Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 9637147
    Abstract: A data communication system is configured to obtain operational data associated with a control system of a vehicle consist. The operational data is obtained at a first vehicle of the consist. The operational data is communicated from the first vehicle to one or more second vehicles in the consist. Responsive to a loss of the operational data at the first vehicle, at least the operational data that was lost at the first vehicle can be communicated from one or more of the second vehicles to the first vehicle. Onboard the first vehicle, an operational capability of the consist to perform a movement event can be determined using the operational data that was lost at the first vehicle and that was communicated from the at least one of the one or more second vehicles to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: General Electronic Company
    Inventors: Samuel William Golden, Jared Klineman Cooper, David Allen Eldredge
  • Patent number: 9639344
    Abstract: A vehicle may receive a software update to be installed to a vehicle electronic control unit (ECU); perform compatibility testing for vehicle ECUs according to tokens from the vehicle ECUs indicating respective software version levels of the vehicle ECUs to determine a compatibility result; and switch the software update into active use on the vehicle when the compatibility result indicates an allowable configuration of software version levels. A vehicle ECU may receive tokens from other of the vehicle ECUs indicating respective software version levels of the other vehicle ECUs; determine whether the ECU is the most up-to-date ECU based on the tokens; and if so, determine a compatibility result indicative of compatibility of the version levels, or otherwise, receive the compatibility result from the ECU that is the most up-to-date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Rockwell, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 9641329
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system for communicating with an external tool for storing a tool secret key includes: a communication device; a tool key acquisition device; and a communication controller. The in-vehicle system and an external server for storing external tool information provide a vehicular communication system. The external tool information provides a tool public key and key identification information. The tool public key pairs with the tool secret key. When the external tool requests communication connection with the in-vehicle system, the tool key acquisition device transmits the key identification information to the external server, so that the tool key acquisition device acquires the tool public key from the external server. The communication controller performs cryptographic communication with the external tool using the tool public key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Takahashi, Yuzo Harata, Mitsuyoshi Natsume
  • Patent number: 9637227
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems of various embodiments are disclosed including an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a hybrid rotor drive system. The UAV may include a frame, a primary rotor, a plurality of auxiliary rotors, a battery, and a processor coupled to the battery and the auxiliary rotors. The primary rotor may be configured to generate thrust with a downwash of air. The plurality of auxiliary rotors may each be at least partially disposed in the downwash of air generated by the primary rotor. The plurality of auxiliary rotors may be configured to be able to harvest energy from the downwash of air. The battery may be configured to store at least some of the energy harvested from the downwash of air by the plurality of auxiliary rotors. The processor may be configured with processor-executable instructions to utilize the plurality of auxiliary rotors to provide flight control for the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: William Henry Von Novak, Linda Stacey Irish
  • Patent number: 9639996
    Abstract: A motor vehicle diagnostics apparatus (110, 152) having a diagnostics unit connectable in-line in a motor vehicle control system between first and second components (171, 172), the apparatus (110, 152) being operable to detect by means of the diagnostics unit (110) one or more electrical signals generated by the first component (171) for application to the second component (172) and to provide an output in response to the detected signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Jason Treharne
  • Patent number: 9632656
    Abstract: Methods and system pertaining to displaying vehicle data parameters (VDP) are described. A vehicle service tool (VST) with a display can receive vehicle data messages or signals from a vehicle to receive the VDP. Some of the VDP can be associated with a PID. The VST can display VDP thresholds and indicators when a received VDP has breached a VDP threshold. The VST can determine being changed from a landscape orientation to a portrait orientation or vice versa and responsively change the presentation of VDP graphs displayed by the display. The display can receive various inputs such as a drag-and-drop or pinch-and-expand input to alternatively change the presentation of the VDP graphs being displayed. Changing a VDP presentation of graphs can include resizing or repositioning one or more VDP graph windows including a VDP graph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua Covington, April Reynald
  • Patent number: 9630494
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to automatically engage all wheel drive (AWD) when a vehicle reaches areas along a route that were previously flagged as slippery, in a memory in communication with the processor. The flagging may have occurred, for example, based on existence of unpaved roads or precipitation at those areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Samuel Melville Glauber
  • Patent number: 9632506
    Abstract: Materials handling vehicles are integrated with enterprise computing systems by providing a transceiver on a vehicle, where the transceiver is configured for wireless data communication across a wireless computing environment. More particularly, integration is implemented by configuring a processor on the materials handling vehicle to: communicate with the transceiver for wireless communication to a corresponding server computer, to communicate with at least one electronics component of the materials handling vehicle across a vehicle network bus and to receive logon information to identify an operator logging onto the materials handling vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy A. Wellman, Dean E. Winner
  • Patent number: 9623879
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a control system, a selector, and a display. The selector is operable in one of a first selection mode and a second selection mode for selecting respective ones of a first driving mode and a second driving mode for the vehicle. The control system is configured to detect an improper vehicular condition for the second driving mode. When the vehicle is in the first driving mode and the selector is transitioned from the first selection mode to the second selection mode during the occurrence of the improper vehicular condition for the second driving mode, the control system is configured to facilitate display of a warning message on the warning display indicating the improper vehicular condition for the second driving mode and inhibit the vehicle from transitioning from the first driving mode to the second driving mode. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nathaniel C. Ellis, Nicholas A. Scheufler, Andrew M. Bucci
  • Patent number: 9626765
    Abstract: A position detection device obtains image coordinate groups representing a coordinate of a target object in each acquired image having first and second acquired image groups. The first acquired image group has acquired images obtained at an image acquiring timing in a reference period. The second acquired image group has acquired images obtained at an image acquiring timing in the reference period, which is delayed from the image acquiring timing of the first acquired image group by an asynchronous time. The device performs a Fourier transformation of each of a first locus and a second locus, and calculates a first frequency waveform based on the first locus and a second frequency waveform based on the second locus. The device calculates a position of the target object based on a relationship in which the frequency waveforms are delayed relative to each other by a phase corresponding to the asynchronous time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, NIPPON SOKEN, INC., NAGOYA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Ishimaru, Masayuki Imanishi, Jun Sato
  • Patent number: 9626810
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for providing a telematics service, and in particular, methods for providing a telematics service to a replaced terminal after a telematics terminal installed in a vehicle is replaced. A method for operating a telematics terminal installed in a vehicle includes determining whether the telematics terminal is a replaced terminal when the vehicle is turned on, transmitting an enrollment request signal to a telematics center when the telematics terminal is the replaced terminal, processing service enrollment according to an enrollment message transmitted in response to the enrollment request signal, transmitting terminal information of the telematics terminal to the telematics center upon completing the service enrollment, and receiving a telematics service determined based on the terminal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Yoon Ko
  • Patent number: 9619638
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and system for enacting various driving profiles based on identifying the age and gender of the user. Initially, identifying information is acquired from a user of a vehicle. An identification program determines whether the driver is known, by comparing the identifying information to a set of stored identifying information. If the driver of the vehicle is known, as the identifying information from the user is similar to stored identifying information, then a specific driver profile associated with the specific driver is activated. If the driver is not known, as the identifying information from the user of the vehicle is not similar to the stored identifying information, then the age and gender of the user of the vehicle is determined. Based on the determined age and gender of the driver of the vehicle, various vehicle setting ranges are enacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eli M. Dow, Thomas D. Fitzsimmons, Tynan J. Garrett, Emily M. Metruck, Charles J. Stocker, IV
  • Patent number: 9619767
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a uniquely accountable mechanism to provide emergency responders with accurate and verifiable data regarding the location and operational readiness of emergency equipment immediately upon notification of an emergency. The invention tracks, records, and establishes workflows to maintain emergency medical equipment, such as automated external defibrillators (AEDs), by non-technical, non-healthcare providers for use by emergency responders in pre-hospital, pre-EMS medical emergencies. The unique and verifiable data obtained from this process is used as part of an emergency notification system that provides emergency responders, such as sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) responders, in an organizational setting, with immediate and accurate information identifying the nearest operationally ready medical device at the time of the emergency, which information has heretofore never been available to emergency responders such as SCA responders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY UNIVERSITY, INC.
    Inventor: Odelia Braun
  • Patent number: 9610853
    Abstract: A vehicle may require an electric recharge. A request may be sent to obtain identification of charge locations along a route. Along with the request, data may be sent identifying vehicle location, route, and desired safety rating. A response may be obtained from a remote server, and the results may be displayed, which include the safety rating of the charge station. The desired safety rating may be adjusted based on the battery's state of charge (SOC). The desired safety rating, for example, may be decreased as the battery state of charge decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Jimmy Kapadia
  • Patent number: 9611595
    Abstract: A paving system includes a plant, a plurality of supply machines, and a paving machine. A first controller determines the position of the plurality of supply machines. A second controller determines a rate at which the paving material is being applied to a work surface. A temperature sensor is associated with one of the plurality of supply machines and the paving machine to determine a temperature of paving material delivered to the paving machine by one of the supply machines. The plant is configured to produce a batch of paving material and a third controller determines a batch temperature, receives signals indicative of the position of each supply machine, receives signals indicative of the temperature of paving material delivered to the paving machine, and generates command signals to adjust the batch temperature based upon the position of each supply machine and the temperature of paving material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Marsolek, Rick L. Mings
  • Patent number: 9604636
    Abstract: A turning-characteristic estimating unit of an ECU estimates a stability factor and a steering-response time constant coefficient that are parameter values related to turning characteristics of a vehicle. A standard yaw rate of the vehicle is calculated using the estimation values of the stability factor and the steering-response time constant coefficient estimated by the turning-characteristic estimating unit. A validity determining unit of the ECU determines the validity of the estimation values based on the standard yaw rate and an actual yaw rate of the vehicle. This allows improving the estimation accuracy of the stability factor and the steering-response time constant coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Yokota
  • Patent number: 9606534
    Abstract: A flight management system architecture with two separate modules is proposed. In the core module, generic functionalities relative to the flight management of the aircraft are implemented. In the supplementary module, supplementary functions are implemented. The supplementary functionalities include functionalities specific to an entity to which the aircraft belongs such as the specific aircraft model, a family of airdraft, a company, an alliance, and so on. The flight management system also includes a message exchange interface in which enables the core and supplementary modules to exchanges messages with each other. The core and supplementary modules includes corresponding core module and supplementary module interfacing functionalities that respectively interface with generic and specific man-machine interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Mere, Pierre Neri, Julien Bernat, Marc Vie
  • Patent number: 9598016
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a mirror reflective element and a video display device operable to display video information that is viewable by a driver of the vehicle through said mirror reflective element and at a display region of said mirror reflective element. The video display device may be operable to display a directional heading at a compass display portion of the display region, and means may be provided to adjust the directional heading display to limit image sticking of the displayed directional heading. The mirror assembly may have a touch zone having at least one touch pad established at a perimeter border band of the reflective element, and may have another touch sensor to detect a touch of a user away from the touch zone to determine when a detected touch at the touch zone is an unintentional touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rodney L. Blank, John T. Uken, Mark L. Larson, Darryl P. De Wind, Mark E. Kramer, Timothy G. Perkins
  • Patent number: 9603046
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and devices for transporting data from a station (hereinafter source station) to another station (hereinafter target station) by using a transporter. According to the present invention, route information of the transporter is provided to the source station, and the source station determines whether to use the transporter for transporting the data from the source station to the target station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: LG Electronics Inc., Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Yonsei University
    Inventors: Hanbyul Seo, Dongku Kim, Jihong Park, Byounghoon Kim, Kaibin Huang
  • Patent number: 9601005
    Abstract: Disclosed is a remote monitoring terminal device 200 including: connection terminals (T, . . . ); a data abridging control section for computing minimum, maximum, and average values of data collected over a period from a startup to a latest data acquisition, and an occurrence count and durations of a predetermined event, all on the basis of data on an operation state acquired via connection terminals (T, . . . ) and stored in a data storage section; and a communications section, wherein the data abridging control section transmits the minimum, maximum, and average values and the occurrence count and durations of the predetermined event, all stored in the data storage section, to a remote monitoring device via the communications section in response to a manual turn-off of a startup switch SW of a mobile work vehicle or vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junya Kusuno, Manabu Satake, Keisuke Uezumiya, Hirofumi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9599088
    Abstract: In a system, an engine restating module is capable of executing an engine restart task to crank an automatically stopped engine if an engine restart condition is met. The engine restart task includes energization of a mechanism to thereby shift a pinion to be engaged with a ring gear, and energization of a motor to rotate the pinion. A deenergizing module is capable of deenergizing the motor if an interrupting request that interrupts restart of the automatically stopped engine is generated during execution of the engine restart task. A maintaining module is capable of maintaining energization of the mechanism to engage the pinion with the ring gear even if the interrupting request that interrupts restart of the automatically stopped engine is generated during execution of the engine restart task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Aoyagi
  • Patent number: 9601927
    Abstract: A first output voltage of a constant-voltage power supply is applied as a reference voltage of a multi-channel A-to-D converter and a monitor signal obtained by smoothing the first output voltage by a first power-supply filter is inputted as an input signal voltage. A micro-processor periodically writes digital conversion data of the monitor signal into shift registers to calculate a maximum deviation using a maximum value and a minimum value of the latest predetermined number of data, and determines a power-supply abnormality when the maximum deviation exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Michihiro Takata
  • Patent number: 9602164
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making a pre-payment from a vehicle. In some embodiments, a user is provided with a mobile wallet; information populating at least one payment instrument to the mobile wallet is received; information that the mobile wallet is usable with respect to the vehicle is received; information that the mobile wallet has been presented by the vehicle to a payment location is received; an authorized pre-payment corresponding to items or an amount associated with the payment location is received; a token is received from the user at the payment location; and the pre-payment is settled using the payment instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Leopoldo Luera, III, Charles Bear
  • Patent number: 9601017
    Abstract: A reckless-vehicle determination section of a vehicle determines whether a reckless driving operation takes place in each of different vehicles based on determination information from each of the different vehicles. A target different vehicle in which a reckless driving operation is determined to take place is displayed on a display in a display mode that is different from that for any different vehicle in which a reckless driving operation is not determined to take place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahisa Yamashiro, Seigou Kumabe
  • Patent number: 9596357
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking usage of applications in handheld devices is disclosed. The method includes scanning for pre-connected devices present in a vehicle at the moment when the vehicle is in an ignition mode. Further, the method includes establishing connectivity with the pre-connected devices. Furthermore, the method includes recording usage data of the vehicle and usage data of the handheld device with a start time and end time. Moreover, the method includes uploading the recorded usage data in a cloud. The method also includes permitting one or more users to view the recorded usage data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Netzer Ruperto
  • Patent number: 9592800
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a towing vehicle controller and methods for brake control of a towed vehicle are provided. A towing vehicle controller includes an input for receiving a load signal indicative of a load of a towed and towing vehicle combination; an input for receiving a stability signal indicative of at least one of a yaw rate, a steering angle, and a lateral acceleration of the towing vehicle; and an input for receiving a deceleration signal indicative of an automated deceleration request. Control logic is capable of determining a comparison value prior to receiving the deceleration signal and after receiving the load signal and the stability signal, wherein the determination of the comparison value is based on the load signal and the stability signal. After the deceleration signal is received, the control logic determines a brake control transmission signal based on the deceleration signal and the comparison value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Eric A Matoy, Michael D Tober
  • Patent number: 9594371
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting execution of driving maneuvers based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. Some or all of the system may be installed in a vehicle and/or be otherwise coupled with a vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on pre-determined driving maneuver profiles. The system may include one or more sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. In some implementations, the system may detect execution of the driving maneuvers by the vehicle based on a comparison of the information conveyed by the output signals from the sensors to criteria included in the pre-determined driving maneuver profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Slaven Sljivar
  • Patent number: 9592822
    Abstract: A hybrid system includes a transmission control module, a power source, a transmission, and a drive train. The transmission control module partially operates the hybrid system and receives operating information from various components of the system, calculates power losses in the drive train, and calculates the driving torque needed to reach a target power profile determined from a driver's input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. West, Jeffrey K. Runde, John P. Kresse
  • Patent number: 9594725
    Abstract: A safety score using video data but without video comprises an input interface and a processor. The input interface is configured to receive sensor data. The processor is configured to provide the sensor data to a safety score determiner, and determine a safety score using the safety score determiner without using inward facing video data, wherein the safety score determiner has been trained using a data set that includes sensor data with inward facing video data. The system for determining a safety score additionally comprises a memory coupled to the processor and configured to provide the processor with instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryon Cook, Niki Kypri
  • Patent number: 9587736
    Abstract: A method for operating a multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system of a motor vehicle transmission. The multi-stable shift-by wire selector control system includes a multi-stable selector which is operable by the driver of the vehicle to select a respective one of the operating modes of the transmission, an arrangement of illuminated labels indicating the selector mode and an indexing mechanism for maintaining the immobilization of the selector in its different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Rob Jerger, Pete Stares, Darren Vincent, Hardev Mandair
  • Patent number: 9588225
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for measuring position of other apparatus and a method for the same. The apparatus may comprise at least one light emitting part transmitting a photo signal, at least one light receiving part receiving a photo signal transmitted from other apparatus, and a signal processing part controlling the at least one light emitting part to transmit the photo signal including identification information of itself, acquiring identification information of the other apparatus based on the photo signal received from the other apparatus, and acquiring a positional information of the other apparatus based on the acquired identification information of the other apparatus. Thus, the apparatus located in an arbitrary space may accurately acquire relative positional information of counterpart apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Seo Hyun Jeon, Min Su Jang, Dae Ha Lee, Chang Eun Lee, Hyun Ja Im, Young Jo Cho, Jae Hong Kim, Jong Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 9576490
    Abstract: A navigation system for a transportation device, such as a vehicle, includes a controller and is at least partially operated by a driver. An off-board control module is operatively connected to a remote server and configured to communicate with the controller. The off-board control module is not physically connected to the controller. The controller has a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions for executing a method of determining a personalized route for travelling from a start location to an end location. The controller is programmed to divide each of the plurality of routes into a respective plurality of nodes, such that adjacent ones of the plurality of nodes define a respective path (i). The personalized route is selected based at least partially on a weighted consumption score reflecting various preferences of the driver, such as fuel consumption, speed, distance travelled and other preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Peggy Wang, Eric Chen, Wenjing Yang, Ron M. Hecht
  • Patent number: 9573675
    Abstract: A method and a system for engaging hovering flight for a rotary wing aircraft. A first mode of operation makes it possible, while the longitudinal speed UX of the aircraft is greater than a first threshold speed Vthresh1 to approach a stop position S while maintaining track relative to the ground, the flight setpoints of an autopilot being a ground course angle TKsol, a deceleration rate Ga for the forward speed Va of the aircraft, a flight path angle P, and a heading ?. A second mode of operation makes it possible, when the longitudinal speed UX is less than a second threshold speed Vthresh2, to engage hovering flight at the stop position S while maintaining heading, the flight setpoints being the longitudinal speed UX, a lateral speed VY, a vertical speed WZ, and the heading ?, the speeds UX, VY, and WZ being reduced progressively to zero speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Marc Salesse-Lavergne
  • Patent number: 9566963
    Abstract: A system and a method of operating an antilock braking system in a vehicle. The system and method include an electronic control unit that monitors an angle sensor to determine whether the vehicle is moving straight. The electronic control unit also monitors a plurality of images produced from a vehicle camera orientated towards a road surface. The electronic control unit determines a type of road surface and whether the road surface is slippery based on these images. The electronic control unit operates the antilock braking system in a plurality of modes depending on information received about the road surface and the angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dino Harrer
  • Patent number: 9562488
    Abstract: A method for calibrating an electronic fuel injector may include: setting a supply voltage to a control module; applying a control voltage signal having a pulse width to an electronic fuel injector by the control module; determining whether a fuel pressure of a fuel supply to the electronic fuel injector decreases by a predetermined amount; and in response to determining that the fuel pressure of the fuel supply to the electronic fuel injector decreases by the predetermined amount, recording the pulse width and the supply voltage to the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: BG Soflex LLC
    Inventors: Bruce A. Bowling, Albert C. Grippo
  • Patent number: 9562869
    Abstract: In a portable electronic device, an ambient temperature is sensed by means of a temperature sensor. In addition, it is assessed if the portable electronic device is exposed to condensation. A corresponding condensation indicator is provided. The condensation indicator is determined based on a dew point and based on sensed temperature values of the past or temperature derived from the past sensed temperature values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Martin Mueller, Dominik Niederberger, Dominic Boni
  • Patent number: 9563807
    Abstract: A method for analyzing an image recorded by a camera of a vehicle. The method includes a step of reading the image of the camera. Furthermore, the method includes a step of recognizing at least one object in a subsection of the image, the subsection imaging a smaller area of the vehicle surroundings than the image. Furthermore, the method includes a step of transmitting the subsection and/or information about the subsection of the image to a driver assistance module. Finally, the method includes a step of using the subsection of the image and/or the information about the subsection of the image instead of the entire image in the driver assistance module, in order to analyze the image recorded by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Petko Faber, Gregor Schwarzenberg
  • Patent number: 9561785
    Abstract: A vehicle rear wheel lift tendency judgment device: includes a first deceleration obtaining device for obtaining a first deceleration along a first straight line, being a component in a first direction of an acceleration on a center of gravity, and a second deceleration obtaining device for obtaining a second deceleration along a second straight line, being a component in a second direction of the acceleration; judges that a rear wheel tends to be lifted, when the first deceleration is greater in the first direction than a first threshold, or when the second deceleration is greater in the second direction than a second threshold; and performs at least one of setting for shifting the first threshold in a direction opposite to the first direction and setting for shifting the second threshold in a direction opposite to the second direction, when a second-deceleration change rate being a change amount in the second deceleration per unit time becomes greater in the second direction than a change-rate threshold, en
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chikashi Iizuka, Makoto Toda, Hiroki Kitagawa, Tetsuya Hasegawa, Nobuyuki Kodaira, Tomoharu Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 9561801
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is configured to decrease a value of the index upon reduction in an absolute value of acceleration detected continuously during propulsion of the vehicle to fall below a predetermined value toward zero, as compared to that of a case in which the absolute value of the instant acceleration is larger than the predetermined value (steps S1 to 5). The acceleration includes at least any of an instant forward acceleration established by operating an accelerator, an instant longitudinal acceleration established by operating the accelerator or a brake, and an instant synthesized acceleration of the instant longitudinal acceleration and an instant lateral acceleration established by operating a steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keisuke Takeuchi, Masaki Suzuki, Toshio Tanahashi
  • Patent number: 9554509
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine comprises an exchangeable crop processing element, which is installed in the interior of the harvesting machine and which is available in different variants, an electronic control unit, which is connected with a data bank in which data concerning the crop processing element are stored, and a reading device, which is set up to interact with an identification element placed on the crop processing element and to transmit an output signal to the control device that clearly identifies the crop processing element during or after an incorporation of a crop processing element into the harvesting machine; with the aid of the signal, the control unit updates the data bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Lutz Bischoff
  • Patent number: 9558144
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatuses and methods having a node to couple to a serial bus, and a controller to provide a control signal to one of a first circuit path and a second circuit path in order to change electrical termination of a signal at the node between a first electrical termination through the first circuit path during a first mode of the controller and a second electrical termination through the second circuit path during a second mode of the controller. The controller can be arranged to provide the control signal to the first and second circuit paths during the first and second modes without providing another control signal from the controller to the first and second circuit paths during the first and second modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Chee Lim Nge, Tod Schiff, Vijayakumar Dibbad, Alan Hallberg
  • Patent number: 9551590
    Abstract: A method of receiving input from a user includes providing a surface within reach of a hand of the user. A plurality of locations on the surface that are touched by the user are sensed. An alphanumeric character having a shape most similar to the plurality of touched locations on the surface is determined. The user is audibly or visually informed of the alphanumeric character and/or a word in which the alphanumeric character is included. Feedback is received from the user regarding whether the alphanumeric character and/or word is an alphanumeric character and/or word that the user intended to be determined in the determining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Baoshi Yan, Fuliang Weng, Liu Ren, You-Chi Cheng, Zhongnan Shen
  • Patent number: 9550500
    Abstract: A driver assistance system of a vehicle where the driver assistance system is able to control the vehicle at least partially automatically, a method alerts the driver to retake control of the vehicle from the driver assistance system based on the distance between the current location of the vehicle and an end of the autopilot capable route section. An end of an autopilot route section in a route planned for the vehicle is determined and distance information is determined between a current position of the vehicle and the end of the autopilot route section. The distance information is compared to a first and a second threshold value, and a first or a second indication is output as a function thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Linn Hackenberg, Lennart Bendewald, Ina Petermann-Stock
  • Patent number: 9545915
    Abstract: A method includes utilizing navigation data from a navigation system to segment a route to be travelled by a travelling vehicle into segments each having a road grade different than neighboring segments. The method further includes discharging a battery of the vehicle as the vehicle travels along an initial segment of the route according to a state-of-charge (SoC) set-point based on the road grade of the initial segment and a variable representative of the road grades of at least two other segments of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Anthony Mark Phillips, Georgia-Evangelia Katsargyri, Ming Lang Kuang, Ilya Vladimir Kolmanovsky, John Ottavio Michelini, Munther Abdullah Dahleh, Michael David Rinehart
  • Patent number: 9546876
    Abstract: A vehicle system for detecting low clearance locations may include a controller configured to access a geographical information database configured to maintain a plurality of predefined points of interest defined by a clearance height. The controller may communicate with a first sensor to detect a low clearance structure and determine, via a second sensor, a location of the low clearance structure. The controller may update the geographical information database with the location of the low clearance structure to generate a point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Kleve, Anthony G. King, Brian Wolski
  • Patent number: 9540009
    Abstract: A transmission system for vehicle includes a clutch disposed in a power transmission path between an engine and a vehicle wheel, a transmission disposed in the power transmission path, a clutch actuator, a shift actuator, a vehicle wheel speed sensor, a sudden deceleration detecting unit that detects a sudden deceleration of the vehicle wheel based on an output signal of the vehicle wheel speed sensor, and a shift control unit. The shift control unit executes an ordinary shift control to shift to a speed adaptive shift stage associated with the rotational speed and to execute, when the sudden deceleration detecting unit detects the sudden deceleration of the vehicle wheel, a sudden deceleration adaptive shift control to shift to a shift stage lower than an actual shift stage at the point of detection of the sudden deceleration and higher than the speed adaptive shift stage associated with the rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Fujita
  • Patent number: 9542648
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for providing context-based web services for a user. During operation, the system receives a sentence as input from a user. The system performs natural language processing on the sentence to determine one or more parameters. The system retrieves data from a foreground knowledge graph containing contextual data for the user and from a background knowledge graph containing background information corresponding to the parameters. The system determines a set of arguments based on the parameters and/or data from the foreground knowledge graph and/or data from the background knowledge graph. The system then selects an action module based on results of the natural language processing and/or the set of arguments. The system passes the arguments to the action module. The action module then uses the arguments to respond to a question or interact with web services to perform an action for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Michael Roberts
  • Patent number: 9535414
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for distributing and exchanging elements for planning and/or operating automation operating equipment, which include at least one interface device, at least one processing device and at least one data store, wherein the interface device effects an integrated connection to at least one engineering tool and/or an integrated link to at least one engineering tool such that functionalities of the at least one interface device and of the at least one processing device can be retrieved from the respective engineering tool and carried out. The respective processing device, the respective interface device, and the respective engineering tool, elements created and/or marked by a first engineering tool can be transferred to the respective processing device and processed and/or can be made available on the at least one data store to be retrieved and/or to be transferred to and/or implemented in at least one second engineering tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Kay Wilke, Georg Gutermuth, Volker Jung, Rainer Drath
  • Patent number: 9538077
    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: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ambarella, Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Huang, Shimon Pertsel
  • Patent number: 9533662
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes: a storage apparatus (14) configured to store an operation result of a first assistance apparatus (50) performing first driving assistance on a first movable body (20A); a determination unit (135) configured to determine whether or not an operation result of a second assistance apparatus (40) performing second driving assistance on a second movable body (30) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) stored in the storage apparatus (14); an information providing unit (134, 133) configured to provide assistance information based on an operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50) when the determination unit (135) determines that the operation result of the second assistance apparatus (40) is related to the operation result of the first assistance apparatus (50); and an assistance unit (323) configured to perform driving assistance on the second movable body (30) based on the assistance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JODPSHA BAUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno