Failure Detection Initiates Subsequent Vehicle Control Patents (Class 701/29.2)
  • Patent number: 10297092
    Abstract: One example dynamic display system includes: (a) a vehicle including steering, an accelerator, brakes, sensors recording sensor data, a display, a processor, and memory; (b) a display program operatively coupled to the processor and configured to: determine a user hindrance rating based on the sensor data, and select instructions from a pool of instructions based on the hindrance rating and a user-selectable fidelity level, the pool of instructions including visual cues, and audio cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Schaffer, Kenneth James Miller, Filip Tomik
  • Patent number: 10262474
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for detecting a malfunction of at least one sensor for controlling a restraining device of a vehicle. In this context, in a first step a vehicle state signal representing a vehicle state of the vehicle is read in. In a second step a fault detection function for detecting the malfunction using the vehicle state signal is changed in order to detect the malfunction with a sensitivity level which is dependent on the vehicle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Nikolaos Gortsas
  • Patent number: 10210677
    Abstract: A method of determining a cause of a performance deficiency of a vehicle may include: Determining whether the vehicle is operating in a defined load condition; comparing an actual vehicle performance parameter with a predetermined baseline performance parameter for the defined load condition; comparing a plurality of key indicator values of the vehicle with a predetermined specification for each of the plurality of key indicator values; concluding that the performance deficiency is the result of a mechanical condition of the vehicle when at least one of the key indicator values is outside of the predetermined specification for a corresponding key indicator value and when the actual vehicle performance parameter is outside of the predetermined baseline performance parameter; and concluding that the performance deficiency is the result of an operational condition when none of the key indicator values is outside of the predetermined specification for the corresponding key indicator value and when the actual vehi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Amelia Walker, Robert Catron, D. Bradley Brown
  • Patent number: 10204461
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting faults in a sensor and reconstructing an output signal without use of the faulty sensor. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, by a processor, sensor data indicating a measured value from a first sensor; receiving, by a processor, sensor data indicating measured values from a plurality of other sensors; computing, by a processor, virtual values based on a vehicle model and the sensor data from the plurality of other sensors; computing, by a processor, a residual difference between the measured value from the first sensor and the virtual values; detecting, by a processor, whether a fault exists in the first sensor based on the residual difference; and when a fault in the sensor is detected, generating, by a processor, a control value based on the virtual values instead of the measured value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
    Inventors: Shih-Ken Chen, Nikolai K. Moshchuk, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi, Reza Zarringhalam, Amir Khajepour, William Melek
  • Patent number: 10201868
    Abstract: A motion detection system having detection circuitry, motion recognition circuitry, and communication circuitry is provided. The detection circuitry is configured to detect gestures or motions of a welding system operator. In some embodiments, the detection circuitry is configured to detect gestures or motions of a welding operator via an accessory device, where the accessory device is in wireless communication with the motion detection system. The motion recognition circuitry receives the detected gestures or motions, and translates the detected gestures or motions into a welding command. The welding command is communicated to a welding system via the communications circuitry, and is configured to adjust an operating parameter of the welding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Jason Dunahoo, Seth Michael Gregory
  • Patent number: 10183678
    Abstract: A device, a sensor arrangement, a system and a method are provided for checking the plausibility of sensor data. The plausibility of the results of processing of sensor data is checked with an independent module by an alternative verification method at each stage, and quality indicators are calculated for the reliability of the calculated data from this plausibility check, which can be taken into account during further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Coni Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Wladimir Klein, Urban Meis
  • Patent number: 10137999
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting airflow control surface skew conditions are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes an aircraft wing, a support linkage, and a flap coupled to the aircraft wing via the support linkage. The example apparatus includes a sensor coupled to the flap at a location proximate to the support linkage. The sensor is configured to generate vibration data for the location. The example apparatus includes a detector communicatively coupled to the sensor. The detector is to detect a skew condition of the flap based on the vibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harvey C. Nelson, Christopher E. Plass
  • Patent number: 10137781
    Abstract: An input device includes: an operation surface, on which an operation body performs an input; a distance acquisition unit acquiring a distance between the operation surface and the operation body; an operation region setting unit setting a first operation region, in which the distance is less than a threshold value, and a second operation region, in which the distance is equal to or greater than the threshold value; a display screen switching unit detecting a moving operation of the operation body, and switching the display screen; a prohibition state setting unit setting a prohibition state that the display screen is not switched by the moving operation in the second operation region; a signal determination unit determining whether a signal from a switching operation unit is a prohibition state cancellation signal; and a prohibition state cancellation unit cancelling the prohibition state in case of the prohibition state cancellation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeaki Nishihashi, Takeyuki Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10131363
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a motor, sensors, steering, a suspension, a terrain mode switch, processor(s) configured to: implement a selected terrain mode by tuning at least one of the motor, steering, and suspension; record selected terrain modes; compute a confidence factor based on the recorded selections; determine a road condition based on the sensors; display guidance based on the confidence factor and the road condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Mark Schaffer, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10124783
    Abstract: A method for detecting the location of and isolating a leak in a braking system by simultaneously controlling a direct apply subsystem (DAS) and an isolated apply subsystem (IAS) to enable fluid communication between the IAS and the first circuit; to block fluid communication of the DAS with the first circuit; to enable fluid communication of the DAS with the second circuit; and to block fluid communication of the IAS with the second circuit. A sensed travel of an isolated apply component and a sensed fluid pressure developed by the IAS may be used to determine if the leak is present in the first circuit, while simultaneously using the sensed travel of a direct apply component of the DAS, and a sensed fluid pressure developed by the DAS, to determine if the leak is present in the second circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VEONEER NISSIN BRAKE SYSTEMS JAPAN CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Arnold H. Spieker
  • Patent number: 10111043
    Abstract: A network system analyzes data samples using embeddings based on, for example, symbolic representations of the data samples or representations in latent dimension space. The network system coordinates providers who provide geographical location-based services to users. The network system may receive data samples from the client device of a provider. For instance, a sensor of the client device captures the data samples during a transportation service along a particular route. To verify that the data samples accurately indicate the location or movement of the provider, the network system can generate a test embedding representing the data samples and compare the test embedding with a reference embedding. The reference embedding is generated based on data samples captured for other similar services, e.g., corresponding to providers who also provided transportation services along the same particular route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Fahrettin Olcay Cirit
  • Patent number: 10103938
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for operating local area network (LAN) switches in a vehicle. A system includes a plurality of sensors, a mode determination module, and a LAN switch. The sensors are configured to generate a plurality of data streams. The mode determination module is configured for determining a current driving mode of the vehicle. The LAN switch is configured for selectively transmitting and selectively inhibiting each of the plurality of data streams based on the current driving mode of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Soheil Samii
  • Patent number: 10070202
    Abstract: Electromechanical adapter having at least one controller, wherein the adapter comprises at least a first interface for communication with at least one monitoring unit at the battery, a second interface for communication with a monitoring unit that is superordinate to the monitoring unit at the battery, and a third interface for the connection of at least one sensor and/or actuator, wherein the controller converts signals between the first and second interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schaedlich, Jochen Weber, Chrysanthos Tzivanopoulos, Sven Bergmann
  • Patent number: 10066566
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a device, in particular a control and evaluating unit, for operating a particle sensor (20) for determining a particle content in a gas flow, wherein the particle sensor (20) has, on the surface of the particle sensor, a sensor structure for determining a soot load and at least one heating element (26) separated from the sensor structure by an insulating layer, by means of which at least one heating element the particle sensor (20) can be heated up in a regeneration phase and in the process a soot load on the particle sensor (20) can be removed, and by means of the heating element (26) a heating phase can be performed at least at times before the regeneration phase, wherein in said heating phase a temperature that is significantly lower than the regeneration temperature is set, wherein short-term temperature drops as a result of wetting with water can be detected by means of a temperature sensor (27) integrated in the particle sensor (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Knuebel, Enno Baars, Michael Bessen
  • Patent number: 10026239
    Abstract: An apparatus for failure diagnosis and calibration of sensors for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) includes a measuring unit including two or more sensors mounted in a vehicle a storage for storing characteristic data of each of the two or more sensors, and a processor for selecting one of the two or more sensors as a reference sensor and for determining whether or not a failure of the other sensor to be diagnosed is detected and whether calibration thereof is required, on the basis of error covariance information of the reference sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jun Soo Kim, Min Wook Seo, Joo Woong Yang, Sung Yun Kim, Dong Hun Yang, Bong Chul Ko, Gil Won Seo
  • Patent number: 10011165
    Abstract: A first vehicle instructs a second vehicle to move a grill shutter to a specified position. An image of the grill shutter is captured. Whether the grill shutter is in the specified position is determined based at least in part on the image. The second vehicle is messaged indicating a malfunction when the grill shutter is not in the specified position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 9933515
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating sensors for an autonomous vehicle are disclosed. A calibration guide disposed on the vehicle can indicate to a user the correct location for a calibration object to be placed for a calibration procedure. In one implementation, a laser guide can project an image indicating the correct location and orientation for the calibration object. In another implementation, an extendible arm disposed on the vehicle can suspend the calibration object at the correct location and orientation. In another implementation, an autonomous robot carrying the calibration object can autonomously bring the calibration object to the correct location. The calibration guide can be unobtrusively stored within the vehicle when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Danil V. Prokhorov
  • Patent number: 9917725
    Abstract: Network node modules within a vehicle are arranged to form a reconfigurable automotive neural network. Each network node module includes one or more subsystems for performing one or more operations and a local processing module for communicating with the one or more subsystems. A management system enables traffic from the one or more subsystems of a particular network node module to be re-routed to an external processing module upon failure of the local processing module of that particular network node module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD
    Inventors: Wael William Diab, Mehmet V. Tazebay
  • Patent number: 9865100
    Abstract: A failure detection apparatus and method of the MDPS may include a configuration that determines a failure of the MDPS in accordance with a vehicle speed, a steering torque, steering angle, a motor torque, and an estimated yaw rate, and when it is determined that the MDPS breaks down, additionally determines the type of failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yoon Kab Noh, Jong Ho Lee, Yang Soo Noh, Min Woo Han
  • Patent number: 9802606
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline oscillations are reduced during engine air-fuel ratio modulation. The driveline oscillations may be reduced via adjusting torque of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Craig Reed, Robert Wright, Daniel Colvin, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 9778981
    Abstract: A microcontroller includes a nonvolatile memory. The microcontroller executes an ECC error detection to detect an ECC error during a main process, which accesses the nonvolatile memory, and an interrupt process when the ECC error occurs. The interrupt process executes a change process that specifies an instruction causing the ECC error, which is detected by the ECC error detection, and changes a program counter to skip the specified instruction and to execute a next instruction. The microcontroller executes an abnormality value storage process that stores an abnormality value in a storage destination of a read value, and the read value is read in the main process after the change process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironori Shirai, Takaomi Kajikawa
  • Patent number: 9720411
    Abstract: A computer in a vehicle is configured to operate the vehicle in at least one of an autonomous and a semi-autonomous mode. The computer is further configured to detect at least one condition of a roadway being traveled by the vehicle, the condition comprising at least one of a restricted lane, a restricted zone, a construction zone, and accident area, an incline, a hazardous road surface. The computer is further configured to determine at least one autonomous action based on the condition, the at least one autonomous action including at least one of altering a speed of the vehicle, controlling vehicle steering, controlling vehicle lighting, transitioning the vehicle to manual control, and controlling a distance of the vehicle from an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Scott Crombez, Thomas Edward Pilutti, Matt Y. Rupp, Roger Arnold Trombley, Andrew Waldis, Peter Francis Worrel, Wilford Trent Yopp
  • Patent number: 9686126
    Abstract: Network node modules within a vehicle are arranged to form a reconfigurable automotive neural network. Each network node module includes one or more subsystems for performing one or more operations and a local processing module for communicating with the one or more subsystems. A management system enables traffic from the one or more subsystems of a particular network node module to be re-routed to an external processing module upon failure of the local processing module of that particular network node module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Wael William Diab, Mehmet V. Tazebay
  • Patent number: 9664208
    Abstract: An engine control system for a construction machine is disclosed, which can compulsorily stop engine driving when an attachment or the like malfunctions against an operator's intention during the operation of an excavator or the like. The engine control system includes a first step of determining whether pilot signal pressure, which is detected when at least one of an operation lever and a traveling pedal for respectively operating an attachment, a swing device, and a traveling device is operated, exceeds a first set pressure, and a second step of determining whether the pressure on the outlet side of a main hydraulic pump exceeds a second set pressure, wherein if the pilot signal pressure detected in the first step does not exceed the first pressure and the pressure of the main hydraulic pump detected in the second step exceeds the second pressure, engine driving is compulsorily stopped by means of a control signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Seong-Geun Yun, Sung-Bok Park, Se-Rib Jee
  • Patent number: 9634884
    Abstract: An apparatus monitors a communication system including at least one communication device. The monitoring apparatus includes a memory, a processor. A second virtual system is generated by changing a first virtual system determined according to a combination of an arrangement of a plurality of virtual machines arranged in the at least one communication device, and a communication path between the plurality of virtual machines. The memory stores system information that represents an arrangement and a communication path of virtual machines used in the second virtual system. The processor receives the fault information that reports an occurrence of a fault. The processor identifies the fault information as being generated in the virtual machine within the first virtual system when a specified fault detected in a case where the fault information is transmitted from any of the virtual machines within the second virtual system represented by the system information is not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Kinji Kawaguchi, Masahiko Ohashi, Natsuko Arai, Mitsuhiko Miwa
  • Patent number: 9530255
    Abstract: A system and method for sending and receiving messages from an electronic control unit of a vehicle to determine if the vehicle is safe includes a processor, a display and a port. The port and display are in communication with the processor. The port is configured to communicate with the electronic control unit of the vehicle. The processor is configured to receive information from the electronic control unit of the vehicle. The information includes processing of at least one trouble code or other data from at least one subsystem of the vehicle. The processor is further configured to determine and display on the display device a safety state of the vehicle based on the received trouble codes or data from the subsystem of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DREW TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron, Ghassan Nassar, Thomas Fournier
  • Patent number: 9523582
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein relate to systems and methods for presenting information from a management server on a mobile client device to facilitate the management of industrial vehicles. Embodiments of the system can include a plurality of industrial vehicles communicatively coupled to the management server, and a mobile client device communicatively coupled to the management server. The mobile client device can include a display, a wireless communication circuit, and one or more client processors. Encoded objects, vehicular objects, or combinations thereof can be presented upon the display of the mobile client device to present information from the management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Kashyap Chandrasekar, Lucas B. Waltz, Lisa Wong
  • Patent number: 9482220
    Abstract: Example devices, systems, and methods disclosed herein relate to controlling operation of a fire pump or jockey pump of a fire pump system. An example fire pump control system may comprise a jockey pump controller configured to control operation of a jockey pump and a fire pump controller configured to control operation of a fire pump. The jockey pump controller may be configured to determine a first pressure value based on an output of a jockey pump pressure sensor. The fire pump controller may be configured to receive the first pressure value from the jockey pump controller. The fire pump controller may also be configured to determine a second pressure value based on an output of a fire pump pressure sensor and select a predetermined action based on a comparison of the first pressure value and the second pressure value. Additional example devices, systems, and methods are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ASCO Power Technologies, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Stephens
  • Patent number: 9418493
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a stream of sensor data regarding operating conditions of a vehicle, and processing first and second data sets of the stream of sensor data in time and frequency domains. The method also includes identifying differences within and between processing results from processing the first and second data sets, and determining that at least one difference in the identified differences is greater than or equal to one or more predefined thresholds. Further, the method includes, based on determining the at least one difference in the identified differences being greater than or equal to the one or more predefined thresholds, recording one or more processing results corresponding to the identified at least one difference in a data index map (DIM), and analyzing contents of the DIM to evaluate operating conditions of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jian Dong
  • Patent number: 9315188
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline oscillations are reduced during engine air-fuel ratio modulation. The driveline oscillations may be reduced via adjusting torque of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Craig Reed, Robert Wright, Daniel Colvin, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 9279744
    Abstract: Any one of ECUs that are operating detects a present power supply voltage repeatedly. When the voltage detected at the present time is changed from the voltage detected at the previous time, a difference is calculated as a variation value and the repeatedly calculated variation values are integrated to provide a voltage variation integrated value. When the variation of the power supply voltage of an ECU becomes great relatively due to a loose connection in a power supply line, the calculated voltage variation integrated value becomes greater than those of the other ECUs. In addition, when a defect arises in a common power supply source, the voltage variation integrated value increases in all the ECUs. Therefore, each integrated value of the variation values of the power supply voltage in each of the ECUs enables an anomaly diagnosis of an occurrence point of the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Motohiro Yasue
  • Patent number: 9200573
    Abstract: A rotation angle sensor detects a rotation angle of a pedal by its first Hall IC and second Hall IC, which are disposed between two magnets and output voltages varying with magnetic flux changes. When the rotation angle of the pedal is an accelerator full-closure rotation angle or more, the first Hall IC generates a first voltage V1, which is twice as large as a second voltage V2 of the second Hall IC. When the rotation angle is less than 0°, the first Hall IC fixes the first voltage irrespective of the rotation angle. An ECU determines that the rotation angle is abnormal indicating that the pedal rotates in an accelerator closing direction beyond an accelerator full-closure position, when an output difference G1 calculated as G1=V1/2?V2 is more than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidekazu Watanabe, Masahiro Makino, Takehiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9202381
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of methods of graphic representation, modification and validation of an aeronautical flight plan for an aircraft avionics system. The system comprises means for computing and generating said flight plan, a task management system, a visualization device displaying a graphic representation of said flight plan and a man-machine interface suitable for making selections, modifications or additions to the information contained in said graphic representation, said selections, modifications and additions being taken into account by the task management system, said graphic representation containing a timeline on which feature at least the various phases of the flight plan and the information corresponding to said phases. The method according to the invention contains a step of displaying at least one item of information depending on several parameters and the graphic representation of which depends on the level of available information about said parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Bruno Aymeric, Cécile Andre, Yannick Le Roux, François Michel
  • Patent number: 9124198
    Abstract: A system, multiplexed controller, and a method of controlling a plurality of motors is described. The system includes a plurality of motors, at least two of the motors requiring a variable-frequency source or being a multi-speed motor. The multiplexed controller of the system is configured to control operation of the plurality of motors, the controller directly communicating with each of the plurality of motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Scott M. Thomson
  • Patent number: 9114883
    Abstract: A system for real time simulation of the environment of an aeroengine includes a digital computer having its inputs switched by a selection module included in the computer either to a respective sensor or else to a substitution digital bus configured to convey substitution digital data generated by a real time simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: TURBOMECA
    Inventors: Yannick Evra, Jean Michel Py, Pascal Rupert
  • Patent number: 9043091
    Abstract: When a partial malfunction is detected, a sensor malfunction determination unit changes a control mode from a first control mode to a second control mode. When the control mode is changed from the first control mode to the second control mode, a steered system motor is rotated in a direction corresponding to a rotation direction of a steering wheel immediately before the partial malfunction occurs in the angle sensor. When the absolute value of a steering angular velocity of the steering wheel exceeds a threshold, it is determined that a driver has operated the steering wheel in a direction opposite to a current steered direction, and the rotation direction of the steered system motor is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryouhei Hayama
  • Patent number: 9043050
    Abstract: A reverse thrust detent system for an aircraft includes a throttle quadrant having an intermediate reverse thrust detent position, a reverse thrust scheduling system interfacing with the throttle quadrant, at least one aircraft engine interfacing with the reverse thrust scheduling system and a programmable input interfacing with the reverse thrust scheduling system and adapted to receive an engine reverse thrust setting. The reverse thrust scheduling system is adapted to operate the at least one aircraft engine according to the engine reverse thrust setting responsive to actuation of the intermediate reverse thrust detent position of the throttle quadrant. A reverse thrust detent method for an aircraft is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William L. Goodman, Thomas Imrich
  • Publication number: 20150142228
    Abstract: A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, controlling a vehicle in response to a diagnostic test performed to detect an incorrect cable connection of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Luedtke, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Jonathan Andrew Butcher, Rimma Paransky
  • Patent number: 9037331
    Abstract: A two-wheeled inverted pendulum vehicle includes: single-winding first and second motors respectively rotating one of two wheels; first and second control systems respectively supplying drive currents to the first and second motors; a sensor detecting a physical quantity that varies with a turn of the vehicle; a dynamic brake unit being able to switch between active and inactive states of dynamic brake being applied to the first motor; and a control unit, when the control unit has determined that the vehicle is turning about the second motor side on the basis of the physical quantity while supply of drive current from the first control system to the first motor is inhibited, activating dynamic brake in the dynamic brake unit. The first control system, when an abnormality has been detected in the first control system, inhibits supply of drive current from the first control system to the first motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Taira, Hiroshi Bitoh
  • Patent number: 9031733
    Abstract: A casualty monitoring system is provided in communication with a vehicle controller and configured to monitor and shut down an undersea vehicle. The casualty monitoring processor and the vehicle controller receives, but is not limited to receiving; sensing notification by a depth cutoff switch, a battery over-temperature switch, an over-pressure switch which responds to internal pressure of the vehicle; and a watchdog timer which responds to a failing casualty monitor processor. Before the casualty monitoring processor or the vehicle controller responds to a predetermined setting from these components; casualty logic of the monitoring system will have immediately removed power to the vehicle via a start-up circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter Licis, Michael B. Lockwood, Richard P. Berube, James A. DelSavio, Alan J. Basilica
  • Publication number: 20150120130
    Abstract: A system includes a contactor system, a vehicle control unit, and a fault diagnostic system. The contactor system includes one or more contactors. The vehicle control unit is coupled to the contactor system via a first connection and a second connection. The vehicle control unit is configured to provide a controlling signal to the contactor system through at least one of the first connection and the second connection to control the one or more contactors. The fault diagnostic system is configured to identify faults occurring in the first connection and the second connection. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ronghui ZHOU, Jian ZHOU, Fei LI, Xi LU, Fengcheng SUN, Xiangming SHEN, Hai QIU, Pengju KANG
  • Patent number: 9014910
    Abstract: A system and method that reports vehicle data to one or more third parties using an onboard telematics unit. The method includes the steps of selecting a type of data to be reported and identifying a third party to receive the selected type of data. The onboard telematics unit receives a portion of the data that is classified as the type of data to be received by the third party. The vehicle information is then associated with the received data to create a report. The report is then transmitted to the third party using the onboard telematics unit allowing the third party to analyze the report. Several reports for various types of data may be generated to be disseminated to various third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. Grau, Sanjay Khunger, Chester A. Huber
  • Patent number: 9008893
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for vehicle monitoring with processing interruption tolerance. One or more vehicle sensors can transmit one or more data streams to a primary data processing system via a data channel. A secondary data buffer can be coupled to the data channel to continuously capture the set of data streams and/or subsets thereof. During normal operation, the set of data streams are processed by the primary data processing system. After a limited-duration fault occurs in the primary data processing system, it can recover by accessing the backup data in the secondary data buffer. The lost data can be retrieved from the secondary data buffer using timestamp information to process the data in its original time context and to ensure that no already-processed data is included. The set of data streams can be downsampled or decimated in the secondary data buffer to extend storage capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Wallace, Ernest Basin, Eric DeWall, Sjef van Gool, Rajendra Somla, Daniel Deninger, Douglas Woody
  • Patent number: 9002543
    Abstract: A system and method for assisting flight crew recovery in the aftermath of an unexpected event is provided. A processor is used to detect that an unexpected event has occurred in an aircraft and, in response to detecting that the unexpected event has occurred, state data are stored in memory. The processor is also used to detect that the unexpected event has been resolved and, in response to detecting that the unexpected event has been resolved, the processor retrieves the state data from the memory, generates an aftermath plan that includes prompts to guide the flight crew to complete the aftermath plan, and continuously updates the aftermath plan until the aftermath plan is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Christian Dorneich, Chris Hamblin, William Rogers, Stephen Whitlow
  • Patent number: 9002573
    Abstract: A VIN storage electronic control unit stores a vehicle identification number (VIN). A standby RAM that holds data constantly with an electric power supplied by a battery stores failure diagnosis related information and a rewriting history flag. When the VIN storage electronic control unit rewrites the VIN upon receiving a request signal for rewriting the VIN, the standby RAM updates the rewriting history flag so as to switch into a set status indicating the rewriting is made. When receiving a request signal for eliminating the failure diagnosis related information, the failure diagnosis related information stored in the standby RAM is reset and the rewriting history flag is switched into a reset status. In addition, while the rewriting history flag is in the set status, a malfunction indicator lamp is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Kawamura, Kokichi Shimizu, Kazunori Okada, Masayoshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8996210
    Abstract: A vessel monitoring and control system. Data indicative of operational conditions for vessel systems is transmitted from the vessel to one or more remote sites and commands are received from the one or more remote sites for controlling the vessel systems. Multiple transmitting and receiving components are available on the vessel for communicating with a variety of different communications systems at the remote sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Sea-Watch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Loretta Kish, Lamar McBryde
  • Patent number: 8996233
    Abstract: A vehicle control device controls a vehicle including a first oil pump adapted to be driven by power generated by a first drive source, automatically stop when a predetermined condition is satisfied, and supply oil to a power transmission unit and a second oil pump adapted to supply oil to the power transmission unit when the drive source is in an automatically stopped state, and includes a control unit adapted to continue an automatic stop until it is determined to restart the first drive source based on a parameter with which a reduction in drive force responsiveness to a drive force request from a driver, not including the stop of the first drive source, can be determined after an automatic stop command of the first drive source is output and if there is an abnormality in the second oil pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Jatco Ltd
    Inventors: Kousuke Waku, Hideshi Wakayama, Noritaka Aoyama
  • Publication number: 20150088362
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that relate to an SCR aftertreatment system and incentives/inducements for an operator/user to maintain the SCR aftertreatment in compliance with operating requirements and/or regulations. An engine is operationally coupled to at least one of a DEF tank and an SCR aftertreatment system. An inducement signal value is determined in response to a threshold value being obtained relating to at least one of the DEF tank level indication, a DEF quality indication, and an SCR aftertreatment system malfunction indication. The inducement signal value initiates at least one derate value of the engine to incentivize or induce the operator to have the aftertreatment system maintained and avoid or prevent out-of compliance operation of the SCR aftertreatment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Tung-King See, W. Patrick Niehus, Brett D. Griffith
  • Publication number: 20150088361
    Abstract: A method for monitoring contactor health according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, storing wear data associated with a contactor, categorizing the wear data into at least a first bin and a second bin, assigning a first health level to the wear data associated with the first bin and assigning a second health level to the wear data associated with the second bin. Health information concerning the contactor is communicated to the vehicle operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek HARTL, Ai KERAMIDAS
  • Patent number: 8989957
    Abstract: A vehicle behavior data storage control system is disclosed. The system includes a storage control device and an electronic control unit (ECU). The storage control device determines whether or not an unexpected behavior has occurred based on a behavior data. When the ECU determines that a change in the behavior data is attributed to control performed by the ECU, the ECU transmits a determination result to an in-vehicle network. At a time when the storage control device determines that the unexpected behavior has occurred, the storage control device records the behavior data at this time in the memory. When determining that the unexpected behavior relates to the control performed by the ECU, the storage control device deletes or permits overwriting the behavior data stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kitagawa, Masayoshi Kondoh