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FLIGHT CONTROL FOR FLIGHT-RESTRICTED REGIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and devices are provided for providing flight response to flight-restricted regions. The location of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be compared with a location of a flight-restricted region. If needed a flight-response measure may be taken by the UAV to prevent the UAV from flying in a no-fly zone. Different flight-response measures may be taken based on the distance between the UAV and the flight-restricted region and the rules of a jurisdiction within which the UAV falls.



FLIGHT CONTROL FOR FLIGHT-RESTRICTED REGIONS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems, methods, and devices are provided for providing flight response to flight-restricted regions. The location of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may be compared with a location of a flight-restricted region. If needed a flight-response measure may be taken by the UAV to prevent the UAV from flying in a no-fly zone. Different flight-response measures may be taken based on the distance between the UAV and the flight-restricted region and the rules of a jurisdiction within which the UAV falls.



Method And System For Intelligent Traffic Jam Detection

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a method, apparatus, system and computer program configured to process traffic data and provide relevant information to a driver of a vehicle. A method that is disclosed includes receiving probe data from mobile probes; deriving, from the received probe data, an approximate traffic jam shape and traffic jam area; determining when and at what point a vehicle enters the traffic jam area, and an estimated trajectory of the vehicle within the traffic jam area; and based on the step of determining, generating and sending a message to the vehicle informing the vehicle of at least an estimated time when the vehicle will exit the traffic jam area.



SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TRAFFIC DATA AND DRIVING EFFICIENCY DATA

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Current and predicted traffic information is provided from incident data, traffic flow data, and media related to traffic received from multiple sources. The crowd sourced data may be provided passively by applications on remote mobile devices or actively by users operating the remote mobile devices. An application on a mobile device may receive the multiple data types, aggregate and validate the data, and provides traffic information for a user. The traffic information may relate to the current position and route of the user or a future route. The present technology may also provide driving efficiency information such as fuel consumption data, carbon footprint data, and a driving rating for a user associated with a vehicle.



CONTROL OF VEHICLE FEATURES BASED ON USER RECOGNITION AND IDENTIFICATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are presented for accepting inputs into a vehicle or other conveyance to control functions of the conveyance. A vehicle control system can receive gestures and other inputs. The vehicle control system can also obtain information about the user of the vehicle control system and information about the environment in which the conveyance is operating. Based on the input and the other information, the vehicle control system can modify or improve the performance or execution of user interface and functions of the conveyance. The changes make the user interfaces and/or functions user-friendly and intuitive.



ASSESSMENT OF ELECTRONIC SENSOR DATA TO REMOTELY IDENTIFY A MOTOR VEHICLE AND MONITOR DRIVER BEHAVIOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computing device is connected to a motor vehicle's diagnostic port or communication port to acquire vehicle sensor data, for example from various pressure, temperature, oxygen, fuel and other sensors typically installed on a motor vehicle for other reasons. Acquired sensor data is wirelessly transmitted to a remote server where the acquired sensor data can be compared to a database of stored sensor data to identify the motor vehicle. Additional functionality is described that leverages uploaded sensor data. Sensor data may be uploaded to the server in near-real time, and/or buffered locally and uploaded by periodic or episodic, push or pull communication protocols.



METHOD FOR SUPPORTING A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for assisting a vehicle which is determined to be undrivable, which includes requesting an assistance vehicle by position information of the vehicle and navigating the assistance vehicle to the vehicle by the position information. The method determines, using a cause of why the vehicle is undrivable further, whether restoring the driving capability of the vehicle requires human assistance and navigates the vehicle with the assistance vehicle in a driverless state to a location of the vehicle at least if the restoring process does not require human assistance or merely requires remote human assistance. Also disclosed is a method for assisting a vehicle which requires repair and/or maintenance, wherein the vehicle is taken in a driverless state to a repair location.



ADAPTIVE BOOT SEQUENCE FOR VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mobile communication system and a method of providing content data to user of a vehicle using the communication system. The method includes: determining at a vehicle a last-used content data function associated with a previous ignition cycle, wherein the last-used content data function was used to provide content data to vehicle users; determining an adaptive boot sequence that includes the last-used content data function; executing the adaptive boot sequence at a subsequent ignition cycle which includes initiating the last-used content data function; and providing content data in the vehicle via the last-used content data function.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRAVERSING CORNERS OF A FLOORED AREA WITH A ROBOTIC SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A robotic surface treatment apparatus treats corners of rooms more effectively through intricate guidance of the apparatus through inside and outside corners. In one aspect, contact and/or non-contact sensors provide information to one or more on-board processors on the apparatus to enable selective overriding of obstacle avoidance program code and allow the apparatus to get closer to walls to facilitate treatment. In another aspect, the sensors provide information to the on-board processors to control backup motion of the apparatus to cover previously-missed areas when turning corners. In yet another aspect, the apparatus is shaped to have its treatment mechanism positioned more closely to the front of the apparatus to enable treatment more closely to walls near corners. In one embodiment, the robotic surface treatment apparatus is a robotic vacuum. The vacuum may have its cleaning brush positioned near a flat front portion of the apparatus.



MOVING ROBOT AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A robot cleaner having a main body, a driving unit for moving the main body, a sensing unit for sensing information related to an obstacle, and a controller for controlling the driving unit to prevent collision of the main body with the obstacle. The controller controls the driving unit to reverse the main body with respect to the obstacle so as to prevent the main body from contacting the obstacle based on a distance between the main body and the obstacle.



AUTOMATED DRIVING SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A driving plan of the vehicle is generated based on the map information and the information on the surroundings of the vehicle detected by a detection sensor, and an automated driving operation of the vehicle is controlled based on this driving plan. When a change in the operating state of the engine is predicted from the driving plan, an advanced control of the control command value of the engine operation control device where the control command value of the engine operation control device is made to change is started in advance of the predicted change of the operating state of the engine. When there is a demand for sudden stop of the vehicle contrary to the driving plan of the vehicle, this advanced control is stopped.



CELL TOWER INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE SYSTEMS AND METHODS USING ROBOTIC DEVICES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for installation and maintenance of cell site components on a cell tower with a robotic device includes causing the robotic device to traverse the cell tower to a desired location proximate to the cell site components; at the desired location and stabilized to the cell tower, causing manipulation components to perform one or more of installation and maintenance of the cell site components; and, subsequent to the one or more of installation and maintenance of the cell site components, causing the robotic device to scale down the cell tower.



MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method including, when having completed a task with respect to a first coverage region, selecting a support-target robot from within a robot group, which is a plurality of robots capable of communicating with the first robot, starting to cause the first robot to move toward a second coverage region assigned to the selected second robot, and, when the first robot become newly possible to communicate with a third robot from among the plurality of robots while moving toward the second coverage region, determining whether to alter the support-target robot to the third robot, when the support-target robot is determined to be altered to third robot, starting to cause the first robot to move toward a third coverage region that is assigned to the third robot.



AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT NAVIGATION TO A SHIPPING LOCATION USING ELEMENTS OF A WIRELESS NODE NETWORK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods, media, and node-enabled autonomous transport vehicles are described for navigating to a shipping location using a plurality of nodes in a wireless node network. A node associated with the autonomous transport vehicle, such as a mobile master node, detects a signal broadcast from an ID node associated with the shipping location, and instructs the ID node to lower a power level of the broadcast signal. The mobile master node identifies the signal broadcast from the ID node with the lowered power level, and determines a direction of the ID node relative to the mobile master node based upon the detected signal with the lowered power level. The mobile master node then navigates to the ID node associated with the shipping location based upon the determined direction, which may involve providing the determined direction to an input for the vehicle's control system.



VESSEL-TOWED MULTIPLE SENSOR SYSTEMS AND RELATED METHODS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An embodiment can include a vessel-towed system that includes a first towing/communication interface system, e.g., a first tow cable with a fiber optic system, and spaced apart buoys for supporting the first tow cable. A first mobile structure including a first control system and first type of emitter, e.g., an attraction system, is connected to the first tow cable. A second mobile structure is provided that can include an underwater towed emitter such as an audio emulation system. The first and second emitters can be configured emit a first and second plurality of emissions for inducing a receiving entity response. The second mobile structure is coupled with the first mobile structure with a second tow cable that comprises another fiber optic cable. An automated response or manual control systems can be provided on the towing vessel and the first mobile structure adapted to operate the first and second emitters.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING CHARTING TASKS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for accessing information on an electronic version of an navigation information display is described. The method includes displaying navigation information in a first portion of a display of a device, the device incorporating a touch screen, sensing a user touch on the touch screen, determining, by the device, a selected location on the touch screen where the user touch has occurred, correlating the selected location on the touch screen where the user touch has occurred with a location on the navigation information display, displaying a magnified area of a portion of the navigation information proximate the location on the touch screen where the user touch occurred, and displaying textual information related to the magnified area in a second portion of the display device.



NAVIGATION WITH CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Many applications provide a map to a user. The user may activate a location on the map in order to see street-level images of the activated location. When the user activates the location to view the street-level images, a second map may be shown to the user, along with the street-level images. Any contextual information, such as search results, contacts, favorites, and/or other types of information may be included on the second map, so that the user can see this contextual information while viewing the street-level images. The user may activate different items of contextual information, thereby being able to move from a street-level image of one location to a street-level image of another location.



Navigation Peek Ahead and Behind in a Navigation Application

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of providing a sequence of turn-by-turn navigation instructions on a device traversing a route is provided. Each turn-by-turn navigation instruction is associated with a location on the route. As the device traverses along the route, the method displays a turn-by-turn navigation instruction associated with a current location of the device. The method receives a touch input through a touch input interface of the device while displaying a first turn-by-turn navigation instruction and a first map region that displays the current location and a first location associated with the first turn-by-turn navigation instruction. In response to receiving the touch input, the method displays a second turn-by-turn navigation instruction and a second map region that displays a second location associated with the second turn-by-turn navigation instruction. Without receiving additional input, the method automatically returns to the display of the first turn-by-turn navigation instruction and the first map region.



CONTROLLING TRAVEL ROUTE PLANNING MODULE BASED UPON USER TRAVEL PREFERENCE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for controlling a travel route planning module associated with a user device. Travel related data, for a user and regarding previously traveled routes by the user, may be indicative of user travel preferences and/or behaviors. The travel related data is evaluated against computed routes derived from different weighting values applied to travel metrics (e.g., a cost associated with a U-turn, a highway, an industrial zone, etc.). For example, weighting values may be iteratively adjusted to generate a plurality of modified computed routes that may be evaluated to identify a target computed route having a similarity to a previously traveled route of the user above a threshold. User preference weighted travel metrics, generated based upon weighted travel metrics of the target computed route, are used to control a travel route planning module to generate a customized travel route for the user.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This application is directed to a geographic information display method. While a first mobile device is executing an instant messaging application, it obtains its own geographic location information, a second mobile device's geographic location information, and a first timestamp at which the geographic location information is recorded. The first mobile device then displays a map associated with the first timestamp on a user interface. The displayed map includes two marks that represent the locations of the first and second mobile devices, respectively, and instant messages exchanged between these two mobile devices are displayed on the map adjacent to the two marks. As the first mobile device obtains geographic location information in association with a second timestamp, it updates the displayed map to reflect variations of the locations of the mobile devices, while the mark corresponding to the first mobile device is displayed at a fixed location on the user interface.



RIDE-SHARING ROUTING USING CONTEXTUAL CONSTRAINTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computing device may receive an indication of a change in constraint data, the change altering a vehicle-external factor used to determine at least one of a time, cost, intermediate waypoint, origin, and destination constraint of an upcoming user route; determine an alternate route for the user in accordance with the constraint, as altered; and send an update to a mobile device of the user indicating the alternate route. A mobile device of a user may receive, from the user, a contextual constraint specifying an element of external constraint data to be tested and a value against which the element is to be tested; display, to the user, a route constructed satisfying the contextual constraint based on the external constraint data; and when the external constraint data is changed, display a received message indicating a proposed update to the route.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING ELECTRONIC MAP DISPLAYS WITH POINTS-OF-INTEREST INFORMATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are provided for generating an electronic map display. In one implementation, a method is provided for determining a route distance based on information for a route, comparing the route distance with a distance threshold, generating a list of points of interest (POIs) when the route distance is less than the distance threshold, the list of POIs identifying POIs that are located along the route, grouping the POIs into one or more buckets based on location, calculating POI densities of the buckets based on the POIs included in each corresponding bucket, ranking the buckets based on the POI densities, providing POI information associated with the POIs included in the ranked buckets, wherein the POI information is provided based on the ranking of the buckets, and generating an electronic map display with the POI information.



RIDE-SHARING USER PATH DISTURBANCES AND USER RE-ROUTING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A ride-sharing server may receive an indication of a disturbance of one or more paths within a multi-modal transportation system. The server may also identify a ride-sharing user as scheduled to travel, using a rented vehicle, along the one or more paths indicated as being disturbed; determine an alternate route for the ride-sharing user; and send an update to a mobile device of the ride-sharing user indicating the alternate route. A mobile device of a ride-sharing user may receive, from the ride-sharing server, the alternate route, and send, to the ride-sharing server, an acceptance or cancellation of the alternate route. A rental server may be informed of the change in status of the rented vehicle.



AN APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus, method and computer program wherein the apparatus comprises: processing circuitry; and memory circuitry including computer program code; the memory circuitry and the computer program code configured to, with the processing circuitry, cause the apparatus at least to perform: obtaining information from at least one sensor wherein the information comprises a current location of a vehicle; using the obtained information to determine an autonomous evacuation strategy for the vehicle; and enabling the vehicle to access the autonomous evacuation strategy when an emergency is detected.



MARINE NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH IMPROVED CONTOUR LINES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A marine navigation device comprises a location determining element, a display, a memory element, and a processing element. The location determining element determines a current geolocation of a marine vessel on a first body of water. The display displays a map representation. The memory element stores digital elevation model data and sonar data for a plurality of bodies of water. The processing element is in communication with the memory element and is configured to select the digital elevation model data or the sonar data from the memory element corresponding to the first body of water, calculate contour line data, the contour line data determining a plurality of contour lines, update the contour line data by selectively removing at least a portion of the contour lines, and generate a map representation including contour lines derived from the updated contour line data, and control the display to visually present the map representation.



DATA PROCESSING DEVICE, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD FOR ASSISTING FORMULATION OF BUNKERING PLAN OF SHIP

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A fuel oil information providing server device acquires a reference fuel oil price at bunkering locations on a sailing route specified by a voyage ID input to a terminal device by a user or at which a ship is able to call from the sailing route, and data indicating conditions for correcting the reference fuel oil price, and specifies a fuel oil price obtained by correcting the reference fuel oil price indicated by the acquired data in accordance with the conditions. Fuel oil information providing server device generates display instruction data for instructing that a specified fuel oil price be displayed as a list along with determination rules for a bunkering amount at one or more bunkering locations, and outputs the data to a terminal device that displays information to be used for formulating a bunkering plan.



METHOD FOR NAVIGATION AND JOINT COORDINATION OF AUTOMATED DEVICES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to methods for controlling automated devices. The method comprises locating at least one automated device on an area being controlled and placing an observation device, before the automated device starts operation, over the area being controlled on a flying device or tower, said observation device being capable of receiving and transmitting a control signal to the automated device and determining the coordinates of the flying device, whereupon said observation device controls at least said one automated device. The invention simplifies control of the automated device and improves the accuracy with which its coordinates are determined.



Self-Propelled Off-Road Agricultural Vehicle With A Dynamically Reconfiguring Speed Control And Display System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A self-propelled off-road agricultural vehicle with a dynamically reconfiguring speed control and display system is provided that allows for on-the-go range selection and range modification, without having to release a joystick control and while providing range and speed information on an animated or dynamically reconfiguring speedometer. The system may include an animated speedometer that automatically reconfigures to shown visually change in a manner that shows changed range characteristics including different ranges and different range maximum speeds. This may include changing color of a sweep portion of a dynamic scale of the animated speedometer. The system may allow dual speed change capability configured to allow an operator to change the limits of the speed ranges through either a touchscreen such as an HMI (human machine interface) or control buttons of a grip of a joystick.



METHOD FOR STARTING AND STOPPING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF AN INDUSTRIAL TRUCK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for starting and stopping an internal combustion engine of an industrial truck, wherein said industrial truck comprises an electric starter and an auxiliary hydraulic starter. Said method comprises steps of testing safety conditions (103), detecting instructions or requests from the operator (104), and testing auxiliary hydraulic starting conditions (105).



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CONDENSATION IN EGR SYSTEMS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for condensation management in a low-pressure loop EGR system are provided. The system includes an EGR condensation temperature module configured to determine an EGR condensation temperature of recirculated exhaust gas upstream of an EGR cooler and an EGR coolant temperature controller communicably coupled to the EGR condensation temperature module. The EGR coolant temperature controller provides EGR coolant to the EGR cooler at or above the EGR condensation temperature. The system also includes a charge air condensation temperature module configured to determine a charge air condensation temperature of charge air upstream of a charge air cooler and a charge air coolant temperature controller communicably coupled to the charge air condensation temperature module. The charge air coolant temperature controller provides charge air coolant to the charge air cooler at or above the charge air condensation temperature.



Electrically Detecting Position of Fuel Admission Valves

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An internal combustion engine including a fuel system and cylinders is described. A gaseous fuel admission valve is associated with each cylinder and configured to connect the fuel system with each respective cylinder. A control unit is electrically connected to each of gaseous fuel admission valves and, for each gaseous fuel admission valve, configured to provide an opening electrical current to open the gaseous fuel admission valve, a holding electrical current to hold the gaseous fuel admission valve in an open position and a detection electrical current to detect the position of the gaseous fuel admission valve. The control unit is further configured to determine whether the gaseous fuel admission valve is closed based on the time required to achieve the detection electrical current.



CONTROL SYSTEM FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A control system reduces the amount of fuel injected from a second fuel injector in one cycle to an amount smaller than a second basic injection amount according to operating conditions of an internal combustion engine, and increases the amount of fuel injected from a first fuel injector in one cycle to an amount larger than a first basic injection amount according to operating conditions of the engine, during a predetermined period after a flow restricting operation is finished, so as to reduce fluctuations in the air-fuel ratio due to fluctuations in the wall temperature.



CONTROLLER MODULATED OIL SYSTEM FOR A GAS TURBINE PROPULSION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Technologies for controlling a lubrication subsystem of a gas turbine propulsion system are disclosed herein. The propulsion system includes several distributed lubricant pumps. Each lubricant pump is coupled to a lubricant circuit that includes a corresponding lubricated component of the propulsion system. The lubricated components may include engine bearing sumps or heat exchangers. The propulsion system includes a propulsion system controller coupled to the lubricant pumps. The propulsion system controller receives input data indicative of a current operating condition of the propulsion system, determines pump control settings based on the current operating condition, and controls each of the lubricant pumps according to a corresponding pump control setting. The propulsion system controller may detect that a lubricant pump has failed and redirect a lubricant circuit corresponding to the failed lubricant pump. The input data may be indicative of lubricant flow rate, pressure, temperature, engine load, or electrical power generation load.



METHOD FOR ON-BOARD DIAGNOSIS OF AN OXIDATION CATALYST IN AN EXHAUST-GAS SYSTEM OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for on-board diagnosis of an oxidation catalyst in an exhaust-gas system of an internal combustion engine of a vehicle having an engine control device and a temperature sensor in the exhaust gas system upstream from a downstream side of said oxidation catalyst. The method includes operating the internal combustion engine is in an overrun mode, and injecting a quantity of fuel upstream from the oxidation catalyst. The change of temperature values over time is measured by the temperature sensor, and at least one physical quantity that characterizes the heat release in said oxidation catalyst is calculated on the basis of said amount of injected fuel. The method further includes ascertaining whether the calculated quantity falls within a set of values, and, if so, declaring that said oxidation catalyst is considered to be defective.



Detection of An Improper Reductant in a Storage Tank

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An aftertreatment system comprises an exhaust reductant storage tank and a SCR system including a catalyst fluidly coupled thereto. The aftertreatment system also includes a controller configured to interpret an output signal indicative of a catalytic efficiency of the catalyst. The output signal is filtered using a fast filter to obtain a fast filter response signal, and also using a slow filter to obtain a slow filter response signal. It is determined if the fast filter response signal exceeds a first threshold and if the slow filter response signal exceeds a second threshold. In response to determining that the fast filter response signal exceeds the first threshold, and the slow filter signal response exceeds the second threshold, an indication is provided that an improper exhaust reductant is present in the storage tank.



Electromagnet valve actuation with controller

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This patent discloses Electromagnetic Valve Actuation and magnet controller. The valve movement is controlled by an upper and lower electromagnet opposite each other on the central vertical axis. The lower magnet rests in the valve spring seat allowing the valve to retain stock position in the cylinder head. The valve is threaded for a valve keeper that is placed between the upper and lower magnets. It changes the magnetic force into valve motion. The upper magnets are placed above the valve keepers with a valve cover of non-magnetic material that aligns and retains the upper magnets. The Top Dead Center Indicator (TDCI) is also disclosed. The TDCI is driven by the crankshaft to indicate when the engine has reached top dead center for cylinder #1. A magnet controller (Valve Control Module) is also disclosed. It is a Processor based controller that actuates Silicon rectifiers (SCR). The firmware to control is also disclosed. The firmware works with the trigger wheel on the engine to indicate the “Specific Count” number for valve operation. The firmware has “Valve Maps” for variable duration and lift or a specific single count number.



SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING NON-CONTACT BASED DETERMINATION OF THE POSITION OF AN IMPLEMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems for performing non-contact based determination of the position of an implement. In one embodiment, a non-contact based measurement system is used to determine the relative position of an implement coupled with a mobile machine. The geographic position of the mobile machine is determined and the geographic position of said implement based upon the geographic position of the mobile machine and the position of the implement relative to the mobile machine.



Constant Net Implement Pump Valve Flow

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A control system for a machine having a cylinder and an accessory is disclosed. The control system may include a pump configured to provide fluid to the cylinder and the accessory, and a controller operatively connected to the pump. The controller may be configured to operate the pump to provide a primary flow to the cylinder at up to a predetermined maximum level for the cylinder. The predetermined maximum level for the cylinder may be less than a maximum flow capability of the pump. The controller may also be configured to operate the pump to provide a secondary flow to the accessory utilizing a remaining fluid.



Control Apparatus for Hydraulic Heavy Machinery

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a control apparatus for a hydraulic machine comprising: a remote control unit, a valve arrangement for activation means of the remote control unit, each valve arrangement comprising a first valve means in fluid communication with a second valve means; a controller means operable to control the opening and closing of the first valve means of the associated valve arrangement to regulate the flow of hydraulic fluid from the first valve means to the second valve means, wherein, the second valve means in each valve arrangement is moved between first and second configurations to enable the functions of the hydraulic machine to switch between remote control mode and cab control mode when the conditions dictate that it may no longer be practical or safe for a user to remain in the cab. The invention also relates to a method of fitting the control apparatus to a hydraulic machine, and to an interface harness for connecting the control apparatus to such a hydraulic machine. Once the control apparatus is fitted the hydraulic machine may be operated in either manual or remote mode. When the conditions that necessitated the use of remote operation have passed the operator may return to the cab and operate the machine again as a standard machine.



WORK STATE MONITORING DEVICE FOR WORK VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A work state monitoring device for a work vehicle is provided, such that an operator can perform the work without receiving a warning. The work state monitoring device acquires a current work state of a crane using work posture detectors. A calculator calculates at least a predetermined work state corresponding to a warning load factor based on the current work state acquired by the work posture detectors. A monitor informs an operator of the predetermined work state calculated by the calculator.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING AND DEPLOYING SATELLITES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A satellite deployment system has a plurality of releasable dispenser modules that are attached to each other with each module carrying satellites. Each dispenser module acts as an individual final stage with its own propulsion unit and deploys a subset of satellites to the appropriate altitude and orbit. Since each dispenser module can deploy its satellites far from other dispenser modules, the risk of collision among the satellites is greatly reduced, which allows a large number of satellites to be launched in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A PLURALITY OF CRITICAL FUNCTIONS IN AN AIRCRAFT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and a method are disclosed for managing a plurality of critical functions in an aircraft, the system comprising at least one data providing unit for providing digital signals, wherein at least one digital signal is associated with a given critical function of the plurality of critical functions; at least one transmission path coupled to the at least one providing unit; a memory unit for storing an operating system and a plurality of critical applications managing the plurality of critical functions; and a processing unit operatively coupled to the memory unit and configured to receive the digital signals along the at least one transmission path, the processing unit for executing the operating system and the plurality of critical applications, wherein the execution of the plurality of critical applications is managed by the operating system to accommodate fast loops and to ensure independence of the plurality of critical applications.



AIRCRAFT EQUIPPED WITH A DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE ELECTRONIC MANAGEMENT OF THE ENGINES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An aircraft comprising at least two engines and an electronic management arrangement comprising a control computer for each engine, each computer being configured for monitoring the operation of its associated engine and for activating an engine protection mode when the engine operation exceeds predetermined operational limits The electronic management arrangement furthermore comprises an engine interface device to which the control computers are connected, the device prohibiting the activation of a protection mode by a control computer when a protection mode is activated by another control computer. A monitoring device is connected to the control computers and receives an information signal from each control computer to indicate if a protection mode is activated and transmits, in the case where a protection mode is activated on at least two engines, a control signal to the control computer having last activated a protection mode to cancel the activation of the protection mode.



AIRCRAFT OPERATIONAL ANOMALY DETECTION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An example method includes receiving, by an aircraft interface device installed on an aircraft, data corresponding to operational characteristics of the aircraft, and determining, by the aircraft interface device, whether the data corresponding to the operational characteristics of the aircraft indicates that an aircraft anomaly condition is present. The method further includes storing, by the aircraft interface device, selected data corresponding to the operational characteristics of the aircraft at a first storage frequency in response to determining that the aircraft anomaly condition is not present, and storing, by the aircraft interface device, the selected data corresponding to the operational characteristics of the aircraft at a second storage frequency that is greater than the first storage frequency in response to determining that the aircraft anomaly condition is present.



AIRCRAFT FUEL SHUTOFF INTERLOCK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for hindering the pilot from inadvertently turning off the fuel and/or engine when it is not safe is disclosed. In an embodiment, a fuel shutoff interlock is engaged if the aircraft is in the air and cross-side engine is not running. In an embodiment, a fuel shutoff interlock is not engaged if essential bus power is not present. In an embodiment, a fuel shutoff interlock is not engaged if the aircraft is on the ground. In an embodiment, a fuel shutoff interlock is not engaged if the cross-side engine is running.



METHOD AND A DEVICE FOR MANAGING A LOSS OF POWER ON A THREE-ENGINED POWER PLANT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of managing a loss of power from a power plant having three engines. During a monitoring step, each engine is monitored in order to detect whether the engine is suffering a loss of power. During a verification step, it is determined whether the power plant is overpowered. During a signalling step, a first alert is generated when an engine has lost power but the power plant is in fact overpowered, and a second alert different from the first alert is generated when an engine has lost power and the power plant is not overpowered.



FLIGHT RECORDER WITH REDUNDANT EJECTABLE FLIGHT DATA MEMORY MODULES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A flight data memory module (1) has a data memory device (2) for storing data, a data receiver device (3, 4) for receiving the data and a sheath (8) enclosing the data memory device (2). The sheath (8) has a spherical, ellipsoid, ovoid and/or rounded convex wall. A flight data memory device (11) has a plurality of flight data memory modules (1), a receptacle for arranging the plurality of flight data memory modules (1) in and/or on an aircraft and an ejector device (12) for mechanically ejecting the flight data memory modules (1). A flight data storage system (10) has a flight data memory device (11), a data-collecting device (16) for collecting data in a flight data system (17) and a data-transmitting device (15) for transmitting the data collected by the data-collecting device (16) to at least one of the flight data memory modules (1).



BICYCLE CONTROLLER

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A bicycle motor control system is provided. The bicycle motor control system may be configured to control a drive motor that configured to output a driving force. The controller may be configured to receive a first user input and increase the driving force based on the first user input so as to set a boost ratio, and automatically reduce the driving force based on a factor other than the first user input.



MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A transportation device, in particular a foot scooter, for the locomotion of a person, the transportation device including a footboard having a deck for accommodating the person, the transportation device being propellable by a push-off by the person, the transportation device including a motor for supporting the propulsion of the transportation device, the transportation device including a detection device for detecting a push-off state and a control device for controlling the support of the propulsion as a function of the detected push-off state, the detection device including a sensing device (10) for detecting a force exerted by a person on the deck.



Method For Carrying Out A Parking Process Of A Motor Vehicle Into A Transverse Parking Space, Parking Assistance System and Motor Vehicle

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to a method for performing a parking operation of a motor vehicle (1) into a transverse parking space (14) by means of a parking assistance system (2) of the motor vehicle (1), wherein environmental information to an environment (9) of the motor vehicle (1) is captured by a sensor device (4) of the parking assistance system (2) and the transverse parking space (14) is detected depending on the environmental information by a control device (3) of the parking assistance system (2) and control signals (11) are delivered at least to a steering system (10) of the motor vehicle (1), by which the motor vehicle (1) is guided from a current position through an entry side (22) of the transverse parking space (14) into the transverse parking space (14), wherein a rear boundary (17) is detected by the parking assistance system (2) based on the environmental information, which bounds the transverse parking space (14) on a rear side (16) opposing the entry side (22) in parking space longitudinal direction (19), and a target orientation of the motor vehicle (1) for a target position in the transverse parking space (14) is determined based on the rear boundary (17).



FOUR-WHEEL STEERING ADJUSTABLE TO SENSITIVITY OF OPERATOR CONTROLS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A “dead-band” range may be provided for automatically selecting between two-wheel and four-wheel steering for an agricultural machine. When the machine is being steered minimally within a first band (within the dead-band range), such as in a straightaway path, two-wheel steering may be automatically selected. However, when the machine is being increasingly steered thereby reaching a second band (beyond the dead-band range), four-wheel steering may be automatically selected. An operator may monitor the state of the machine steering via a touchscreen Human Machine Interface (HMI) in the cabin. The operator may also adjust the dead-band range by increasing or decreasing sensitivity via the HMI.



ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

[Problem] An object of the present invention is to provide an electric power steering apparatus that suppresses the vibration of the operating member such as the handle and improves the steering feeling due to the characteristic compensation of the assist map, without of the change of the PI-control gain in the current control section.[Means for Solving the Problem]The present invention is an electric power steering apparatus that calculates a current command value with reference to an assist map inputting a steering torque and assist-controls a steering system of a vehicle by driving a motor based on the current command value, comprising: a first compensating section provided at a front stage of the assist map; and a second compensating section provided at a rear stage of the assist map; wherein the current command value is calculated with a characteristic of which sloping increases for an absolute value of the steering torque being inputted into the first compensating section and is outputted from the second compensating section, and vibrations of operating members are suppressed.



DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING RESTORATION OF MDPS SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for controlling restoration of a motor driven power steering (MDPS) system may include a controller configured to control an MDPS system model to output a target steering column speed command corresponding to a restoration control torque command based on a received error between a target steering column speed and an actual steering column speed, and a disturbance observer configured to compensate for a disturbance included in an output of the MDPS system model to provide the disturbance to an output of the controller, in which the output of the MDPS system model may be fed back to an input of the controller.



Rail Vehicle Unit

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A rail vehicle combination has a first motor train unit and at least one second motor train unit, each of which has a drive mechanism and a brake mechanism. Each of the brake mechanisms of the at least two motor train units has a plurality of brake units. In order to obtain a flexible utilization of the brake mechanism capacities of the coupled motor train units, a brake effect management system is formed in the coupled state. The management system is of a higher order than the brake mechanisms and is connected thereto. The management system is configured to distribute a braking effect onto the brake units of the at least two motor train units.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS FOR VEHICLE CONTROL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle control system and method determine one or more designated speeds of a trip plan for a trip of a vehicle system along a route. The trip plan can designate the one or more designated speeds as a function of one or more of time or distance along the route for the trip. Geometry of the route that the vehicle system will travel along during the trip is determined, as well as one or more prospective forces that will be exerted on the vehicle system during movement of the vehicle system along the route for the trip based at least in part on the geometry of the route. The trip plan is revised to reduce at least one of the prospective forces by reducing at least one of the designated speeds of the trip plan based on the one or more prospective forces that are determined.



LOCATION AND/OR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for determining a direction of travel of a vehicle and/or identifying a misplaced wayside device obtain location data from wayside devices. The location data are representative of locations of the wayside devices along a route being traveled by a vehicle. The system and method also determine whether the location data in a series of the wayside devices exhibit an increase or a decrease in the location data across the wayside devices in the series and, responsive to determining whether the location data in the series of the wayside devices does exhibit the increase or the decrease in the location data, the system and method determine a direction of travel of the vehicle along the route, determine a location of the vehicle along the route, and/or identify a misplaced wayside device.



SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING RAILROAD OPERATIONS AND ASSETS USING FREQUENTLY ACQUIRED, PATH ORIENTED, GEOSPATIAL AND TIME REGISTERED, SENSOR MAPPED DATA

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to the present invention a system and method is provided for managing both fixed and moving railroad assets for increasing payload throughout and operational efficiency, and enhancing public and worker safety. Moreover, according to the present invention, security is providing thereby enhancing operational efficiency and reducing the cost of risk mitigation. The present invention is accomplished through the use of computerized hardware and software utilizing mobile railway platform-acquired, path-oriented, geospatially aligned, sensor mapped multi-phenomena data together with high frequency path monitoring. According to the present invention, augmented reality, spatial awareness and databases may be incorporated along with large scale databases, so that railroad assets, both moving and non-moving, are monitored and compared with historical conditions to ascertain changes indicative of problem states.



STORING USER GESTURES IN A USER PROFILE DATA TEMPLATE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to create, modify, and maintain profiles associated with users. The user profiles are generated based on selectively collecting data associated with the users. Although each user profile may include settings, preferences, habits, and content associated with an individual user and/or vehicle, some user profiles may represent multiple users. These user profiles can change a configuration of a vehicle to match settings for a user, such as a driver and/or passenger. The configurations may also include the recognition of a unique set of gestures for a user. Further, the user profiles can be transferred from vehicle-to-vehicle and/or user-to-user.



DRIVER ASSISTANCE FOR A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are systems and techniques for automated driver assistance in a vehicle having an Idle Stop and Go (ISG) function that controls an engine of the vehicle. A driver assistance apparatus includes at least one object detection sensor configured to acquire an image of a view ahead of the vehicle or a view around the vehicle, and a processor configured to detect information from the acquired image. The processor determines navigation information related to the vehicle, and provides a control signal to enable or disable the ISG function based on at least one of the information detected from the acquired image or the navigation information.



Vehicular System, ECU, Storing Instruction Transmission Device, And Storing Request Transmission Device

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicular system includes a master ECU, a first slave ECU, and a second slave ECU. The second slave ECU transmits a storing request to the master ECU on detection of a malfunction. The master ECU transmits a storing instruction for causing diagnostic information to be stored, on reception of the storing request. The first slave ECU generates diagnostic information on the first slave ECU, on reception of the storing instruction from the master ECU. The first slave ECU further stores the generated diagnostic information in a retention storage medium. The retention storage medium is configured to retain validity determination information in a condition where the first slave ECU is not supplied with electric power source.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DRUNK DRIVING PREVENTION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system for remotely monitoring intoxication of a user, including: detecting a vehicle-user interaction; prompting the user to provide a breath sample, in response to detecting the vehicle-user interaction; transmitting a breath sample signal, derived from reception of the breath sample from the user, to a mobile computing device; determining a value of an intoxication metric for the user based upon the breath sample signal; and based upon the value of the intoxication metric, performing an action to deter operation of the vehicle by the user.



CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A belt tension control device is mounted on a hybrid vehicle that is provided with an engine, a motor, a belt transmitting power between the engine and the motor, and tension changing means capable of changing tension applied to the belt. The belt tension control device is provided with control means for estimating a combustion torque relating to ignition start-up or a motor torque relating to the motor which is required to start the engine before the engine start-up and controlling the tension changing means to change the tension applied to the belt, based on the estimated motor torque before the engine is started, according to the estimated combustion torque so that torque to be transmitted to the engine from the motor is transmitted via the belt.



TRAVEL CONTROL APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A travel control apparatus is configured to perform an overtaking travel on a host vehicle with a vehicle travelling ahead as an overtaking target vehicle during an autonomous driving of the host vehicle. In a case where the overtaking travel starts, the apparatus determines whether or not the overtaking target vehicle accelerates during the overtaking travel. In a case where it is determined that the overtaking target vehicle accelerates, the apparatus determines whether or not a front vehicle is present in front of the overtaking target vehicle. In a case where it is determined that the front vehicle is not present, the apparatus stops the overtaking travel of the host vehicle, and in a case where it is determined that the front vehicle is present, the apparatus continues the overtaking travel of the host vehicle under a predetermined condition.



AN APPARATUS, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENABLING CONTROL OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus, method and computer program the apparatus comprising: processing circuitry (5); and memory circuitry (7) including computer program code (11); the memory circuitry and the computer program code configured to, with the processing circuitry, cause the apparatus at least to perform: obtaining information from a plurality of sensors wherein the plurality of sensors are located on a plurality of vehicles; analysing the obtained information to determine whether at least one vehicle is exposed to risk; and if it is determined that at least one vehicle is exposed to risk, enabling one or more of the plurality of vehicles to activate a defensive mode of operation.



Automated Vehicle Parameter Modification Based On Operator Override

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for automated operation of a host-vehicle includes a controller configured to operate the host-vehicle during automated operation of the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to do so in accordance with a parameter stored in the controller. The controller is also configured to determine when an operator of the host-vehicle uses a vehicle-control-input to override the controller and thereby operate the host-vehicle in a manner different from that which is in accordance with the parameter. The controller is also configured to modify the parameter in accordance with the manner of the operator.



VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle control system to reduce shocks under an autonomous mode is provided. The vehicle control system is configured to select an operating mode of a vehicle from a manual mode in which a driving force and a braking force are controlled manually by a driver, and an autonomous mode in which the driving force and the braking force are controlled autonomously. A controller is configured to execute a fuel cut-off control, and a threshold selected under the autonomous mode is set in such a manner as to terminate the fuel cut-off control earlier than under the manual mode.



REAL-TIME ANTICIPATORY SPEED CONTROL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An anticipatory speed-control system and method for generating a speed profile in real time by iteratively calculating proposed reduced speeds associated with an electronically identified target curve until the proposed speed is compliant with a lateral-acceleration-based comfort metric and a steering-angle-based safety metric and implementing the speed profile in accordance with a longitudinal comfort metric and providing a user with override options.



VEHICLE TRAVEL CONTROL DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle travel control device that makes a vehicle travel on the basis of a target travel trajectory, wherein when it is determined that the direction of the vehicle is outward in the lane width direction on the basis of the lane center of the target lane, the vehicle travel control device generates the target travel trajectory on the assumption that the direction of the vehicle is a direction along the lane center of the target lane or is inward in the lane width direction on the basis of the lane center of the target lane.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE FOR A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for driver assistance for a first vehicle includes monitoring, using a detection arrangement provided with the first vehicle, a predefined area surrounding the first vehicle, identifying a road condition ahead of the first vehicle and within the predefined area, the road condition fulfilling a predetermined risk criteria, identifying a second vehicle initiating a maneuver for overtaking the first vehicle, and determining a collision risk level for the first and/or second vehicle during the overtaking maneuver.



AUTOMATED PARKING SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for determining the position of a motor vehicle on a traffic area of a parking facility includes the steps of scanning a camera image of the traffic area including the motor vehicle, determining a position of the motor vehicle based on the camera image, scanning the motor vehicle with the aid of a stationary sensor on the traffic area, and validating or correcting the determined position based on the scanning with the aid of the stationary sensor. The stationary sensor is configured like a parking facility sensor, which is configured to determine the presence of a motor vehicle parked in a parking space of the parking facility, the parking space being reachable with the aid of the motor vehicle via the traffic area.



CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING VEHICLE TURNING PERFORMANCE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A control system for a motor vehicle that operates to receive a signal indicative of a steering angle of a vehicle and cause application of negative torque to one or more wheels of a vehicle to slow a wheel. The system is configured to perform a turn-assist operation in which the system causes application of negative torque to at least a first wheel of a vehicle being an inside trailing wheel when a steering angle exceeds a predetermined steering angle thereby to promote turning of a vehicle. The amount of negative torque is arranged to increase with increasing steering angle beyond the predetermined steering angle.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power that is required to start an engine, a required power of a driver of a hybrid vehicle, a power that is consumed by auxiliaries and a power that is outputtable from an electrical storage device are obtained. A first correction value is obtained such that the first correction value becomes a smaller value as the obtained outputtable power increases, the first correction value becomes a larger value as the outputtable power reduces and the first correction value is a positive value or a negative value. A first threshold for an engine startup is obtained by subtracting the power that is required to start the engine and the power that is consumed by the auxiliaries and the first correction value from the power that is outputtable from the electrical storage device such that the first threshold becomes a larger value as the outputtable power increases.



VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle control device for controlling a vehicle driving device including an internal combustion engine as a driving force source for a wheel and a transmission apparatus, wherein the transmission apparatus includes a transmission shift input member drivably coupled to the internal combustion engine, a transmission shift output member drivably coupled to the wheel, and a transmission mechanism having a plurality of engagement devices and selectively forming a plurality of transmission shift stages having different transmission shift ratios depending on engagement states of the plurality of engagement devices.



CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A control system for hybrid vehicles that prevents an occurrence of shock resulting from manually shifting an operating mode is provided. The control system is configured to switch an operating mode between HV mode in which the vehicle is powered mainly by the engine and EV mode in which the vehicle is powered mainly by said motor in response to a manual switching operation. The control system delays a startup of the engine until satisfaction of a predetermined running condition, if the manual switching operation is executed to shift from the EV mode to the HV mode under a condition that the running condition falls within a region where both of the HV mode and the EV mode are selectable.



CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic control unit included in a control system is configured to execute a change of a combustion mode in an inertia-phase period during a gear shift operation, or after the gear shift operation is completed, when a request for the change of the combustion mode and a request for a gear shift of the transmission mechanism overlap. The electronic control unit is configured to execute the change of the combustion mode in the inertia-phase period during the gear shift operation when conditions i) and ii) are established, and execute the change of the combustion mode after the gear shift operation is completed when conditions i) and iii) are established. The aforementioned conditions include: i) the change of the combustion mode is accompanied by an increase in engine power; ii) the power running mode is executed during the gear shift operation; and iii) the regeneration mode is executed during the gear shift operation.



VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM HAVING AN ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM AND OPTIMIZED METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION THEREOF

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle propulsion system includes a plurality of power sources coupled to a final drive of the vehicle propulsion system. A controller is programmed to determine a desired power demand from the power sources and operate a number of the power sources to produce the desired power demand. The controller identifies a least efficient power source of the power sources and controls the least efficient power source to produce power at an optimum operating point of the least efficient power source. The controller also identifies a power output of the least efficient power source corresponding to the optimum operating point, compares the power output of the least efficient power source to the desired power demand, identifies a remaining power demand from the comparison, and controls another power source to produce the remaining power demand.



INDICATOR APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE, HYBRID VEHICLE, INDICATING METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An indicator apparatus for a hybrid vehicle includes a display region having a range that extends between first and second ends of the display region. The display region displays a first mark to indicate to the driver a first state amount that changes in accordance with the output demand from the driver, a first edge of the first mark moving across the range between the first and second ends of the display region as the first state amount changes. A second mark having a second edge is displayed so that the second edge extends across and overlaps the display region, the second edge indicating to the driver a threshold at which switching occurs between an EV traveling mode and an HV traveling mode.



ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER MANAGEMENT DRIVER CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An adaptive power management and driver control system for modifying electric vehicle drive output in real time, comprising input sensors mounted on a vehicle that measure a plurality of conditions for the vehicle from among vehicle mass, road grade, vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration, and door position, together with a digital electronic controller mounted on the vehicle that receives data from the input sensors, runs an algorithm using the data, and outputs resulting energy efficient power output commands to an electric motor for the vehicle. The sensors measure at least vehicle mass and road grade. Energy efficiency and reduced charging requirements for the batteries result for a given route for the electrically driven vehicle.



Device and Method for Controlling Torque Intervention of a Hybrid Vehicle

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to devices for controlling torque intervention for reducing input torque of a transmission at the time of an upshift operation of a hybrid vehicle, and more particularly, to devices and methods for controlling torque intervention of a hybrid vehicle, which selectively perform the torque intervention of a motor of the hybrid vehicle or the torque intervention of the motor and an engine. Device and methods for controlling torque intervention of a hybrid vehicle may receive an upshift command from a driver in a hybrid traveling mode, compare an amount of requested torque intervention according to the upshift command with an amount of performing torque intervention of a motor, and selectively perform the torque intervention of the motor or the torque intervention of the motor and an engine.



TRAIN BRAKE SAFETY MONITORING AND FAULT ACTION SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An on-board train brake safety monitoring and fault action system that compares actual train brake power with expected train brake power to provide real time reporting to the train driver of the margin between the actual brake power and a safe threshold. The system may be configured to automatically make a full service brake penalty if the actual brake system power is less than a safe brake power threshold, such as those required by government regulations, or to adjust the braking system to improve actual brake efficiency. The on-board train brake monitoring system may optionally receive data from wayside hot and cold wheel detector systems to augment the actual brake power measurements.



COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR WHEELIE CONTROL IN DIWHEEL-TYPE AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Computer-implemented methods and systems are disclosed for inhibiting wheelies in diwheel-type autonomous mobile robots. The pitch rate of the robot is detected while the robot is traveling. When the pitch rate exceeds a given threshold, acceleration of the robot is attenuated proportionally to the pitch rate in order to inhibit the robot from performing a wheelie. The process is repeatedly performed at a high frequency.



Anti-jackknifing apparatus for articulated vehicles

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system averts catastrophic folding of an articulated vehicle e.g. jack-knifing a tractor against its attached trailer when tires have lost adhesion to a road surface. The apparatus includes independent port and starboard AC motor controllers that convert DC power to AC phases and magnitudes. A battery is regeneratively charged during normal braking operation of the vehicle and discharged when the AC motors apply torque to wheels. Sensors determine when the AC motor controllers provide phases and magnitudes that result in a positive torque to one or more motors and a negative torque to a different one or more motors. The apparatus operates by generating a horizontal yaw force on the trailer in opposition to closing the angle between the tractor and the trailer; by applying a rotational force on the fifth wheel; and by unbalanced torque applied to the tractor's port and starboard driven wheels.



BRAKE SELECTION SYSTEM AND METHODS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatuses for selecting a plurality of brake assemblies desired for activation during an aircraft taxi braking event from a total number of brake assemblies are disclosed. One method includes determining an estimated peak temperature for each brake assembly and determining a first subset of the brake assemblies having an estimated peak temperature within a predetermined temperature range. The method also includes determining whether the number of first subset brake assemblies is greater than or equal to the number of brake assemblies desired for braking At least a portion of the first subset brake assemblies is then activated if the number of brake assemblies in the first subset is determined to be greater than or equal to the number of desired brake assemblies, wherein the number of brake assemblies in the activated portion of the first subset is greater than or equal to the number of desired brake assemblies.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CAUSING A VEHICLE RESPONSE BASED ON TRAFFIC LIGHT DETECTION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A traffic light detection system for a vehicle is provided. The system may include at least one processing device programmed to receive, from at least one image capture device, a plurality of images representative of an area forward of the vehicle, the area including a traffic light fixture having at least one traffic light. The at least one processing device may also be programmed to analyze at least one of the plurality of images to determine a status of the at least one traffic light, and determine an estimated amount of time until the vehicle will reach an intersection associated with the traffic light fixture. The at least one processing device may further be programmed to cause a system response based on the status of at least one traffic light and the estimated amount of time until the vehicle will reach the intersection.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTING VEHICLE ROLL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are provided for preventing vehicle roll. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining a first switch state; determining a second switch state; evaluating the first switch state and the second switch state to determine whether a condition of a mechanical linkage between a range selection device and a transmission has occurred; and selectively generating at least one of a control signal to control an electronic park brake and a notification message based on the determination.



Brake Pedal Interfacing With Hydrostatic Drive

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An improved system for braking an agricultural vehicle propelled by a hydrostatic drive unit is disclosed. An operator provides a desired speed command from a first user interface, such as a joystick. The joystick generates a command responsive to the deflection and communicates the command to a controller. The agricultural vehicle also includes a second user interface, such as a brake pedal. The brake pedal includes a transducer configured to generate a signal corresponding to a deflection of the brake pedal which is also communicated to the controller. If the operator presses the brake pedal when the joystick is commanding motion, the controller reduces the signal from the joystick. The amount the signal is reduced increases as the deflection of the brake pedal increases until the brake pedal overrides any speed command from the joystick.



BLUETOOTH VERIFICATION FOR VEHICLE ACCESS SYSTEMS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure provides methods for using a Bluetooth device for interacting with a key fob and vehicle controller. The Bluetooth device can be used in combination with the key fob to increase the security of access to vehicle functions such as passive start, door and window locking, unlocking, closing, and opening. The Bluetooth device can also be used in conjunction with the key fob to access data from vehicle control system, and to authenticate additional key fobs.



HEALTH STATISTICS AND COMMUNICATIONS OF ASSOCIATED VEHICLE USERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system that provides various outputs based on a user profile and determined context. An output provided by the present disclosure can change a configuration of a vehicle, device, building, and/or a system associated with the user profile. The configurations can include comfort and interface settings that can be adjusted based on the user profile information. Further, the user profiles can track health data related to the user and make adjustments to the configuration to assist the health of the user.



BUILDING PROFILES ASSOCIATED WITH VEHICLE USERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for a complete vehicle ecosystem are provided. Specifically, systems that when taken alone, or together, provide an individual or group of individuals with an intuitive and comfortable vehicular environment. The present disclosure includes a system to create, modify, and maintain profiles associated with users. The user profiles are generated based on selectively collecting data associated with the users. Although each user profile may include settings, preferences, habits, and content associated with an individual user and/or vehicle, some user profiles may represent multiple users. These user profiles can change a configuration of a vehicle to match settings for a user, such as a driver and/or passenger. The configurations may also include the recognition of a unique set of gestures for a user. Further, the user profiles can be transferred from vehicle-to-vehicle and/or user-to-user.



DRIVING RECORDING DEVICE AND A REGULATION AND CONTROL METHOD USING THE SAME

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are driving recording device and regulation and control method using the same. The device includes a driving recorder and a regulating member. The recorder includes a processor, a gyroscope and an acceleration sensor. The processor sends control instruction to regulating member according to received three-dimensional angular information from gyroscope and three-dimensional acceleration information from acceleration sensor, to control it to perform position regulation and to lead position regulation of recorder such that recorder is in initial status and balanced. The gyroscope, the acceleration sensor and the regulating member are in communication connection with the processor, respectively, and the recorder is connected to regulating member and connected to a vehicle thereby. In the case the vehicle vibrates or quakes, the regulating member performs position regulation and to lead position regulation of recorder, ensuring the recorder is always kept in initial status and balanced to obtain stable and superior travelling records.



COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE NON-COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This disclosure is directed to systems and methods for aircraft collision avoidance with speed-based collision alert time thresholds. In one example, a system is configured to determine predicted trajectories for an own aircraft and a target aircraft. The system is further configured to determine whether a violation of protected airspace is predicted between the own aircraft and the target aircraft. The system is further configured to determine whether a predicted time to closest approach between the own aircraft and the target aircraft is less than an alert threshold time based on a speed of the own aircraft. The system is further configured to generate an alert output, in response to determining that a violation of protected airspace is predicted and that the predicted time to closest approach between the own aircraft and the target aircraft is less than the alert threshold time based on the speed of the own aircraft.



CONTROLLING OSCILLATORY FEEDBACK PROVIDED THROUGH VEHICLE STEERING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for controlling the provision of oscillatory feedback through a steering system of a vehicle. The method comprises receiving a request to provide oscillatory feedback through the steering system of the vehicle. The method further comprises obtaining an electrical signal representative of a value of an applied steering torque that indicates the presence of a driver steering input, and comparing the value of the applied steering torque to a predetermined threshold value. The method still further comprises automatically inhibiting the provision of the oscillatory feedback when the applied steering torque value is above the predetermined threshold value.



VEHICLE SEAT HAPTIC INDICATION OF FUTURE PLANNED DRIVING MANEUVERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Arrangements related to the operation of an autonomous vehicle are described. The autonomous vehicle includes a vehicle seat. It can be determined whether a future planned driving maneuver of the autonomous vehicle includes a change in a current motion of the autonomous vehicle. Responsive to determining that the future planned driving maneuver includes a change in the current motion of the autonomous vehicle, the vehicle seat can be caused to provide a haptic indication of the future planned driving maneuver prior to implementing the future planned driving maneuver. In this way, a vehicle seat occupant can be alerted to the future planned driving maneuver. The haptic indication can include a movement of the vehicle seat. In one or more arrangements, the movement of the vehicle seat can correspond to a sensation that a vehicle seat occupant will experience during at least a portion of the future planned driving maneuver.



MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESSORY TO INCREASE POWER SUPPLY AND REDUCE FUEL REQUIREMENTS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power control system may include at least one of batteries, a motor, and a data logic analyzer that can interpret certain variable conditions of a transport, such as a tractor trailer, moving along a road or highway. The data can be used to determine when to apply supplemental power to the wheels of a trailer to reduce fuel usage. One example device may include at least one of a power source affixed to a trailer to capture energy from movement of an axle of the trailer, and a motor powered by the power source to operate and provide movement assistance to the axle.



VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle control system to prevent a shortage of driving force during shifting from single-motor mode to dual-motor mode is provided. The control system is applied to a vehicle having at least two motors. The vehicle control system is configured to start the first motor to shift the operating mode to the first mode upon exceedance of a threshold value of a required driving force under the second mode, and the threshold value is set to be smaller than a maximum driving force to be generated by the second motor propelling the vehicle under the second mode.



POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power supply apparatus of a vehicle includes: an engine and a first MG; a battery; a converter stepping up a voltage of the battery and supplying the stepped-up voltage to an inverter of the vehicle; and a control device controlling the converter in a continuous voltage step-up mode in which the converter is continuously operated and an intermittent voltage step-up mode in which the converter is intermittently operated. The control device estimates an SOC of the battery based on battery current IB flowing into and out of the battery, and forces the battery to be charged by the engine and the first MG when an estimate value of the SOC is lower than a predetermined lower limit. The control device suppresses an operation of the converter in the intermittent voltage step-up mode to a greater extent as the estimate value of the SOC is closer to the lower limit.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED POSITIONING OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus for positioning a vehicle includes an alignment sensor that has a field of view and a vehicle alignment system operatively connected to the alignment sensor and to at least one positioning system of the vehicle. Movement of the vehicle varies an appearance of a fiducial surface within the alignment sensor's field of view. The vehicle alignment system is configured to implement a method that includes monitoring the appearance of the fiducial surface to the alignment sensor, comparing the appearance of the fiducial surface to a pre-determined set of benchmark appearances, and operating the at least one positioning system based on a determination by the vehicle alignment system of whether the appearance of the fiducial surface to the alignment sensor satisfies a pre-determined target appearance that corresponds to a desired location and position of the vehicle relative to a fixed location.



NON-CONTACT ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, CHARGING STATION, AND VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power source ECU transmits a first message for inquiring whether or not a vehicle is parked at a location provided with a power transmission device, after full-scale power transmission is completed. A vehicle ECU transmits a second message for informing that the vehicle is parked, when it receives the first message. When the power source ECU does not receive the second message for informing that the vehicle is parked after transmitting the first message, the power source ECU determines that the vehicle is not parked at the location provided with the power transmission device.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A braking system for a vehicle includes an electric drive system associated with a first set of wheels. The electric drive system is configured to selectively provide electric motive power to the first set of wheels of the vehicle to propel the vehicle and electric retarding to slow the vehicle. The system further includes a friction brake system associated with a second set of wheels of the vehicle, and a controller for selectively actuating the electric drive system to operate in an electric retarding mode and for selectively actuating the friction brake system. The controller is configured to transfer retarding force from the first set of wheels to the second set of wheels, and/or to determine wheel speed signal accuracies, in either case to mitigate vehicle/wheel sliding or slipping.



VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE OF FOUR-WHEEL INDEPENDENT DRIVE VEHICLE FOR WHEN ONE WHEEL IS LOST

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A target longitudinal force sum/yaw moment setting section is provided which is configured to determine and set a target longitudinal force sum to be exerted on drive wheels by drive sources and a target yaw moment of a vehicle. A failure detection section is provided which is configured to detect occurrence of a failure in the drive source of each of the drive wheels and a drive system including a control system of the drive source. A one-wheel-failure control section is provided which is configured to, when a failure of one of the wheels is detected by the failure detection section, drive the drive sources of all the remaining sound wheels so as to minimize a sum of squares of load factors of the sound wheels and to be matched with the target longitudinal force sum and the target yaw moment that are set.