Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 10289197
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining whether a shift in gear is appropriate based on a gaze of an operator. The method includes detecting a shift from a first gear to engage a second gear, receiving gaze information associated with the gaze of the user, based on the gaze information, determining whether the second gear is inappropriate, and performing a corrective action corresponding to the inappropriate second gear in response to determining that the second gear is inappropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Wuergler, Orson S. Wang
  • Patent number: 10289938
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for generating an image-based prediction model, where a computing device may obtain a set 3D images from a 3D image data source. Each of the 3D images can have 3D point cloud data and a Distification technique can be applied to the 3D point cloud data of each 3D image to generate output feature vector(s). The output feature vector(s) may then be used to train and generate the image-based prediction model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Elizabeth Flowers, Puneit Dua, Eric Balota, Shanna L. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10282850
    Abstract: A system is provided for determining coordinated motion between objects. The system includes a velocity data receiving component, a position data receiving component, a multidimensional indexing component and a determining component. The velocity data receiving component receives velocity data of the objects. The position data receiving component receives position data of the objects. The multidimensional indexing component generates multidimensional indices of the objects based on the velocity data and position data. The determining component determines whether there is coordinated motion between objects based on the multidimensional indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Ronald J. Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 10281298
    Abstract: Embodiments may provide a system, a wheel localizer, a wheel localization device, or methods for locating a position of at least one wheel out of a plurality of wheels of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a system comprises a detector that obtains information related to a reference magnetic field in which the at least one wheel rotates, an antilock braking system (ABS) unit that obtains information related to angular rotations of the plurality of wheels, and a locator that determines the position of the at least one wheel based, at least in part, on the information related to the reference magnetic field and the information related to the angular rotations of plurality of wheels, where the position comprises a wheel location from among the plurality of wheels. The reference magnetic field may be the earth's magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Jooil Park, Thomas Lange, Maximilian Werner, Guan Lifeng, Thomas Lemense, Michael Kandler
  • Patent number: 10282982
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for collecting and generating analytics of data from motor vehicle safety and operation systems are disclosed herein. In one example, various minor vehicle incidents and events such as hard braking, swerving, deceleration, are tracked and correlated to geographic locations. Event data for these incidents may be collected, aggregated, anonymized, and electronically communicated to a processing system for further analysis and identification of problematic roadway and traffic conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew R. Torgerson
  • Patent number: 10272876
    Abstract: A method of operating an ad hoc network to protect a passenger-as-a-pedestrian of a stationary vehicle from a vehicle in motion. The network comprises an electronic key for the stationary vehicle carried by the passenger-as-a-pedestrian, an electronic-control-unit with a car-access-system and an on-board-unit with a vehicle-to-vehicle-system as components of a vehicle-network of the stationary vehicle. The car-access-system interfaces the vehicle-to-vehicle-system through the vehicle-network, the one vehicle in motion comprises a vehicle-to-vehicle-system, the on-board-unit of the stationary vehicle receives information from the car-access-system of the electronic-control-unit of the stationary vehicle, and the on-board-unit communicates based on the received information as vehicle-to-driver communication via the vehicle-to-vehicle system of the stationary vehicle with any vehicle in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Peiker Acustic GmbH & Co. KG, Valeo Peiker Telematics Product Line
    Inventors: Andrew Draper, Amine Taleb-Bendiab
  • Patent number: 10268216
    Abstract: A method for providing position information for controlling at least one function of an environment provided with an environment coordinate system comprises the steps of receiving image information associated with at least one image of at least one part of the environment captured by a camera of a mobile device, the mobile device being separate from the environment, determining a position associated with the mobile device in the environment coordinate system according to the image information associated with the at least one image, and providing position information indicative of the position associated with the mobile device in the environment coordinate system to control at least one function of the environment according to the position. There is also provided a method and system which provides movement information indicative of a movement associated with the mobile device relative to the environment coordinate system to control at least one function of the environment according to the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alt, Lejing Wang
  • Patent number: 10269193
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for displaying aircraft systems information on an aircraft display relating to and facilitating operation of an aircraft are disclosed herein. The method can include displaying a plurality of system indicators in a system indicator region of an aircraft display. At least two of the indicators of the plurality of system indicators in the system indicator region are disposed in a structurally approximated relationship relative to each other to increase system recognition and/or interpretation of status of a corresponding physical system indicated by each indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Adams, Matthew T. Luszcz, William Fell
  • Patent number: 10270647
    Abstract: Message routing techniques include use of at least one controller module configured to maintain a graph. The graph defines communication relations between a plurality of message communication modules. Each communication relation defines a particular message type for a particular pair of modules. The plurality of message communication modules includes a first module configured to receive a message wherein the received message has a message type and is associated with least one pre-condition. Upon verification of an acceptance condition of the at least one pre-condition the received message is accepted if the acceptance condition is fulfilled. Upon verification of a generating condition of the at least one pre-condition, the first module generates a generated message directed to at least a second module or an external data consumer in accordance with the graph if the generating condition is fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Urban Software Institute GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Mueller, Daniel Muench
  • Patent number: 10259320
    Abstract: An exemplary method to disengage a brake transmission shift interlock feature of a vehicle includes the steps of receiving vehicle characteristic data from at least one vehicle sensor, determining a current road grade, determining a vehicle brake pressure target, receiving vehicle brake pressure data from at least one vehicle sensor, and generating a control signal to disengage the brake transmission shift interlock feature if the vehicle brake pressure reaches the vehicle brake pressure target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dennis M. Reich, Scott C. Mrdeza
  • Patent number: 10261720
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the use of the non-volatile memory of a motor vehicle computer, used for monitoring a functional member of the vehicle by the computer which is programmed to carry out in the course of a given cycle, during the wake-up thereof, a start-up monitoring stage, and before being put into sleep mode, a shut-down monitoring stage, the computer including a standard counter suitable to be stored in a standard unit and an on-the-fly counter suitable to be stored in an on-the-fly unit, the method including the steps of: incrementing the on-the-fly counter in order to identify a potential malfunction of the monitored functional member; comparing the on-the-fly counter with the standard counter in the course of a next monitoring stage of the computer; and generating information representing a malfunction in the case of detecting a deviation between the counters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Stephane Eloy
  • Patent number: 10259451
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for mitigating motion sickness. When motion sickness is predicted, the motion sickness mitigation system alters vehicle performance, cabin conditions, and/or alerts the occupant to upcoming vehicle actions, to avoid or alleviate motion sickness. A controller includes a processor that receives an occupant profile and traffic information for an upcoming trip of the vehicle on a route. Using the occupant profile and the traffic information, the processor calculates whether the occupant will experience motion sickness when the vehicle travels on the route. A vehicle performance signal correlated to the calculation, is delivered by the processor to initiate motion sickness mitigation. The vehicle performance signal varies operation of a steering actuator, an acceleration actuator, and/or a brake actuator to implement the motion sickness mitigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jingyan Wan, Winson Ng, Mary E. Decaluwe, Mario Jodorkovsky
  • Patent number: 10263543
    Abstract: A power tool system includes a battery pack, a charger connectable to the battery pack, and a power tool body connectable to the battery pack. The battery pack includes a battery pack memory that stores identification information in a smallest unit allowing for communication with the charger and the power tool body. Each of the charger and the power tool body includes a device memory that stores at least one piece of identification information of a usable battery pack. Each of the charger and the power tool body or the battery pack includes a determination unit that determines whether or not the at least one piece of identification information stored in the device memory includes the identification information stored in the battery pack memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Ikeda, Naoki Tsuruta, Akira Kawai
  • Patent number: 10255815
    Abstract: A method and a control unit for monitoring the lane of a vehicle, including the steps of ascertaining at least one lane characteristic, ascertaining at least one driving situation variable representing the instantaneous driving situation of the vehicle in an instantaneous position, as well as ascertaining at least one approach variable in a subsequent position of the vehicle. The approach variable is ascertained from the at least one lane characteristic, as well as from the at least one driving situation variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Chengxuan Fu
  • Patent number: 10254539
    Abstract: On the basis of information detected from a peripheral situation detecting section and information from an automatic driving support section, a display control section generates image data in which marks for driving support of an own vehicle are drawn so as to be superposed on a forward situation diagram that shows a situation at a front side. Further, from information detected by an eye detecting section and from the image data, the display control section sets a vanishing point in accordance with a height position of eyes and computes a display image. Moreover, on the basis of the information detected by the eye detecting section, the display control section causes a display image to be displayed on the front windshield glass by a HUD such that the vanishing point is set in accordance with the height position of the eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoko Ishiguro, Hidenori Uno
  • Patent number: 10252729
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for issuing a driver alert. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, via a processor, driving parameter data representing a current driving parameter for a driving vehicle, receiving, via the processor, threshold data representing driving thresholds for the at least one driving parameter, determining, via the processor, whether to issue a driver alert based on the threshold data and the driving parameter data, thereby producing alert data, and generating and outputting an in-vehicle driver alert based on the alert data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Claudia V. Goldman-Shenhar
  • Patent number: 10252424
    Abstract: A robot system and method are provided that move an articulable arm relative to a target object. Perception information corresponding to a position of the arm relative to the target object is acquired. Movement of the arm is controlled based on the perception information. After movement of the arm, predicted position information representative of a predicted positioning of the arm is provided using the perception information and control signal information. The arm is subsequently controlled using the predicted position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Huan Tan, John Michael Lizzi, Charles Theurer, Tai-Peng Tian, Balajee Kannan
  • Patent number: 10246952
    Abstract: A system for placing and removing pipe from a finger rack of a drilling rig, the system comprising a pipe handling apparatus (140) and a finger rack (139) having at least one finger board (102) having at least two fingers (103 to 106) defining a slot (107 to 109) and a multiplicity of latches (114) arranged therebetween defining a space for a pipe, each latch (114) of the multiplicity of latches selectively movable between an open position and a closed position, the system further comprising at least one camera (101) having said at least one latch (114) of said multiplicity of latches in a field of view, capturing an image of said latch and sending said image to a master control computer (12?), said master computer control computer (12?) programmed with a set of instructions to analyze said image for details indicative of the latch (114) being in an open position or closed position, concluding the latch (114) to be in an open position or closed position and allowing or disallowing a pipe handling apparatus to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco Norway AS
    Inventors: Stig Vidar Trydal, Marianne Holmstrøm, Kjell Rohde, Hugo Leonardo Rosano
  • Patent number: 10247830
    Abstract: An object is to provide a vehicle position determination device, a vehicle control system, a vehicle position determination method, and a vehicle position determination program capable of determining a position of a vehicle with higher accuracy. A vehicle position determination device includes a coordinates acquisition unit that acquires a position of a vehicle in a geographic coordinate system, a recognition unit that acquires lane information of a road on which the vehicle travels and recognizes the position of the vehicle on the lane, and a control unit that corrects the position acquired by the coordinates acquisition unit on the basis of the position recognized by the recognition unit, and determines the position of the vehicle in the geographic coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Hosoya, Yoshihiro Mori
  • Patent number: 10248698
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for affinity based ranking of native applications. In one aspect, a method includes accessing application affinity data for a user device from which a query was received, receiving a set of search results that each identify a respective resource determined to be responsive to the query, wherein one or more of the search results are a native application search results that each include a deep link to a respective one of the native applications installed on the user device from when the query was received, for each of the native application search results, determining the affinity score of the native application, adjusting the search results based on the affinity scores to generate an adjusted set of search results, and providing, to the user device, the adjusted search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Sofia Andrianakou, Yuanying Xie
  • Patent number: 10250533
    Abstract: A messaging system comprises a plurality of connected components and including a schema defining fields for messages, at least one field defined as non-essential. A mechanism for operating the messaging system comprises the steps of collecting one or more performance metrics for one or more components of the messaging system, determining that at least one performance metric has crossed a predetermined threshold, informing one or more components of the messaging system that a surge in workload has occurred, and the informed components removing non-essential fields from transmitted messages and/or not processing non-essential fields from received messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Granshaw, Samuel T. Massey, Daniel J. McGinnes, Martin A. Ross, Richard G. Schofield, Craig H. Stirling
  • Patent number: 10250067
    Abstract: A method for performing wireless charging control of an electronic device and an associated apparatus are provided, where the method includes: determining at least one random value for controlling timing of packet transmission regarding at least one wireless charging report of the electronic device; and based on the aforementioned at least one random value, sending at least one random phase-delay packet, wherein each random phase-delay packet of the aforementioned at least one random phase-delay packet has a random phase-delay with respect to a time slot, and the aforementioned at least one random phase-delay packet is utilized for carrying information of the aforementioned at least one wireless charging report. More particularly, a wireless charging device (e.g. transmitter pad) is arranged to wirelessly charge the electronic device, and based on the aforementioned at least one random value, the electronic device does not obtain information from the wireless charging device through any packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MediaTek Inc.
    Inventor: Chi-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 10248133
    Abstract: A system for mapping terrain using at least a first machine and a second machine traveling along the terrain includes a controller for each of the respective first and second machines. Each respective machine includes a plurality of sensors in electrical communication with the controller of each respective machine. The controller is configured to receive, from the plurality of sensors located on each respective machine a plurality of machine parameters indicative of sensed operations of the respective machine as the respective machine travels along the terrain. The controller is further configured to determine, based on the received machine parameters for the respective machine, a geometry and a grade of a plurality of paths on the terrain along which the respective machine travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stratton, Jeffrey Edward Jensen
  • Patent number: 10239451
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle operating on a road includes a vehicle placement module that references, based on a geographic position of the vehicle, a road mapping database to identify a selected lane of the road where the vehicle is located. A lane assignment module (i) receives information indicating identification of an object in the road and (ii) determines a relative lane of the object with respect to the selected lane. A curvature plotting module determines a curvature line of the selected lane. An object placement module (i) determines a first distance value representing a shortest distance between the object and the curvature line and (ii) determines whether the relative lane of the object is the selected lane based on the first distance value and a lane width value. An alert generation module selectively generates an alert signal in response to the object being in the selected lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Adam, Dmitriy Feldman, Benjamin T. Llewellyn
  • Patent number: 10228693
    Abstract: A scenario is defined that including models of vehicles and a typical driving environment. A model of a subject vehicle is added to the scenario and sensor locations are defined on the subject vehicle. Perception of the scenario by sensors at the sensor locations is simulated to obtain simulated sensor outputs. The simulated sensor outputs are annotated to indicate the location of obstacles in the scenario. The annotated sensor outputs may then be used to validate a statistical model or to train a machine learning model. The simulates sensor outputs may be modeled with sufficient detail to include sensor noise or may include artificially added noise to simulate real world conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad, Jinesh J. Jain, Dongran Liu, Marcos Paul Gerardo Castro, Vidya Nariyambut Murali
  • Patent number: 10230829
    Abstract: A server operating in a communication network includes a network interface to communicate with remote hosts and a processing hardware configured to receive, from a portable device via the network interface, an indication of a geographic location selected at the portable device, at a first time. The processing hardware is further configured to store the indication of a geographic location and the first time and subsequently receive a request for a suggested geographic location from the portable device for use with a head unit of a vehicle, at a second time. Still further, the processing hardware is configured to determine, based at least on the difference between the first time and the second time, whether the stored geographic location should be suggested, and provide a suggestion including an indication of the stored geographic location to the portable device, in response to determining that the stored geographic location should be suggested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Julian Pelly, Andrew Foster
  • Patent number: 10229229
    Abstract: A driving model generation device is provided that enables driving evaluation according to a traveling situation of a vehicle. A vehicle is provided with a vehicle state detector, which detects a vehicle state quantity that changes according to a driving operation by a driver. A model generator generates a driving model, which is a reference related to a specific driving operation, based on the vehicle state quantity at the time the driver starts the specific driving operation and the vehicle state quantity at the time the specific driving operation is finished. A driving evaluator evaluates the driving skill of the driver by comparing the driving operation of the driver presented by a detection result of the vehicle state detector to the driving model generated by the model generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsumura
  • Patent number: 10220851
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for infrastructure-centric vehicle mode selection. An example vehicle includes a GPS receiver to provide a location of the vehicle, memory storing instructions, and a processor. The example processor, when executing the instructions, causes the vehicle to (a) when the vehicle is in a vicinity of an infrastructure of interest, determine a low traction anomaly value, and (b) in response to the a low traction anomaly value satisfying a threshold, change a driving mode of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kwaku O. Prakah-Asante, Donnell Matthew Washington, Finn Finn Tseng
  • Patent number: 10216485
    Abstract: A method and system for real-time analytics of sensor-based data is disclosed. Also disclosed is a Cloud-based Paltform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering for sensor driven applications with services and features for their complete life-cycle management including prompt development, testing, deployment and so forth. The method of the present disclosure enables real-time tracking of various physical parameters and attributes related to smart-spaces using sensor devices implemented in the premises of the smart-space environment and using crowd-sourced user input data. Further, the parameters obtained are sent to the cloud-computing server, wherein the analytics are performed in real-time based on the obtained parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Prateep Misra, Arpan Pal, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman, Chirabrata Bhaumik, Deepak Swamy, Venkatramanan Siva Subrahmanian, Debnarayan Kar, Soumitra Naskar, Sumanta Ghosh, Suman Adak
  • Patent number: 10215837
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for localization. It is particularly concerned with localization techniques based on time difference of arrival for wireless devices. Embodiments of the invention relate to techniques in which a transmitter transmits periodic distinguishable signals which are relayed upon receipt by the client whose location is sought in a form distinguishable from that of the transmitter. Signals from both the transmitter and the client are received by at least three signal receivers which generate a time difference of arrival based on the difference taken for a signal to reach the receiver directly and via the client. Further embodiments of the invention provide a phase detector in the receivers to determine the time difference of arrival between the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, British Telecommunications plc, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
    Inventors: Delfin Y. Montuno, James Aweya
  • Patent number: 10210672
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to controlling a vehicle to selectively collect event data. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to receiving a collection request from a remote server, identifying defined parameters from the collection request about which data is to be harvested from the vehicle. The defined parameters include at least a content parameter that indicates criteria for determining which data associated with the vehicle is to be collected. The method includes collecting, from one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle, event data as a function of the content parameter and discarding extraneous data that does not match the content parameter. The method includes providing the event data to fulfill the collection request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. James, Edwin B. Olson
  • Patent number: 10202112
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to preemptively modifying operation of a vehicle according to predicted acceleration inputs. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to identifying that an environmental context of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is located at a traffic stop and that a roadway on which the vehicle is traveling includes merging lanes beyond the traffic stop, determining an acceleration profile for the vehicle that indicates a predicted acceleration that is anticipated to be provided by a driver as a function of the environmental context when approaching the merging lanes. The method includes adjusting the operating parameters of the vehicle according to the acceleration profile to preemptively optimize the vehicle in anticipation of an acceleration input from the driver. The method includes controlling the vehicle to accelerate based, at least in part, on the operating parameters upon receiving the acceleration input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey David Gaither
  • Patent number: 10202742
    Abstract: An excavator includes a machine guidance device having a machine guidance function, wherein the machine guidance function performs voice sound guidance by emitting a report sound when a region of work by an end attachment approaches a predetermined distance to an excavation target surface, and performs the voice sound guidance by emitting a report sound when the region of work by the end attachment approaches a predetermined distance to an extension surface, also in an area along the extension surface set in an extended direction from the excavation target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO(S.H.I.) CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takaaki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 10203843
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is described herein for facilitating a user's interaction with graphical elements, such as emoji characters. The technique entails: presenting a collection of graphical elements on a display surface of a user interface mechanism; presenting a selector mechanism on the display surface that provides a plurality of attribute value options (such as skin tone options); receiving a selection by the user of one of the attribute value options, to provide a selected attribute value; globally modifying at least a subset of the graphical elements in the collection based on the selected attribute value, and displaying those modified graphical elements. In one approach, the technique presents the collection of graphical elements in an array that is capable of being panned along at least a first axis of movement. The technique reveals the selector mechanism when the user pans the array along a second axis of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Bernard Tobens, III, Gyancarlo García Avilla, Andrew Stuart Glass, Corey Joseph Loman
  • Patent number: 10200676
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an image detection system of a vehicle for detecting at least one target object around a vehicle, and further detecting a distance between the at least one target object and the vehicle. The image detection system of the vehicle at least includes a light source unit, an image capturing unit and an alarm unit. The present invention primarily employs a laser beam incident onto the target object to form at least one optical pattern, and variation of the optical pattern and a motion object detection are collocated to effectively calculate the distance between the target object and the vehicle, thereby achieving an advantage of alarming and alerting a driver to safety of driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: H.P.B. OPTOELECTRONIC CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hsuan-Yueh Hsu, Szu-Hong Wang
  • Patent number: 10198246
    Abstract: A method for controlling an interactive display is provided. The method receives a set of voice input data, via a voice input device communicatively coupled to the interactive display; interprets, by at least one processor, the set of voice input data to produce an interpreted result, wherein the at least one processor is communicatively coupled to the voice input device and the interactive display; presents, by the interactive display, a text representation of the interpreted result coupled to a user-controlled cursor; receives, by a user interface, a user input selection of a textual or graphical element presented by the interactive display, wherein the user interface is communicatively coupled to the at least one processor and the interactive display; and performs, by the at least one processor, an operation associated with the interpreted result and the user input selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vasantha Selvi Paulraj, Kiran Gopala Krishna, Jitender Kumar Agarwal, Sivaprakash Pasupathi
  • Patent number: 10189472
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for classification of the type and weight of a trailer being towed by a vehicle. The classification is based on a comparison between a real-time road gradient as determined by the vehicle system and an expected road gradient as determined from an off-board or an onboard map. Vehicle operations may be adjusted based on the classification of the attached trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Michael Kava, Mark Anthony Rockwell, Kent Hancock
  • Patent number: 10183656
    Abstract: A road slope estimation system providing road grade information for vehicle automatic parking assist system includes synchronized filters for processing vehicle speed differentiation to obtain vehicle acceleration to be compared with chassis accelerometer signal. Road grade information is extracted based on the comparison of the two signals. The system includes a dynamic compensator module to minimize the chassis accelerometer signal disturbance caused by chassis dynamic response to vehicle motion. The system further includes a predictive filter to obtain the steady-state filter result during the filter transient stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: William Chin-Woei Lin, Yixin Chen, Ke Ding, Xiao He
  • Patent number: 10187570
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a sensor and a processor. The sensor may be configured to capture a first video signal having a first field of view. The processor may be configured to generate a second video signal having a second field of view and a third video signal having a third field of view. The second video signal may generate the second field of view to include a first portion of the first video signal. The third video signal may generate the third field of view to include a second portion of the first video signal. The second portion may be processed to remove possible warping present on a bottom portion of the first video signal. The first and second portions may comprise an area less than the first field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Huang, Shimon Pertsel
  • Patent number: 10180378
    Abstract: A method for evaluating the frictions in a power steering mechanism, the method including a step of acquiring a series of characterization points, during which are measured, for several different values taken successively by the assistance force during the operation of the steering mechanism, the corresponding friction values, so as to empirically obtain a series of distinct characterization points each associating a measured friction value to a measured value representative of the assistance force, then a step of constructing an empirical friction model, during which a correlation law is established between the characterization points constitutive of the series of characterization points, from the scatter chart formed by the series of the characterization points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventors: Sébastien Bourdrez, Pascal Moulaire, Christophe Ravier
  • Patent number: 10180499
    Abstract: A method of controlling a location information system in a vehicle includes: establishing a communication path between a control unit equipped in the vehicle and a smart device; acquiring, by the control unit of the vehicle, first data including a first heading value and first location information; transmitting, by the control unit of the vehicle, the measured first data to the smart device; receiving, at the smart device, the first data from the control unit of the vehicle via the communication path; acquiring, by the smart device, second data including a second heading value and second location information; comparing, by the smart device, the first data with the second data; and updating, by the smart device, information of a navigation function of the smart device based on the first data or the second data depending on the comparing of the first data with the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seung Cheol Lee
  • Patent number: 10173532
    Abstract: A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system associated with a second set of wheels of the vehicle, and a controller for selectively actuating the electric drive system to operate in an electric retarding mode and for selectively actuating the friction brake system. The controller is configured to transfer retarding force from the first set of wheels to the second set of wheels, and/or to determine wheel speed signal accuracies, in either case to mitigate vehicle/wheel sliding or slipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Nedley, Henry Young, Timothy Brown, Carlos Vallejo, Jeffrey Wolff, Sean Cillessen
  • Patent number: 10166918
    Abstract: A drive assisting apparatus includes a running state detection unit which detects a running state of a vehicle, a manipulation detection unit which detects a drive manipulation of a driver on the vehicle, a line-of-sight direction detection unit which detects a line-of-sight direction of the driver, a pattern storage unit which is stored in advance with data indicating combinations of a vehicle running state and a driver drive manipulation and a driver line-of-sight direction pattern, and a warning signal output unit. The warning signal output unit outputs a warning signal if a combination of the running direction detected by the running state detection unit, the drive manipulation detected by the manipulation detection unit, and the line-of-sight direction detected by the line-of-sight direction detection unit is different from any of the combinations of the data stored in the pattern storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukio Suzuki, Kenichi Nagahashi, Takashi Shiota, Hiroki Kojima
  • Patent number: 10166938
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply box device includes: a first system which feeds electric power to first group electric parts requiring constant feed of power supply electric power; a second system which feeds electric power from to second group electric parts requiring feed of power supply electric power in response to a state of an ignition switch. The device further includes: a recovery switch portion connected between a second input side power supply line and an input of the first system; an input abnormality detecting portion which detects presence/absence of abnormality in the input of the first system; and a recovery control portion which controls the recovery switch portion to be turned ON/OFF in accordance with the presence/absence of the abnormality detected by the input abnormality detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kousuke Kinoshita, Masahiro Takamatsu, Koichi Uezono
  • Patent number: 10171529
    Abstract: A vehicle communication system and method for allowing a user device to stream content to a vehicle display is provided. The communication system receives a request from the user device, approves or denies a user request to connect to the vehicle display, and facilitates streaming of an application running on the user device to the vehicle display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AUTOCONNECT HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10163162
    Abstract: A computer device and method for processing an insurance claim and making decisions regarding an insurance policy utilizing informatic data received from one or more informatic camera sensor devices configured to capture imagery data relating to an insured property. Analysis is performed on the received imagery informatic data to determine an assessment variable regarding the insured property. An insurance policy associated with the insured property is also received by the computer and analyzed to determine insurance coverage terms and conditions for the insured property. Predefined business rules are preferably applied by the computer using at least the determined assessment variable and the determined insurance coverage terms and conditions for the insured property to determine an event relating to the insurance policy associated with the insured property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ramsey Devereaux, David S. Franck, Michael J. Allen, Daniela Wheeler, Spencer Read, Kathleen L. Swain
  • Patent number: 10160462
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus mounted to a vehicle includes: a parking space identifier that identifies a parking space by using an imaging process based on a captured image taken by an imaging device, which is mounted to the vehicle and takes an image of the surrounding of the vehicle; an overlapping degree identifier that identifies an overlapping degree of the vehicle towards the parking space based on the captured image and the parking space identified by the parking space identifier; and a speed limiter that limits a vehicle speed to be less than or equal to a maximum value, which is predetermined, when the overlapping degree identified by the overlapping degree identifier is larger to or equal to a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhide Ohta
  • Patent number: 10163352
    Abstract: When performing a switch between the lane change control and the lane keeping control, a switching controller of the driving control device sets a transition time-frame for performing the switch, and gradually switches between the lane change control and the lane keeping control during the transition time-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Kei Oshida, Haruhiko Nishiguchi, Daisuke Kubota, Ryohsaku Arakawa
  • Patent number: 10163434
    Abstract: A sound control module is configured to, based on a type of road over which a vehicle is traveling and a smoothness of the road, at least one of: determine a first frequency and a first increase at which to increase a first magnitude of a microphone signal; and determine a second frequency and a first decrease at which to decrease a second magnitude of the microphone signal. An audio driver module is configured to: receive the microphone signal from a microphone of the vehicle; generate an adjusted microphone signal by at least one of: increasing the first magnitude of the microphone signal at the first frequency based on the first increase; and decreasing the second magnitude of the microphone signal at the second frequency based on the first decrease; and apply power to a speaker of the vehicle based on the adjusted microphone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank C. Valeri, Scott M. Reilly, Roger C. Barlow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10160319
    Abstract: A vehicle display processing apparatus includes: a first determination portion that determines whether a vehicle is at a stop; a first display processing portion that displays on a first display device, an operation screen image, the first display device being provided between a driver seat and a front passenger seat; a second display processing portion that displays a screen image relating to the operation screen image, which is displayed on the first display device, on a second display device provided to a driver seat side; and a second determination portion that determines whether a running speed of the vehicle is equal to or greater than a predetermined speed. The second display device is provided by a head-up display. When the running speed of the vehicle is lower than the predetermined speed, the second display processing portion does not display the screen image on the second display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Ogasawara