Railway Vehicle Patents (Class 701/19)
  • Patent number: 10778363
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for decentralized rail signaling and positive train control. A decentralized train control system may include a plurality of wayside units, configured for placement on or near tracks in a railway network, and one or more train-mounted units, each configured for use in a train operating in a railway network that support use of the decentralized train control system. Each train-mounted unit may configured to receive communicate with any wayside unit and/or train-mounted unit that comes within range, with the communicating including use of ultra-wideband (UWB) signals, and for generating control information based on the UWB signals, for use in controlling one or more functions associated with operation of the train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: METROM RAIL, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Carlson, Kurt Alan Gunther, Sara Jo Woitel, Marc Wayne Cygnus
  • Patent number: 10773741
    Abstract: A traffic management method, for managing traffic of a transportation network, comprising the steps of managing the traffic and the transportation network, according to a basis instruction timetable, automatically detecting and/or predicting a conflict in the traffic, generating a conflict solution in knowledge of the conflict, and managing the traffic and the transportation network with a modified instruction timetable based on the generated conflict solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Massimo Rosti, Davide Nucci, Antonio Di-Carmine
  • Patent number: 10764728
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for indicating vehicle-to-everything (V2X) or road side unit (RSU) function support in a wireless communication system is provided. A radio access network (RAN) node may transmit an indication of V2X/RSU function support of the RAN node to another RAN node. Alternatively, if the RAN nodes does not support V2X/RSU function, the RAN node may transmit a message including a cause value indicating that the RAN node does not support V2X/RSU function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jian Xu, Daewook Byun
  • Patent number: 10762707
    Abstract: A method includes detecting an initialization position of a processing zone within a graphical user interface, the processing zone having boundaries and a predefined direction extending away from the initialization position, the graphical user interface comprising displayed point cloud data, the displayed point cloud data being based on a scanning of a three dimensional space. The method also includes applying a Kalman filter to the track points to identify a trajectory of a guideway and generating a model of the guideway based on the track points and the trajectory. The method further includes detecting one or more of a turnout region or an object associated with the guideway. The method additionally includes generating a map comprising the model of the guideway and one or more of the turnout region or the object, and at least one label identifying the turnout region or the object included in the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: THALES CANADA, INC.
    Inventors: Jaewook Jung, Gunho Sohn, Michael Rickard, Alon Green, Walter Kinio
  • Patent number: 10752270
    Abstract: A method and device for ascertaining movement authority for track-bound vehicles allow interference with a driving operation resulting in special operational situations or disturbances to be kept as low as possible. The position of the vehicle is determined and used to check whether the vehicle is located completely in an axle-counting section of an axle-counting system. The number of axles of the vehicle is compared with the number of axles located in the relevant section according to the system. If the vehicle is located completely in the relevant section and the number of axles of the vehicle matches the number of axles located in the section according to the system, a movement authority is ascertained for the vehicle. The part of the relevant section in front of the vehicle in the driving direction is assumed to be free of other vehicles when ascertaining the movement authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Driemel, Jan Norden, Karsten Rahn, Patrik Zuralski
  • Patent number: 10730363
    Abstract: An air conditioning system for an electric transport vehicle supplied by an electrical supply network includes at least one actuator for the production of heat or cold, and a regulator configured in order to generate at least one operating command applied to the at least one actuator as a function of values for parameters representing the climatic conditions, the actuator delivering an average power over a predetermined time period. The regulator are configured in order to generate at least one operating command applied to at least one actuator as a function moreover of the value for a parameter relating to at least one electric transport vehicle supplied by the electrical supply network, the value for the parameter indicating that electrical energy is consumed by the at least one electric transport vehicle or that electrical energy is produced by the at least one electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: FAIVELEY TRANSPORT TOURS
    Inventors: Patrice Huaulme, Philippe Aubin, Domenico Palmisano
  • Patent number: 10729100
    Abstract: A method for recording and predicting position data for a self-propelled wheeled vehicle (1) carrying a load (14) is provided whereby the vehicle (1) is caused to move along a ground surface (5) along a predominantly straight line trajectory (17) by rotating at least one load carrying wheel (3) in frictional engagement with the surface (5), angular rotation data of at least one wheel (3) is obtained, absolute position data are obtained at different predetermined fixed positions Pn of the vehicle (1) with respect to the surface (5) along the straight line trajectory (17), whereby the distance travels is measured independently and used to calibrate motion sensors on board the vehicle. The invention also comprises a delivery or pick up system, a program for an on-board computing device and an on-board computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MINKPAPIR A/S
    Inventors: Martin Peter Christiansen, Rasmus Nyholm Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 10719075
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method, a system, and a computer program product of directive controlled vehicles. In an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a plurality of computing systems comprising at least two vehicles, a directive source to transmit a directive to at least one of the plurality of computing systems, and a command source to issue at least one command to at least one vehicle of the at least two vehicles, wherein the at least one command controls a movement pattern and an operation of the at least one vehicle of the at least two vehicles based on the directive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan von Cavallar, Timothy M. Lynar
  • Patent number: 10689014
    Abstract: A locomotive control system includes an operation manager controller electrically coupled to an operator controller of a locomotive and to a local vehicle control system of the locomotive. The operation manager controller receives an operator command from the operator controller and can regulate the operator command to control operation of the locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Scott Joseph Zarella, Ikechi Olakunle Emelogu, Brian Edward Celidonia, Narendrasingh Puransingh Patnurkar, Kaushik Sondur
  • Patent number: 10679505
    Abstract: This automatic vehicle control apparatus comprises a first image sensor positioned on a vehicle, able to capture a first global image of a first scene, including an area in front of the vehicle, in a first field of view of said first image sensor; a track occupancy detector for receiving the first global image and deducing therefrom a track occupancy of the vehicle among at least two set of parallel tracks positioned in front of the vehicle; a distinguishable object disposed in the first field of view; and a proper functioning checking apparatus configured for searching, in the first global image, a first specific image of the distinguishable object, and for generating an alert signal in case the first specific image is not found in the first global image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ALSTOM Transport Technologies
    Inventors: Phillip Martin, Seneca Snyder, Jared Cooper
  • Patent number: 10643500
    Abstract: A system includes at least one train having one or more sensors and a device remote from the at least one train. The device is configured to communicate with the at least one train via one or more networks, collect data from the one or more sensors of the at least one train at a plurality of different locations in a defined area, and generate a map of the one or more tracks based on the data collected from the one or more sensors of the at least one train at the plurality of different locations in the defined area. Other example systems and computer-implemented methods of mapping one or more railroad tracks in a defined area are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cattron North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy Jovenall
  • Patent number: 10640095
    Abstract: A communication system includes wired communication devices onboard vehicles of a vehicle system, wireless communication devices disposed onboard other vehicles, and a controller. The controller remotely controls movement of some vehicles via communication with the wired communication devices and establishes a wireless communication link with other vehicles. The controller remotely controls movement of the other vehicles via wireless communication responsive to these vehicles being connected to the vehicle system for temporarily assisting in vehicle system movement along one or more routes. These vehicles are configured to be disconnected from wired communication with the other vehicles subsequent to being connected to the vehicle system. The wireless communication link is in addition to any wireless communication links established in the vehicle system prior to the one or more second vehicles being connected to the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: General electric company
    Inventors: Daniel Joseph Rush, Michael Brandon Alexander, Derek Kevin Woo, Robert Carmen Palanti
  • Patent number: 10625759
    Abstract: A method for controlling a train (10) of railway working vehicles (11) comprising at least two railway working vehicles (11) forming a railway train (10); each of said at least two railway working vehicles (11) comprises a multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20), and a wired train bus WTB (12), which enables connection of said multifunction vehicle buses MVB (20) of said at least two railway working vehicles (11); said multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20) comprises: a train-communication-network TCN port (14)7 which connects said wired train bus WTB (12) to said multifunction vehicle bus MVB (20); a traction control (22) of the means; and a translator (21), which connects said TCN port (14) to said traction control (22); said method being characterized in that: each vehicle of the train writes its own maximum speed on its own TCN port (14); the maximum speed of the train is defined as the lowest of the maximum speeds defined on the TCN ports (14) by the individual vehicles; the master vehicle activates the traction
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TESMEC S.P.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Nitti
  • Patent number: 10623216
    Abstract: A locomotive communication system includes a lead communication device wirelessly communicating command messages to remote communication devices onboard a rail vehicle system during a messaging cycle. The lead device receives reply messages from the remote devices during the messaging cycle in response to the command messages. The lead device receives a status signal from at least one of the remote devices during a guard interval that follows completion of the messaging cycle. The lead device communicates the command message and receives the reply messages using analog modulation or digital modulation. The lead communication device also receives the status signal using the other of the analog modulation or the digital modulation. The command messages, the reply messages, and the status signal are communicated using a designated frequency channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Gary William Mason, Maurice Hutchins, Robert Palanti
  • Patent number: 10611388
    Abstract: A positive train control system and method may comprise one or more switch monitors and/or one or more track monitors providing sensor data relative to one or more switches and/or one or more tracks, respectively, determining whether there is an anomaly of a switch or track, and when there is, providing a message, alert and/or warning, and/or initiating a train control action. Determination of an anomaly may be preformed on a train or at a remote location, e.g., a central facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Albert Han-Ping Chung, Yulin Huang, Dexi Zhu
  • Patent number: 10593226
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are disclosed of systems, methods and devices related to remote control locomotive training. In an exemplary embodiment, a remote control locomotive training system includes a locomotive control unit coupled to a locomotive and configured to control operation of the locomotive, and a trainee operator control unit in wireless communication with the locomotive control unit. The trainee operator control unit includes a first wireless interface to transmit one or more commands to the locomotive control unit. The system also includes a trainer operator control unit in wireless communication with the trainee operator control unit via a second wireless interface. The trainer operator control unit is configured to monitor the trainee operator control unit by receiving messages from the trainee operator control unit indicative of the one or more commands transmitted from the trainee operator control unit to the locomotive control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cattron North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Jovenall, André Brousseau
  • Patent number: 10560047
    Abstract: A system, computer readable medium, and a method for monitoring power module degradation in a vehicle are provided. The method includes determining a structure function of a power module, determining a change in the structure function based on a comparison between the structure function and an initial or baseline structure function associated with the power module, outputting a degradation determination result based on the change in the structure function, and generating an alert when the degradation determination result exceeds a predetermined or adaptively determined degradation criterion value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Shailesh N. Joshi, Ercan M. Dede
  • Patent number: 10551257
    Abstract: A system for measuring in-train and coupling forces of freight rail cars is provided. The system includes at least four strain sensing elements mounted to the coupler of a railway vehicle. Signals from the strain sensing elements are transmitted to a receiver where they are converted into force readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: AMSTED RAIL COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Seidel
  • Patent number: 10538258
    Abstract: In a method for stabilizing a rail vehicle with a wheel set, the speed of the rail vehicle is changed when a critical vibration state of the wheel set occurs. An advantageous state can be achieved if the speed of the rail vehicle is changed by using a vibration state variable of the wheel set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Fabian Wennekamp
  • Patent number: 10530676
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining at a lead locomotive in a train consist a communications status of at least one remote locomotive of a plurality of remote locomotives of the train consist, and a system for determining, at a lead locomotive in a train consist, a communications status of at least one remote locomotive of the train consist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles L Wolf
  • Patent number: 10527521
    Abstract: The invention provides a railway condition monitoring sensor device attached to a railway bearing of a railway vehicle including at least one vibration sensor; means for detecting movement of the railway vehicle; a control unit for processing at least the signals obtained by the vibration sensor to determine a health parameter indicating the bearings state of health. The control unit triggers measurements based on at least one predetermined condition; and a wireless communication device for communicating the health parameter to a monitoring and control server. The control unit configured to be operated in an energy-saving sleep mode and in at an activated mode. The control unit is configured to switch from the sleep mode to the activated mode upon detecting that a predetermined set of conditions is met. The predetermined set of conditions includes the condition that the means for detecting the movement detects that the railway vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventor: Julian Franchitti
  • Patent number: 10513279
    Abstract: The invention provides an alarm comprising: (i) a plurality of trackside sensors with known locations each sensor to measure at least one characteristic of each railcar wheelset as it passes that sensor's location; (ii) an information store to receive, store and later provide the railcar wheelset characteristics measured by the track-side sensors; (iii) a preset or predetermined trigger pattern of wheelset characteristics associated with wheelset failure or some other railcar condition requiring alarm or notification action; and (iv) a comparator to compare historical measured characteristics about a particular wheelset from the information store to the trigger pattern. The alarm is triggered responsive to a comparator indication of a suitable match between chronologically contiguous historical measured characteristics about a particular wheelset in the information store with the trigger pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventor: Kyle Ryan Mulligan
  • Patent number: 10479382
    Abstract: Provided is a computer-implemented method for determining a communication status in a train consist operating in a distributed power system, the train consist including a lead locomotive and a plurality of remote locomotives. The method includes, for each remote locomotive of the plurality of remote locomotives that receives the command message directly from the lead locomotive, setting the message source indicator of the remote locomotive to a first state representative of a direct receipt of the command message, incrementing the message source counter for each response message received by the remote locomotive from other remote locomotives in which the respective message source indicator is set to the first state, generating a response message including a value of the message source indicator and a value of the message source counter, and transmitting the response message. A system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Gerard Bender, Charles L. Wolf, Richard S. Klemanski
  • Patent number: 10457301
    Abstract: A method for determining a signal aspect representing the vacant or occupied state of a track section for a rail vehicle, in particular a maintenance or construction vehicle, on a CBTC track. In this case, the rail vehicle does not have an on-board CBTC device. In order to dispense with special hardware, an app on a smartphone initiates the following steps: A) photographing of a track beacon in the direction of travel, B) determining the ID (identification signature) of the track beacon, C) transmitting of the track beacon ID to a CBTC track control center and D) receiving of the signal aspect determined by the CBTC track control center for the track section starting with the track beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Oscar Alonso Garrido, Pierre-Olivier Guislain, Christina Luebke, Peter Luehrs, Steffen Ueckert
  • Patent number: 10457299
    Abstract: A train control system and method for a train including at least one locomotive or control car and, optionally, at least one railroad car, in a track network having a plurality of tracks, includes at least one computer programmed or configured to receive or determine an indication that the train is stopped, continuously increment a counter in response to the indication that the train is stopped, and control an operator interface to output a current count of the counter to an operator of the train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Angel, Ann K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 10435048
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for alerting a user to the presence of a fault in an electromechanical system in a railway infrastructure, the method comprising: receiving electrical usage data indicative of the value of an electrical usage parameter associated with the electromechanical system; receiving temperature data indicative of the present temperature of the electromechanical system; determining, based on a predetermined relationship between the electrical usage parameter and the temperature, whether or not the value of the electrical usage parameter is indicative of a fault in the electromechanical system and if so, issuing an alert to indicate the presence of the fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: THALES HOLDINGS UK PLC
    Inventors: William Saunders, Steve Samuels
  • Patent number: 10421472
    Abstract: A visual diagnostic system for a railroad network is disclosed. The visual diagnostic system may have a sensor associated with a train asset in the railroad network and configured to generate a signal indicative of an operational status of the train asset, and a user interface associated with the train asset. The visual diagnostic system may also have a controller in communication with the sensor and the user interface. The controller may be configured to display on the user interface a graphical representation of the train asset in response to the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Shubs, James David Seaton, David Matthew Roenspies
  • Patent number: 10416674
    Abstract: Wheel diameter compensation method and apparatus for a robot, wherein the method comprises: receiving, by a robot at a first location point in a work place where multiple location points are set, a travel instruction, sent from a server, wherein the travel instruction instructs it to travel to a second location point and includes a distance between the first and the second location points and a travel direction towards the second location point from the first location point; acquiring, by the robot, a travelling deviation corresponding to travelling from the first location point to the second location point, the travelling deviation being a difference between a theoretical distance and an actual distance corresponding to actual number of tire revolutions of the robot; and correcting, by the robot, a current wheel diameter of the robot based on the travelling deviation and the distance between the first and the second location points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Yameilijia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Juejing Xu, Jianqiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10331121
    Abstract: A communication system and method for communicatively linking vehicles in a vehicle consist determine a vehicle identifier for a first remote vehicle included in a vehicle consist formed from a lead vehicle and at least the first remote vehicle. The system and method communicate a wireless linking message addressed to the vehicle identifier from the lead vehicle to the first remote vehicle, and establish a communication link between the lead vehicle and the first remote vehicle responsive to receipt of the wireless linking message at the first remote vehicle. The communication link is established such that movement of the first remote vehicle is remotely controlled from the lead vehicle via the communication link. The communication link is established without an operator entering the first remote vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Brian Joseph McManus, Frank Wawrzyniak, Ralph C. Haddock, III, Robert James Foy, James Glen Corry, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Todd William Goodermuth, Eugene Smith, Steven Andrew Kellner, Joseph Mario Nazareth, Brian William Schroeck, David Michael Peltz
  • Patent number: 10321339
    Abstract: Systems and methods for correlating wireless communication performance with vehicle system configurations determine wireless message characteristics of wireless messages communicated with vehicles in vehicle systems and locations along a route where the wireless message characteristics were determined. The wireless message characteristics and the locations can be determined during movement of the vehicle systems along a route. Consist configuration information about the one or more vehicle systems is obtained, and a signal propagation profile is determined based on the wireless message characteristics, the locations where the wireless message characteristics were determined, and the consist configuration information. The signal propagation profile can represent one or more relationships between the wireless message characteristics, the consist configuration information, and the locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC
    Inventors: Maurice Hutchins, Brian William Schroeck
  • Patent number: 10308264
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a speed control system of a railway vehicle in consideration of a braking characteristic, and more particularly, to a speed control system of a railway vehicle in consideration of a braking characteristic, which calculates in real time a time-to-target-speed-crossing (TTTSC) that is a time required for a speed of a train to exceed a speed of an automatic train operation (ATO) profile through a future speed estimation of the train, and controls the speed of the train to be interlocked with the TTTSC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Chul Jung, Yong-Gee Cho
  • Patent number: 10312985
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an antenna, a memory and at least one processor. The memory stores data, which represents a beamforming profile for the antenna for wireless communication with a wireless station that has a fixed location. The processor(s), for a plurality of communication frames, configures the antenna based on the data for communications with the wireless station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming Jian
  • Patent number: 10311551
    Abstract: A train monitoring system includes an image sensor positioned on a rail vehicle to sense an area in front. The image sensor generates sensor signals. At least one non-transitory computer-readable medium has program instructions that, when executed by at least one processor in communication with the image sensor, causes the at least one processor to: (a) generate static image data based on the sensor signals, the static image data including a line representation of rails located in the area in front of the rail vehicle; (b) determine track occupancy of the rail vehicle by determining the set of rails occupied by the rail vehicle based on the static image data; and (c) determine an upcoming direction of movement of the rail vehicle by determining a direction of the set of rails occupied by the rail vehicle based on the static image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Prahlad G. Menon Gopalakrishna
  • Patent number: 10300932
    Abstract: A chassis for a rail vehicle includes a chassis frame supported on at least first and second wheelsets and one A-frame linkage per wheelset on both sides of the chassis for horizontal axle guidance of the wheelset. Each A-frame linkage is connected in an articulated manner to one of two axle bearings of a wheelset by a wheelset-side bearing and to the chassis frame by two frame-side bearings. At least one of the bearings per A-frame linkage has a hydraulic bushing with variable longitudinal rigidity. The hydraulic bushing has at least one fluid chamber fillable with hydraulic fluid so that in the fluid chamber a hydraulic pressure can form for adjusting longitudinal rigidity. An acceleration sensor per axle bearing measures wheelset acceleration and an adjustment device adjusts hydraulic pressure in at least one of the fluid chambers depending on the measured wheelset acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Meyer, Hans Juergen Maerkl
  • Patent number: 10286937
    Abstract: A system that can automatically control the emissions of each locomotive in a consist to reduce overall train emissions. An emissions module determines the amount of emissions emitted by a train. An emissions control module commands the locomotive, via the train control system, to operate in a predetermined state to achieve a particular amount of emissions. A location module can track the location of the locomotive of the train relative geographic locations having emission regulations so that the emissions control module can command appropriate changes in the locomotive to reduce emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC
    Inventor: Keith Wesley Wait
  • Patent number: 10286934
    Abstract: The invention is intended for conserving energy expended by railway rolling stock, for instance by a locomotive when carrying out train operations and shunting, when trains are run in an automatic mode or in a train operator assistance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OBSCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU “SMARTWIZ”
    Inventor: Leonid Mihailovich Zhebrak
  • Patent number: 10277288
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems utilizing a multiple-frequency antenna array system. The multiple-frequency antenna array system includes a first set of broadband elements that allows the establishment of a first cellular data communication session and a concurrent second cellular data communication session. The system also includes a second set of broadband elements that allow the establishment of a first local area wireless network communication session and a concurrent second local area wireless network communication session. Further, there is a broadband element configured to receive a global positioning signal. In addition, the multiple-frequency antenna array system is coupled to a vehicle. A method for establishing multi-frequency communication sessions using an antenna array is also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Anderson, Andrew Ip, Mike Alexander
  • Patent number: 10262542
    Abstract: A control system and method identify a first vehicle system that is traveling from a first location toward a different, second location, and a second vehicle system for combining with the first vehicle system into a convoy of vehicle systems. The system and method also direct the first and second vehicle systems to couple with each other for travel as the convoy. The system and method direct one or more of the second vehicle system of the convoy to separate from the convoy and/or a third vehicle system that is outside of the convoy to join the convoy by coupling with one or more of the first vehicle system or the second vehicle system in the convoy in at least one intermediate location between the first location and the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10259477
    Abstract: A rail yard management system and method that takes advantage of infrastructure installed in rail yards and on train consists to allow the management of the assembly, disassembly and validation of train consists in the rail yard. A train management system and method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company
    Inventors: William LeFebvre, Matthew Bonnes, Darren Dragish, Andrew Martin, Edward J. Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10220818
    Abstract: A vehicle deceleration system for stopping a vehicle that includes of a set of sensors, a controller, force applicators, and a friction applicator. The first sensor reads the ambient air temperature, the second sensor reads the vehicle speed, and a third sensor indicates if antilock brake system is operational. The controller calculates the distance between the front bumper and any surrounding objects to adjust the stopping force accordingly. The controller monitors the three sensors and a processor checks for predetermined given conditions. If all checks are met, the controller activates the force applicators. When the force applicators extend, they rotate a friction applicator into the road surface until the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Benjamin Miller, Akira Samuel Nakaza, Kar Hoe Leong
  • Patent number: 10210674
    Abstract: A system that determines state of a locomotive and transmits the occurrence of any predetermined events to an off-board system. The onboard subsystem includes an event detection module programmed to receive data defining the state of a locomotive to determine whether the received state of the locomotive comprises an event as well as a transmission module programmed to transmit to an off-board subsystem data defining a status. An onboard database have reference variable values is used to compare the existing state of the locomotive to predetermined events. If an event is determined to have occurred, the occurrence of the event is transmitted to the off-board system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: New York Air Brake, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Adams, Mark Fugate
  • Patent number: 10185326
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an operation manager controller electrically coupled to an operator controller of a vehicle and to a local vehicle control system of the vehicle. The operation manager controller receives an operator command from the operator controller and can regulate the operator command to control operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Scott Joseph Zarella, Ikechi Emelogu, Brian Edward Celidonia, Narendrasingh Puransingh Patnurkar, Kaushik Sondur
  • Patent number: 10179597
    Abstract: The Automated Wayside Asset Monitoring system utilizes a camera-based optical imaging device and an image database to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of environmental geographical information pertaining to railway transportation. Various components of the Automated Wayside Asset Monitoring system can provide features and functions that can facilitate the operation and improve the safety of transportation via a railway vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Jack Wade
  • Patent number: 10137911
    Abstract: A running curve creation device of an embodiment is a running curve creation device to create a running curve which can make a train having a prescribed vehicle characteristic run between a prescribed departure station and a prescribed arrival station in a prescribed running time with a smaller cumulative energy consumption. A shortest time running curve creation unit creates a shortest time running curve in which the train runs between the stations in a shortest time, based on predetermined vehicle information and ground information of the train, and an energy saving running curve creation unit selects from the shortest time running curve and a plurality of solution candidates corresponding to states of the train at each prescribed elapsed time since the train has departed from the departure station, a solution candidate having the relatively small cumulative energy consumption in the prescribed running time, and creates an energy saving running curve based on the selected solution candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Yukinori Tonosaki, Junko Yamamoto, Tatsunori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10131369
    Abstract: A method and a system for diagnosing the operating state of one or more railroad components of a railroad network for rail transport. The railroad components each have at least a first measuring device for measuring first measurement values of at least one measurement variable for describing the operating state of the railroad component. The novel method includes the following steps: measuring the first measurement values by way of the first measuring device; measuring additional, second measurement values, which are independent of the operating state of the railroad components, by way of at least one additional, second measuring device; transmitting the measurement values to a control center situated along the tracks; evaluating the measurement values in the control center by way of a predefined algorithm, and providing at least one result of the evaluation as an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erhard Fischer, Thomas Mueller, Frank Popp, Dirk Punstein, Christian Schulze, Ekkehard Toensing
  • Patent number: 10134269
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and storage mediums are provided for switch control. The method may include at least the following: sending a request for controlling the controlled device to a server, where the request instructs the server to request a first control terminal to transfer control of the controlled device to the mobile terminal; receiving a notification, sent by the server, of agreeing to control the controlled device, wherein the notification is sent after the server determines that the first control terminal agrees to transfer control; and communicating with the controlled device to control the controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Xie, Yueyue Chu, Qiqi Cui
  • Patent number: 10091299
    Abstract: A solution for managing vehicles both individually and as a group of associated vehicles is provided. A vehicle node can be located on each vehicle in the group and obtain and process data from a plurality of sensors also located on the vehicle. The vehicle node can be configured to communicate, either directly or indirectly, with a group system assigned to the group using a wireless communications solution. The group system can acquire monitoring data for all of the group of associated vehicles, which can be used to manage the group of associated vehicles and/or one or more individual vehicles in the group. The group system can be located on a vehicle traveling as part of the group of associated vehicles or at a fixed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Electronic Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Zahid F. Mian, Bruce P. McKenney, Robert W. Foss
  • Patent number: 10080990
    Abstract: An air dryer includes a first flow path through the air dryer and a second flow path through the air dryer in parallel with the first flow path. A diverter valve has a first position that provides fluid communication to the first flow path and a second position that provides fluid communication to the second flow path. A system parameter signal is reflective of fluid flow through the air dryer, and a controller receives the system parameter signal and produces a first control signal based on the system parameter signal. The first control signal controls the position of the diverter valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Donald Miehe, Niteen Patel, J. Hunter Babcock, Benjamin Wisdom, William Ginder, David Colatosti, Jonathan McGlumphy
  • Patent number: 10078338
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coordinating and controlling vehicles, for example heavy trucks, to follow closely behind each other, or linking to form a platoon. In one aspect, on-board controllers in each vehicle interact with vehicular sensors to monitor and control, for example, relative distance, relative acceleration or deceleration, and speed. In some aspects, vehicle onboard systems supply various data (breadcrumbs) to a Network Operations Center (NOC), which in turn provides data (authorization data) to the vehicles to facilitate platooning. The NOC suggests vehicles for platooning based on, for example, travel forecasts and analysis of relevant roadways to identify platoonable roadway segments. The NOC also can provide traffic, roadway, weather, or system updates, as well as various instructions. In some aspects, a mesh network ensures improved communication among vehicles and with the NOC. In some aspects, a vehicle onboard system may provide the authorization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Smartt, Charles A. Price, Joshua P. Switkes
  • Patent number: 10053123
    Abstract: A valid cars determining unit determines the number of valid cars of each train such that a passenger transport volume per unit time of a plurality of trains is not less than a necessary transport volume and the total number of valid cars is minimized when the plurality of trains run with a predetermined number of operational cars per unit time. A control information generating unit generates control information for performing control which causes trains having valid cars corresponding to the number of valid cars determined by the valid cars determining unit to operate at a predetermined interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuaki Morita, Hiroyuki Kono, Masaya Mitake, Atsuyoshi Saimen, Yasuyuki Suzuki