Diagnosis Or Maintenance Of Specific Vehicle Subsystem Patents (Class 701/34.4)
  • Patent number: 11401690
    Abstract: This description provides an autonomous or semi-autonomous earth shaping vehicle that is capable of cooperatively filling earth into a fill location in a dig site. A first earth shaping vehicle configured with a hauling tool carrying a volume of earth navigates to the fill location. At the fill location, the first earth shaping vehicle navigates over a target tool path to fill earth from the hauling tool into the fill location. As the first earth shaping vehicle fills earth into the fill location, a measurement sensor coupled to the first earth shaping vehicle measures a compaction level of earth filled into the fill location. If the measured compaction level is determined to be below a threshold compaction level, the first earth shaping vehicle communicates a request for a second earth shaping vehicle configured with a compaction tool to compact earth in the fill location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BUILT ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Noah Austen Ready-Campbell, Andrew Liang, Evan West, Lucas Bruder, Gaurav Jitendra Kikani, Pradeesh Suganthan, James Emerick, Ammar Kothari, Alan Argondizza, Sarah Thornton, Hee Gu Yea, Thomas Pech
  • Patent number: 11297374
    Abstract: Courier electronic devices are used to transport seat video display unit (SVDU) operating system (OS) code updates from a content operation center to onboard a vehicle. The OS code used by the SVDUs is updated based on the OS code update to generate an updated OS code, which is used to curate entertainment content files from a mass storage device for selection among by passengers for their consumption through the SVDUs. Entertainment content files may also be selected by the content operation center based on passenger characteristic information and loaded onto the courier electronic devices for transport onboard the vehicle for transfer to the S VDUs to update the entertainment content that is made available for selection by the passengers. The courier electronic devices may be used to facilitate transportation of other information between the SVDUs in the content operation center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: THALES AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Couleaud, François Michel
  • Patent number: 11282517
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire acceleration of a vehicle, a controller configured to execute a speech dialogue with a driver of the vehicle, an input unit configured to receive a speech input by the driver, and an output unit configured to execute a speech output to the driver. The controller dynamically controls a response time in the speech dialogue with the driver based on the acceleration of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ko Koga, Hideo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11230276
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining a leakage in a hydraulic braking system of a motor vehicle, the braking system including at least one hydraulically actuatable wheel brake, at least one pressure generator and at least one discharge valve which is assigned to the wheel brake and actuated as a function of a driving situation of the motor vehicle to maintain driving stability, and a hydraulic volume of the braking system being monitored. It is provided that the leakage is ascertained as a function of the ascertained hydraulic volume and as a function of an actuation of the discharge valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Wadim Henning
  • Patent number: 11220183
    Abstract: A driver controls a switch inserted in a current path between a secondary battery and an inverter that drives a motor. A first abnormality detector instructs the driver to turn off the switch when an abnormality of the secondary battery is detected. A second abnormality detector is disposed in parallel with the first abnormality detector, and instructs the driver to turn off the switch when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected. The first abnormality detector suspends an instruction to turn off the switch to the driver, even when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected, in cases where an ECU instructs discharge-stop prohibition of the secondary battery. The second abnormality detector instructs the driver to turn off the switch after a lapse of a certain time from when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected, regardless of an instruction from the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takao, Noriharu Kobayashi, Hoshihito Okada
  • Patent number: 11168465
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a changing object that is an object in which a known change in an external appearance occurs for each fixed time, an imaging device that images an area where the changing object appears, and a transmitting device that transmits an image captured by the imaging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Minagawa, Jun Morinaga, Yasuhiro Ohyama, Qi Ding
  • Patent number: 11069160
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes monitoring environmental conditions via a plurality of sensors positioned in proximity to a vehicle. The method also includes receiving, from one or more of the plurality of sensors, a first measured value of a first environmental variable and at least one additional measured value of at least one additional environmental variable. In addition, the method includes automatically determining, via a machine-learning model, a first expected value of the first environmental variable given the at least one additional measured value of the at least one additional environmental variable. Furthermore, the method includes automatically generating a storage decision in relation to the first measured value based, at least in part, on an evaluation of the first measured value relative to the first expected value. Additionally, the method includes causing execution of the storage decision at least with respect to onboard storage of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Edward Tucker
  • Patent number: 11039198
    Abstract: Courier electronic devices are used to transport seat video display unit (SVDU) operating system (OS) code updates from a content operation center to onboard a vehicle. The OS code used by the SVDUs is updated based on the OS code update to generate an updated OS code, which is used to curate entertainment content files from a mass storage device for selection among by passengers for their consumption through the SVDUs. Entertainment content files may also be selected by the content operation center based on passenger characteristic information and loaded onto the courier electronic devices for transport onboard the vehicle for transfer to the SVDUs to update the entertainment content that is made available for selection by the passengers. The courier electronic devices may be used to facilitate transportation of other information between the SVDUs in the content operation center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Couleaud, François Michel
  • Patent number: 10914423
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus for liquid condition assessment in a liquid lubrication system for a work system operable in at least two different modes, the method comprising measuring monitored liquid condition data, determining a current operating mode of the work system, then based on the current operating mode, selecting a corresponding model, modeling corresponding simulated liquid condition data based on the model, assessing the liquid condition by comparing the monitored liquid condition data with the simulated liquid condition data, and providing a normally distributed data set for the liquid condition assessment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: C.C. Jensen A/S
    Inventor: Morten Henneberg
  • Patent number: 10893010
    Abstract: A dynamic attention capacity service and/or a filtering application determine a current spare attention capacity of an occupant of a vehicle to receive incoming messages or other information. The dynamic attention capacity service and/or the filtering application selectively filter incoming messages directed to the occupant of the vehicle based on the current spare attention capacity of the occupant of the vehicle to receive the incoming message and based on a priority of the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Argenti, Nanyan Nicholls
  • Patent number: 10850770
    Abstract: A device for reversing an articulated vehicle combination that has at least two vehicle units interconnected via at least one articulated join includes an arrangement for recording and storing a plurality of global positions of a local position of the vehicle combination, at least one sensor, mounted on the vehicle combination, for recording data representing a plurality properties of the surroundings, and a control unit arranged to determine, based at least partly on a plurality of dimensions of the vehicle combination, a set of global positions recorded when the vehicle combination is moving forward, and a set of data representing properties of the surroundings recorded during the forward movement, vehicle control input data for control of the vehicle combination during a reverse movement of the vehicle combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fredrik Sandblom, Leo Laine
  • Patent number: 10850578
    Abstract: A method of measuring and transmitting a tire characteristic using a sensor device mounted to a tire of a wheel, the sensor device comprising a sensor element, an accelerometer, a wireless transmitter, and a microprocessor; the method comprising the steps of: a) obtaining acceleration data; b) digitally filtering the acceleration data; c) determining moments in time when the wheel is in an angular position range; d) obtaining other sensor data; e) transmitting the other sensor data at said moments in time, step b) comprising using exponential moving average filters connected in series, corresponding to a predefined set of formulas comprising parameters, and f) determining number of samples per 360° rotation, and setting the parameters to a value proportional to said number of samples. A sensor device adapted for performing said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES SA
    Inventor: Oleksandr Zhuk
  • Patent number: 10822773
    Abstract: A construction machine includes: a vehicle body; a plurality of imaging devices provided to the vehicle body; a data processing unit configured to perform image processing on each piece of two-dimensional image data acquired by the plurality of imaging devices to generate three-dimensional image data; and a data output unit configured to output the two-dimensional image data to a display device associated with the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Chikashi Shike
  • Patent number: 10803620
    Abstract: An example trailer monitoring system includes a trailer monitoring unit including an image capture arrangement disposed within the trailer monitoring unit to capture first image data. An accelerometer is carried by the trailer monitoring unit is to generate acceleration data of the trailer monitoring unit. The trailer monitoring system also includes one or more processors configured to access the acceleration data and configured to compare the acceleration data to a reference acceleration data range to determine if the acceleration data is within the reference acceleration range. In response to the acceleration data being outside the reference acceleration data range, the one or more processors are to increase a tally of impact events associated with the trailer monitoring unit being impacted. In response to the tally satisfying a threshold, the one or more processors are to generate an alert indicative of the trailer monitoring unit requiring maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Justin F. Barish, Adithya H. Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10794046
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator (1) includes a controller (40) for generating, when the tip of a work implement (1A) is approaching a target surface (60) due to the pilot pressure output from an operating device (45a, 45b, 46a), a control signal for a boom cylinder (5) such that the tip of the work implement moves along the target surface and controlling the work implement (1A) by outputting the generated control signal to the flow control valve (15a) of the boom cylinder (5). The controller calculates the positional information of a finished shape (97) formed by the work implement, based on the topographic information input from a topographic measurement device (96) that measures the topography near the work machine and corrects the control signal based on the positional information of the finished shape such that the finished shape gets closer to the target surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Imura, Kouji Ishikawa, Hiroshi Sakamoto, Yasuhiko Kanari
  • Patent number: 10690028
    Abstract: An abnormality detection device for an engine system detects an abnormality in a fuel vapor pipe connected to an intake pipe of an engine at a portion upstream of a supercharger in a flow direction of intake air. The abnormality detection device includes an intake air temperature sensor and an abnormality detection portion. The intake air temperature sensor is fitted to the intake pipe on an upstream side of the supercharger in the flow direction of intake air and detects a temperature of intake air mixed with fuel vapor introduced into the intake pipe from the fuel vapor pipe. The abnormality detection portion detects an abnormality in the fuel vapor pipe according to a detection value of intake air detected by the intake air temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryozo Kayama, Masanori Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 10690082
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for determining whether there is a source of undesired evaporative emissions stemming from a fuel system and/or an evaporative emissions system of a vehicle. In one example, a method includes initiating an evacuation of the fuel system and the evaporative emissions system to conduct an evaporative emissions test diagnostic, in response to a status of a traffic light that the vehicle is approaching. In this way, the fuel system and the evaporative emissions system are evacuated prior to the vehicle coming to a stop, and then a pressure bleed-up portion of the test is conducted while the vehicle is stopped at the traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10662624
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes: a work implement having a bucket; a main body to which the work implement is attached, and having a cab; a display device provided in the cab and configured to overlay and thus display work assistance information on an actual view of a work site; a bucket teeth position calculator configured to calculate a position of teeth of the bucket of the work implement in an available display area of the display device; and a following process unit configured to display the work assistance information to follow movement of the bucket of the work implement in the available display area of the display device only at a position above the position of the teeth of the bucket of the work implement as calculated by the bucket teeth position calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Ohiwa, Masao Yamamura, Tomohiro Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10661616
    Abstract: A method for determining a vehicle wheel's radial acceleration for a tyre pressure monitoring system, having a central electronic unit. The wheels each including a wheel unit attached to a rim or to a valve or the tyre tread's inner face, and including at least one radial acceleration sensor at a distance from the wheel's rotational axis, to measure the wheel's radial acceleration when it is not saturated, and a microprocessor, including: when the radial acceleration sensor is not saturated, measuring the radial acceleration of the wheel using the radial acceleration sensor; determining the wheel's rotation period; deducing, from the radial acceleration and the period, the distance of the wheel unit; storing the distance in the wheel unit's memory; and when the radial acceleration sensor is saturated, determining the wheel's rotation period, and calculating the radial acceleration from the rotation period and the stored distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMATIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Phillippe Boisset
  • Patent number: 10576827
    Abstract: A driver controls a switch inserted in a current path between a secondary battery and an inverter that drives a motor. A first abnormality detector instructs the driver to turn off the switch when an abnormality of the secondary battery is detected. A second abnormality detector is disposed in parallel with the first abnormality detector, and instructs the driver to turn off the switch when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected. The first abnormality detector suspends an instruction to turn off the switch to the driver, even when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected, in cases where an ECU instructs discharge-stop prohibition of the secondary battery. The second abnormality detector instructs the driver to turn off the switch after a lapse of a certain time from when the abnormality of the secondary battery is detected, regardless of an instruction from the ECU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takao, Noriharu Kobayashi, Hoshihito Okada
  • Patent number: 10522879
    Abstract: A cooling circuit for a liquid-cooled electric battery, in particular for a liquid-cooled electric battery in an electrically operated vehicle, having an encircling coolant line, a heat exchanger arranged in the coolant line, and a coolant pump for transporting a cooling liquid through the coolant line. The cooling circuit has a Buchholz relay which is arranged in the coolant line and which has a signal output for connecting to a monitoring unit. Also disclosed is a liquid-cooled battery arrangement having a liquid-cooled battery, a cooling circuit as above, and a cooling liquid, wherein the liquid-cooled battery is connected to the coolant line, and the cooling circuit and the liquid-cooled battery are filled with the cooling liquid. Also disclosed is a vehicle having such a liquid-cooled battery arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marcus Zacher
  • Patent number: 10513989
    Abstract: A controller of an internal combustion engine receives a request to activate an exhaust brake subsystem and, in response thereto, activates the exhaust braking subsystem. The controller thereafter determines that at least one parameter of the exhaust system, an intake subsystem or both compares unfavorably with at least one threshold. When the at least one parameter compares unfavorably with the at least one threshold, the controller determines that the exhaust braking subsystem has failed. In embodiments, the determination that the at least one parameter compares unfavorably with the at least one threshold comprises a determination that backpressure in the exhaust system is lower than a backpressure threshold and/or a determination that boost pressure in the intake subsystem is higher than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: JACOBS VEHICLE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Ryan Lilly
  • Patent number: 10504068
    Abstract: Aspects of notification of a predicted driving event include receiving driver log information associated with one or more drivers respectively corresponding to one or more vehicles, and aggregating the driver log information for a predetermined time period. Further, the aspects include extracting derivations from the aggregated driver log information in accordance with one or more derivation rules associated with an event prediction model operable to predict an adverse driving event. Also, the aspects include applying the event prediction model to the derivations to generate an adverse driver event prediction for each of the one or more drivers. Additionally, the aspects include transmitting a notification message including one or more of the adverse driver event predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OMNITRACS, LLC
    Inventors: Lauren Domnick, Dean Croke, Budi Tan, Andrew Old, Patrick Ritto, Jeffrey Gilcrease
  • Patent number: 10486664
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for a traction and stability control system. An example vehicle includes wheel speed sensors on wheels of the vehicle and a traction control module. The example traction control module determines, based on measurements of the wheel speed sensors or a transmission control module, whether the vehicle is likely stuck. Additionally, when the vehicle is likely stuck and an indication to disable the a traction control system has been received, the example traction control module disables the traction control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Jeffeory Berels
  • Patent number: 10482801
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle mirror includes an on-board diagnostics (OBD) transceiver and one or more processors. The processors access OBD data received by the OBD transceiver from an OBD port of a vehicle. The processors further monitor the OBD data to determine whether communications with the OBD port have been lost, determine an OBD speed of the vehicle, and determine an RPM of an engine of the vehicle. The processors further determine a GPS speed of the vehicle from a GPS transceiver. When communications with the OBD port are lost, the processors transition the vehicle mirror to a sleep power state. When communications with the OBD port have not been lost, the processors transition the vehicle mirror to the sleep power state when the OBD speed is determined to be zero for at least a first predetermined amount of time and the RPM of the engine is determined to be less than a threshold RPM amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Solera Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Mader, Daniel Jun-Hyun Kim, Anthony Aquila, Neal Jonathon Lowell
  • Patent number: 10445758
    Abstract: System and methods for encouraging safe driving are provided. A mobile computing device may be configured to include a trip monitoring application. The trip monitoring application may automatically detect when a trip in a vehicle has begun. The trip monitoring application may collect trip information during the trip and derive additional trip information upon termination of the trip. A cash reward amount may be calculated based at least in part on the additional trip information derived from the trip information collected during the trip. The cash reward amount may be provided to an individual associated with the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Nathan M. Bryer, Sarah Inciong, Daniel Kraft, Matthew James Manzella, Yuval Saban
  • Patent number: 10379003
    Abstract: A fuel actuation system may comprise a servo valve (SV) including a torque motor and at least one screen, a metering valve (MV) fluidly connected to the SV, and an electronic engine control (EEC) operatively connected to the SV. The EEC may be configured and disposed to determine a travel time of the MV, a travel distance of the MV, a pressure of a fuel, and/or a temperature of the fuel, generate at least one of a travel time history, a travel distance history, a fuel temperature history, and a fuel pressure history, and determine a level of degradation of the fuel actuation system based on the at least one of the travel time history, the travel distance history, the fuel temperature history, or the fuel pressure history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo Martucci, William Donat, Amy R Grace, Thomas A Bush, Eric Nelson Hettler, Kevin Patrick McCormick
  • Patent number: 10378186
    Abstract: When a work implement is actuated in such a manner that a work point is located at each of a plurality of positions on a datum line, a first work point position computing section calculates a position of the work point at each of the plurality of positions. A calibration value computing section calculates calibration values of angle conversion parameters (?bm, ?bm, ?am, ?am, ?bk, ?bk), dimension parameters (Lbm, Lam, Lbk), and line parameters (tilt tan ?, intercept Zline) using the fact that the positions of the work point at each of the plurality of positions calculated by the first work point position computing section can satisfy a linear equation indicating a datum line. A parameter update section reflects the calibration values calculated by the calibration value computing section in computation by a corresponding computing section that is one of the angle computing section and the first work point position computing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kohei Hiromatsu, Shiho Izumi, Yasuhiko Kanari, Daito Sakai
  • Patent number: 10345190
    Abstract: A method for detecting a high temperature fluid leak in a turbomachine. The turbomachine includes a source of high temperature pressurized fluid, at least one fluid distribution line suitable for distributing said high temperature fluid, and a turbomachine compartment wherein the distribution line is at least partially housed. The method includes measuring at least two pressure parameters of the turbomachine compartment, including a measured pressure and a pressure variation over time; detecting a high temperature fluid leak when at least one of the two pressure parameters of the turbomachine compartment reaches a characteristic value of a high-temperature fluid leak in the compartment. A high-temperature fluid distribution system and a turbomachine comprising such a high temperature fluid distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventors: Alexandre Patrick Jacques Roger Everwyn, Arnaud Rodhain
  • Patent number: 10336323
    Abstract: A system for preventing accidents includes an eye gaze detector for receiving an eye gaze vector from a driver. The system additionally comprises a proximity sensor for detecting locations of nearby objects and their velocities. A risk is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity. Additionally, the driver's knowledge of vehicle circumstances is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity as well as the eye gaze location. Responsive to the driver's knowledge and the risk, an alert is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Nicholas A. Scheufler, Ross C. Miller, Michelle Kosterich, Jason Lin, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Cody D. Grebe
  • Patent number: 10301798
    Abstract: A material moving machine including an implement, a camera, an augmented display, and a controller including an image generator. The controller is programmed to store a three-dimensional model of underground features of the terrain, capture an implement image comprising the implement and terrain, generate through the image generator a superimposed image by superimposing corresponding portions of the implement image and the three-dimensional model of underground features, generate a virtual trench based on the position of the implement, overlay the virtual trench on the superimposed image to generate an augmented reality overlay image comprising the virtual trench and the superimposed portions of the implement image and the three-dimensional model of underground features, generate through the image generator the augmented reality overlay image, and display the augmented reality overlay image on the augmented display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Peter France, Gun Lee, Mark Billinghurst
  • Patent number: 10267020
    Abstract: In a display system in an excavator, a position of an upper boundary line and a position of a lower boundary line are calculated. The upper boundary line indicates a height of a top of a cross section of a display object surface. The lower boundary line indicates a height of a bottom of the cross section of the display object surface. A predetermined reference point of a display range is set based on a positional relationship in an up-and-down direction between the current position of the excavator and the upper boundary line or between the current position of the excavator and the lower boundary line. A guidance picture showing a cross section of the display object surface included in the predetermined display range as seen from a side of the excavator, and the current position of the excavator, is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Fukano, Azumi Nomura, Takashi Kurihara, Etsuo Fujita, Masao Ando, Toshihiro Koide
  • Patent number: 10264115
    Abstract: A computer system determines whether a location of a computing device corresponds to a vehicle that is in motion. In response to determining that the location of the computing device corresponds to the vehicle that is in motion, and determining that the location of the computing device corresponds to an area in the vehicle that is associated with a driver of the vehicle, the computer system imposes one or more restrictions on a usage of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Titus Woo, Brandon Scott Lerner, Justin Haddadnia, Shao-Fei Moy, Daniel Holly Wells, Raquel Buckley
  • Patent number: 10161308
    Abstract: A machine may comprise a memory configured to store liner polish information; and an electronic control module. The electronic control module may be configured to: determine a load factor based on an amount of load on the engine; determine an end of injection factor associated with the engine; determine a liner polish rate based on the load factor and the end of injection factor; obtain, from the liner polish information stored in the memory, information identifying a previous amount of damage to the engine; determine an amount of time between a current time and a time when the previous amount of damage was calculated; calculate a current amount of damage to the engine based on the previous amount of liner polish, the amount of time, and the liner polish rate; and take a remedial action based on the current amount of damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Austin P. Roe, Scott A. Thompson, Anthony T. Petrou, Michael J. Campagna, Steven C. Zoz
  • Patent number: 10100782
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for conducting a diagnostic routine of the fuel vapor system using pressure generated by raising or lowering a vehicle body element such as a hood or a trunk. In one example, by utilizing lift gate cylinders coupled to the hood or trunk, during raising a hood or trunk, the fuel vapor system may be evacuated and during lowering the hood or trunk, the fuel vapor system may be pressurized. A change in vacuum or higher pressure in the fuel vapor system may be monitored over a time period to detect any undesirable evaporative emissions from the fuel vapor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Lucka, Dennis Seung-Man Yang, Aed M. Dudar, Mohammad R. Aghili
  • Patent number: 10093298
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to brake control and monitoring, and more particularly, to a brake control and monitoring system that monitors brake actuation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard A. Kipp
  • Patent number: 10089863
    Abstract: A management system of the mining machine includes a position information detector which detects position information about the mining machine; an operation information detector detecting operation information about the mining machine; and a first evaluation device evaluating the operation information based on the position information and the operation information. A route in a mine includes nodes disposed at a predetermined distance and links connecting between the adjacent nodes, and includes route information including a specific section in which a difference in a gradient between the adjacent links is a predetermined value or less, a difference in an orientation between the adjacent links is a predetermined value or less, and no intersection exists between the adjacent links. The first evaluation device evaluates the operation information in the specific section of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Motohide Sugihara, Koutarou Hori
  • Patent number: 9983096
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring fuel actuation system health are described herein. A method for monitoring fuel actuation system health may comprise: moving a metering valve from a first position to a second position; detecting a first travel distance of the metering valve; storing the first travel distance of the metering valve to memory to generate a first travel distance history; and determining a level of degradation of the fuel actuation system based on at least the first travel distance history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Angelo Martucci, William Donat, Amy R. Grace, Thomas A. Bush, Eric Nelson Hettler, Kevin Patrick McCormick
  • Patent number: 9886802
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply device including a power storage device includes: an inlet that is coupled to an external power supply via a charging cable when the power storage device is charged using the external power supply; an outlet that is coupled to an external device when power is supplied from the power storage device to the external device; a first power converter that is formed between the inlet and the power storage device and converts alternating current (AC) power into direct current (DC) power; a second power converter that is formed between the outlet and the power storage device and converts DC power into AC power; and a malfunction diagnosis unit that diagnoses malfunction of a power supply path in a state in which the inlet and the outlet are coupled to each other using the charging cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kentaro Ishii, Yo Masuda
  • Patent number: 9884524
    Abstract: A method for transmitting n identification signals (P1-P4) formulated according to n different protocols, using an electronic casing (6) provided on a wheel (2) of a vehicle, as part of an angular correlation locating procedure. An electronic casing (6) is used, which is programmed to carry out, per wheel turn, x transmissions commanded for x angular positions offset from each other by predetermined angular values and, during each sending operation, a fixed angular position of the electronic casing (6) is determined, to which position is assigned the reference angular position function for determining the x transmission angular positions of the electronic casing, and a burst of n identification signals sent consecutively for transmission successive angular positions of the electronic casing (6) is transmitted, each of the signals being formulated according to one of the n protocols and including data for identifying the electronic casing and the transmission angular position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Charles Huard, Sebastien Kessler
  • Patent number: 9879986
    Abstract: A method of determining cable angle includes acquiring image data of a cable and a load coupled to a rotorcraft using three-dimensional (3D) spatial perception system, constructing an image of the cable and load using the image data, and determining the angle of the cable relative to the external load at an interface of the cable and external load based on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sean S. Carlson, Cauvin Polycarpe, George N. Loussides, Garrett Pitcher
  • Patent number: 9849982
    Abstract: An end-effector for a hoist includes a drive and an articulating arm. The articulating arm includes support disks, control cables extending through the support disks, and a hoist cable extending through the support disks. The drive includes an actuator connected to one of the control cables. The actuator deploys and retracts the control cables, thereby displacing the articulating arm from an end-effector axis. The drive also includes a stabilizer mounted on a drive housing, the stabilizer generates a stabilizing moment in response to the articulating arm displacing from the end-effector axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Annina M. Baker Kreiser, David L. Kreiser, Ryan Brown, John Michael Burke, Aidan J. Rischmann
  • Patent number: 9790666
    Abstract: A calibration method includes: detecting a predetermined position of a work machine according to first and second methods in a different posture of the work machine; and obtaining a conversion information item used to convert a position detected by the first method from a coordinate system in the first method into a coordinate system different from that of the first method or obtaining a conversion information item used to convert a position detected by the second method from a coordinate system of the second method into a coordinate system different from that of the second method by using a first position information item as information for the predetermined position detected by the first method and a second position information item as information for the predetermined position detected by the second method in a posture of the work machine when the predetermined position is detected by the first method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun Kawamoto, Taiki Sugawara, Hiroyoshi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9739136
    Abstract: A method for calibrating sensors in a drilling apparatus provided with a movable carrier, a frame, a boom assembly mounted to rotate about a turning axis vertical to the frame, and an angle sensor for measuring the turning angle of the boom assembly and gravity-based inclination sensors for measuring inclination. When the boom assembly is turned in relation to the frame, the value of the turning angle and the inclination values provided by the inclination sensors are measured, and on the basis of the measured values, deviation of the values of the inclination sensors from the real inclination angle value are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SANDVIK MINING AND CONSTRUCTION OY
    Inventor: Ari Tuunanen
  • Patent number: 9725103
    Abstract: A method determines the occupancy of a rail vehicle. In order to be able to carry out such a method particularly easily with sufficient accuracy, switched-on states of mobile phones which are present on the rail vehicle are determined by a detecting device, and the occupancy of the rail vehicle is determined by an evaluation unit from the detected switched-on states. An arrangement also determines the occupancy of the rail vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellshaft
    Inventor: Henning Weigel
  • Patent number: 9643620
    Abstract: An automatic operation vehicle control apparatus includes a contact detecting unit, an override detecting unit, and an automatic operation control unit. The contact detecting unit detects the presence of contact of a hand or hands of a driver with a steering wheel of a vehicle. The override detecting unit detects the presence of override on the steering wheel by the driver on the basis of the result of the detection by the contact detecting unit. The automatic operation control unit switches the operation mode at least including the automatic operation and the manual operation of the vehicle on the basis of the result of the detection by the override detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shotaro Odate
  • Patent number: 9353908
    Abstract: The present application relates to a lubrication system (S) comprising dosing means (1-1) for feeding lubricant to a lubrication point. The invention is based on the idea that computerized control means (1-5, 1-6) are arranged to control the operation of the lubrication system (S). The dosing means (1-1) are configured to operate responsive to a control signal provided by the control means (1-5, 1-6) to adjust the amount of lubricant to be fed by the dosing means (1-1, 1-2) to a lubrication point as required by the control means, wherein the amount of lubricant can be adjusted lubrication-point-specifically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Jarno Kuvaja, Rauno Vehmaa, Juha Kärkkäinen, Teuvo Moilanen
  • Patent number: 9340111
    Abstract: A control device for an electric vehicle includes a converter circuit that converts a voltage input from an external power supply to a direct current having a predetermined value and outputs the direct current to a power storage unit, an inverter circuit that receives an arbitrary power supply from the external power supply or the power storage unit and converts power to an alternating current having a predetermined value, a converter control unit that controls the converter circuit based on a detection result of an abnormal state of the converter circuit and generates a protection status signal based on the detection result, and a inverter control unit that executes emergency control with respect to the inverter circuit, when the protection status signal is input, which indicates that the converter circuit is in an abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Kitanaka
  • Patent number: 9330508
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting vehicle information. A functional part of a vehicle is selected to be examined and information related to the selected function part is received. A vehicle model corresponding to the vehicle is retrieved. Based on the selected functional part and the vehicle model, a mode of operation is determined and used in presenting the vehicle model and the information so that a portion of the model corresponding to the functional part is visible and the information is presented with respect to the visible functional part of the presented model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Robert Hoevenaar
  • Patent number: 9309794
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the oil pressure of an internal combustion engine is disclosed herein. The system and/or method may estimate the oil pressure using the response of two variable camshaft timing actuators having respective phase angle change control signals. Specifically, the signals may be used to determine whether the oil pressure is below a low oil pressure threshold value. The rate of response of the actuators may also be used to determine a current engine oil pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Eastwood, Simon Cowling