Marine Vehicle Patents (Class 701/21)
  • Patent number: 9835458
    Abstract: A ship assignment device acquires voyage schedule information including an operation time schedule and a sailing route of a voyage. The ship assignment device acquires, from a database, weather information related to the operation time schedule and the sailing route included in the schedule information. The ship assignment device acquires information regarding variations in fuel consumption rate from a database that stores the information for each of plural ships. On the basis of the acquired weather information and acquired information regarding each ship, the ship assignment device calculates the fuel consumption for when each ship sails on the sailing route included in the acquired voyage schedule information in accordance with the operation time schedule included in the voyage schedule information. On the basis of the calculation result, the ship assignment device outputs information identifying plural ships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: NIPPON YUSEN KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Otsuka, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Masaharu Urabe, Ryo Kakuta
  • Patent number: 9827465
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a communication interface for receiving reference activity data items, current activity data, and current environmental data; at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code; wherein the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to maintain a reference activity data item relating to a previous activity, which reference activity data item includes reference activity data associated with reference environmental data; receive current activity data and current environmental data relating to a current activity; determine the reference activity data associated with the reference environmental data corresponding to the current environmental data; compare the current activity data with the reference activity data; and provide feedback for a user of the apparatus in response to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Timo Saukkonen
  • Patent number: 9807554
    Abstract: A method of sending the value of a status variable from a sending device to a receiving device as part of a standardized binary coded radio message. The message includes fields for predetermined information to be sent with the message as well as a buffer field. The method includes causing the sending device to assemble, calculate a checksum for, digitally store and periodically transmit a predetermined type of message in the form of a radio signal readable by a receiving device. The status variable is not related to the predetermined information. Before the checksum is calculated, the sending device inserts the value of the status variable in binary coded format into the message in a buffer field. According to a governing messaging standard, the buffer field is not intended to transmit information. The receiving device interprets the binary value as the value of the status variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: TRUE HEADING AB
    Inventors: Nils Willart, Anders Bergström
  • Patent number: 9767699
    Abstract: An apparatus and method can provide a warning of a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle in the vicinity of an airport. The apparatus can include at least one antenna directionally disposed at an along the approach or departure path and a detector configured to provide a warning of a presence of sense an unmanned aerial or drone. The warning can be provided in response to a radio frequency signal received by the at least one of the antenna being in a frequency band associated with a transmission frequency for the unmanned aerial vehicle or drone or in a frequency band associated with interaction from receive circuitry of the unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Borghese, Arlen E. Breiholz
  • Patent number: 9676464
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide stabilized directional control for a vehicle. A directional control system for an embodiment may include a logic device adapted to receive directional data about a vehicle and determine nominal vehicle feedback from the directional data. The nominal vehicle feedback may be used to adjust a directional control signal provided to an actuator of a vehicle. The directional control signal may be limited to a value below an actuator rate limit before a directional control signal is adjusted by the nominal vehicle feedback. A directional control system may include a logic device, a memory, one or more sensors, one or more actuators/controllers, and modules to interface with users, sensors, actuators, and/or other modules of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Johnson, Chris Yeomans
  • Patent number: 9616971
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a control device for a trim tab of a boat includes a plurality of stabilizers, one of each provided on each side of the boat, and a joystick. The stabilizers include blades and a control actuator for each blade, which determines the regulation of the angle of each blade in respect of a plane identifying the transom of the boat. The joystick is connected to a control circuit, which generates a command signal based on a movement of the joystick and coordinates the position of each of the stabilizers, thereby causing the bow of the boat to move in the same direction as the joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ULTRAFLEX S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Gai
  • Patent number: 9598163
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for steering a marine vessel includes a first marine drive having a first engine control module and a second marine drive having a second engine control module, where the first and second marine drives are connected by a mechanical link. A first steer-by-wire steering actuator is configured to rotate the first and second marine drives to steer the marine vessel, and a first actuator control module controls the first steer-by-wire steering actuator. The system operates such that the first actuator control module activates the first steer-by-wire steering actuator if either the first marine drive or the second marine drive is running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Gable, Brad E. Taylor, Steven J. Andrasko
  • Patent number: 9594374
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon computer-executable instructions which, when executed by a computer, may cause the computer to receive an autopilot option selection for piloting a marine vessel. The computer may determine a first message corresponding to the autopilot option selection for a first autopilot. The computer may determine a second message corresponding to the autopilot option selection for a second autopilot. The computer may transmit the first message to the first autopilot. The computer may also transmit the second message to the second autopilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Robert Langford-Wood
  • Patent number: 9587951
    Abstract: Disclosed are map matching methods and system for tracking and determining an improved position of a reference asset. The method comprising: receiving at least one global navigation satellite system (GNSS) current position probe from the reference asset; requesting and receiving information from a geographical information system (GIS) unit on a plurality of probable road network segments on which the at least one GNSS current position probe is capable of being snapped; computing a weighted cost function for each of the probable road network segments; and snapping and information fusing the current position of the reference asset with a selected road network segment having the minimum weighted cost function out of the probable road network segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: QATAR UNIVERSITY QSTP-B
    Inventors: Elyes Ben Hamida, Fethi Filali
  • Patent number: 9519008
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a support that is coupled to a coupled subject and includes a support portion, a substrate supported by the support portion, a current sensor including a signal terminal, wherein the current sensor is connected to the substrate in a manner allowing for a signal to be sent to the substrate through the signal terminal, and a fastener fastening the current sensor to the support portion and the substrate. The current sensor is suspended from the substrate. The support portion is arranged between the substrate and the current sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Naoki Higashikawa, Kazuyoshi Kontani
  • Patent number: 9511283
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a communication interface for receiving reference activity data items, current activity data, and current environmental data; at least one processor; and at least one memory including computer program code; wherein the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the apparatus to maintain a reference activity data item relating to a previous activity, which reference activity data item includes reference activity data associated with reference environmental data; receive current activity data and current environmental data relating to a current activity; determine the reference activity data associated with the reference environmental data corresponding to the current environmental data; compare the current activity data with the reference activity data; and provide feedback for a user of the apparatus in response to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Timo Saukkonen
  • Patent number: 9506767
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle includes providing route segments of a route ahead of the vehicle that is most likely to be traveled as well as route parameters associated with the route segments, dividing the route ahead of the vehicle that is most likely to be traveled into sub-segments, optimizing the setpoint speeds at the segment boundaries of the sub-segments with respect to a specified target function, interpolating the setpoint speeds obtained at the positions of the segment boundaries to obtain a characteristic curve of the setpoint speed, and operating the motor vehicle based on a specification of the characteristic curve of the setpoint speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marc Naumann, Jens Ritzert, Tobias Radke, Guenther Emanuel
  • Patent number: 9477253
    Abstract: A steering system for a marine vessel comprises a helm, a control head, and a joystick. The helm and control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a first CAN network. The joystick and the control head may respectively provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on a second CAN network. The helm may provide user inputted steering commands on the first CAN network. The control head may provide user inputted shift and throttle commands on the second CAN network. The joystick may provide user inputted steering commands and user inputted shift and throttle commands on either the first CAN network or the second CAN network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Clarke, Pierre Garon, Ray Wong, Anson Chan, Kristofer Sven Smeds, David Higgs, Richard Redfern
  • Patent number: 9469382
    Abstract: A recovery underwater base for handling an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with seismic sensors for recording seismic signals during a marine seismic survey. The recovery underwater base includes a storing part configured to store the AUV; an inlet part configured to control access to the storing part; a control part configured to control the inlet part; and a support part configured to support the control part, the storing part and the inlet part and to prevent a burial of the recovery underwater base if deployed on the ocean bottom. The control part is further configured to guide the AUV from the ocean bottom to the inlet part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventors: Antoine Lelaurin, Thierry Brizard
  • Patent number: 9453912
    Abstract: A ship perimeter information display device is provided. The device includes a sensor information input unit connected with a sensor equipped in a first ship and for receiving an input of a detection result of the sensor, an AIS information input unit for receiving an input of VDO information that is a VHF data link own-ship message contained in AIS information transmitted from the first ship to a second ship, a display unit for displaying a situational image illustrating a situation around the first ship, and a control unit for displaying, on the display unit, information indicating a difference between first state information of the first ship obtained based on the detection result of the sensor and second state information of the first ship obtained based on the VDO information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kaida, Motoji Kondo, Katsuyuki Yanagi, Masahiro Nakahama
  • Patent number: 9446832
    Abstract: A ski boat throttle control system incorporating a rotary assembly such as a thumbwheel within the control lever knob which is part of the control lever assembly that is gripped and held by the operator of the boat during use. The incorporation of such a thumbwheel assembly allows the operator to make more controlled adjustment to the speed of the boat when the boat is in normal operational mode and to intuitively make adjustments to the cruise control speed of the boat when in cruise control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Enovation Controls, LLC
    Inventor: Kennon Guglielmo
  • Patent number: 9422034
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for a self-directed (i.e., autonomous), steerable gravity-embedded anchor. This anchor free-falls through the water column, accelerates due to gravity and uses its kinetic energy to embed itself into the seafloor so as to function as an anchor for mooring of both floating vessels and other underwater structures. Unlike existing gravity-embedded plate anchors, this device can steer itself to its intended target location on the seafloor, enhancing placement accuracy and allowing release directly from an installation vessel on the water surface, thereby greatly simplifying installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Intermoor Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Bauer, Kenneth A. Ullrich, Michael J. Covello
  • Patent number: 9357760
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments provide a chemical dispersion system comprising a number of chemical dispersion nodes, a chemical dispersion manager, and a processor unit. The processor unit executes the chemical dispersion manager to identify a pest problem and generate a chemical dispersion plan for execution by the number of chemical dispersion nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Noel Wayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 9357759
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments provide a chemical dispersion system comprising a number of chemical dispersion nodes, a chemical dispersion manager, and a processor unit. The processor unit executes the chemical dispersion manager to identify a pest problem and generate a chemical dispersion plan for execution by the number of chemical dispersion nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Noel Wayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 9340270
    Abstract: There is provided an automatic steering device with which a heading can be stably controlled even under powerful disturbance. The control computer 8 outputs an ordered rudder angle calculated based on the drift angle and the turning angular velocity. The angular velocity inversion timing acquisition component 21 acquires a timing at which the turning angular velocity changes from a direction in which a divergence of the drift angle from zero increases to a direction in which the divergence decreases. The steering stop command component 22 orders a steering stop based on the above-mentioned timing. The steering gear controller 10 controls a steering gear such that it changes a rudder angle of the steering gear based on the ordered rudder angle, and such that it does not change the rudder angle while a command of the steering stop has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: FURUNO ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hideki Ueno
  • Patent number: 9330148
    Abstract: During application of data quality rules to a data set obtained from a data source, data is retrieved from the data source along with a common set of rules configured to format the retrieved data in a manner in accordance with one or more predefined data quality rules of the common set of rules. At least one predefined data quality rule is adjusted utilizing at least one editable widget to form a modified set of data quality rules adapted for use with a specified application. The modified set of data quality rules is applied to the retrieved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mohan N. Dani, Anuj Gupta, Mukesh K. Mohania, Girish Venkatachaliah
  • Patent number: 9274224
    Abstract: A GPS speedometer comprising: a housing; a circuit board located in the housing; a microprocessor located on the circuit board; a GPS module located on the circuit and in signal communication with the micro-processor; a GPS antenna located on the circuit board and in signal communication with GPS module; and a readable speedometer display located on the housing and in signal communication with the microprocessor, where the readable speedometer display is configured to display the current speed of the vessel or vehicle calculated by the microprocessor based on data from a global positioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Thomas G. Faria Corporation
    Inventors: Keith McCord, Kevin Terry, Frank R. Ahlbin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9262874
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for real-time creation of vessel performance models. Performance inputs are received from a set of sensors during a voyage of a vessel. The performance inputs are data associated with a performance of the vessel during the voyage. A real-time performance model is generated during the voyage using a subset of the performance inputs. A predicted value for velocity made good is identified for the vessel using the real-time performance model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Derek G. Watson
  • Patent number: 9255803
    Abstract: Embodiments of a metrology device and a computer-implemented method generate survey data without touching the subsea objects being surveyed. The metrology device can include an inertial navigation system (INS) outputting position and orientation data of the metrology device; an aiding device positioned at a known distance and orientation with respect to the INS for collecting image data of the subsea objects; and a computer having one or more computer programs that use the image data to calculate measured velocity of the metrology device at first and second subsea objects to perform virtual zero velocity updates, and uses an apparent difference in the position of the first subsea object measured prior and subsequent to measuring the second subsea object to perform virtual position update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: IPOZ SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ziwen Wayne Liu, Charles William Tink
  • Patent number: 9233740
    Abstract: A trim deflector apparatus for a marine vessel. The trim deflector apparatus comprises a first control surface movably coupled to the marine vessel, a second control surface movably coupled to the first control surface and configured to be moved relative to the first control surface by a first actuator, and a protruding foil attached to the second control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Robert A. Morvillo
  • Patent number: 9214405
    Abstract: A semiconductor module includes a control board, and a shield plate arranged opposing the control board. A metal first heat dissipating portion is provided on a surface of the control board. A metal second heat dissipating portion is provided on a first surface of the shield plate, opposing the surface of the control board. A dielectric body is arranged between the first heat dissipating portion and the second heat dissipating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadashi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 9202319
    Abstract: A diagnostic tool may include a user interface operating system comprising a computer processor that operates in a first operating environment. The diagnostic tool may also include a vehicle diagnostic operating system comprising a computer processor that operates in a second operating environment, wherein the second operating environment is different from the first operating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Manokar Chinnadurai, Reed Selkirk
  • Patent number: 9193431
    Abstract: A ship steering device capable of steering a hull in an intended direction by correcting an unintended rotation that occurs during an oblique sailing operation regardless of the type and size of the hull. A ship steering device is provided with an elevation angle sensor for detecting the elevation angle ? of a hull, a hull speed sensor for detecting the speed V of the hull, a storage means storing the relation among the elevation angle ? of the hull, the speed V of the hull, and a correction value K, and a calculation means serving as a correction value determination means, and an operation amount by which a joystick is operated such that the hull does not turn in the state in which the hull is obliquely sailed is determined by the calculation means and used as the correction value K.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohiro Hara, Akiyoshi Hayashi, Toshimitsu Hirose
  • Patent number: 9156372
    Abstract: A flexible and reconfigurable sport and ski watercraft power control system that not only distributes power but also wirelessly distributes power management to multiple nodes on the watercraft, typically via CAN network and typically to nodes in the helm, bow and stern areas, for driving and controlling ballast and trim motors as well as other powered subsystems that affect the operation, motion and attitude of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Enovation Controls, LLC
    Inventors: Kennon Guglielmo, Levi Brinson, Joseph Grogan
  • Patent number: 9132900
    Abstract: A trolling motor control system that includes a main controller configured interface with a trolling motor is provided. The main controller is configured to control the output power and directional heading of the trolling motor. In at least one embodiment, the main controller has an electronic interface configured to establish a two-way day data connection between the main controller and an electronic GPS-equipped mapping device. This two-way connection allows the main controller to use data stored on the GPS-equipped mapping device to execute functions of the trolling motor control system. It also allows functions of the trolling motor control system to be executed via controls on the GPS-equipped mapping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Outdoors Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Salmon, David C. Evers
  • Patent number: 9115801
    Abstract: A stable operation performance of a shift operation apparatus is ensured by allowing the shift lever to be stably recognized using a specific shift stage even in the case where the shift lever has stopped ambiguously between the two neighboring shift stages, and to exactly recognize by judging more exactly which one of the other shift stages, such as + stage and N stage, has been selected even in the case where sensor errors of a sensor for sensing whether the M stage or a manual mode has been selected occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, SL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Won Jin Jeong, Deok Ki Kim, Ki Nyeong Ko, Man Young Cheon, Won Hun Jung
  • Patent number: 9103287
    Abstract: Drive-by-wire control systems and methods for a marine engine utilize an input device that is manually positionable to provide operator inputs to an engine control unit (ECU) located with the marine engine. The ECU has a main processor that receives the inputs and controls speed of the marine engine based upon the inputs and a watchdog processor that receives the inputs and monitors operations of the main processor based upon the inputs. The operations of the main processor are communicated to the watchdog processor via a communication link. The main processor causes the watchdog processor to sample the inputs from the input device at the same time as the main processor via a sampling link that is separate and distinct from the communication link. The main processor periodically compares samples of the inputs that are simultaneously taken by the main processor and watchdog processor and limits the speed of the engine when the samples differ from each other by more than a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Arbuckle, Matthew W. Snyder, John R. Boatman, Michael P. Dengel
  • Publication number: 20150149004
    Abstract: The invention concerns an underwater vehicle equipped with electrochemical means of electrical power generation, characterised in that it comprises a data processing unit (2) with inputs connected to sensors (4) of a parameter selected from amongst temperature, pressure, and hydrogen concentration, water in the area of the vehicle, and the electrochemical means of the engine, and with outputs connected to means (5) of transmitting signals to transmit signals authorising (or not authorising) an operator to approach the vehicle, depending on whether the sensed value of the parameter of the electrochemical means is in a predetermined range around the value of the parameter corresponding to water in the area of the underwater vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: DCNS
    Inventors: Thierry Cipolla, Christophe Lebrun
  • Patent number: 9043058
    Abstract: Methods and systems are for facilitating shift changes in a marine propulsion device having an internal combustion engine and a shift linkage that operatively connects a shift control lever to a transmission for effecting shift changes amongst a reverse gear, a neutral gear and a forward gear. A position sensor senses position of the shift linkage. A speed sensor senses speed of the engine. A control circuit compares the speed of the engine to a stored engine speed and modifies, based upon the position of the shift linkage when the speed of the engine reaches the stored engine speed, a neutral state threshold that determines when the control circuit ceases reducing the speed of the engine to facilitate a shift change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Camp, Thomas S. Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 9043057
    Abstract: A control device controls the operating state of each of a plurality of propulsion machines arranged in parallel in a marine vessel. Control devices are connected to each other by a communication line through which operating information of the propulsion machine is mutually transmitted and received. The control device includes a unit which determines the installation position of a corresponding propulsion machine, a unit which determines the connection state of another propulsion machine connected to the communication line, and a unit which determines a propulsion machine as a control reference from among a plurality of control devices. The propulsion machine as a control reference is switched to a propulsion machine which is arbitrarily designated by an operator or a propulsion machine which has the highest priority as a control reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Iwata, Makoto Itoi
  • Publication number: 20150142227
    Abstract: Dynamic positioning systems and methods for controlling thrusters of a vessel. A dynamic positioning system includes a controller configured to predict position and heading of the vessel and efficiently control the the thrusters based on the predicted position and heading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventor: Richard Ian Stephens
  • Patent number: 9037324
    Abstract: A method for controlling a ship propulsion system including a surface propeller, in which the desired capacity is interpreted as the target rotational value, the rotational speed control deviation is calculated from the desired rotational value and the actual rotational value of the internal combustion engine and an injection quantity for the rotational control of the internal combustion engine is determined using the rotational speed control deviation on a rotational speed controller. The trim position of the surface propeller is controlled by an arrangement controller in accordance with the capacity reserve of the internal combustion engine and the actual trim position and the effective rotational speed, the trim position being determined from the rotational speed control deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MTU FRIEDRICHSHAFEN GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Faller, Oliver Haller, Adelbert Kern, Alfred Moehrle, Markus Mueller, Michael Welte
  • Patent number: 9037389
    Abstract: A vehicle apparatus, a platoon travel control system and a method for selecting a lead vehicle using the vehicle apparatus and the platoon travel control system. Specifically, charges for platoon travel of surrounding vehicles is calculated based on input charge calculation conditions and the calculated charges are output by matching the conditions with images of surrounding vehicles. Additionally, a vehicle selected by the user is designated as a lead vehicle, thereby performing a platoon travel procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byung Yong You
  • Publication number: 20150134158
    Abstract: An ice alert system includes an ice floe monitoring system, and an ice floe forecast system operatively connected to the ice floe monitoring system. The ice floe forecast system is configured to determine a hazardous ice condition. An evacuation system is operatively connected to the ice floe forecast system. The evacuation system is configured and disposed to determine, in response to the hazardous ice condition, a safe harbor location, and a navigational course from an original anchor point to the safe harbor location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Dom BERTA, Alex IYERUSALIMSKIY, Brenda K. MASKOS, Chris YETSKO, George GU, Khalid SOOFI
  • Publication number: 20150127197
    Abstract: In a marine propulsion control system for controlling a set of propulsion units carried by a hull of a vessel, cavitation typically occurs on the propulsion unit with reverse gear engaged, and in a triple propulsion unit installation the normally idle center propulsion unit can be used to increase the reverse thrust and thereby limit the RPM of propulsion units in reverse, so that the cavitation effect is limited, and simultaneously allow for higher forward thrust on the third propulsion unit, thus increasing the total thrust for the vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: CPAC SYSTEMS AB
    Inventor: Mathias Lindeborg
  • Publication number: 20150127198
    Abstract: A method of controlling a ship as well as to a ship, where the ship includes at least one data collecting unit configured to collect operational data of the ship, at least one control computer for controlling an operation aspect of the ship, at least one window facing a view used in the control, and at least one actuating unit for actuating a control aspect of the ship. The at least one window includes a touch screen on which operational data obtained from the data collecting unit is presented and via which a control command can be entered for controlling the ship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: ABB Reasearch Ltd.
    Inventors: Elina Vartiainen, Nils Johansson, Saad Azhar
  • Patent number: 9026325
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of very high current integrated power systems and defines a system where an alternating current inductive generator (13), controlled by a generator voltage regulator (14), is coupled to alternating current inductive load (11), controlled by an alternating current inductive load controller (12), all controlled by a supervisory control and data acquisition system (17) with externally adjustable power rate constraints (21) that define a new anticipatory mode integrated power system (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Roettger, Mohamed Belkhayat, Craig J. Nordby, Joseph M. Maurio, William Patalon
  • Publication number: 20150120102
    Abstract: A turning progress display apparatus is provided. The turning progress display apparatus includes an azimuth information acquiring module configured to acquire azimuth information that is at least one of information of an orientation of a movable body, information of a traveling direction of the movable body, and information that changes cooperating with a change of the orientation of the movable body, a progress calculating module configured to calculate a progress of the turn based on the azimuth information acquired by the azimuth information acquiring module and a target value of the azimuth information, and a display unit configured to display the turning progress calculated by the progress calculating module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Tenpei Hosokawa
  • Publication number: 20150112518
    Abstract: In one aspect a system for acoustic testing comprises a plurality of acoustic sensors mounted to a plurality of vehicles, a control system to control the plurality of vehicles, and a data acquisition system to receive data generated by the plurality of acoustic sensors in response to noise from a noise source proximate the plurality of vehicles. Other aspects may be described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Leon Brusniak, James R. Underbrink
  • Publication number: 20150112520
    Abstract: A method and system for detaching one or more compartments attached to a watercraft in response to a detected event, the method including detecting an event with respect to a compartment attached to the watercraft and causing, in response to detecting the event, a release of one or more attaching members that attach the compartment to the watercraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Yousef JADALLAH JADALLAH, Jadallah JADALLAH
  • Publication number: 20150112521
    Abstract: Systems and methods are for controlling shift in a marine propulsion device. A shift sensor outputs a position signal representing a current position of a shift linkage. A control circuit is programmed to identify an impending shift change when the position signal reaches a first threshold and an actual shift change when the position signal reaches a second threshold. The control circuit is programmed to enact a shift interrupt control strategy that facilitates the actual shift change when the position signal reaches the first threshold, and to actively modify the first threshold as a change in operation of the marine propulsion device occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas S. Kirchhoff, David G. Camp
  • Publication number: 20150112519
    Abstract: A computer 11 of a ship monitoring device 1 arranges one kind of transmission data between, two consecutive start control codes and two consecutive termination control codes. The computer 11 also arranges information indicating a type of the transmission data between the transmission data and the start control codes and between the termination control codes and the transmission data. In this way, the transmission data is transmitted in form of packet data. Therefore, transmission data in information communication between ships and sensed information in information, communication of fenders can be easily distinguished from each other. In addition, a type of information transmitted as the transmission data can be easily identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Kazunori Ono, Masahiko Miyamoto, Koji Nakatani, Shu Yamada, Shigeki Sakakibara, Minami Izumi, Michito Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9014909
    Abstract: A system and method are for diagnosing a fault state of a shift linkage in a marine propulsion device. A control lever is movable towards at least one of a maximum reverse position and a maximum forward position. A shift linkage couples the control lever to a transmission, wherein movement of the control lever causes movement of the shift linkage that enacts a shift change in the transmission. A shift sensor outputs a position signal representing a current position of the shift linkage. A control circuit diagnoses a fault state of the shift linkage when after the shift change the position signal that is output by the shift sensor is outside of at least one range of position signals that is stored in the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Dengel, Gene A. Smedema, Lance W. Ziemer
  • Patent number: 9014887
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a first axle, a second axle, an electric motor, an internal combustion engine, and a torque transfer device. The first axle is coupled to first and second wheels. The second axle is coupled to third and fourth wheels. The electric motor drives the first axle in a first direction and a second direction at different times. The internal combustion engine drives a transmission output shaft in one direction. The torque transfer device selectively drives the second axle in the first direction in response to rotation of the transmission output shaft in the one direction. The torque transfer device also selectively drives the second axle in the second direction in response to rotation of the transmission output shaft in the one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Trenton Munsell, Christopher K. Furman, Patrick Warden, Bradley Skaggs, John Chatfield
  • Patent number: 9014885
    Abstract: An unmanned underwater vehicle incorporates a structure having an integral scintillating material for a radiation detector and detection electronics connected to the radiation detector for measurement of the scintillation. A communication system is employed for transmission of scintillation measurement to a remote facility and a navigation control system provides for autonomous operation of the unmanned underwater vehicle or remote operation through the communications system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James G. Barnes, Thomas R. Austin