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ACCESS AND PORTABILITY OF USER PROFILES STORED AS TEMPLATES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system to access one or more user profiles that govern one or more vehicle functions. The system cooperates with a processor and verification module which are adapted to verify, using one or more of biometric information, gesture recognition, facial recognition and device identification information, that a user has authority to access the one or more user profiles, where the one or more profiles are stored in one or more of a vehicle, a cloud and a communications device. An edit module is further provided and adapted to allow the user to make one or more edits to the one or more user profiles.



AUTOMATED PACKAGE DELIVERY TO A DELIVERY RECEPTACLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Improving automated package delivery to mobile delivery receptacles to allow accurate and reliable package deliveries comprises a delivery receptacle for an automated package delivery via an unmanned aerial delivery device. The delivery receptacle is notified of a pending delivery and travels to a receiving location. The delivery receptacle emits infrared (“IR”) beacons from one or more IR beacon transmitters. An aerial delivery device detects the IR beacon and uses the beacons to navigate to the delivery receptacle. The delivery receptacle receives IR beacon responses from the aerial delivery device and continually or periodically directs the IR beacons in the direction of the aerial delivery device. The aerial delivery device deposits the package in the delivery receptacle. After receiving the package, the delivery receptacle transports the package to a secure location, such as into a garage.



System for Preemptively Navigating Drivers to an Event Created Through a Social Network System

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment an event likely to be attended by a plurality of users of a taxi service is identified. A location of the event is determined and an end time of the event is estimated. Prior to the end time of the event, a plurality of drivers associated with the taxi service are directed to drive to the location of the event to transport passengers from the location of the event.



Transmission of Targeted Roadway Alerts

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for transmission of targeted roadway alerts. A server receives a first description of an incident. The server determines an impact area of the incident based on the description. The server generates a geographic polygon based on the impact are of the incident. The server overlays the geographic polygon on a first cellular map and transmits an alert message to one or more devices located within a cell of the first cellular map that contains at least a portion of the geographic polygon.



COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING FLEET CONDITIONS AND OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT THEREOF

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for determining fleet conditions and operational management thereof, performed by a central system includes receiving fleet data from at least one distributed data repository. The fleet data is substantially representative of information associated with a fleet of physical assets. The method also includes processing the received fleet data for the fleet using at least one process of a plurality of processes. The plurality of processes assess the received fleet data into processed fleet data. The method additionally includes determining a fleet condition status using the processed fleet data and the at least one process of the plurality of processes. The method further includes generating a fleet response. The fleet response is substantially representative of a next operational step for the fleet of physical assets. The method also includes transmitting the fleet response to at least one of a plurality of fleet response recipients.



UPDATING SINGLE REGIONS OF A NAVIGATIONAL DATABASE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for producing an update package for a navigational database comprises:—providing a first update region of the navigational database, and—providing a first gateway table of the first update region such that the first gateway table associates each gateway of the first update region with said first update region and with at least one other update region.



SUBJECT TRACKING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A subject tracking system to track a subject is provided. The subject tracking system may include a sensor system, a transmitting unit and a processor. The transmitting unit may be configured to be located with the subject during use and comprising at least one first dedicated high frequency oscillator. The sensor system may include at least one second dedicated high frequency oscillator to continually synchronize the transmitting unit and the sensor system. The processor may continually determine changes in the distance between the subject and the subject tracking system so that a distance between the subject and the autonomous vehicle can be maintained.



HOVER ATTITUDE TRIM FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is provided and includes a fuselage, wings extending outwardly from the fuselage to define a wing plane and a prop-rotor operably disposed to generate thrust, a flight computer and controllable surfaces disposed on at least one of the fuselage, the wings and the prop-rotor. The controllable surfaces are controllable by the flight computer to position the wing plane in accordance with a predominant local wind direction.



Systems and Methods for Performing Simultaneous Localization and Mapping using Machine Vision Systems

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a mobile robot configured to navigate an operating environment, that includes a controller circuit that directs a drive of the mobile robot to navigate the mobile robot through an environment using camera-based navigation system and a camera including optics defining a camera field of view and a camera optical axis, where the camera is positioned within the recessed structure and is tilted so that the camera optical axis is aligned at an acute angle of above a horizontal plane in line with the top surface and is aimed in a forward drive direction of the robot body, and the camera is configured to capture images of the operating environment of the mobile robot.



APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING VEHICLE LOCATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In an apparatus for correcting a location of a vehicle, a satellite positioning unit mounted in the vehicle measures the location of the vehicle using navigation satellites. A locational trajectory generating unit generates a locational trajectory of the vehicle based on the location of the vehicle measured by the satellite positioning unit. A location correcting unit corrects the location of the vehicle based on the locational trajectory and map information stored in a map information storage. The location correcting unit, for each of the vehicle locations included in the locational trajectory, determines in which one of the lanes of the road the vehicle was traveling as the vehicle location was measured, and geometrically compares at least one traveled lane of the road acquired from the determination and the locational trajectory, and based on the comparison, calculates a locational correction amount of the location of the vehicle.



Robot Confinement

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method of confining a robot in a work space includes providing a portable barrier signal transmitting device including a primary emitter emitting a confinement beam primarily along an axis defining a directed barrier. A mobile robot including a detector, a drive motor and a control unit controlling the drive motor is caused to avoid the directed barrier upon detection by the detector on the robot. The detector on the robot has an omnidirectional field of view parallel to the plane of movement of the robot. The detector receives confinement light beams substantially in a plane at the height of the field of view while blocking or rejecting confinement light beams substantially above or substantially below the plane at the height of the field of view.



AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

One example includes an autonomous vehicle control system. The system includes an operational plan controller to maintain operational plans that each correspond to a predetermined set of behavioral characteristics of an associated autonomous vehicle based on situational awareness data provided from on-board sensors of the autonomous vehicle and mission control data provided from a user interface. The system also includes a decision-making algorithm to select one of the operational plans for operational behavior of the autonomous vehicle based on the situational awareness data and the mission control data at a given time and to provide an intent decision based on the situational awareness data and the selected one of the operational plans. The system further includes an execution engine to provide control outputs to operational components of the autonomous vehicle for navigation and control based on the selected one of the operational plans and in response to the intent decision.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROL OF AUTONOMOUS MARINE VESSELS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for control of at least one of a plurality of semiautonomous marine vessels are provided. The system includes a control station with a communications system for network communication with marine vessels, and provides diagnostics and control for control and monitoring of the marine vessels, according to a mission plan.



METHOD OF AUTONOMOUS POWER LINE DETECTION, AVOIDANCE, NAVIGATION, AND INSPECTION USING AERIAL CRAFTS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the present invention relate to power line detection, and more particularly, to methods and systems for autonomous power line detection, avoidance, navigation, and inspection. They may be implemented using aerial crafts, but do not have to. According to an embodiment, a method for detecting energized power lines in ambient space in the vicinity of an aerial craft is presented. The method includes measuring, with sensors located on the aerial craft, electric and magnetic fields in the space; and with a power line detection controller, detecting an energized power line in the space in the vicinity of the aerial craft using the sensor data; and determining the orientation of the detected energized power line in the space based on the electric and magnetic field measurements. Similar methods and systems are also presented.



ROUTE GUIDANCE METHOD, NAVIGATION TERMINAL AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A route guidance method for executing voice route guidance for a route to a destination set by a user includes: executing a first voice route guidance at an interval according to a current guidance level; receiving a suppress command or a request command of the user during the execution of the first voice route guidance; determining a new guidance level on the basis of count results for the suppress command and the request command; and executing a second voice route guidance at an interval according to the new guidance level.



DRIVER FACTS BEHAVIOR INFORMATION STORAGE SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for tracking user behavior, the user behavior including one or more of: one or more user actions and one or more user interactions with a vehicle. A storage system stores the user behavior, where the tracked user behavior is associated with a driver and the storage system is capable of storing the tracked behavior for the driver from a plurality of vehicles.



PERSONALIZED SUGGESTION OF AUTOMATED DRIVING FEATURES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A personalized suggestion for an automated driving feature of a vehicle can be made. Driving data for a travel route of a vehicle can be received. The driving data can include vehicle data and driving environment data. Based on the received driving data, it can be determined whether an automated driving feature could have been used for at least a portion of the travel route. Responsive to determining that the automated driving feature could have been used for the at least a portion of the travel route, a suggestion for using the automated driving feature can be generated. The suggestion can be presented to a user, such as the driver of the vehicle, or caused to be presented to the user. The automated driving feature may be currently included on the vehicle, or it may not be currently included on the vehicle.



MOTORCYCLE ORGANIC GATHERING FOR ROUTE SHARING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An organic gathering system for route sharing is provided. The system includes a profile manager that determines settings associated with a first user that desires to pair with one or more other users during travel. An observation manager determines a group of users in a defined geographic area for pairing with the first user during at least a portion of the travel. The system also includes a navigation manager that provides instructions to the first user related to the pairing. The instructions include an action to be performed by the first user to pair with one or more of the other users.



Music-Based Positioning Aided By Dead Reckoning

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Music-based positioning (MP) provides positioning service only sporadically. To continuously provide positioning service, the present invention discloses music-based positioning aided by dead reckoning (MP-DR). At each signature burst (i.e., a highly unique short musical segment suitable for positioning), sounds of a music piece or a human speech are used for positioning. Between signature bursts, dead reckoning (DR) is used.



FLEXIBLE ORGANIZATION OF NAVIGATION ATTRIBUTES TO SUPPORT HYBRID NAVIGATION AND DATA STREAMING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Methods, apparatuses, and systems are provided which allow for flexible organization of navigation attributes to support hybrid navigation and data streaming. A system may receive a request for geographic data. The system may identify a map attribute from the request. The system may query a metatable with the map attribute for a binary large object entry address, wherein the metatable includes a plurality of binary large object entry addresses. The system may access a navigation database using the binary large object entry address for a binary large object including data for the map attribute. The system may generate a map command including the data for the map attribute.



LAUNCH CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A launch control method of a vehicle includes: a clutch hold step of maintaining a clutch torque until an engine torque becomes smaller than the clutch torque, when a driver releases an accelerator pedal during launch control; a time constant determination step in which a time constant for a rate of releasing the clutch torque is determined depending on a difference between the clutch torque and a target creep torque when the engine torque becomes smaller than the clutch torque; a filter processing step of processing the time constant and the target creep torque using a low-pass filter that has the time constant and the target creep torque as an input and has a nominal clutch torque as an output; and a clutch control step of controlling a clutch using the nominal clutch torque.



CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A selectable one-way clutch includes an engagement mechanism. The engagement mechanism is configured to be switched between an engaged state and a disengaged state. The engaged state is a state in which relative rotation between a first and a second members in one of a positive rotational direction and a reverse rotational direction is restricted. The disengaged state is a state in which the relative rotation between the first member and the second member in both of the positive and the reverse rotational direction is permitted. The electronic control unit is configured to apply torque to the one of the first member or the second member by using a motor such that relative rotation in the other one of the positive or the reverse rotational direction is generated between the first member and the second member when the engagement mechanism is switched from the engaged state to the disengaged state.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING GLOW PLUG OF DIESEL HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for controlling a glow plug of a diesel hybrid vehicle in which an engine is frequently turned on/off. The apparatus and method are capable of assisting running torque required for motion of the diesel hybrid vehicle through a torque aid operation of a hybrid motor in order to enable pre-heating of an engine combustion chamber in an initial stage of an engine running mode, using an inexpensive glow plug.



PUSH-BUTTON START SYSTEM FAULT DIAGNOSIS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for diagnosing a no-start fault of a vehicle push-button start system including a push-button switch, where the system starts a vehicle engine if the switch is pressed and a vehicle brake is applied. The method includes detecting that a no engine crank condition has occurred if the switch is pressed and the brake is applied, and if so, performs a no crank diagnosis. The method also includes determining that a starter control relay has not been enabled after the system is in a crank power mode, and if so, performs a starter not-enabled diagnosis. The method also includes determining that the starter control relay has been disabled before the engine is running, and if so, performs a start disable diagnosis. The method also includes determining that the engine has stalled within some minimum time after it has successfully been started, and if so, performs an engine stall diagnosis.



EXHAUST SYSTEM TEMPERATURE ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A control system for an engine of a vehicle includes an adder module that determines a temperature sum based on a sum of a plurality of temperatures determined based on (i) a plurality of operating parameters of the vehicle and (ii) a plurality of predetermined values calibrated for determining an estimated temperature at a location within an exhaust system of the vehicle. A temperature difference module determines a temperature difference based on the temperature sum and a previous value of the temperature difference. An estimating module determines the estimated temperature at the location within the exhaust system based on the temperature difference and a reference temperature. An actuator control module selectively adjusts at least one engine actuator based on the estimated temperature.



Radio Frequency Control of Air-Fuel Ratio

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Methods are disclosed for determining an oxidation state of a catalyst using RF signals. The method may include introducing radio-frequency signals into a resonant chamber including a catalyst, modulating an air-fuel ratio of an engine upstream of the catalyst to generate a sequence of uniform pulses and at least one altered pulse that differs from the uniform pulses, and comparing a frequency response of two or more resonant modes of the radio-frequency signals during the sequence to determine an oxidation state of the catalyst. The method may further include adjusting the air-fuel ratio based on the comparing step. Two or more altered pulses may be inserted into the air-fuel ratio sequence. The altered pulse may have a pulse width and/or amplitude that differs from the uniform pulses. The methods may be used to adjust an air-fuel ratio to correct or impart a bias.



EXHAUST SYSTEM PRESSURE ESTIMATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A control system for an engine of a vehicle includes an adder module that determines a pressure sum based on a sum of a plurality of pressures determined based on (i) a plurality of operating parameters of the vehicle and (ii) a plurality of predetermined values calibrated for determining an estimated pressure at a location within an exhaust system of the vehicle. An estimating module determines the estimated pressure at the location within the exhaust system based on the pressure sum and a reference pressure. An actuator control module selectively adjusts at least one engine actuator based on the estimated pressure.



Operating Method And Device For Performing Open-Loop Or Closed-Loop Control For A Permanent Brake System Of A Vehicle

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An operating method and device for a permanent brake system of a motor vehicle. The brake system includes a primary and a secondary permanent brake. Each brake generates respective adjustable braking torque components. The first primary brake has a response than the second primary brake. A third braking torque component is adjusted by the secondary brake. The permanent-brake braking request is applied by the first primary brake until the braking request exceeds a first threshold. The first threshold corresponds to a value less than or equal to a maximum braking torque generated by the first primary brake. After exceeding the first threshold, a component of the request is applied by the secondary permanent brake. A second threshold value corresponds to a value less than or equal to a braking torque that can be generated when the first primary permanent brake device interacts with the secondary permanent brake.



OPERATOR ASSIST FEATURES FOR EXCAVATING MACHINES BASED ON PERCEPTION SYSTEM FEEDBACK

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system for an excavating machine includes a control system comprising a processing system, one or more sensors, a user interface, and a vision system, wherein the control system receives input signals from the user interface, the one or more sensors, and the vision system; and a motor in communication with the control system and the motor adapted to control movement of a portion of the excavating machine. The processing system can control operation of the motor.



SLEWING CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID CONSTRUCTION MACHINE AND HYBRID CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A brake control unit operates a mechanical brake when a slewing operation amount detected by a slewing operation amount detection unit indicates slewing stop and when a slewing speed detected by a slewing speed detection unit is equal to or lower than a predetermined speed. A time measurement unit measures a brake operation time period during which a brake operation detection value detected by a brake operation detection unit exceeds a predetermined threshold. When the mechanical brake is operated and when the brake operation time period measured by the time measurement unit exceeds a predetermined reference time period, a slewing control unit stops outputting a slewing command.



AUTONOMOUS BALLAST UNLOADING CONSIST

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An autonomous ballast consist for unloading ballast along a railway and methods for unloading ballast thereby. The consist includes a plurality of ballast cars and at least one control car. The control car includes a controller, a navigation system, and electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic generators that power the hopper cars. The controller employs the navigation system to determine the location of the consist relative to a track survey indicating locations and amounts of ballast to be unloaded. The controller instructs the hopper cars to open/close ballast doors to dump appropriate amounts of ballast in desired locations. The controller also monitors the status of the hopper cars and the accuracy of the navigation system to automatically adjust the operational state of the consist relative thereto. The unloading operation is carried out automatically, without need for operator intervention, and without risk of damage to railroad facilities.



DUTY CYCLE-BASED BIT INTERFACE SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A duty cycle-based bit interface system includes a first stage voltage converter and second stage voltage converter in signal communication with the first stage voltage converter. The first stage voltage converter converts a digital voltage signal into an analog voltage signal. The second stage voltage converters convert the digital voltage signal into a scaled version of the same. A sampling unit is in signal communication with at least one of the second stage voltage converters, and is configured to sample a portion of the first stage analog output voltage signal during a sampling time period. The sampled portion has a duty cycle based-analog voltage signal during the sampling time period. A bit selector unit is in signal communication with the sampling unit, and outputs a bit enable signal that initiates a specific diagnostic test among a plurality of diagnostic tests based on the duty cycle of the sampled portion.



TACTILE AND PERIPHERAL VISION COMBINED MODALITY HOVER DRIFT CUEING

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Combined modality hover drift cueing methods, systems and computer readable media are disclosed. For example, some implementations can include a system comprising one or more sensors, and a combined modality hover drift cueing controller coupled to the one or more sensors and configured to determine hover drift and to control a plurality of indicators in response to determined hover drift. The system can also include a mode selector coupled to the combined modality hover drift cueing controller and configured to provide an indication of mode selection between one of a first mode, a second mode and a third mode, wherein the first mode is a combined modality mode. The system can further include a peripheral vision hover drift indicator coupled to the controller and mounted on an inside surface of an aircraft cockpit, and a tactile feedback indicator coupled to the controller.



PILOT FATIGUE DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FROM AIRCRAFT CONTROL DEVICE MOVEMENT

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for detecting pilot fatigue in an aircraft having at least an airframe and a pilot-operated aircraft control device includes detecting movements of the aircraft control device, and determining when the pilot is fatigued based on the detected movements of the aircraft control device.



Aerial Agricultural Management System

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus comprises a base vehicle, a takeoff and landing system, a rack system, a refueling system associated with the base vehicle, and a controller. The rack system comprises a group of racks with slots in which the slots receive unmanned aerial vehicles, provide refueling connections that facilitate refueling of the unmanned aerial vehicles located in the slots, and provide data connections that facilitate data transmission with the unmanned aerial vehicles located in the slots. The refueling system refuels an unmanned aerial vehicle located in a slot using a refueling connection in the refueling connections. The controller communicates with the unmanned aerial vehicle using a data connection and control the refueling of the unmanned aerial vehicles by the refueling system while the unmanned aerial vehicle is in the slot, enabling exchanging data with the unmanned aerial vehicle and the refueling of the unmanned aerial vehicle simultaneously.



ROBUSTNESS AND AVAILABILITY OF AIRCRAFT ACCELERATION EVALUATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system for determining a deceleration rate of an aircraft, in various embodiments, includes at least one component capable of transmitting a first deceleration rate. The system also includes a brake control unit coupled to the at least one component and having a brake controller that is configured to receive the first deceleration rate from the at least one component and to determine a likely accurate deceleration rate based on the first deceleration rate, a second deceleration rate and a hierarchy of sources of deceleration rates.



PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SETTING PARKING COMPLETE CRITERION OF PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A parking assist system includes a parking slot searcher for searching a parking slot around a vehicle and obtaining parking environment information, a driver sensor for sensing a driver in the vehicle and obtaining driver information, a fellow passenger sensor for sensing a fellow passenger in the vehicle and obtaining fellow passenger information, and a controller for setting a parking complete criterion based on one or more of the parking environment information, the driver information and the fellow passenger information.



PARKING GUIDANCE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A parking guidance apparatus includes: an image obtainer to capture an image around a vehicle; an image processor to generate an around view monitoring (AVM) image by using images obtained through the image obtainer; and a controller. When entering a parking guidance mode, the controller displays a parking position marker near a vehicle within the AVM image, determines a target parking slot using the parking position marker, displays a point marker for setting an initial movement position from which the vehicle may enter the target parking slot, guides movement of the vehicle to the initial movement position using the point marker, and guides the vehicle to enter the target parking slot when the vehicle reaches the initial movement position.



ELECTRIC POWER STEERING CONTROLLER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A steering controller for controlling an electric power steering includes a load estimator estimating a road surface load, a pre-correction target determiner determining a pre-correction target steer torque based on the estimated road surface load, a steer angle detector detecting a steer angle, and a target corrector correcting the pre-correction target steer torque based on the steer angle, and the controller determines an assist torque instruction value based on the deviation between the target steer torque and a steer torque, thereby establishing a robust steering feel of an electric power steering system irrespective of the change of the mechanical friction of the power steering system.



Humanized Steering Model For Automated Vehicles

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A humanized steering system for an automated vehicle includes one or more steering-wheels operable to steer a vehicle, an angle-sensor configured to determine a steering-angle of the steering-wheels, a hand-wheel used by an operator of the vehicle to influence the steering-angle and thereby manually steer the vehicle, a steering-actuator operable to influence the steering-angle thereby steer the vehicle when the operator does not manually steer the vehicle, a position-sensor operable to indicate a relative-position an object proximate to the vehicle, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive the steering-angle and the relative-position, determine, using deep-learning techniques, a steering-model based on the steering-angle and the relative-position, and operate the steering-actuator when the operator does not manually steer the vehicle to steer the vehicle in accordance with the steering-model, whereby the vehicle is steered in a manner similar to how the operator manually steers the vehicle.



ELECTRIC POWER STEERING APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An electric power steering apparatus with a good steering feeling that includes a function for getting out from restraint of a lateral flow or a one-sided flow, and enables acquisition of a better effect that a driver's load is reduced in the lateral flow or the one-sided flow.



STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS AND STEERING CONTROL METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A steering control apparatus, according to an embodiment, may include: a detecting unit configured to detect the angle of a pinion gear that is positioned in the front wheel, a column torque, and a motor current; a frequency estimating unit configured to estimate a road surface frequency that is generated by the road on which the vehicle travels based on at least one of the angle of the pinion gear, the column torque, or the motor current; a rack force estimating unit configured to estimate a rack force based on at least one of the angle of the pinion gear, the column torque, or the motor current; and a control unit configured to extract road surface information that is contained in the rack force based on the road surface frequency and configured to control a steering apparatus based on the road surface information and the rack force.



REGENERATIVE POWER-AMOUNT ESTIMATION DEVICE AND BRAKE PLAN PLOTTING DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A regenerative power-amount estimation device according to an embodiment includes a regenerative power-amount estimation model for each brake notch switching configured to include a transient response of an electric brake corresponding to a switching operation of a brake notch for each switching operation of the brake notch in an operation of railway vehicles. A regenerative power-amount estimation part is configured to estimate an expected amount of regenerative power acquired for a brake plan being temporal transition data of the brake notch, based on the regenerative power-amount estimation model for each brake notch switching.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MITIGATING UNINTENDED OPERATION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for mitigating unintended operation of a vehicle is described herein. The system and method analyze data and/or signals received from sensors to determine when the vehicle is experiencing changes the in the vehicle's direction, dynamic state and/or status. The analysis may be applied to data and/or signals from one or more sensors alone or in combination. Analysis of the data and/or signals may determine that one or more criterion are met and therefore the vehicle may be an identified state. When the vehicle is in an identified state, the system and method may disable, deaden or otherwise modify the response to one or more controls in order to mitigate unintended operation.



Intoxicated Vehicle Driver Accident Reduction System

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A sobriety ignition interlock system including an engine control device and a method for managing available vehicle engine power using the sobriety ignition interlock system. The engine control device includes an engine control processor (ECP) that is electronically connected in between an engine control unit (ECU), an engine sensor assembly, and a sobriety processor. The sobriety processor determines a sobriety level of a vehicle driver and sends a corresponding sobriety signal to the ECP. The ECP intercepts an engine signal transmitted from the engine sensor assembly to the ECU and manipulates the engine signal according to the sobriety signal, in order to manage the available power of the vehicle engine.



DRIVER ASSISTANCE APPARATUS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A driver assistance apparatus, in which a sensor is configured to measure an alcohol concentration from a driver, and output the measured alcohol concentration. The apparatus includes a processor configured to perform a first drunk-driving test based on a first alcohol concentration received from the sensor before starting the vehicle, and perform a second drunk-driving test based on a second alcohol concentration received from the sensor while the vehicle is operating.



COMBINED SENSORS FOR MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO A DRIVER

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system that identifies road conditions associated with a road surface is provided. The system includes a first sensor recording a first motion amount related to a head of a rider and at least a second sensor recording at least a second motion amount of a portion of a vehicle. The system also includes a comparison manager determining a severity level based on a comparison between the first motion amount and the second motion amount. Also included is a notification manager providing recommendations to the rider based on the severity level. Additionally, an implementation manager may dynamically implement one or more actions based on the severity level.



LAUNCH CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE WITH DRY TYPE CLUTCH

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A launch control method for a vehicle with a dry-type clutch includes: determining a target engine speed corresponding to an operation amount of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle when vehicle launch is started by operation of the accelerator pedal; calculating a feedforward component which is part of the torque to control the clutch using a rate of change over time of the target engine speed and a current engine torque; calculating a feedback component which is part of the torque to control the clutch based on a difference between the target engine speed and the current engine speed; calculating a compensation torque using a current engine torque and an estimated clutch torque which is estimated to be currently transferred by the clutch; and controlling a clutch actuator to drive the clutch with a sum of the feedforward component, the feedback component, and the compensation torque.



CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system comprising: a first, controller operable to assume an off state or one of one or more on states, in a first on state the first controller being configured to generate a first controller powertrain signal in order to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque and cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value, the system being configured to cause the first controller to assume the first on state in dependence at least in part on receipt of a first input signal indicative that the controller is required to assume the first on state and a second signal indicative that a driver is maintaining a driver-operated brake control device in a brake-applied condition, being a condition in which a braking system of a vehicle is caused to apply a brake to one or more wheels.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INDICATING A POTENTIAL LANE SHIFT OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A lane shift indicating system for indicating a potential lane shift of a vehicle supporting at least partly automated steering and vehicle speed control, when the vehicle is travelling along a first driving lane of a road having a second driving lane separated from the first driving lane by one or more lane markings. The lane shift indicating system determines a driving environment of the vehicle at an initial vehicle position, and determines that the driving environment indicates that the vehicle is in a driving situation where a lane shift from the first driving lane to the second driving lane is considered appropriate, and adjusts the steering prior to a potential automated vehicle speed adjustment pertinent the determined driving situation, such that the vehicle continues its travel laterally closer to the one or more lane markings along the first driving lane, as compared to the initial vehicle position.



Collision Avoidance Using Auditory Data Augmented With Map Data

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives audio signals from one or more microphones and identifies sounds. The controller further identifies an estimated location of the sound origin and the type of sound, i.e. whether the sound is a vehicle and/or the type of vehicle. The controller analyzes map data and attempts to identify a landmark within a tolerance from the estimated location. If a landmark is found corresponding to the estimated location and type of the sound origin, then the certainty is increased that the source of the sound is at that location and is that type of sound source. Collision avoidance is then performed with respect to the location of the sound origin and its type with the certainty as augmented using the map data. Collision avoidance may include automatically actuating brake, steering, and accelerator actuators in order to avoid the location of the sound origin.



TRANSMISSION

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A transmission includes a drive source, a first input shaft, a second input shaft, a first gear group, a first synchronous engagement mechanism, a second gear group, a second synchronous engagement mechanism, an output shaft, and circuitry. The circuitry is configured to control the first synchronous engagement mechanism to synchronously engage one of the at least one first driving gear with the first input shaft before selecting one of the at least one second driving gear and connecting the second input shaft to the drive source through a second connection and disconnection device so as to move a vehicle.



HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A hybrid vehicle includes an internal combustion engine, a filter, an electrical storage device, a rotating electric machine, and a controller. The filter is configured to trap particulate matter in exhaust gas of the internal combustion engine. The rotating electric machine is configured to generate electric power using power from the internal combustion engine so as to charge the electrical storage device, and drive the internal combustion engine using electric power from the electrical storage device. The controller is configured to control the internal combustion engine and the rotating electric machine, so as to warm up the electrical storage device when regeneration control needs to be performed and when the temperature of the electrical storage device is lower than a reference value. The regeneration control is control for raising the temperature of the filter to a predetermined temperature so as to burn the particulate matter. The controller may be configured to execute the regeneration control when the temperature of the electrical storage device exceeds the reference value.



HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle includes an engine, an MG (motor generator) an MG2, a planetary gear device mechanically coupled to the engine and MG1 and MG2, a battery, an inverter configured to perform a power conversion between the battery and MG1 and between the battery and MG2, and a controller. MG1 generates a counter-electromotive torque when rotated by the engine. During an inverter-less running control where the inverter is put into a gate shut-off state and the engine is driven to cause MG1 to generate the counter-electromotive torque, the controller decreases a engine target rotation speed Netag when an integrated value of battery charging current (deterioration evaluation value D) is greater than a predetermined value (threshold value D1) smaller than the engine target rotation speed Netag when the deterioration evaluation value D is equal to or smaller than the threshold value D1.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method and an apparatus for controlling a hybrid electric vehicle are provided. The apparatus includes a navigation device that provides information regarding a gradient, a speed limit, and a traffic speed of a road. An accelerator pedal position detector detects a position of an accelerator pedal and a brake pedal position detector detects a position of a brake pedal. A vehicle speed detector detects a vehicle speed, a state of charge (SOC) detector detects an SOC of a battery, and a gear stage detector detects a gear stage that is currently engaged. A controller operates the hybrid vehicle based on signals of the navigation device, the accelerator pedal position detector, the brake pedal position detector, the vehicle speed detector, the SOC detector, and the gear stage detector.



CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are control apparatus for electronic parking brake system and control method thereof. The control apparatus for electronic parking brake system and control method includes an inputter configured to receive an abnormal operation signal from an electronic stability control (ESC) system when a vehicle stopping control function is abnormally performed in the ESC system; a determiner configured to determine whether an operation availability signal of an electronic parking brake (EPB) system is input from the EPB system, when the abnormal operation signal is input; and a controller configured to transmit a control command to the EPB system to activate the EPB system and have the EPB system perform a braking operation, when the operation availability signal of the EPB is input.



ASCERTAINING AN OFFSET OF AN INERTIAL SENSOR

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method of providing an additive offset of a longitudinal acceleration signal of a traveling motor vehicle. The signal being measured by an inertial sensor is ascertained. At least the longitudinal acceleration signal, a braking signal, and a drive signal are detected. A force balance of the longitudinal dynamic of the motor vehicle is analyzed. The signals are detected both during at least one acceleration process as well as during at least one braking process. The signals during the acceleration processes are detected and/or analyzed separately from the signals during the braking processes, and the additive offset is ascertained by comparing the signals detected during the acceleration processes or the values calculated therefrom with the signals detected during the braking processes or the values calculated therefrom. The invention further relates to an electronic controller.



ON-BOARD COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND ON-BOARD DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In an on-board communication system, an on-board device transmits processing start signals and detection signals from a plurality of antennas provided in a vehicle, and a portable device receives the processing start signals and the detection signals and transmits a response signal that includes information corresponding to the received detection signals. Position detection of the portable device is performed based on the response signal. The processing start signals start reception processing of the detection signals by the portable device. The detection signals are successively transmitted from the plurality of antennas, at a different timing for each of the plurality of antennas. Various vehicle processing, such as engine start processing, may be performed based on the detected position of the portable device, such as whether the portable device is inside or outside the vehicle.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING AN IMPACT LOCATION OF AN OBJECT ON A VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for determining an impact location of an object on a vehicle including reading in a first sensor signal value of a first sensor of the vehicle at a predefined first point in time, a second sensor signal value of the first sensor at a predefined second point in time following the first point in time, and a sample value of a second sensor of the vehicle at a third point in time following the second point in time. Additionally, an interpolation point is calculated from the first sensor signal value and the second sensor signal value by using the sample value, at least one component of the interpolation point corresponding to the sample value. A time lag between an interpolation instant assigned to the interpolation point, and the third point in time takes place. Finally, the time lag is used for determining the impact location of the object.



VEHICLE ACOUSTIC APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE THEREOF

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Some embodiments are directed to a control system for a sound controller configured to transmit sounds to a vehicle passenger cabin. The system includes a downshift sensor configured to detect a downshift of a vehicle transmission, and an accelerator pedal sensor that is configured to detect whether an accelerator pedal is actuated above a predetermined threshold. A controller controls operation of the sound controller in accordance with a sound control logic that is based on vehicle engine mode, transmission gear selection, accelerator pedal position, and vehicle engine speed. The controller also controls operation of the sound controller in accordance with an audible downshift logic if the downshift sensor detects a downshift of the vehicle transmission and the accelerator pedal sensor detects that the accelerator pedal is not actuated above the predetermined threshold, the audible downshift logic controlling the sound controller to enhance engine sound transmitted to the passenger cabin.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING BATTERY SOC OF HYBRID VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system for controlling a battery SOC of a hybrid vehicle are provided to improve fuel efficiency in an urban area with a differentiated strategy for controlling auxiliary battery SOC balance of the hybrid vehicle. The method improves fuel efficiency in urban areas with a differentiated strategy of controlling SOC balance of an auxiliary battery considering that the degree of influence of electric field load consumption on fuel efficiency based on LDC voltage adjustment in the hybrid vehicle varies based on driving mode and road gradient.



ESTIMATION AND COMPENSATION OF BATTERY MEASUREMENT AND ASYNCHRONIZATION BIASES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A hybrid or electric vehicle includes a traction battery to store and provide energy for the vehicle. The traction battery includes a number of battery cells. For effective operation of the traction battery, operating parameters, such as state of charge and battery power limits, may need to be known. The operating parameters may be a function of battery cell voltage and impedance parameters. A parameter estimation scheme may use measured cell voltages and a measured traction battery current as inputs. A current measurement bias may be modeled that incorporates measurement bias caused by asynchronous current and voltage measurements. The current measurement bias may be estimated for each cell and the value may differ between cells.



METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR RECONFIGURABLE POWER EXCHANGE FOR MULTIPLE UAV TYPES

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A reconfigurable system capable of autonomously exchanging material from unmanned vehicles of various types and sizes. The system comprises an environmental enclosure, a landing area, a universal mechanical system to load and unload material from the unmanned vehicle, and a central processor that manages the aforementioned tasks. The landing area may comprise a one or more visible or non-visible markers/emitters capable of generating composite images to assist in landing the unmanned vehicle upon the reconfigurable, autonomous system.



Managing Vehicle Information

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system includes a computing device for receiving information representative of activities of an operating first vehicle that includes a propulsion system. The computing device is configured to produce one or more control parameters from the received information in combination with information received from other vehicles, and, provide the one or more control parameters to control operations of a second vehicle.



METHOD FOR CONTROLLING BRAKING OF REGENERATIVE BRAKING CO-OPERATIVE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method for controlling braking of a regenerative braking co-operative control system for a vehicle may include detecting, by a controller, whether a brake pedal is manipulated, determining, by the controller, a driver demand braking force, a wheel deceleration, and wheel slip when the brake pedal is manipulated, comparing, by the controller, the determined wheel deceleration value and the wheel slip value with a predetermined threshold deceleration value and a predetermined first threshold slip value, respectively, and determining, by the controller, a maximum road frictional force when the wheel deceleration value is larger than the threshold deceleration value and the wheel slip value is larger than the first threshold slip value and determining a regenerative braking force of driving wheels in accordance with the determined maximum road frictional force.



CONTROL METHOD OF DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR THE SAME

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A control method of a dual clutch transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle includes: determining, by a transmission controller, whether a vehicle has entered a power-off down-shift state; determining, by the transmission controller, whether a transmission including a first input shaft, a second input shaft, and an output shaft has entered a torque phase, when the first determining step determines that the vehicle has entered the power-off down-shift state; calculating a compensatory torque for compensating for a change in a regenerative braking force according to a change of a gear ratio in accordance with a completion percentage of the torque phase, when it is determined that a transmission has entered the torque phase; and compensating for regenerative torque of a motor by applying the compensatory torque.



VEHICLE CONTROLLER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

An electric motor control unit for controlling the operation of an electric motor. The unit comprises: an electric motor controller comprising a processor having at least one input and at least one output, wherein an output of the processor is coupled to a power provider for controlling power to an electric motor; a tilt accelerometer system comprising a tilt accelerometer for determining a measure of the tilt of the electric motor unit relative to a reference orientation, wherein the tilt accelerometer system comprises an output for providing a signal based on the determined measure of the tilt; wherein the output of the tilt accelerometer system is coupled to an input of the processor of the electric motor controller; wherein the power provider comprises a power output for controlling the operation of an electric motor based on the output of the tilt accelerometer system.



System and Method for Customizing a Vehicle Operating Environment

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system are presented for configuring a vehicle operating environment. An initial VOE configuration file and a VOE components file are provided to a VOE configuring application. A user employs the application to modify the VOE configuration file. The modified VOE configuration file is provided to a vehicle, where the vehicle uses the modified VOE configuration file to configure an operating environment of the vehicle.



VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle climate control system has a control strategy which controls temperature of an evaporator in a refrigeration circuit to achieve a target temperature/relative humidity within a comfort zone which is defined by upper and lower temperature boundaries and upper and lower relative humidity boundaries. Several system embodiments are disclosed, including an all-electric system. All systems operate with improved efficiency.



METHOD FOR PROACTIVE CONTROLLING OF CHASSIS COMPONENTS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

In a method for controlling at least one component of a chassis of a vehicle, a parameterization of a reactive controller of the at least one component of the chassis is changed depending on a current certainty of sensor data of a roadway section to be driven detected by a sensor system, such that, when driving on the roadway section, in the case of increased uncertainty of the sensor data, the reactive controller controls with a lower reaction time with respect to a normal operation.



Active Vehicle Suspension System

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle suspension system is disclosed. The vehicle suspension system can include a first spring having a first spring characteristic, a second spring having a second spring characteristic, and an actuator coupled to the first and second springs such that actuation of the actuator causes a change in the first and second spring characteristics. The change in the second spring characteristic can be inversely proportional to the change in the first spring characteristic to adjust vehicle handling.



DAMPER CONTROL DEVICE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A damper control device includes a rate sensor that detects a pitching angular velocity of a vehicle body, a vehicle speed sensor, a steering angle sensor and a calculation unit that detect a roll angle and a yaw angular velocity of the vehicle body, a pressure sensor that detects a pressure of a contraction-side chamber in a front-wheel side damper, a pressure sensor that detects a pressure of a contraction-side chamber in a rear-wheel side damper, and a correction unit that corrects the pitching angular velocity. The pressures are controlled on the basis of the corrected pitching angular velocity and the pressures. The vehicle speed sensor, the steering angle sensor and the calculation unit detect the roll angle and the yaw angular velocity on the basis of a traveling speed and a steering angle.



INTELLIGENT WHEEL CHAIR CONTROL METHOD BASED ON BRAIN COMPUTER INTERFACE AND AUTOMATIC DRIVING TECHNOLOGY

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is an intelligent wheel chair control method based on a brain computer interface and an automatic driving technology. The method comprises the following steps: acquiring current pictures by webcams to perform obstacle localization; generating candidate destinations and waypoints for path planning according to the current obstacle information; performing self-localization of the wheel chair; selecting a destination by a user through the brain computer interface (BCI); planning an optimal path according to the current position of the wheel chair as a starting point and the destination selected by the user as an end point in combination with the waypoints; calculating a position error between the current position of the wheel chair and the optimal path as the feedback of a PID path tracking algorithm; and calculating a reference angular velocity and linear velocity by means of the PID path tracking algorithm and transmitting them to a PID motion controller, converting odometry data from encoders into current angular and linear velocities as a feedback of the PID motion controller, and controlling the driving of the wheel chair in real time to the destination. The intelligent wheel chair control method greatly relieves the mental burden of a user, can adapt to changes in the environment, and improves the self-care ability of patients with severe paralysis.



System and method for determining knife usage

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A system for determining knife usage. The system includes an infeed cutter including a cutter rotor, a knife drawer, and a plurality of knives extending through the knife drawer. The cutter rotor is mounted above the knife drawer such that a cutting zone for crop material is defined. The system further includes a measuring device configured to measure a quantity which is representative for the couple exerted by the cutter rotor on crop material going through the cutting zone of the infeed cutter, a controller configured to control the measuring device for measuring values for the quantity at consecutive moments in time, and a knife usage determining module configured to determine knife usage based on the measured values.



PROBABILISTIC CONTROL OF AN AGRICULTURAL MACHINE

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A set of sensor inputs are received in an agricultural machine. The sensor inputs are indicative of sensed or measured variables. A probabilistic control system probabilistically infers values for another set of variables and generates a set of control signals based on the probabilistically inferred values.



CONTROLLING AN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE BASED ON SENSED INPUTS

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A variable is sensed that is indicative of a performance of a machine. A rate of change of the sensed variable is determined, and a control signal is generated for controlling an agricultural vehicle, based upon the rate of change in the value of the sensed variable.



AUTOMATIC SEEDING SYSTEM MOTOR REVERSAL

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:00:00 EDT

A motor drives a seeding system. A sensor senses a characteristic of the motor and a motor jam is detected based on the sensed characteristic. The motor is momentarily reversed, when a jam is detected.