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Registrar Mapping Toolkit for Geofences

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods for creating a database of geofences and registering geofences, with each geofence in the database being associated with an IP address, preferably an IPv6 address. Each geofence is defined using at least one geographic designator, preferably real property boundaries. Entitlements can be associated with geofences relating to permissive and prohibitive activities within the geofences.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DESTINATION SELECTION FOR VEHICLE INDICATIONS AND ALERTS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for providing alerts or indications to an aircrew of an aircraft that is in-flight and approaching a destination airport includes receiving an aircrew runway selection from the aircrew of the aircraft, automatically generating a probable runway selection by the aircraft, and determining a position of the in-flight aircraft with reference to a threshold point. If the aircraft is prior to the threshold point, the method includes generating alerts and indications to the aircrew based solely on the received runway selection into the FMS from the aircrew of the aircraft and not on the automatically-generated probable runway selection from the aircraft. Alternatively, if the aircraft is past the threshold point, the method includes generating alerts and indications to the aircrew based solely on the automatically-generated probable runway selection from the aircraft and not on the received runway selection into the FMS from the aircrew of the aircraft.



REAL-TIME SYSTEM FOR MULTI-MODAL 3D GEOSPATIAL MAPPING, OBJECT RECOGNITION, SCENE ANNOTATION AND ANALYTICS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A multi-sensor, multi-modal data collection, analysis, recognition, and visualization platform can be embodied in a navigation capable vehicle. The platform provides an automated tool that can integrate multi-modal sensor data including two-dimensional image data, three-dimensional image data, and motion, location, or orientation data, and create a visual representation of the integrated sensor data, in a live operational environment. An illustrative platform architecture incorporates modular domain-specific business analytics “plug ins” to provide real-time annotation of the visual representation with domain-specific markups.



SECURE UNMANNED VEHICLE OPERATION AND MONITORING

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods for unmanned vehicle security and monitoring are provided herein. An exemplary system includes a control station and an unmanned vehicle. The system may further include a redundant sensor and control system used for monitoring and controlling the unmanned vehicle. In various embodiments, the redundant sensor and control system may override the control station and take over control of the unmanned vehicle when at least one operational condition of the unmanned vehicle exceeds an approved parameter.



GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM ("GPS") INDEPENDENT NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR A SELF-GUIDED AERIAL VEHICLE UTILIZING MULTIPLE OPTICAL SENSORS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is A Global Positioning System (“GPS”) independent navigation system (“GINS”) for a self-guided aerial vehicle (“SAV”). The SAV has a housing, where the housing has an outer surface, a length, a front-end, and a longitudinal axis along the length of the housing. The GINS may include a first optical sensor, second optical sensor, storage unit, and comparator.



AIRCRAFT THREE-DIMENSIONAL EXHIBITION SYSTEM AND AIRCRAFT THREE-DIMENSIONAL EXHIBITION CONTROLLING METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An aircraft three-dimensional exhibition system and aircraft three-dimensional exhibition controlling method is provided. The aircraft three-dimensional exhibition system includes an aircraft controller and a plurality of aircrafts. Each of aircrafts includes an effect presenting device, a communication device and a dynamic reaction device. The effect presenting device provides an audio-visual effect. The communication device receives a flight control signal from the aircraft controller. The dynamic reaction device controls the aircraft to fly along a flight track according to the flight control signal. The aircrafts fly in formation according to a flight script to form a whole formation audio-visual effect by the audio-visual effects provided by each of the aircrafts, for displaying changing stereoscopic audio-visual effects.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments are disclosed for an example vehicle-to-vehicle communication system. The example vehicle-to-vehicle communication system includes a user input interface configured to receive a user input, an inter-vehicle communication system capable of communicating with a navigation system of a second vehicle, a processor, and a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to receive a first separation from the user of the first vehicle, the first separation being input via the user input interface. Responsive to receiving a first separation from the user of the first vehicle, instructions are further executable to determine a space cushion between the second and first vehicles, the space cushion being determined based on one more of the first separation and a second separation communicated from the second vehicle via the inter-vehicle communication system, and adjust a distance between the first and second vehicles based on the space cushion.



Object Recognition Apparatus and Vehicle Travel Controller Using Same

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention provides an object recognition apparatus which, in a vehicle that detects an object present behind (including obliquely behind) the vehicle using a radio wave radar, is able to precisely recognize the position of the object present behind (including obliquely behind) the vehicle during traveling on a curve and a lane change, and a vehicle travel controller using the same. An object recognition apparatus is provided with: an image capturing unit which captures an image of an environment in front of a vehicle; a lane detection unit which detects a lane in front of the vehicle on the basis of the image captured by the image capturing unit; a lane position estimation unit which estimates the position of a lane behind the vehicle on the basis of the lane detected by the lane detection unit and the travel history of the vehicle; a rear object detection unit which detects an object present behind the vehicle; and a relative position calculation unit which calculates the relative position of the object detected by the rear object detection unit with respect to the position of the lane estimated by the lane position estimation unit.



METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN EVASIVE PATH FOR A HOST VEHICLE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a method for determining an evasive path for a host vehicle (10), the method i.a. comprising: establishing (S1) a predicted traffic environment (12) of the host vehicle in a time-lateral position domain, the predicted traffic environment comprising an object prediction representation (16) of a traffic object; determining (S2) a start node (24) for the host vehicle; defining (S3) an end node (26) for the host vehicle; placing (S4) several boundary nodes (28) relative to the object prediction representation; setting (S5) node connections (30, 32, 34a-b, 36a-b, 38, 40, 42) between the start node, the boundary nodes, and the end node; and traversing (S6) the nodes using a graph-search algorithm in order to find a path from the start node to the end time with a lowest cost.



DYNAMIC ROUTING OF TRANSIT VEHICLES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and techniques are described to enable the dynamic selection of a transit route through the stop zones of a transit line. Techniques are disclosed for receiving a current location of a transit vehicle on a transit line and determining a transit route through one or more of the vehicle's remaining stop zones by choosing an optimized combination of stop options and route segment options for that specific transit vehicle. Techniques may be performed in some cases by accessing a real-time traffic information service to obtain one or more traffic condition factors on a route segment, determining a dynamic route segment option weight, calculating a dynamic cost function with respect to the weights, and determining an optimized set of the route segments with respect to the cost functions.



METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING A STATE IN A VEHICLE, AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for diagnosing a state in a vehicle, which has a CAN communications bus to which electronic control units of the vehicle are connected, includes providing a rest state of the vehicle; coupling a diagnostic testing device to at least one diagnostic terminal of the vehicle; monitoring of the CAN communications bus by the diagnostic testing device with regard to CAN messages sent out after entry into the rest state; detecting of a CAN message sent out on the CAN communications bus after entry into the rest state, and assigning of the detected CAN message to an electronic control unit sending out the CAN message; providing information regarding a chronological appearance of the detected CAN message in a series of CAN messages appearing on the CAN communications bus after entry into the rest state; and providing information for identifying the electronic control unit sending out the detected CAN message.



SYSTEM AND METHOD OF FAULT DETECTION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A fault monitoring system for an aircraft includes a processor having a fault diagnosis algorithm, a memory connected to the processor, a plurality of sensors located at selected nodes in an electrical network of the aircraft and connected to the processor, and a data collection algorithm in one of the processor or the plurality of sensors. Each sensor is configured to continuously monitor voltage and current of the electrical network at its selected node and to transmit data representative of the monitored voltage and current to the processor. Upon the occurrence of a fault event, the data collection algorithm selects a subset of the data related to the fault event and at least one sensor transmits a selected subset of the data to one of the processor or the memory.



Asset-agnostic framework with asset-specific module for alternate bus parameter calculation

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Network buses in vehicles and other assets are monitored in order to obtain information and calculate alternate values of parameters relating to components connected to the bus and to send them to a management server. The device includes main code, which is common to the different vehicles or assets in a group, and a script, which is specific to each type of vehicle or asset. The script, which may be customizable, is responsible for defining the parameters to obtain and for defining how the values of the parameters are to be calculated. The script compensates for differences in the way different buses and components operate in different assets, which means that the values of like parameters obtained from different sources are all in conformance with each other. The script can be updated without interrupting the operation of the main code and the monitoring of the bus.



AUTOMOTIVE ACTIVITY MONITOR

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments are directed to monitoring vehicle operations. If sensor information based on sensor data captured by a sensor computer installed in a vehicle is provided to a server by a client computer. An analysis engine may compare the sensor information to vehicle models associated with the vehicle. One or more reports based on the comparison may be distributed registered subscribers. A modeling engine may be employed to update the vehicle models based on the sensor information. The one or more updated vehicle models may be communicated to one or more client computers that may be associated with one or more users. The sensor information may be obtained from the sensor computer. Sensor information may include metrics associated with the operation of the vehicle. Metrics may include timestamps, road shocks, straight line driving, harshness, acceleration, deceleration, trip length, travel speeds, or the like.



APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION REGARDING A VEHICLE VIA A MOBILE DEVICE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). Relevant information regarding vehicles that use the collection and distribution machines is communicated to or acquired by mobile devices of users associated with one or more of the vehicles. The vehicle information may include information regarding diagnostics or status of the vehicle and information regarding usage history of the vehicle received from different sources. This information is then processed and analyzed at the mobile device and such information is presented by the mobile device in a useful manner to the user and/or communicated to another device external to the mobile device, such as the vehicle, for further processing or communication of the data.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIGITIZATION OF VEHICULAR COMPONENTS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system for digitizing components of a vehicle includes a 3-dimensional sensing system operatively arranged to monitor a human-machine interface component of the vehicle, and a controller arranged to receive sensed data from the 3-dimensional sensing system. The controller processes the sensed data and outputs a signal indicative of a condition of the human-machine interface component.



AUTONOMOUS TRAVELING APPARATUS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An autonomous traveling apparatus includes: an apparatus main body; an autonomous traveling control portion which causes the apparatus main body to autonomously travel with a designated traveling parameter; a boom provided on the apparatus main body; a lifting and lowering control portion which lifts and lowers a position of one end of the boom to a designated height on the apparatus main body; and a state control portion which controls the autonomous traveling control portion so that the traveling parameter is limited based on the position of the one end of the boom or controls the lifting and lowering control portion so that the position of the one end of the boom is limited based on the traveling parameter. With such a configuration, provided is the autonomous traveling apparatus capable of safely performing autonomous traveling, and lifting and lowering of the one end of the boom.



VELOCITY CONTROL FOR AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods for controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle within an environment are provided. In one aspect, a system comprises one or more sensors carried on the unmanned aerial vehicle and configured to receive sensor data of the environment and one or more processors. The one or more processors may be individually or collectively configured to: determine, based on the sensor data, an environmental complexity factor representative of an obstacle density for the environment; determine, based on the environmental complexity factor, one or more operating rules for the unmanned aerial vehicle; receive a signal indicating a desired movement of the unmanned aerial vehicle; and cause the unmanned aerial vehicle to move in accordance with the signal while complying with the one or more operating rules.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DRIVER ASSISTANCE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments are disclosed for an example driver assistance system for a vehicle. The example driver assistance system includes a sensor module communicatively coupled to one or more sensors, a processor, and a storage device storing instructions executable by the processor to, responsive to detecting an entry condition, disengage control of the vehicle by a driver of the vehicle, and engage autopilot of the vehicle upon detecting a leading vehicle in front of the vehicle. The instructions are further executable to follow the leading vehicle at a threshold separation until detecting an exit condition.



ROBOTIC ASSISTANCE IN SECURITY MONITORING

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on storage devices, for monitoring, security, and surveillance of a property. In one aspect, a system includes multiple robotic devices, multiple sensors, wherein the multiple sensors includes a first sensor, multiple charging stations, and a monitor control unit. The monitor control unit may include a network interface, one or more processors, and one or more storage devices that include instructions to cause the one or more processors to perform operations. The operations may include receiving data from the first sensor that is indicative of an alarm event, accessing information describing the capabilities of the each of the robotic devices, selecting a subset of robotic devices from the multiple robotic devices, and transmitting a command to each robotic device in the subset of robotic devices that instructs each respective robotic device to deploy to the location of the first sensor.



Apparatus and Method for Identifying and Localizing Vehicle Occupant and On-Demand Personalization

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A wireless mobile device for personalizing the control and IVI settings of a connected vehicle according to a seat position of a user of the mobile device. The wireless mobile device is configured to: i) receive a radio signal from each of a plurality of beacons in the vehicle; ii) determine a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value for each received radio signal; iii) apply a seat prediction model M to the RS SI value for each received radio signal to predict a seat position P; and iv) transmit a predicted seat position P to a server. The seat prediction model M is generated by a machine learning process and stored in a server. A beacon array configuration, data collection and generalization procedure optimizes the coverage and accuracy of the model M. The wireless mobile device is further configured to receive an identification (ID) value of the vehicle. The wireless mobile device retrieves the seat prediction model M from the server and caches in memory in the wireless mobile device. Once the vehicle knows the in-vehicle seat position of a user, on-demand personalization will follow automatically. The personalization can be for vehicle controls, IVI head unit or backseat entertainment system, etc., according to user's in-vehicle seat position.



System and Method for Control of Autonomous Vehicle by Mobile Device

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to a software program in the form of a mobile application that allows the user to control an autonomous vehicle (or driverless vehicle, terms used here interchangeably) by use of a mobile device utilizing cloud servers. The effect of the use of this software program is to allow users to manipulate a motor vehicle's computer, such as locking and unlocking the car door, rolling up and down the car window's, and manipulating the car's audio, for example, all done utilizing cloud servers. By utilizing cloud servers instead of the currently utilized Bluetooth technology, the user may control a vehicle from far away, a distance far enough that radio waves cannot be used as a mean of communicating between the mobile device and the vehicle.



MOVEMENT GUIDANCE DEVICE AND MOVEMENT GUIDANCE METHOD

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A device includes a first unit that calculates a prediction error range of a predicted arrival time in a first route to a destination, a second unit that calculates a prediction error range of a predicted arrival time in a second route different from the first route at a point where the first route and the second route are branched, and an output unit that outputs at least one of the prediction error range of the first route or the prediction error range of the second route. At least one of the first unit or the second unit calculates the prediction error range based on information having correlation with the prediction error range at the point, and the output unit performs determination about the aspect of output of the prediction error ranges of the first route and the second route based on whether or not the prediction error range changes.



System for Directing a Driver to a Passenger Based on a Destination Location Specified by the Driver

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In one embodiment an indication of a driver destination location is received from a driver associated with a taxi service. The driver destination location specifies a location that the driver desires to travel to after transporting one or more passengers. A passenger pick-up location of a first passenger is provided. The first passenger is selected based on the driver destination location and a destination location specified by the first passenger.



ADAPTIVE MAPPING WITH SPATIAL SUMMARIES OF SENSOR DATA

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system and method for mapping parameter data acquired by a robot mapping system is disclosed. Parameter data characterizing the environment is collected while the robot localizes itself within the environment using landmarks. Parameter data is recorded in a plurality of local grids, i.e., sub-maps associated with the robot position and orientation when the data was collected. The robot is configured to generate new grids or reuse existing grids depending on the robot's current pose, the pose associated with other grids, and the uncertainty of these relative pose estimates. The pose estimates associated with the grids are updated over time as the robot refines its estimates of the locations of landmarks from which determines its pose in the environment. Occupancy maps or other global parameter maps may be generated by rendering local grids into a comprehensive map indicating the parameter data in a global reference frame extending the dimensions of the environment.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A POSITION RELATIVE TO A DIGITAL MAP

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of determining a longitudinal position of a vehicle (100) relative to a digital map is disclosed in which real time scan data (200, 202) is determined by scanning a lateral environment around the vehicle using at least one range-finder sensor, said real time scan data comprising one or more depth maps, each depth map representing the measured lateral distance to surfaces in the lateral environment for a plurality of longitudinal positions and elevations. Localisation reference data associated with the digital map for a deemed current longitudinal position of the vehicle (100) in relation to the digital map is retrieved, and compared to the real time scan data (200, 202) by calculating a cross-correlation to determine a longitudinal offset. The deemed current longitudinal position is adjusted based on said longitudinal offset to determine the longitudinal position of the vehicle (100) relative to the digital map.



Determining Location and Direction of Travel Using Map Vector Constraints

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining the location and direction of travel of a mobile device using map vector constraints is disclosed.



ADJUSTABLE DATA TRANSMISSIONS BY NAVIGATION DEVICES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In some examples, a device receives a dynamically selectable threshold, and responsive to the threshold being set to a first threshold value, causes transmission, to a computer over a communication interface, location data relating to a geographic location of the device at a first frequency of transmission, regardless of whether the device is stationary or in motion. Responsive to the threshold being set to a second threshold value different from the first threshold value, the device causes transmission, to the computer over the communication interface, the location data relating to the geographic location of the device in response to determining that the device has moved by a distance that exceeds the second threshold value.



METHOD FOR ACCELEROMETER-ASSISTED NAVIGATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for primarily sensor-based navigation includes: in a first time period, collecting geophysical position data using a GPS receiver of a navigation device; in the first time period, collecting a first set of accelerometer data using an accelerometer of the navigation device; analyzing the first set of accelerometer data to produce a first set of vertical vehicular motion data; generating a mapping association between the first set of vertical vehicular motion data and the geophysical position data; in a second time period after the first time period, collecting a second set of accelerometer data using the accelerometer; analyzing the second set of accelerometer data to produce a second set of vertical vehicular motion data; and calculating an estimated location of the vehicle by analyzing the second set of vertical vehicular motion data in light of the mapping association.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROMPTING BICYCLE GEAR SHIFTING

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for prompting bicycle gear shifting includes collecting cycling data of a user during cycling, comparing the collected cycling data with cycling data samples in a preset gear shifting strategy library including correspondence relationships between preset gear shifting strategies and the cycling data samples, and when the collected cycling data matches one of the cycling data samples in the gear shifting strategy library, outputting the gear shifting strategy corresponding to the cycling data sample to the user.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING SHIFT BASED ON RELATIVE SPEED BETWEEN HOST VEHICLE AND PRECEDING VEHICLE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of controlling shifts based on a relative speed between a host vehicle and a preceding vehicle includes calculating the relative speed between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle based on a speed of the host vehicle and an inter-vehicle distance between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle, determining whether a change condition of a shift line before stopping is satisfied, changing the shift line before stopping if the change condition of the shift line before stopping is satisfied, and performing the shift using the shift line before stopping based on a position of an accelerator pedal and the speed of the host vehicle.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE ROLLOVER ENGINE PROTECTION, EMERGENCY CALL AND LOCATION SERVICES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A vehicle rollover engine protection and location system 10 for an off-road vehicle includes an inertial sensor unit 22, a communication bus 18 for providing communication from both the rollover sensor 22 and a global positioning system 40 to an electronic control unit 12. When a vehicle rollover has occurred, a processor 14 of the electronic control unit 12 is configured to stop providing fuel to an engine of the off-road vehicle, stop operation of the fuel pump, determine a location of the off-road vehicle from signals of the global positioning system, perform a rollover emergency call to actively indicate rollover of the off-road vehicle, and transmit a location signal.



TORQUE CONTROL OF A POWER-PLANT FOR LAUNCHING A VEHICLE WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of controlling torque output of a power-plant during launch of a vehicle having a transmission with a manually-operated clutch is disclosed. The power-plant torque is varied based on clutch pedal and throttle pedal positions using a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control logic in an electronic fuel control system. The method includes setting power-plant idle speed, detecting clutch engagement without application of the throttle pedal, and raising power-plant torque after clutch engagement is detected. In each PID feedback loop, the method includes detecting actual power-plant speed and a rate of change in actual power-plant speed, and adjusting the raised power-plant torque in response to the determined rate of change in actual power-plant speed. The method additionally includes determining a difference between the set idle speed and the actual power-plant speed, and maintaining constant power-plant torque, if the difference between the set idle and actual power-plant speeds is within an acceptable range.



MANAGING LOAD SHARING AMONG MULTIPLE ENGINES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method and a system of managing load sharing among a plurality of power sources are disclosed. According to certain embodiments, the method includes determining a total power output to be directed from the plurality of power sources to at least one power consumer. The method also includes retrieving a Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) curve associated with each of the plurality of power sources. The method further includes determining an operating priority for each of the plurality of power sources based on operating constraints associated with the respective power source. The method further includes determining a load share for each of the plurality of power sources based on at least the total power output, the BSFC curves, and the operating priorities.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A control apparatus for a vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes an engine, a dog clutch and a friction clutch. The dog clutch is configured to transmit power or interrupt transmission of power in a power transmission path that transmits power of the engine to a drive wheel. The dog clutch includes a synchromesh mechanism. The friction clutch is configured to transmit power or interrupt transmission of power in the power transmission path between the engine and the dog clutch. The control apparatus includes: an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to, when the synchromesh mechanism is operated in order to engage the dog clutch in a state where the vehicle is stopped and the friction clutch is released, increase a rotation speed of the engine as compared to when the synchromesh mechanism is not operated.



NOISE, VIBRATION AND HARSHNESS REDUCTION IN A SKIP FIRE ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A variety of methods and arrangements for reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in a skip fire engine control system are described. In one aspect, a firing sequence is used to operate the engine in a skip fire manner A smoothing torque is determined that is applied to a powertrain by an energy storage/release device. The smoothing torque is arranged to at least partially cancel out variation in torque generated by the skip fire firing sequence. Various methods, powertrain controllers, arrangements and computer software related to the above operations are also described.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A control apparatus includes an electronic control unit configured to: carry out a first diagnosis and a second diagnosis; control a first injection valve and a second injection valve such that fuel is injected from both the first injection valve and the second injection valve, and such that a fuel injection amount from the second injection valve is not reduced and a fuel injection amount from the first injection valve is reduced, when carrying out the first diagnosis; and control the first injection valve such that fuel is not injected from the first injection valve, and control the second injection valve such that the fuel injection amount from the second injection valve is reduced in a state where fuel is injected from the second injection valve, when carrying out the second diagnosis.



Modulated Valve Timing to Achieve Optimum Cylinder Pressure Target

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system includes an engine and a controller in operative communication with the engine. Engine operating conditions are determined. At least one engine operating condition is determined. Based on the determined at least one engine operating condition, brake-specific fuel consumption is determined for each of a plurality of candidate cylinder pressures. A target cylinder pressure is selected from the plurality of candidate cylinder pressures. The target cylinder pressure is the candidate cylinder pressure at which brake-specific fuel consumption is minimized. Intake valve timing of the engine is modulated so as to achieve the target cylinder pressure.



DEVICES AND METHODS FOR EARLY PREDICTION OF IMPENDING INSTABILITIES OF A SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The invention includes a method for predicting the operational state of equipment with turbulent flow characterized by time series data relating to its operation. The invention further includes a system and method for predicting the onset of an impending oscillatory instability. Further, the invention includes a system and method for identifying an impending absorbing transition such as flame blowout in combustion systems. A variable representing the dynamics of operation is measured with the help of a sensor, to obtain time series data. A complex network is then derived from the measured time series data. Network properties are then calculated using the complex network to identify the state of stability relating to operation of the equipment. The stability information may include one of thermoacoustic instability, aero-elastic instability such as flutter, flow-induced vibration, magneto-hydrodynamic, aerodynamic, aeromechanical, aero-acoustic instability or onset of flame blowout of a combustor.



REGENERATION OF PARTICULATE FILTERS IN AUTONOMOUSLY CONTROLLABLE VEHICLES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments for regeneration a particulate filter in a motor vehicle having a self-control mode for the autonomous control of a drive mode and having a diesel particulate filter disposed in the exhaust system of a diesel engine of the motor vehicle are provided. In one example, a method for protecting the diesel particulate filter from overheating and premature aging comprises: starting the self-control mode, starting/verifying a regeneration process of the diesel particulate filter with combustion of the soot particles adsorbed on the diesel particulate filter, and monitoring a temperature of the diesel particulate filter and/or of the exhaust gas directed through the diesel particulate filter during the regeneration process. Depending on a monitoring result of the monitoring, a control for the self-control mode of the motor vehicle can be adjusted.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF THE POSITION OF A BURDEN SUSPENDED IN A MAIN WIRE ON A CRANE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for automatic control of the position of a burden suspended in a main wire of a crane, where the burden is connected with at least two tag lines which respectively is connected to a number of winches. The control of the position and rotation of the burden is performed by actuators on the respective winches which perform ease off/tightening of the respective tag lines from signals of at least tone measuring unit with signal transmitter located on the burden measuring angles. A central monitoring- and control unit performs control of rotation and position of the burden by multiple transmitting of compensatory control signals to relevant actuators for tag lines and the crane main wire. Guiding and control of the position of the burden is possible even when subject external random impacts, as wind and sea. Further the method is useable in positioning the burden in correct mounting position.



SOUND AND SCENT SEARCH ENGINE FOR MECHANICS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for providing a cause of a scent and/or sound detected during operation of a vehicle are provided. In the event a vehicle operator hears a sound or smells a scent while operating a vehicle, a microphone can sample the sound and/or an electronic nose can sample the scent. A sound and/or scent profile is generated from the sampled sound and/or sampled scent. The generated sound and/or scent profile are compared to known sound and/or scent profiles stored in a data structure. In the event the generated sound and/or scent profile matches a known sound and/or scent profile, the data structure is checked for correspondences between the matched, known sound and/or scent profile and a cause of the sound and/or scent. In the event a correspondence to a cause exists, then the cause is output to a user to identify the cause of the sound and/or scent.



Method for destination approach control of unmanned aerial vehicles

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a method for destination approach control of unmanned aerial vehicles, in particular delivery drones, to an arbitrary location defined by the recipient.



ROTOR WIRELESS LOAD AND MOTION MONITORING SENSOR NETWORK

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of data collection from a rotor system of an aircraft includes positioning a plurality of sensors at a plurality of locations of a rotating portion of the rotor system. One or more antennae are located at one or more rotationally fixed locations of the aircraft. Rotor system data is collected via the sensors and is wirelessly transmitted from the sensors to the antennae and is transferred from the antennae to a gateway where it is normalized and synchronized. In another embodiment, a data collection system for a rotor includes a plurality of sensors located at rotating locations of the rotor, the sensors configured to collect and wirelessly transmit rotor data. Antennae are located at a fixed location of the aircraft. The antennae are configured to send and receive data from the sensors. A gateway is connected to the antennae to normalize and synchronize the rotor data.



MONITORING COMPONENT ASYMMETRY

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system for monitoring asymmetry between two components includes a comparator having a first input to receive a signal indicative of a position of a first component and a second input to receive a signal indicative of a position of a second component. The system also includes means for performing an integration of a plurality of output signals from the comparator indicative of the difference exceeding the threshold and means for outputting a command signal to actuate a brake in response to the integrating means determining that the number of times the difference exceeds the threshold is in excess of a given value.



WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Watercraft automation and aquatic data utilization for aquatic efforts are disclosed. In one aspect, an anchor point is obtained and a watercraft position maintenance routine is actuated to control the watercraft to maintain association with the anchor point. In another aspect, prior aquatic effort data is obtained in association with an anchor point. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data is generated in association with an anchor point. In still another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized for prediction generation. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized to obtain another anchor point for a watercraft.



WATERCRAFT AUTOMATION AND AQUATIC EFFORT DATA UTILIZATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Watercraft automation and aquatic data utilization for aquatic efforts are disclosed. In one aspect, an anchor point is obtained and a watercraft position maintenance routine is actuated to control the watercraft to maintain association with the anchor point. In another aspect, prior aquatic effort data is obtained in association with an anchor point. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data is generated in association with an anchor point, in still another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized for prediction generation. In yet another aspect, current aquatic effort data and prior aquatic effort data are utilized to obtain another anchor point for a watercraft.



DERAILLEUR SHIFTING SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A derailleur shifting system for electronic and mechanical derailleurs which may be upgradeable to a power meter is described having rider inputs for cadence and effort measured at the pedal-crank assembly.



VARIABLE RIDE HEIGHT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

System, method, and assembly for controlling a vehicle. In one example, the system includes a first suspension system and a first controller. The first controller is configured to receive an input signal representing vehicle operating parameters. The first controller is also configured to receive a first target displacement determined by a second controller for a second suspension system of the vehicle. The first controller is further configured to determine a second target displacement for the first suspension system of the vehicle based on the first target displacement and the input signal. The first controller is also configured to set a height of the first suspension system based on the second target displacement.



BALANCING APPARATUS OF VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A balancing apparatus of a vehicle includes: a load sensor installed in a seat of the vehicle to measure a weight of a passenger sitting on the seat; and a balance control apparatus that controls a center of gravity of the vehicle, when the balance control apparatus includes: a battery pack that supplies power to the vehicle, and the battery pack is movably installed on a frame module and moves to control the center of gravity of the vehicle based on a value measured by the load sensor.