawing the first rotation body (100) and the second rotation body (200) as one body; and a controller for controlling rotation of the first driving unit (300) and rotation of the second driving unit (400).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: MOTION DEVICE INC.
    Inventor: Jong Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 9589476
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for training a user to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in an environment. The systems and methods provide a simulation environment to control a UAV in a virtual environment. The virtual environment closely resembles a real flight environment. The controller used to transmit flight commands and receive flight state data can be used in both simulation and flight modes of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Liutao Zhang, Xuyang Pan, Shunnian Li, Chaobin Chen
  • Patent number: 9581819
    Abstract: A see-through augmented reality system is disclosed. The system includes a head-wearable frame and a lens. The lens has at least one field-of-view (FOV). A sensor is configured to be coupled with respect to a head of a user. The sensor generates sensor data that changes responsive to movements of the head. A display apparatus is mapped to an interior surface of the lens. A controller is coupled to the sensor and to the display apparatus. The controller is configured to determine a current scene within the FOV based at least in part on the sensor data. The controller determines an out-the-window (OTW) scene portion of the current scene and a non-OTW scene portion of the current scene and generates OTW imagery that depicts the OTW scene portion. The controller causes the display apparatus to emit light in accordance with the OTW imagery toward the interior surface of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Richard P. Boggs, Patrick J. Goergen, Gregory A. Harrison, Eric T. Sorokowsky, Edward T. Grant
  • Patent number: 9527515
    Abstract: Data is collected during the operation of a vehicle and used to produce a ranking of a driver's performance, and that ranking is shared on a hosted website, such that the drivers can compare their performance metrics to their peers. Fleet operators can use these performance metrics as incentives, by linking driver pay with performance. Individual fleet operators can host their own website, where driver rankings in that fleet can be compared, or the website can be hosted by a third party, and multiple fleet operators participate. The third party can offset their costs for operating the website by charging participating fleet operators a fee, and/or by advertising revenue. In some embodiments, all driver performance data is displayed in an anonymous format, so that individual drivers cannot be identified unless the driver shares their user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Bryan Hunt, Charles Michael McQuade
  • Patent number: 9470967
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed toward a visual image projection and display system including a motion platform, a toroidal constant vertical resolution surface having a bottom portion mounted to the motion platform and capable of displaying a single substantially constant vertical resolution image by blending portions of adjacent projected images on the toroidal constant vertical resolution surface, a top surface screen intersecting the top portion of the constant vertical resolution surface defined by a circular azimuth curve, and a set of image projectors. The set of image projectors include a radial array of image projectors mounted on the motion platform that project a corresponding series of images via at least one mirror attached to the motion platform onto a convex portion of the toroidal constant vertical resolution surface, and at least one image projector that projects an image on the top surface screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Carl J. Vorst, Harold R. Streid
  • Patent number: 9430942
    Abstract: A method (and structure) for adjusting control parameters of a traffic management system in a presence of one or more incidents on a network, including representing, using a tree format, a prioritization across network junctions prior to an incident. An incident-affected junction is elevated higher in priority on the tree, depending upon a severity level of the incident. Weights are associated with each junction as a function of its height in the tree. A real-time optimization of the control parameters for the network is solved, using the weights on the junctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sebastien Blandin, Laura Wynter
  • Patent number: 9430953
    Abstract: A simulation device imparts a force corresponding to a simulated event on a user. The simulation device includes a motion base mounted to a moveable surface and a capsule mounted to the motion base. The user is positioned within the capsule during the simulated event, and the motion base is configured to move the capsule relative to the moveable surface. The simulation device further includes a sensor that senses movement of the moveable surface. A controller is operably coupled to both the sensor and the motion base. The controller receives a signal from the sensor and controls the motion base to move the capsule according to the simulated event and the signal received from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 9340263
    Abstract: A carrier frame on a vessel for local water motion includes a carrier frame (2); an actuator system (4, 5, 6) adapted for translating the carrier frame (2) along a z-axis and rotating the carrier frame around an x-axis and an y-axis; a sensor system (8) for sensing z-axis translational movement and x-axis and y-axis rotational movements of the vessel; and a control system (9) generating control signals for driving the actuator system in response to the sensor signals. The actuator system includes at least three cylinder-piston-units each having a longitudinal axis (14), which longitudinal axes are mutually parallel in a rest position. Each cylinder-piston unit has an upper support (15) for supporting the carrier frame on said cylinder-piston-unit and a lower support (16) for supporting the cylinder-piston-unit on a base. The upper support and/or lower support allows for rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BARGE MASTER IP B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Martijn Koppert
  • Patent number: 9289693
    Abstract: A motion simulation device includes a base and a first arm rotatably coupled to the base about a first axis. The device further includes a drive element rotatably coupled to the base about a second axis. A second arm is rotatably coupled to the drive element about a third axis. A first end of the first arm is rotatably coupled to a capsule, and a first end of the second arm is also rotatably coupled to the capsule. The first arm and drive element are selectively rotatable to control the pitch and the elevation of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Patent number: 9223559
    Abstract: A configuration information generation section 11 uses configuration information of an ECU 2 and configuration information of a new device 5 which is to be newly connected to the ECU 2, generates and outputs to the ECU 2, new configuration information after the new device 5 is connected to the ECU 2. An executable file generation section 12 links an object file of a control program implemented on the ECU 2, and an object file of a control program to control the new device 5, and generates and outputs to the ECU 2 an executable file of a new control program after the new device 5 is connected to the ECU 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masuo Ito
  • Patent number: 9159244
    Abstract: The invention relates to a simulation device (110) for training equipment (100) for a real ground vehicle, comprising —a vehicle model (115) comprising a predetermined number of function models (130b; 131b; 132b) for simulation of corresponding physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) of said vehicle; —arrangements (399) for engaging physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) to the simulation device (110). The simulation device (110) is arranged such that a function model (130b; 131 b; 132b) concerning a determined function element (130a; 131a, 132a) is intended to be deactivated at engagement of corresponding physical function elements (130a; 131a; 132a) and such that the deactivated function model (130a; 131b; 132b) is reactivated at disengagement of said engaged function element (130a; 131a; 132a). The invention also relates to a computer program and a computer program product comprising a program code (P) for a computer (110; 300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Per-Åke Nordlander
  • Patent number: 9138651
    Abstract: A universal game pedal controller and method of emulating the output of multiple game pedal controllers in a universal game pedal controller are disclosed. A universal game pedal controller according to the present invention provides a microcontroller-based interface board for mapping the inputs from multiple pedal sensors to analog outputs of a primary game controller interface having a common adapter cable port, and adapter cables configured to connect the interface board to different primary game controllers. A USB interface may also be provided, permitting connection of the universal game pedal controller to a personal computer. The method provides for calibration of the input signals to the full range of the outputs, whether analog or digital, for increased accuracy and responsiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan B Gaug
  • Patent number: 9126695
    Abstract: Method and system for displaying meteorological phenomena encountered by an aircraft flying along a flight plan. The display system includes a display device configured to present on a screen a meteorological indicator, the meteorological indicator comprising a time line representing a time scale relating to the duration of the flight of the aircraft along the flight plan and, on this time line, a set of first symbols illustrating meteorological phenomena and a second symbol indicating the current instant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Pau Latorre-Costa, Adrien Jarry, François Bounaix
  • Patent number: 9022786
    Abstract: A method is present for flight crew training. Flight crew interactions are recorded during a lesson to form recorded flight crew interactions. Flight deck displays occurring during the lesson are recorded to form recorded flight deck displays. A flight training video is formed from the recorded flight crew interactions and the recorded flight deck displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Haywood Keith Fabling
  • Patent number: 9026312
    Abstract: A test buck, a test buck system and related method are disclosed. The test buck system may comprise a controller and a test buck. The test buck may include a portable bed, a seat module mounted to the bed, and a first OIM disposed on the bed. At least a portion of the first OIM may be selectively moveable in at least four degrees of freedom, up to six degrees of freedom. The controller may be electrically connected to a first Operator Interface Module (OIM). The controller may be configured to selectively move at least a portion of the first OIM in at least four to six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Bartholomew Smith, Darin Patrick Brodie, David Hopp, David Asher, Robert Lewis, Casey Boyer, Roberto Lanzara, David Schweppe, Vern Alway
  • Patent number: 9011259
    Abstract: A people moving system having a people pod and a cable support system attached to the people pod. The cable support system supports the people pod in the air and includes cables that are each connected at one end to the people pod and each connected to their own respective motor/winch system at the other ends. A computer control system is in signal communication with the motor/winch systems and allows the same to move the people pod in three (3) dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jordan Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9011152
    Abstract: An aircraft control system for a user of a simulated aircraft. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated aircraft, a video display having three-dimensional graphics, modeling software for determining position and orientation information based on desired direction of flight obtained through the input devices. User controls desired direction of flight through the input devices, thus controlling aircraft. The aircraft control system may be embodied as a flight game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Gaijin Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Kirill Yudintsev, Alexander Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8998617
    Abstract: A method for training an operator to control a powered system is disclosed including operating the powered system with an autonomous controller, and informing an operator of a change in operation of the powered system as the change in operation occurs. A system and a computer software code are also disclosed for training the operator to control the powered system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ajith Kuttannair Kumar
  • Patent number: 8986011
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating visible objects not blocked by other objects in a simulation during training with aircraft. A position for each aircraft in a number of aircraft is identified for which objects that block the fields of view for each aircraft are to be identified to form a number of positions for the number of aircraft. Any object in the simulation that blocks a portion of a field of view for each aircraft at the position for each aircraft is identified to form a number of objects. Simulation data is created for a number of visible objects not blocked by the number of objects in the simulation that has been identified as blocking the portion of the field of view for each aircraft in the number of aircraft. The simulation data is sent to each aircraft in the number of aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Clifford B. Sowadski, Robert James Lechner
  • Patent number: 8977441
    Abstract: A machine includes a plurality of ground engaging elements and an operator control station supported on a frame. A work tool is pivotably attached to the frame using a lift arm assembly and a tilt linkage. At least one device measures a quantity associated with at least one of the lift arm assembly, the tilt linkage, and the work tool. An electronic controller, in communication with an operator display and the at least one device. The electronic controller is configured to store an operator selected orientation of the work tool, calculate a current orientation of the work tool based on the quantity, and calculate a deviation of the current orientation from the operator selected orientation. A visual representation of the deviation is displayed on the operator display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joel R. Grimes, Joseph Edward Forcash, Christopher Lee Mays, Steven Conrad Budde
  • Publication number: 20150050623
    Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (o) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student. The system may be networked with middleware and adapters that map data received over the network to rules engine memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Falash, Eytan Pollak, Michael Barnoske, George Rovny, Coy Stewart, Robert Ducharme
  • Publication number: 20140377719
    Abstract: In a method for training a person while operating a vehicle, the vehicle has a control system for receiving vehicle operating commands from the person for controlling the vehicle. A calculation unit is provided for simulating a state of the vehicle and/or the environment to which the vehicle is subjected, the simulated state being a possible real state of the vehicle and/or the environment which is different from the actual state of the vehicle and/or the environment. The vehicle operating commands and the calculation unit are used for calculating vehicle command signals. The vehicle command signals are used for controlling the vehicle so as to cause the vehicle to respond to the vehicle operating commands in a way that corresponds to the state simulated by the calculation unit instead of the actual state of the vehicle and/or the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: VOLVO AERO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas JOHNSSON, Anders LUNDBLADH, Dan RING, Olof HANNIUS
  • Patent number: 8897931
    Abstract: A system for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) testing which incorporates a UAS flight control system and an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) carrying the UAS flight control system. The OPV has an OPV flight control system and a flight control interpreter (FCI) which receives input from the UAS flight control system representing control parameters for a flight profile of the UAS. The FCI provides status commands as an output to the OPV flight control system to replicate the flight profile. These status commands are selected from the group consisting of data regarding attitude, vertical navigation, lateral navigation, turn rate, velocity and engine operations. The OPV flight control system includes a pilot override for emergency, flight safety or other contingencies allowing an on board pilot to assume control of the OPV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles B. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8894413
    Abstract: A method, simulator and program for simulating vehicular movement based upon user input parameters related to simulation topology and simulation vehicles including, but not limited to linear vehicular density. The simulator generates the simulation topology having a simulation area using the user input parameters, places a plurality of simulation vehicles within the simulation area at an initial placement using at least two input parameters related to simulation vehicle and the generated simulation topology; and determines movement of the plurality of simulation vehicles starting with the initial placement using a plurality of movement models. Each of the plurality of simulation vehicles has mobility characteristics generated using the plurality of movement models. When vehicle moves outside the simulation area, the vehicle re-emerges at a location within the simulation area. The vehicle re-emerges with new movement characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Telcordia Technologies, Inc., Toyota Infotechnology Center, USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Pang, Wai Chen, Jasmine Chennikara-Varghese, Ratul Guha, John Lee, Rama Vuyyuru, Junichiro Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 8834164
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in training crewmembers in the cargo compartment in detecting and identifying visual cues related to potential threats to aircraft and to ground based search and rescue circumstances. A visual display displays a scene generated by a visual scene generator apparatus. A vision limiting device, such as an actual door from an aircraft, equipped with a window is placed between the trainee and the visual display and the trainee can only see a limited amount of the visual display through the door's window. The limited view of the scene afforded the trainee will force the trainee to move around at various angles to see more of the scene and will also provide a frame of reference for making spatiotemporal judgments regarding the relationships between the trainee, the trainee's aircraft, and objects external to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence
    Inventors: Stuart Grant, Tony Ghoman
  • Patent number: 8834165
    Abstract: A process for providing upset recovery training (URT) includes using a sustained-G multi-axis platform (e.g., a centrifuge-based simulator). Various embodiments of the present invention address an important aspect of URT that is not present in the prior art, namely the placing of physiological stresses on the trainees during URT, such as sustained motions including, but not limited to, sustained, elevated G-forces and continuous rotational cues. Elevated, sustained, G-forces and continuous rotational cues can create many physiological challenges to aircrew. These challenges can include motion discomfort, disorientation, and visual disturbances. Embodiments of the present invention provide URT that includes physiological stresses on the pilot. If a pilot learns the correct procedures for recovery from an upset, as in the prior art URT programs, but cannot execute the procedures in the real world because he or she has not been prepared for the physiological environment to be faced, then safety is compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Tectonics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Glaser, Glenn B. King, Richard A. Leland
  • Patent number: 8827708
    Abstract: A method, computer system and computer program product for providing a computer simulation that provides advance notification of expected events or states, comprising running a first computer simulation; running a second computer simulation corresponding to said first simulation, said second simulation having progressed further than said first simulation; and using said second computer simulation to provide information representing expected future events in said first simulation. A first computer simulation may be based on a model of a simulated system, said model having a plurality of state variables. Input data from a first user input interface may represent user interaction with said first computer simulation, while input data from a second user input interface may represent the extent to which a condition should be present in said simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventors: Nikolaj Christensen, Bo Belhage
  • Patent number: 8794970
    Abstract: This disclosure describes novel aircraft control systems for propeller-driven training aircraft, and methods for their use. In an aspect of some embodiments, a control system might comprise an integrated power control that takes a single power input from the pilot and translates that input into controls for a throttle, a propeller pitch setting, and a fuel/air mixture. In another aspect of some embodiments, a glass cockpit may be provided, with computer displays emulating the instruments of the aircraft for which the pilot is training. Advantageously, this allows a pilot in training to learn, from the beginning, the power controls and/or instrumentation for the aircraft for which the pilot is training, instead of having to learn one power control and instrumentation system, only to later have to learn another system. In a specific embodiment, the instrumentation displays may be reconfigurable, allowing the displays to emulate those of a variety of jet aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Steven G. Testrake
  • Patent number: 8794969
    Abstract: A vehicle pneumatic system training aid comprises simulated controls and indicators and a pneumatic circuit. The simulated controls and indicators correspond to at least a portion of controls and indicators on an actual vehicle. The pneumatic circuit comprises a connection to a source of pressurized fluid, and at least one fluid flow control device. The fluid flow control device is positionable in at least two different positions corresponding to different actual vehicle conditions that are simulatable. The simulated controls are actuatable to change a condition of the pneumatic circuit and the simulated indicators are operable to display an indication of the condition of the pneumatic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Alaska Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip M. Tenning, Greg Cass
  • Publication number: 20140212846
    Abstract: An excavator (10) has a quick coupler (24) coupled to the distal end (22) of its excavator arm (12). The quick coupler (24) can be operated from the cab (14) of the excavator (10), and is connected to a warning control system (48) or an instructional device (102). The warning control system (48) is connected to a coupler control circuit (46), which controls the coupler (24) and the system or circuit acquires information on the coupler's status. A control system activation warning circuit is then arranged to be responsible for issuing warning signals (53, 54) to personnel located external of the cab when the coupler control circuit (46) is activated into an accessory coupling procedure mode, or an accessory decoupling procedure mode. To do this, the warning circuit (48) is coupled to an audio and/or visual alarm (50, 52) for directing the warnings (53, 54) to the personnel, including bystanders. The instructional device, however, instructs the operator as to how to use the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: MILLER INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Gary Miller, Howard Reay
  • Patent number: 8784107
    Abstract: This disclosure describes novel systems, methods and software for providing flight training. In an aspect of some embodiments, flight data is collected during a training flight. That flight data then can be used to provide a review and/or simulation of the training flight. The student may be allowed to participate in the simulation by providing input from a set of controls. In some cases, an instructor (or another) might provide modified flight data, which can be used to modify the simulation. Advantageously, this allows for the analysis and simulation of a variety of hypothetical, “what-if” scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Steven G. Testrake, Keith Shean, Robert Jeffrey Herbert, Gordon Ritchie
  • Patent number: 8777621
    Abstract: An activity device including an activity sensor for generating an activity interaction signal responsive to a sustained large-muscle physical activity of a user operating the activity device; a controller, coupled to the activity monitor, generating a virtual environment supporting a virtual user frame-of-reference in the virtual environment, the controller generating a set of virtual education elements in the environment and a goal for the set virtual representation with respect to the virtual education elements wherein the controller is responsive to the activity interaction signal to produce an affected interaction of the virtual representation with the virtual education elements with the controller measuring a conformation of the goal by the affected interaction; and a feedback system, coupled to the controller, for presenting the virtual environment with the frame-of-reference in relation to the virtual education elements for providing the user with feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: H. Christian Hölljes
  • Patent number: 8770979
    Abstract: An aircraft control system for a user of a simulated aircraft. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated aircraft, a video display having three-dimensional graphics, modeling software for determining position and orientation information based on desired direction of flight obtained through the input devices. User controls desired direction of flight through the input devices, thus controlling aircraft. The aircraft control system may be embodied as a flight game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Gaijin Entertainment Corp.
    Inventors: Kirill Yudintsev, Alexander Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8758016
    Abstract: A system for simulating the complete operation of a vehicle, particularly a military vehicle, and to provide a simultaneous, integrated vehicle training environment for all of the normal occupants of the vehicle includes a training vehicle with all of the hardware for the operation and support of the vehicle in its normal field operation. The system also has the capability to simulate various different exterior environments along with a broad range of common battlefield conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ulf Henriksson
  • Publication number: 20140170601
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing data in a platform. A first permission level is identified for first data in the data generated by a source in the platform. A second permission level is identified for an intended recipient of the first data. The first data is modified to form second data in the data in which the second data has the second permission level. The second data is distributed to the intended recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8731736
    Abstract: A system for preventing driving skill atrophy comprises a trainer module that determines the driver's current skill level, disables certain automated features based on the determined skill level, and forces the driver to use and hone her driving skills. The system collects data to determine through on-board vehicle sensors how a driver is driving the vehicle. The system then compares the driver's current driving skills with the driver's historical driving skills or the general population's driving skills. Based on the comparison, the system determines whether the driver's skill level is stagnant, improving or deteriorating. If the skill level is improving, for example, the system disables certain automated driving features to give driver more control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8714979
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a missile. A simulation program for a weapon using a processor unit is executed in a simulation unit. A number of input signals is received from a control station in a vehicle through an interface system connected to a weapons interface on the vehicle. The interface system is in communications with the processor unit. The control station is capable of operating the weapon connected to the weapons interface. A number of output signals is generated using a simulation of the weapon. The number of output signals is sent through the weapons interface to the control station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Victor Leonard, Robert Kastner Menzel, Richard E. Meyer, Aaron L. Eggemeyer, Joshua Ryan Pollema, William J. Ebert, III
  • Patent number: 8704652
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a tactile information provider and a controller. The tactile information provider is arranged within a rim portion of a steering wheel of a vehicle and provides a tactile sense to a driver. The controller controls the tactile information provider to provide support information to the driver. The support information is defined as information that supports a driving of the vehicle. The tactile information provider includes a trench arranged in a circumferential direction of the rim portion, a ring-shaped ring portion, and a driving portion. The ring portion is rotatably arranged in the trench and has an exposed surface such that the exposed surface contacts with at least one hand of the driver. The driving portion is controlled by the controller to drive the ring potion rotate in the circumferential direction to provide the support information to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Sanma, Sei Iguchi, Daisuke Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20140099606
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling vehicles within graphically simulated environments are described herein. A video game such as a vehicle-based combat game may have vehicles (such as airplanes) operating in a simulated three dimensional space. In a destination based control mode, users may partially control vehicles using two-dimensional input devices by inputting a new destination for the vehicle to go to, and the game's control logic may then automatically calculate how to control the vehicle toward the new heading. Fight and assault (bombing) control sub-modes may be provided. In addition, in an immediate control mode, a user may provide input that indicates a direction and speed of rotation, to provide more direct control of a vehicles control systems and/or control surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: WARGAMING.NET, LLP
    Inventor: Anton Sitnikau
  • Publication number: 20140087334
    Abstract: A device for spatially moving persons includes a first support element, which includes a retaining device for at least one person and which is rotatable about a first rotational axis relative to a second support element. A second support element rotatably mounted about a second rotational axis relative to a third support element. The first rotational axis and the second rotational axis are substantially orthogonal to each other. The device further includes an image playback surface. The retaining device has at least one rotational degree of freedom relative to the image playback surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Schlüsselberger