For Multiple Vehicles (e.g., Fleet, Etc.) Patents (Class 701/29.3)
  • Patent number: 10839622
    Abstract: A device includes a transceiver, a processor, a network interface, and a display interface. The transceiver is configured to receive health data from an aircraft. The processor is configured to determine whether the health data indicates a maintenance condition. The network interface is configured to send a first query to a maintenance database and to receive a first response to the first query indicating a list of parts associated with the maintenance condition. The network interface is also configured to send a second query to a historical maintenance database based on the list of parts and to receive a second response to the second query indicating failure rates of the parts. The display interface is configured to provide a graphical user interface (GUI) to a display. The processor is configured to generate the GUI indicating the list of parts ordered based on the failure rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Allan D. Bailey, Thomas G. Valentine, James J. Tusick, Daniel P. Paulat
  • Patent number: 10830603
    Abstract: A system and methods relate to, inter alia, aggregating geolocation data and auxiliary data associated with a plurality of driving activities. The system and methods may further identify the plurality of driving activities that have common geolocation data points based on a geolocation threshold. The system and methods may further determine, from among the identified plurality of driving activities, one or more designated driving activities based on an auxiliary threshold. The system and methods may further generate the neighborhood map that includes the one or more designated driving activities. The system and methods may further transmit a visual representation of, or electronic message detailing, the neighborhood map to a mobile device of a user for display, or otherwise causing the neighborhood map to be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10819771
    Abstract: A vehicle data collection method is disclosed. The method comprises receiving vehicle data, determining that an internet connection is not available, storing the vehicle data, determining that an internet connection has become available, and transmitting the vehicle data based at least in part on the determination that an internet connection has become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Preissl, Kosuke Hata
  • Patent number: 10810504
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method of assessing driving performance using route scoring, driving data indicative of operation of a vehicle while the vehicle was driven on a driving route may be received. Road infrastructure data indicative of one or more features of the driving route may also be received. A route score for the driving route may be calculated using the road infrastructure data, and a driving performance score for a driver of the vehicle may be calculated using the driving data and the route score for the driving route. Data may be sent to a client device via a network to cause the client device to display the driving performance score and/or a ranking based on the driving performance score, and/or the driving performance score may be used to determine a risk rating for the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, J. Lynn Wilson
  • Patent number: 10730463
    Abstract: Systems and methods include a vehicle monitoring for trigger events each corresponding to a defined vehicle activity. Responsive to identifying an occurrence of one of the trigger events, the vehicle captures, via a vehicle camera, video showing an area outside the vehicle for a set capture time. Responsive to the vehicle identifying that the vehicle is rendered inoperative from the identified trigger event, the vehicle transmits the captured video to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Abraham Mezaael
  • Patent number: 10726645
    Abstract: A system includes means for identifying a risk condition based on a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) and an operating condition in a vehicle, means for determining an instruction for the vehicle based on the identified risk condition, and means for navigating the vehicle based on the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Khalifeh, Amy Beth Cronin, Scott J. Lauffer, Rashmi Hegde, Beni Tang, Ray C. Siciak
  • Patent number: 10693590
    Abstract: Embodiments of this application provide a method for coding in a wireless communication network. A communication device interleave a first bit sequence to obtain a first interleaved sequence having sequence number starting with a sequence number of 0, wherein the first bit sequence comprises bits for indicating timing, wherein the bits for indicating timing comprises a set of bits for indicating synchronization signal block index (SSBI); wherein the set of bits for indicating SSBI are placed in positions indicated by sequence numbers of 2, 3 and 5 in the first interleaved sequence. The devices add d first CRC bits on the first interleaved sequence to obtain a second bit sequence, interleave on the second bit sequence according to an interleave pattern to obtain a second interleaved sequence, and polar encode the second interleaved sequence to obtain the encoded sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hejia Luo, Yinggang Du, Rong Li, Lingchen Huang, Ying Chen
  • Patent number: 10657450
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for developing an optimized step-by-step procedure for servicing a monitored machine using case-based reasoning based on an analysis of stored machine specifications (including warranty information) and using other rules based on an analysis of sensor data received through a telematics system from sensors equipped on the machine. The system generates an optimized service procedure based on previously collected and real time information to enable service to be performed more efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Curtis P. Ritter, Joseph A. Bell, Ronald J. Marrah, Matthew J. Pipho
  • Patent number: 10607296
    Abstract: A method and system for processing requests for vehicular data, including receiving a vehicle request for a vehicle parameter from a client system (e.g., third party application); verifying client access to the vehicle parameter; determining one or more parameter values for the requested vehicle parameter; and transmitting the one or more parameter values to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Smartcar, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanketh Suresh Katta, Sahas Suresh Katta
  • Patent number: 10609529
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide a multipath communication scheduler for an in-vehicle computing device, such as a vehicle's autonomous driving system, vehicle's telematics unit, vehicle's control system, etc. In various embodiments, a centralized scheduler for an in-vehicle computing device may assign packets for transport to a plurality of modems based at least in part on delivery delays associated with the plurality of modems. In various embodiments, delivery delays may be determined based on one or more of queue sizes of the plurality of modems, delivery rate estimates of the plurality of modems, and end to end delay estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ralph Akram Gholmieh, Sivaramakrishna Veerepalli, Min Wang, Susheel Kumar Yadav Yadagiri, Varun TutpetKeshavaMurthy, Sanjay Vishin
  • Patent number: 10540831
    Abstract: A novel real-time OBD output parameter-based commercial fleet maintenance alert system performs an automated and intelligent analysis of each vehicle's OBD and vehicle sensor output parameters in real time during the operation of the vehicle to determine and alert each fleet vehicle's maintenance needs to an electronic device utilized by a driver or a commercial fleet operator. The commercial fleet maintenance alert system is also capable of performing a machine-level pattern analysis to correlate a previously-alerted maintenance need of a particular vehicle with a subsequent breakdown of the particular vehicle in a commercial fleet to predict a future probability of similar breakdowns by other vehicles in the commercial fleet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Truelite Trace, Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Bok Kwak
  • Patent number: 10521979
    Abstract: A system for providing fleet analytic services for a fleet includes a fleet interface to receive fleet data associated with operation and maintenance of the fleet; a memory to store the fleet data; a processor to implement a plurality of fleet analytic services modules to process and analyze fleet data for opportunities to improve maintenance, operations, costs, readiness, health and supply/logistics; a user input/output interface to receive commands from a user and output results of the plurality of fleet analytic services modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cyrus Clark, IV, Philip A. Hensley, Darlene Bohm, Rajesh Iyer, Christopher Lynch, Gregory J. Kacprzynski, Michael C. Kingsley, Tina Lohr, William Read, Michael Koelemay
  • Patent number: 10486476
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling a TPMS sensor of a vehicle tire. An example vehicle includes a communication module, a tire, and a TPMS sensor corresponding to the tire. The TPMS sensor is configured to receive a target pressure from the communication module, determine a modified target pressure based on vehicle data determined by a vehicle sensor, and, responsive to determining that a measured pressure differs from the modified target pressure by a threshold amount, transmit an alert to the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dilip B. Patel, Ali Hassani, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10430745
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method for evaluating driver performance. In exemplary embodiments, the method comprises receiving driver activity associated with a driver of a vehicle in a fleet, determining a driver score based on predetermined criteria and generating and updating a driver profile based on the driver activity and evaluating the driver score to generate rewards for the driver and updating the driver profile accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Azuga, Inc.
    Inventors: Ananth Rani, Ashwin Sabapathy, Mahesh Kumar, Akash Sharma
  • Patent number: 10424127
    Abstract: A controller architecture for monitoring an autonomic vehicle control system includes a first controller, a second controller, a telematics controller, a third controller, a plurality of subsystem controllers, a first and a second communication bus, and a first and a second communication link. The telematics controller in communication with the first controller. The second controller includes a second processor and a second memory device. Each subsystem controller is configured to effect operation of one of a subsystem, wherein each of the subsystem controllers includes a vehicle health monitor (VHM) agent. The third controller includes a third processor and a third memory device. A first instruction set includes a prognostic classification routine based upon inputs from the VHM agents of the plurality of subsystem controllers. The telematics controller is disposed to communicate an output from the prognostic classification routine to an off-board controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Shengbing Jiang, Xinyu Du, Steven W. Holland, Chaitanya Sankavaram, Azeem Sarwar, Shiming Duan
  • Patent number: 10399706
    Abstract: A maintenance notification for a UAV may be sent to a service provider. The service provider may identify the UAV, such as to access a profile associated with the UAV that includes at least hardware and software configurations for the UAV. The service provider may generate a customized maintenance decision tree to organize tasks to be performed for the specific UAV to determine a maintenance action to remedy a fault or problem associated with the maintenance notification. The decision tree may be formed using history of the UAV and information about other UAVs to construct the decision tree tailored to the specific UAV under analysis. At least some operations included in the decision tree may be automated. Traversal of the decision tree may lead to updates of the UAV of hardware, software, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon T. Hanlon, Mark Daniel Sibon
  • Patent number: 10380697
    Abstract: A computer system for determining replacement cost associated with a vehicle is provided. The computer system includes a memory configured to store instructions and a processor disposed in communication with the memory. The processor upon execution of the instructions is configured to receive identification data relating to a vehicle and acquire an image based on the identification data that include components associated with the vehicle, provide the image to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI) with at least one component of the vehicle having an associated interactive element of the GUI. In response to user selection of the component via the GUI, the user is prompted to select a component type from a plurality of component types for the component. The processor is configured to determine a replacement cost for a selected type of component type, and provide the determined replacement cost that was determined to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kevin M. Cartwright, Michele Bevier, Perry M. Greer
  • Patent number: 10375147
    Abstract: A vehicle data collection method is disclosed. The method comprises receiving vehicle data, determining that an internet connection is not available, storing the vehicle data, determining that an internet connection has become available, and transmitting the vehicle data based at least in part on the determination that an internet connection has become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Preissl, Kosuke Hata
  • Patent number: 10360636
    Abstract: Telematics and external data relating to the real-time driving of a driver of a taxi vehicle may be collected and used to calculate a driving score. A telematics device installed in the taxi vehicle may collect vehicle data, trip data, and passenger data from one or more sensors. A computing device in communication with the telematics device may calculate a driving score for the taxi vehicle during a trip based on a type of vehicle, a type of trip, a number of miles driven during the trip, a duration of the trip, a number of passengers in the taxi vehicle during the trip, and a type of the passengers in the taxi vehicle during the trip. As one example, the driving score may be provided to an employer of a driver of the taxi vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Daniel Kraft, Thomas Michael Warden, Eric Huls, Nathan M. Bryer, Margaret A. Brinkmann
  • Patent number: 10336309
    Abstract: A BCU for determining a health status of a LRU having a coil includes a non-transitory memory configured to store instructions and a controller coupled to the non-transitory memory. The controller is designed to receive a temperature from a temperature sensor, to receive a direct current (DC) voltage that is applied to the coil of the LRU, and to receive a detected current corresponding to an amount of current flowing through the coil. The controller is further designed to determine a calculated resistance of the coil based on the detected current and the DC voltage and to determine a compensated resistance of the coil based on the temperature and the calculated resistance of the coil. The controller is further designed to determine the health status of the LRU by comparing the compensated resistance of the coil to a nominal resistance of the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marc Georgin, Michael Kordik
  • Patent number: 10331130
    Abstract: An operation model construction system includes a data acquisition unit that acquires operating data and external environment data of a moving object, an associated data accumulation unit that accumulates associated data obtained by classifying the external environment data into plural items and associating the operating data with the respective items, and an operation model construction unit that constructs plural operation models to operate the moving object, based on the associated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Kashiwagi, Masayasu Takano, Kazutoshi Yatsuda, Kaoru Yasukawa, Ryosuke Nakanishi, Daigo Kusano
  • Patent number: 10325037
    Abstract: A system for analyzing one or more operations associated with a component of a machine is disclosed. The system includes a data warehouse for storing data associated with the machine. The system includes a data extraction module, which extracts the data from the data warehouse and receives a customer input. The data extraction module generates an input parameter based on the data from the data warehouse and the customer input. The system includes a failure injection module for storing information of the one or more failures associated with the component of the machine. The system also includes a machine model, which is in communication with the data extraction module and the failure injection module. The machine model derives an output parameter associated with the one or more operations of the component of the machine, based on the input parameter and the information of the one or more failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Evan E. Jacobson, Qiang Chen, Michael D. Anderson, Nathan S. Pauli, Benjamin J. Hodel
  • Patent number: 10300924
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically creating a unique driver profile for a vehicle from driving habits. A unique driver profile is created with a portable on-board diagnostic series 2 (OBD-2) apparatus and/or linked and/or standalone network device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, wearable device, etc.). The unique driver profile is created from the accepted plural signals including time and geo-location data based on driving habits of the driver. The unique driver profile information is recorded on the apparatus and/or network device, downloaded at a later time or sent in real-time to check and verify an identity of the driver. The unique driver profile helps confirm an identity of the driver of the vehicle based on unique driving habits of the driver. The unique driver profile includes unique behavior patterns of the driver comprising “habit evidence” for legal matters associated with the driver proving with recorded data that the driver of the vehicle acted in a particular way on a particular occasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Brian K. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10284475
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide a multipath communication scheduler for an in-vehicle computing device, such as a vehicle's autonomous driving system, vehicle's telematics unit, vehicle's control system, etc. In various embodiments, a distributed leaky bucket based scheduler for an in-vehicle computing device may assign packets for transport to a plurality of modems based at least in part on the determined delivery delays. In various embodiments, delivery delays may be determined based on leaky bucket levels, burst sizes, delivery rates, and end to end delay estimates for each of the plurality of modems. In various embodiments, the scheduler may be one of a plurality of schedulers each associated with a separate stream of packets assigned to the plurality of modems and the leaky bucket levels may be determined on a per stream basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ralph Akram Gholmieh, Sivaramakrishna Veerepalli, Min Wang, Susheel Kumar Yadav Yadagiri, Varun Tutpetkeshavamurthy, Sanjay Vishin
  • Patent number: 10278039
    Abstract: A method for monitoring vehicle motion using a mobile device associated with a user including collecting activity data at a mobile device associated with the user; determining a user activity state based on the activity data; determining motion data collection parameters associated with an operating state of the mobile device, based on the user activity state; and collecting motion data at the mobile device based on the motion data collection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matus, Pankaj Risbood
  • Patent number: 10109119
    Abstract: A method for monitoring component usage during vehicle service activities has been developed. The method includes receiving with a diagnostic tool diagnostic data from a vehicle, receiving with the diagnostic tool a component identifier corresponding to a component in the vehicle that is replaced in a service procedure in response to the diagnostic data from the diagnostic tool, transmitting with the diagnostic tool the diagnostic data and the component identifier to a server, and transmitting with the server the component identifier to a listener computing device that is associated with a manufacturer of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dennis Patrick Keane, Darren Schumacher, Gina Tuttle
  • Patent number: 10055708
    Abstract: A system, method, and devices are disclosed for remotely verifying and managing the record of an inventory asset, such as an automobile or other vehicle, wherein the asset in the inventory is located at a site remote from a user initiating a request for verification. A user selects from a web-based interface on a client device or mobile application the location of an asset to be verified. When an inventory verification request is initiated, a request is sent electronically to a base station/transmitter located at the dealer's location. The transmitter sends a signal out to verify the inventory in the dealer's to one or more receivers installed in each vehicle/inventory object. The receivers communicate data associated with vehicles/inventory objects present in the dealer's lot back to the transmitted request with the list of data representing the inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Srinivas Kakarala, Kartikeya Kakarala
  • Patent number: 10032321
    Abstract: A method of estimating future change in operation of a monitored aircraft (A), including the following steps performed by a computer on board the monitored aircraft, to calculate a current state of the monitored aircraft (ECA) from measurements (VFA) of variables related to operation of the monitored aircraft, to send a request to analyze the similarity of the calculated current state with previous states (EPB) of similar aircraft, and to analyze change in operation (SPB) of each similar aircraft having a similar previous state to determine a probable change (FPA) in operation of the monitored aircraft. The method includes a step performed by a computer (B) on board each aircraft, to compare the calculated current state (ECA) with previous states (EPB) of similar aircraft, and send the change in operation (SPB) corresponding to an identified similar previous state. The invention includes an on board system capable of implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Jérôme Henri Noël Lacaille
  • Patent number: 10012967
    Abstract: Modifications made by multiple controller devices to an environment model describing a shared automated environment can be coordinated. One of the controller devices can be designated as a coordinator, and any controller device other than the coordinator can send an update request to the coordinator. The coordinator can determine whether to accept or reject the requested modification and can report its determination to the requesting controller device. If the coordinator accepts the request, the coordinator can instigate operations to update the environment model across all controller devices of all users. If the coordinator rejects the request, the environment model is not updated. The controller device that made the request can update its local copy of the environment model and roll back the update if the request is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Lucas, Anush G. Nadathur, Nathan E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 10015257
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle wireless access point (WAP), including the steps of establishing short range wireless communication between a vehicle WAP and one or more wireless devices over one or more corresponding communication channels operating over a first frequency band; suspending the communication between the vehicle WAP and the wireless device(s); scanning for another non-vehicle WAP using the first frequency band; connecting the vehicle WAP as a client device to the non-vehicle WAP; resuming the communication with at least some of the wireless device(s) over the wireless communication channel(s); and providing the wireless device(s) with data access to remote networks sequentially via both the vehicle WAP and the non-vehicle WAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Lakshmi V. Thanayankizil
  • Patent number: 10013823
    Abstract: A vehicle information processing system performed by using an external apparatus and method are provided. The vehicle information processing method performed by using an external apparatus connected to a vehicle includes identifying a control authority of an external apparatus, which is connected to the vehicle, for communication between the external apparatus and the vehicle, transmitting service information that may be used according to the identified control authority, and executing a service, according to the transmitted service information, that is selected by the external apparatus, by using a processor which is included in the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hun Lim
  • Patent number: 9877213
    Abstract: A method of remediating wireless communication issues. The method comprises receiving a ticket by a ticket server computer that identifies a mobile communication device and identifies a service issue category, transmitting the mobile communication device identity and the service issue category to a resolution server computer, analyzing the service issue category by the resolution server computer, based on the analyzing of the service issue category, initiating a minimization of drive test (MDT), a subscriber trace, or a cell trace in a wireless communication network by the resolution server computer, where the wireless communication network provides wireless communication service to the mobile communication device and where the wireless communication network comprises a plurality of cell sites, analyzing the results of the MDT or trace by the resolution server computer; and initiating a corrective action in the mobile communication device or in the wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Zheng Fang, Zheng Cai, Udit Thakore
  • Patent number: 9824505
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving the frequency of attempting and successfully completing one or more on-board diagnostic routines. Engine operating conditions are predicted based on a vehicle operator's driving pattern and routines are initiated if the predicted conditions match the conditions required for performing the routine. If the conditions do not match, entry and/or execution conditions of the routine are adjusted to better match the predicted conditions, so as to enable the routine to be attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Fling Tseng, Imad Hassan Makki, Robert Roy Jentz, Aed M. Dudar, Dimitar Petrov Filev, John Ottavio Michelini
  • Patent number: 9786183
    Abstract: Systems and methods for vessel position reporting and monitoring. Methods and systems for augmenting e-Navigation messages to provide ancillary information, such as a history of previous vessel positions. A compact representation is provided, in which transmitters may select among a plurality of possible position layouts to provide a compact representation. Transmitted messages are received by a satellite or other surveillance platform employing a compatible radio frequency receiver to collect message signals over a large area or great distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: exactEarth Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Short, Arunas G. Macikunas, Baljinder S. Randhawa, Margaret J. Browning, Balaji Kumar
  • Patent number: 9693328
    Abstract: A synchronization device for synchronizing data associated with a vehicle test is presented. The synchronization device may include signal-generating circuitry configured to generate a signal and provide the signal to at least one output device associated with a vehicle so as to allow a data collection device to receive the signal from the at least one output device. The synchronization device may also include first additional circuitry configured to prevent the data collection device from receiving the signal based on whether a test associated with the vehicle has started. At least one of the providing of the signal to the at least one output device or the preventing of the data collection device from receiving the signal may indicate a start of the test and may allow data collected by the data collection device to be synchronized with other collected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Shawn M. Call, Jackie O. Jordan, II
  • Patent number: 9613470
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to a fleet management computer system configured for forecasting travel delays within a geographic area. According to various embodiments, the fleet management computer system is configured to assess operational data, including vehicle telematics data. In various embodiments, the fleet management computer system is further configured to determine, based on the operational data, a value indicative of the average amount of travel delay time per unit of distance within the geographic area, such as the average amount of idle time second per mile of travel with the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 9606542
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for discovery and monitoring of an environment using a plurality of robots. A plurality of robots navigate an environment by determining a navigation buffer for each of the robots; and allowing each of the robots to navigate within the environment while maintaining a substantially minimum distance from other robots, wherein the substantially minimum distance corresponds to the navigation buffer, and wherein a size of each of the navigation buffers is reduced over time based on a percentage of the environment that remains to be navigated. The robots can also navigate an environment by obtaining a discretization of the environment to a plurality of discrete regions; and determining a next unvisited discrete region for one of the plurality of robots to explore in the exemplary environment using a breadth-first search. The plurality of discrete regions can be, for example, a plurality of real or virtual tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9587576
    Abstract: A method and system improving vehicle operation is presented. In one example, the vehicle data is transmitted between a vehicle and a cloud computer. The cloud computer adjusts engine control parameters and the vehicle is operated based on the adjusted engine control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joe F. Stanek, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Tony Lockwood, Sam Hashemi
  • Patent number: 9555902
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing a system that includes at least one component. The one component is removed from the system. If it is determined that the one component was removed from the system for a reason that is not failure of the one component, then it is indicated that the one component is potentially serviceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter J. Lake, Jay K. McCullough, Steven D. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9414026
    Abstract: A system for automated inspection of a surface; the system may include a self-propelled, steerable carriage capable of traversing the surface, the carriage having a camera positioned to view an object on the surface, and at least of one of a sensor capable of detecting a defect in the surface, a tool for treating the defect, and a sensor for inspecting a repair of the defect; and a computer controller connected to receive image data from the camera, communicate with and selectively actuate the at least of one of a sensor capable of detecting a defect in the surface, a tool for treating the defect, and a sensor for inspecting a repair of the defect, and control the carriage to move on the surface along one or more of a pre-set path and a path to one or more pre-set locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven D. Blanchard, Gary E. Georgeson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Karl E. Nelson, Thomas T. McCleave
  • Patent number: 9361465
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, data may be collected from vehicles, and then reported to various subscribers with different levels of access privileges and pursuant different levels of security. In some embodiments, the data may be authenticated by a cloud service without revealing the identity of vehicle owner. This may provide enhanced privacy. At the same time, some types of the data may be encrypted for security and privacy reasons. Different information may be provided under different circumstances to different subscribers, such as the government, family members, location based services providers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Victor B. Lortz, Anand P. Rangarajan, Xingang Guo, Somya Rathi, Vijay Sarathi Kesavan
  • Patent number: 9323546
    Abstract: A system may include a configurable module having a firmware version supporting multiple functions and a configuration specifying which of the functions are utilized for a vehicle feature; and a controller configured to update the configuration of the module, based on a command published by a server to a controller-subscribed topic tree message topic, the command targeting the vehicle according to one of unique vehicle identifier and the vehicle feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Rork, Brian Petersen, Ritesh Pandya, Praveen Yalavarty
  • Patent number: 9288637
    Abstract: A mobile router comprises: a valet mode program to provide valet mode functionality in a vehicle in which the mobile router is disposed; a processor operable to execute the valet mode program; a predetermined distance limit; and a predetermined speed limit. The mobile router responds to externally generated commands from a predetermined source to activate or deactivate the valet mode. The processor is operable to determine if the predetermined distance limit is exceeded from the location of the vehicle when the valet mode is activated; and the processor is operable to determine if the vehicle exceeds the predetermined speed limit when the valet mode is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Douglas S Moeller
  • Patent number: 9108579
    Abstract: A system and method are described herein for managing personalization information used to configure settings for a registered vehicle user in a vehicle including a telematics unit. In particular, the method performed by the system includes establishing, for the registered vehicle user, a personalization information dataset within a networked vehicle user database. The system is further configured to submit a request to download the personalization information dataset from the networked vehicle user database, the request identifying the registered vehicle user and the vehicle. The system is also configured to download in accordance with the request to download, via a mobile wireless link to the telematics unit, values from the personalization information dataset to the telematics unit of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Esteban Camacho, Dexter Lowe, Shpetim S. Veliu, David Lohmeier, Scott Otterson, Jeffrey Olsen
  • Publication number: 20150149026
    Abstract: A crane monitoring system is for determining crane service conditions is disclosed. The crane monitoring systems includes a sensor for measuring acceleration, a processing unit operably coupled to the sensor and a data store storing computer executable instructions. The computer executable instructions, when executed by the processing unit, cause the processing unit to perform a plurality of functions including determining at least one crane service condition dependent upon a signal from the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew T. Oswald, Jeffrey S. Blair, James A. Alger, Brian G. Bilke
  • Patent number: 9037339
    Abstract: A train system that includes a plurality of coupled train units. Each train unit includes a controller VOBC configured to independently determine the location of each VOBC, and a configuration of the train system by comprising a plurality of inputs, a plurality of train lines spanning each train unit and coupled with the controllers at the plurality of inputs and configured to transmit two communication signals between a front end and a rear end of the train system, and a plurality of sets of relay devices connected in series along the plurality of train lines, and each set of relay devices corresponding to each input of the plurality of inputs, and configured to transmit the two communication signals between the front end and the rear end of the train system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Abe Kanner, Ioan Farcasiu, Dave Dimmer
  • Publication number: 20150134167
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for managing an electric vehicle. The system includes: a vehicle state information collecting device collecting vehicle state information from one or more sensors; a terminal device receiving the vehicle state information from the vehicle state information collecting device and transmits the received information together with current position information and a vehicle ID for identifying the electric vehicle; and an electric vehicle managing device receiving and storing the vehicle state information for the vehicle ID, comparing the vehicle state information with a preset reference value of the information to determine whether to create a vehicle management message, and creating the vehicle management message that includes the place related to the vehicle state information or the position information of another electric vehicle on the basis of the current position information for the electric vehicle so as to transmit the message to the terminal device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun Kyoung Won, Dae Lim Son
  • Publication number: 20150134188
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a plurality of electric vehicles with a fleet management portal is described herein. In one embodiment, a machine implemented method for managing one or more fleets of electric vehicles includes monitoring one or more fleets of electric vehicles using a fleet management portal associated with a server. Next, the method includes monitoring a plurality of charge transfer devices using the fleet management portal. Next, the method includes receiving charging information from the charge transfer devices. Next, the method includes determining a charging status for each electric vehicle based on the charging information. Next, the method includes generating one or more reports having the charging status for each electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Lowenthal, Milton Tormey, James Solomon
  • Publication number: 20150134187
    Abstract: A method for improving fuel economy on a passenger jet aircraft comprises automatically receiving a communication from the aircraft to a ground station comprising at least one subsystem operating parameter measured during the current flight, detecting whether the operating parameter meets predetermined criteria and, if the criteria are met, automatically sending a communication to indicate the aircraft's status for a next flight. If the criteria are not met, a status of the aircraft is automatically changed and a communication is sent. Other methods and systems are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ALASKA AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Shelley, Kevin Collins, George A. Molnar, Steve Lovas, Joseph E. Gockowski, III
  • Patent number: 9031734
    Abstract: A method for managing an airplane fleet is described. The method includes: (i) developing a gold body database for an airplane model for each non-destructive inspection system implemented to detect defects; (ii) inspecting, over a period of time, a plurality of candidate airplanes of the airplane model, using different types of non-destructive inspection systems and the gold body database associated with each of the different types of non-destructive inspection systems, to identify defects present on the plurality of candidate airplanes; (iii) repairing or monitoring defects detected on the plurality of candidate airplanes; (iv) conducting a trend analysis by analyzing collective defect data obtained from inspecting of plurality of candidate airplanes; and (v) maintaining the airplane fleet, which includes plurality of candidate airplanes, by performing predictive analysis using results of trend analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Aerobotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Allen Froom