With Indication Or Control To Maintain Fixed Position Patents (Class 701/116)
  • Patent number: 10209162
    Abstract: The detecting means (1) comprise measuring means (2) adapted to measure and provide at least one raw data corresponding to an aircraft parameter, computing means (3) adapted to estimate at least one derivative of said raw data, and detecting means (4) adapted to detect a failure with the aid of said derivative, said computing means (3) being adapted to estimate said derivative by differentiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.), Institut Polytechnique De Bordeaux, Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique, Universite De Bordequx
    Inventors: Anca Gheorghe, Philippe Goupil, Rémy Dayre, Ali Zolghadri, Jérôme Cieslak, Denis Efimov
  • Patent number: 10155540
    Abstract: A parking assistance device includes: an obstacle detection unit detecting an obstacle; a target determination unit determining a target area; a route determination unit determining a route from a position of a vehicle to the target area when assisting a driver in parking the vehicle in the target area; and a movement control unit assisting the driver by detecting the position and an inclination angle of the vehicle and controlling the vehicle, terminating the assist when the position is within a first range, the inclination angle is within a second range, and the position is within a third range, and terminating the assist when, while the vehicle travels, the position is within the first range, the inclination angle is within the second range, the position is outside of the third range, and the approach of an obstacle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Kiyokawa
  • Patent number: 10000270
    Abstract: A moving body control device includes a moving body direction sensor, a position sensor, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry estimates a direction of disturbance. The processing circuitry sets a target position and a starting position. The processing circuitry controls a propulsion generator and a movement direction adjuster such that a heading direction sensed by the moving body direction sensor is opposite to the direction of the disturbance estimated by the processing circuitry, and when the moving body has been drifted at least a specific distance from the target position, the moving body returns to the starting position, and the heading direction at the starting position is opposite to the direction of the disturbance. The processing circuitry changes the starting position based on a distance between the target position and a position of the moving body sensed by the position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FURUNO ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuya Kishimoto, Hitoshi Maeno, Masashi Imasaka
  • Patent number: 9987924
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method of controlling an HMI-apparatus for providing information to a driver of a vehicle for aiding driver control of a vehicle when the vehicle is wading in a body of water. The method includes determining a measured depth of water about the actual vehicle and determining a display depth, dependent upon the measured depth of water. The method also includes measuring a lateral and/or longitudinal gradient of the actual vehicle and selecting a display vehicle position from a limited number of available options of display vehicle positions based upon the measured lateral and/or longitudinal gradient of the actual vehicle. In this way the HMI-apparatus can output a simplified picture of the actual vehicle scenario which may be easier for the driver to assimilate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Popham, Sebastian Paszkowicz, Jonathan Woodley, Zhou Xu, Ian Barlow
  • Patent number: 9593568
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for estimating fatigue damage in a riser string is provided. The system includes a plurality of accelerometers which can be deployed along a riser string and a communications link to transmit accelerometer data from the plurality of accelerometers to one or more data processors in real time. With data from a limited number of accelerometers located at sensor locations, the system estimates an optimized current profile along the entire length of the riser including riser locations where no accelerometer is present. The optimized current profile is then used to estimate damage rates to individual riser components and to update a total accumulated damage to individual riser components. The number of sensor locations is small relative to the length of a deepwater riser string, and a riser string several miles long can be reliably monitored along its entire length by fewer than twenty sensor locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey LeMonds, Judith Ann Guzzo, Shaopeng Liu, Uttara Ashwin Dani
  • Patent number: 9080393
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a method for retrieving a drilling riser connected to a blow-out-preventer (BOP) located on a sea bed. The method includes the steps of: a) attaching the first end of the retrieval line to a vessel; b) attaching the second end of the retrieval line to a drilling riser; c) disconnecting the riser from the BOP; d) initiating the assent of the disconnected riser from the sea bed; e) maintaining tension on the riser as it ascends to the sea surface by creating a horizontal load that is opposite to a current load on a bottom end of the riser; f) releasing tension on the retrieval line as the riser approaches the bottom of the drilling vessel; and/or g) disconnecting the retrieval line from the riser, whereby the riser is pulled through the bottom opening in the drilling vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Transocean Sedco Forex Ventures Limited
    Inventor: Momen A. Wishahy
  • Publication number: 20150100222
    Abstract: A method for holding a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, on a slope in an automated manner, wherein a vehicle driver allows the vehicle to stop on the slope, wherein the vehicle rolls on the slope in a manner largely uninfluenced by the vehicle driver, and wherein, after this, the vehicle is brought to a hold position in an automated manner. Also, a computer program product, to a processing device or a computer unit, and to a safety device or a safety system, in particular a driver-assistance system, for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Ulrich Beger, Alfred ADEN, Michael SCHÄFER
  • Patent number: 9002593
    Abstract: A system for re-orienting a machine during a ripping operation includes a position sensing system, a ripper, and a controller. The system stores a ripping path, determines the position of the machine, and compares the position of the machine to the ripping path. A drawbar pull of the machine is determined, compared to a maximum steering drawbar pull, and the ripper is raised if the machine is positioned greater than a predetermined distance from the ripping path and the drawbar pull exceeds the maximum steering drawbar pull. The machine is re-oriented and the ripper lowered relative to the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Clar, Daniel Stanek, Lance Cowper, Troy K. Becicka, Brian G. Funke, Thandava K. Edara, Kyle Edwards
  • Patent number: 9002628
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a memory and a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to receive holding instructions for an aircraft, wherein the holding instructions comprise a holding fix, a holding direction, and an inbound leg course, obtain an airspeed for the aircraft, obtain a wind speed and a wind direction affecting the aircraft, calculate a holding pattern for the aircraft using the holding instructions, the wind speed, the wind direction, an inbound leg duration, and the airspeed, obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) protected airspace limits associated with the holding fix, and present the holding pattern and the FAA protected airspace limits to a flight crew member on the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Epoch Flight Systems LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Gary Wilder, Otto Charles Wilke
  • Publication number: 20150066339
    Abstract: A method of controlling an HMI-apparatus for providing information comprising comparing data from two or more remote-ranging sensors disposed at an elevation greater than the threshold wading depth of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Edward Hoare, Jonathan Woodley, Thuy-Yung Tran
  • Patent number: 8954261
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle positioning system for determining a position of a remote vehicle relative to a mobile host vehicle based on safety alert messages broadcast from the remote vehicle relating to an event in a road of travel. A host vehicle communication unit communicates with the remote vehicle for receiving the broadcast messages from the remote vehicle. A host vehicle control unit identifies reference points along the road of travel. Each reference point identifies a position of the host vehicle and associated signal reception properties, for example time-of-arrival, angle-of-arrival and received signal strength when the host vehicle receives the broadcast message. The control unit of the host vehicle selects a set of the reference points having identified positions and associated times, angles and signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sushanta Das, Mounita Saha
  • Patent number: 8954260
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for assessing a target proximate a vehicle. A location and a velocity of the target are obtained. The location and the velocity of the target are mapped onto a polar coordinate system via a processor. A likelihood that the vehicle and the target will collide is determined using the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Gandhi, Chad T. Zagorski
  • Patent number: 8935088
    Abstract: An object is to prevent a driving assistance system for a vehicle from causing a collision of the driver's own vehicle with a solid object by performing driving assistance. To achieve the object, when a solid object that can be an obstacle exists in the course of the driver's own vehicle, the driving assistance system for a vehicle according to the present invention determines a plurality of primary paths along which the driver's own vehicle can travel by changing the momentum thereof, designates an avoidance line along which the solid object can be avoided from among the primary paths, and changes the momentum of the driver's own vehicle in such a way that the driver's own vehicle travels along the selected avoidance line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 8880296
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Publication number: 20140324325
    Abstract: A system for estimating the lane width and/or the number of lanes on a roadway includes environmental sensors mounted on a vehicle to monitor respective detection areas behind and to the sides of the vehicle. The sensors detect a roadway edge and the system determines a distance to the roadway edge. The system further determines a value or accesses a predefined nominal value of a lane width, and then estimates the number of lanes by evaluating the roadway edge distance with reference to the lane width value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Andreas SCHLENSAG, Peter IRRGANG, David STENMANNS
  • Patent number: 8855860
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior control apparatus disposed in a subject vehicle performs a steering angle control of the subject vehicle. The apparatus acquires lead vehicle information transmitted from a lead vehicle to determine a virtual shape of a road (i.e., a virtual road shape) based on a travel locus of the lead vehicle. A virtual road border distance is calculated as a distance from the subject vehicle to a road border of a virtual curve road positioned straight in front of the subject vehicle. The apparatus, calculates an appropriate turn radius for travel along the virtual curve road and, based on the appropriate turn radius, calculates an appropriate distance from the subject vehicle to the virtual road border positioned in front of the subject vehicle. A steering unit then controls a steering angle of the subject vehicle by maintaining the virtual road border distance with the appropriate distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Isaji, Naohiko Tsuru, Shou Morikawa
  • Publication number: 20140244142
    Abstract: An object is to prevent a driving assistance system for a vehicle from causing a collision of the driver's own vehicle with a solid object by performing driving assistance. To achieve the object, when a solid object that can be an obstacle exists in the course of the driver's own vehicle, the driving assistance system for a vehicle according to the present invention determines a plurality of primary paths along which the driver's own vehicle can travel by changing the momentum thereof, designates an avoidance line along which the solid object can be avoided from among the primary paths, and changes the momentum of the driver's own vehicle in such a way that the driver's own vehicle travels along the selected avoidance line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Matsubara
  • Publication number: 20140229092
    Abstract: A movement prevention system preventing undesired travel of a vehicle. A transmission gear sensor senses an out of park position of a vehicle transmission. An occupant detection system senses a presence of a driver in a driver seat of a vehicle in response to the vehicle transmission being out of the park position. A processor determines an imminent movement of a vehicle in response to a determination of the non-presence of the driver. A vehicle movement prevention device prevents movement of the vehicle in response to the processor determining imminent movement of the vehicle. Imminent movement is identified as actual movement of the vehicle or movement of the vehicle likely to occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hermann
  • Patent number: 8755976
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device for steering a second agricultural machine which can be steered over a field relative to a first agricultural machine. The device includes a distance meter mounted on one of the machines and operable for recording measured values with regard to direction and distance of objects adjacent to the distance meter over a horizontal region. The device also includes an evaluating means which is connected to the distance meter and is designed to output a steering signal for causing guidance of the second machine relative to the first machine on the basis of the measured values of the distance meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ole Peters, Nicolai Tarasinski, Klaus Hahn, Peter Pickel
  • Patent number: 8712674
    Abstract: At least a follow-up target inter-vehicle distance is set on the basis of information about a preceding vehicle recognized by a forward-environment recognition device mounted in a subject vehicle and including a stereo camera, and it is determined whether or not the preceding vehicle is making a right/left turn. When a right/left turn of the preceding vehicle is detected, the follow-up target inter-vehicle distance is multiplied by a correction coefficient so as to set a different follow-up target inter-vehicle distance for the right/left turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tasuku Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8655549
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control apparatus is provided with a lane detecting device, a future position estimating device and a vehicle control device. The lane detecting device detects a lane marker of a lane. The future position estimating device estimates a future transverse position of a host vehicle after a prescribed amount of time. The vehicle control device executes a vehicle control such that a yaw moment is imparted to the host vehicle toward a middle of the lane. The yaw moment is imparted upon determining that the future transverse position is positioned laterally farther toward an outside of the lane from the middle of the lane than a prescribed widthwise lane position that is determined in advance using the lane marker as a reference. The vehicle control device suppresses an impartation of the yaw moment device when a recognition degree of the lane marker is lower than a prescribed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Hayakawa, Masahiro Kobayashi, Ko Sato, Shuhei Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 8639433
    Abstract: To support a driver in guiding a road vehicle, the lane markings of the road, traffic signs and/or vehicle license plates are detected by an environment sensor system, which produces corresponding image data, which is evaluated by an image evaluation system by comparison to stored country-specific data. From that evaluation, at least one country estimation signal is generated in an image processor, and then a country signal indicating the current location of the vehicle is generated from the at least one country estimation signal by a microprocessor. The country signal correspondingly activates a driver information device outputting country-specific information for guidance of the vehicle and/or the country signal is fed to a driver assistance system that supports the guidance of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Urban Meis, Christoph Wiedemann, Wladimir Klein, Axel Roth, Mari Joan Hilario, Steen Kristensen, Matthias Zobel
  • Patent number: 8583329
    Abstract: Vehicle control system and method in which restrictions on travel of the vehicle are determined based on an indication of the visibility of a driver and information about objects moving in a direction opposite to the direction of travel of the vehicle are considered. The travel restrictions include preventing a passing maneuver on a two-lane road when an oncoming vehicle precludes safely initiating or completing an already-initiated passing maneuver. A warning system is provided to warn a driver about the travel restrictions so that the driver will, hopefully, not attempt an unsafe maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: American Vehicular Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8577534
    Abstract: A method and a device are described for scanning the surrounding environment of a vehicle. When the vehicle falls below a first boundary speed a timer is triggered whose state is incremented until the vehicle exceeds a boundary speed, a check of the unobstructed view of the scanning device being carried out upon expiration of the time period recorded by the state of the timer and in which the state of the counter is incremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Dorenkamp, Volker Brichzin, Ulrich Schirm, Maria-Eugenia Garcia Bordes
  • Patent number: 8566012
    Abstract: A method for achieving and maintaining spacing between aircraft may include receiving by a following aircraft information related to a lead aircraft. The information is useable for achieving and maintaining spacing by the following aircraft from the lead aircraft. The method may also include determining spacing of the following aircraft from the lead aircraft. The method may additionally include receiving by the following aircraft a vertical profile for the traffic management environment. The method may further include automatically controlling throttle settings to achieve and maintain spacing by the following aircraft from the lead aircraft while maintaining the vertical profile of the following aircraft in response to an automatic spacing mode being enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Syed Tahir Shafaat, David S. Yotsuuye, Tan N. Che, Minh-Tri Le
  • Patent number: 8527156
    Abstract: A tractor comprises a tractor frame, driven ground engaging means, and an electronic tractor controller. A baler comprises a baler frame coupled or connected to the tractor frame, a crop receiving means, a baling chamber, a bale size sensor associated with the baling chamber, and an electronic baler controller. The baler controller is operable to submit a halt signal to the tractor controller when a bale size signal provided by the bale size sensor indicates that a bale has reached a size equal to or exceeding a first predetermined size. A control method includes the baler controller generating a tractor halt signal in response to certain conditions of the baler system and the tractor controller preventing tractor motion in response to the halt signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael Jonathan Martin, Timothy Joel Kilworth, Peter Muench, Benjamin Neermann, Bruce Craig Newendorp, Travis James Davis
  • Patent number: 8509968
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time efficiency and aircraft performance monitoring and delta efficiency calculations between various user- or system-selected phases of flight by determining an efficiency messaging index that gets translated into a messaging profile. That messaging profile is then used to obtain necessary flight and other information from multiple sources. The efficiency calculations and deltas can be used to determine real-time or post-processed benefits, which can then be used to optimize flight(s). Additionally, data is post-processed, which allows the calculation, storage and subsequent usage of efficiency coefficients to enhance the accuracy of the efficiency calculations. There are a number of ways to implement the architecture and order of processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory T. Saccone, Ryan D. Hale, Nicholas P. G. Impert, Louis J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8510012
    Abstract: An anti-tailgating vehicle system includes a communication bus on a host vehicle, a forward vehicle sensor that senses a forward vehicle in front of the host vehicle, and an electronic control unit. The forward vehicle sensor transmits a forward vehicle message to the communication bus based on a distance to the forward vehicle. The electronic control unit receives the forward vehicle message from the communication bus and determines a relative speed between the host and forward vehicles based on the forward vehicle message. If the forward vehicle message indicates the host vehicle is not within a safe zone range relative to the forward vehicle while a host vehicle cruise control system is not engaged, the electronic control unit transmits a host vehicle control message to the communication bus for limiting a torque of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: William P. Amato, Kenneth A. Grolle, Aaron M. Galbraith
  • Publication number: 20130184976
    Abstract: In a driving support apparatus that sets a running road, on which a vehicle is able to run, on the basis of a road marking that indicates a lane boundary or a prohibited area and that, when the vehicle deviates from the running road, issues a warning or performs assisting so as to cause the vehicle to run within the running road, when the width of a lane defined by the road marking that indicates the lane boundary is narrow, the running road is set by allowing a deviation from the lane having a narrow width. It is possible to effectively utilize the driving support apparatus by increasing a chance of using the driving support apparatus without unnecessary support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomonori Akiyama, Shinji Igarashi, Yuki Yoshihama
  • Patent number: 8457868
    Abstract: Lateral displacement reference positions LXL, LXR are set on left and right from a center in a width direction of a traffic lane L where a vehicle travels. Then, at least in a case where the vehicle is positioned on an inner side of the left and right lateral displacement reference position LXL, LXR, the vehicle is feedback-controlled so as to decrease a yaw angle deviation. Further, in a case where the vehicle is positioned at an outer side of the left and right lateral displacement reference position LXL, LXR with respect to the traffic lane center, the feedback control is performed so as to decrease the angle deviation and a lateral displacement deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Tange, Takeshi Kimura, Yuya Takeda, Yukinori Nishida
  • Patent number: 8452508
    Abstract: An assembly controls brakes on beds for use in healthcare facilities. The bed comprises at least one caster device supporting a base frame in relation to a supporting surface. The caster device has a caster brake. A brake control assembly is operatively engageable with the caster brake to engage the caster brake. The brake control assembly comprises a sensor for sensing a status condition of the caster brake. A controller is connected to the sensor. The controller causes engagement of the caster brake when the sensor senses the status condition for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Linet spol. s.r.o.
    Inventors: Zbynek Frolik, Ladislav Schejbal, Vladimir Kolar
  • Patent number: 8437917
    Abstract: A launch interval is determined for a vehicle based on the time that the operator takes to move a foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal for launching the vehicle from a stopped condition. Such launch interval may be determined for multiple launches to determine to determine an average launch interval. During the launch interval, actions can be taken to prepare the engine and/or turbocharger to launch the vehicle once the operator has called for such a launch by depressing the accelerator pedal. The magnitude of the actions taken and/or the rate at taking such actions can be based on the launch interval, i.e., whether the operator tends to move rapidly or slowly from brake pedal to accelerator pedal. The vehicle may base the rate of the actions on the driving style of the particular driver currently driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sayid Miah
  • Patent number: 8433483
    Abstract: A discriminator identifies windrow pixels associated with a windrow within a collected image. A definer defines a search space with respect to a vehicle. An evaluator determines respective spatial correlations between the defined search space and the windrow pixels for different angular displacements of the search space. An alignment detector or search engine determining a desired vehicular heading as a preferential angular displacement associated with a generally maximum spatial correlation between the defined search space and the windrow pixels. An offset calculator estimates an offset of the vehicle to a central point of the windrow or a depth axis to achieve the desired vehicle heading and desired position of the vehicle with respect to the windrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Shufeng Han, Jiantao Wei, Francisco Rovira-Mas
  • Patent number: 8405345
    Abstract: A site registering device that registers a site allowing charging where a vehicle battery can be charged, the device including: a position acquisition unit that acquires position information on a charging site where charging of the battery has been conducted; and a registering unit that specifies, on the basis of an actual charging result in the charging site, a category to which the charging site belongs among a plurality of categories, associates the charging site with the specified category and the position information, and registers the thus associated charging site as the site allowing charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Denso Corporation, Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Suganuma, Mamoru Kuraishi, Kazunao Yamada, Takashi Naitou, Toshiaki Niwa, Fumiharu Ogawa, Masatoshi Takahara
  • Patent number: 8400313
    Abstract: There is provided an arousal state classification model generating device for generating a blink waveform pattern model and an arousal state pattern model based on data on a blink waveform, which are preferably used for accurately estimating an arousal level with respect to unspecified object persons, an arousal state classifying device for classifying the arousal state of an object person, and a warning device. In the arousal state classification model generating device, a first pattern model is generated by learning a statistical model by using as learning data first feature data extracted from the blink data of at least one of the eyes of each object person at the time of blinking and blink waveform identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Noguchi, Roongroj Nopsuwanchai
  • Patent number: 8392104
    Abstract: Provided is an avoidance maneuver calculation device that calculates a driving maneuver amount that enables an automotive vehicle to avoid an obstacle within a travelable range of a road. The device includes: a road boundary detector for detecting a road 13 where a vehicle 12 is traveling and a boundary section thereof; an obstacle detector for detecting an obstacle 14 existing on the road 13; an automotive vehicle information detector for detecting information on the vehicle 12; and an avoidance maneuver calculator 28 for calculating a maneuver amount for avoiding the obstacle 14 on the road 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hikaru Nishira, Yoshitaka Deguchi
  • Patent number: 8380396
    Abstract: A travel control method for a self-propelled carriage having a travel control section for controlling steering-driving wheels. In the method, the steering-driving wheels are steered by a predetermined angle based on a direction change command, and in this state, the carriage is moved forward and backward for a predetermined distance to make the carriage depart from a base line. Then, the carriage is steered toward the base line to return to the base line. After that, the carriage is made to be able to travel along the base line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Maruo, Hideshi Takekuma
  • Patent number: 8364370
    Abstract: When a target yaw moment Ms is computed, an estimated lateral acceleration GH and estimated deceleration GT of a host vehicle are determined beforehand according to target yaw moment Ms, and when the estimated lateral acceleration GH is smaller than a threshold preset on the basis of the estimated deceleration GT the target yaw moment Ms is corrected to a smaller limit value Msm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Yonezawa, Kou Sato
  • Patent number: 8354932
    Abstract: A method and a device for driver assistance in which the warning threshold at which the driver is warned for example of a departure from the lane is adaptively adjusted as a function of the driver's state and/or the driving situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8346436
    Abstract: A driving support system includes a lane detecting unit for detecting lanes around a vehicle, a route correcting unit for correcting a route along which the vehicle is expected to travel taking into consideration an obstacle on the route after the route has been recognized by lanes detected by the lane detecting unit, and a control unit for controlling the vehicle on the basis of the positional relation between the corrected route determined by the route correcting unit and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yokoyama, Shinjiro Saito, Masatsugu Arai, Tatsuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8335641
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs search for a route to a destination and set a recommended travel lane, based on the searched for route. The systems, methods, and programs provide lane guidance to lead the vehicle into the recommended lane. The systems, methods, and programs receive a current position of the vehicle and determine a movement direction of the vehicle, based on the received current position and the recommended lane. The systems, methods, and programs determine whether to provide lane guidance based on the movement direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakayama, Shino Oonishi, Kensuke Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8321107
    Abstract: In a method and a control unit for controlling the position of an automatic disc clutch in a vehicle, which disc clutch is arranged to transmit motive force from an internal combustion engine to an input shaft of a stagegeared gearbox in the vehicle, the control unit is arranged to position the clutch in a first position, preparing the vehicle for take off, with the gearbox having a starting gear engaged, and where the clutch in the first position transmits a smaller torque, characterized in that the control unit being further arranged to position the clutch in a second more disengaged position compared to the first position, if a driver of the vehicle does not demand vehicle take off torque by activating a throttle control within a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Svante Karlsson, Erik Lauri
  • Patent number: 8306727
    Abstract: A control system controls a pair of vehicles in coordination to traverse a respective pair of trajectories. The control system is configured to specify a plurality of successive waypoints, a safe stopping interval and an intermediate interval greater than the safe stopping interval, and exchange waypoints between vehicles. The system controls each vehicle in coordination with the other, senses a rate of exchange of waypoint data between the vehicles, and determines the safe stopping interval. The control system updates positions with additional waypoints as the respective vehicles pass by waypoints of the forecasted trajectory, determines the length of the forecasted trajectory remaining and compares it with the intermediate interval and the safe stopping interval. The system generates a warning signal if distance is less than the intermediate interval, and if the distance is less than the safe stopping interval, stops within the safe stopping interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Riccardo Morselli, John Posselius
  • Publication number: 20120245832
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for supporting the driver of a road-bound vehicle in guiding the vehicle, in which the vehicle environment, in particular the markings that delimit the lanes of a road and traffic signs, are detected by means of an environment sensor system (1) and evaluated by means of an image evaluation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Urban Meis, Christoph Wiedemann, Wladimir Klein, Axel Roth, Mari Joan Hilario, Steen Kristensen, Matthias Zobel
  • Patent number: 8242895
    Abstract: A method and system for forming a surrounding seamless bird-view image by processing a plurality of surrounding images associated with a carrier captured by different imaging devices is provided in the present invention. During the process, the surrounding images are converted into corresponding bird-images respectively and then an overlapping area corresponding to each two adjacent bird-view images is determined. After that, distances between the pixel in the overlapping area and the boundary of the overlapping area in each adjacent bird-view image is calculated so as to determine a weighting value for each corresponding pixel in each adjacent bird-view image thereby forming an overlapping image, wherein each pixel in the overlapping image is determined according to the weighting value and information of the corresponding pixel in each adjacent image. After determining the overlapping image for each two adjacent bird-view image, it is capable of forming the surrounding seamless bird-view image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Hsin-Liang Shen, Kuo-Hsiang Cheng, Tung-Chuan Wu, Din-Chang Tseng
  • Patent number: 8224548
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of preventing a vehicle in a starting maneuver from rolling in a direction opposite a direction selected to move the vehicle during the starting maneuver. A brake force is built up or maintained on at least one wheel brake during standstill of the vehicle. The method is characterized in that a comparison between an engine rotational speed gradient and an engine rotational speed gradient threshold value as well as a comparison between a pedal travel, by which an accelerator pedal of the vehicle is depressed, and a pedal travel threshold value are performed, and in that the brake force at the at least one wheel brake is reduced when it is established that the engine rotational speed gradient exceeds the engine rotational speed gradient threshold value, and/or the pedal travel, by which the accelerator pedal is depressed, exceeds the pedal travel threshold value. Also disclosed a device that is appropriate to implement the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignees: Continental Teves AG & Co, OHG, Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Dorothea Ludwig, Alexander Mann-Wahrenberg, Leo Schineller
  • Patent number: 8219306
    Abstract: The present invention includes a traffic information collection unit for collecting weight information of a vehicle running on a road and vibration and noise information generated on the road; a traffic jam determination unit for determining a traffic jam and traffic jam type based on the collected weight information, the vibration and noise information; a traffic jam information transceiving unit for transmitting the traffic jam information or the received traffic jam information of a front road to a vehicle on a rear road by receiving the traffic jam information of a front road from another apparatus for providing traffic jam information installed on the front road; and a display unit for displaying the determination result of the traffic jam determination unit, or a traffic condition of the front road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jin-Kyeong Kim, Woo-Yong Lee, Yong-Sun Kim, Kyeong-Pyo Kim
  • Patent number: 8195362
    Abstract: A method for controlling a driver assistance system having an LKS function of a vehicle is described. In the region of lane widening, a hypothetical lane which connects a starting lane to a destination lane is generated by the driver assistance system. In the region of the lane widening, the vehicle is guided along the hypothetical lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Lutz Buerkle, Tobias Rentschler, Thomas App
  • Patent number: 8195381
    Abstract: There is elucidated a safety system for a marine vessel. The vessel includes two engines coupled to propellers for propelling the vessel through water. The vessel is provided with a digital anchor in communication with the two engines for maintaining the vessel substantially at a defined location when the anchor is activated. The safety system includes a sensor assembly coupled to a data processing assembly for sensing a region of said water at least partially surrounding the vessel for detecting one or more persons present in the region and for modifying operation of the digital anchor is response to the one or more persons being detected. The invention is of advantage in that the digital anchor is capable of responding to the one or more persons being present in the water and thereby reducing a risk of injury or loss of life when the digital anchor is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: AB Volvo Penta
    Inventor: Lennart Arvidsson
  • Patent number: 8170739
    Abstract: A system for providing path generation for automated lane centering and/or lane changing purposes. The system includes a desired path generation processor that receives signals detecting the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling, a request for a lane change, vehicle state information and a steering angle of the vehicle. The system also includes a path prediction processor that predicts the vehicle path based on vehicle state information including vehicle longitudinal speed, vehicle lateral speed, vehicle yaw-rate and vehicle steering angle. The desired path information and the predicted path information are compared to generate an error signal that is sent to a lane change controller that provides a steering angle signal to turn the vehicle and reduce the error signal. The desired path generation processor can use a fifth order polynomial equation to determine the desired path of the vehicle based on the input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jin-Woo Lee