Apple Won 62 Patents Today Covering Automated Motion Control Systems + a Visual Headset that Provides Privacy
In January of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Second Chinese National Working on Project Titan has been arrested by the FBI for Stealing Company Secrets." I mention this because many of Apple's Project Titan patents only surface once they've been granted. Apple tries to keep most of them hidden until the last minute. Today is another example of that. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's granted patent #10,407,035 which wasn't made public until today.
Project Titan: Integrated Chassis Control
Apple's granted patent covers a control system for a vehicle. The control system includes a plurality of vehicle actuators that are operable to affect actual chassis-level accelerations, a vehicle intelligence unit that determines a motion plan, a vehicle motion control unit that receives the motion plan, receives information describing a feasible range of chassis-level accelerations and determines a chassis-level motion request based on the motion plan and the feasible range of chassis-level accelerations, and a chassis control unit that determines actuator commands for the plurality of vehicle actuators based on the chassis-level motion request and controls operation of the plurality of vehicle actuators using the actuator commands.
Another aspect of Apple's granted patent is a method for controlling a vehicle. The method includes determining a motion plan, determining a chassis-level motion request based on the motion plan and information describing a feasible range of chassis-level accelerations, determining actuator commands for a plurality of vehicle actuators based on the chassis-level motion request, and controlling operation of the plurality of vehicle actuators using the actuator commands.
Apple also notes that "The integrated chassis control system may also incorporate vehicle stability control algorithms that information regarding the surroundings of the vehicle while controlling vehicle motion at the limits of handling.
Apple's patent FIG. 1 below is an illustration showing a vehicle; FIG. 2 is an illustration showing the vehicle traversing a roadway; FIG. 3 is an illustration showing a vehicle control system.
Apple's patent FIG. 4 below is an illustration showing forces acting on a tire; FIG. 5 is an illustration describing longitudinal force, lateral force, and vertical force acting on a tire.
Apple's patent FIG. 6 below is an illustration showing a relationship between requested forces and moments and allocated tire forces and angles; FIG. 7 is an illustration showing tire slip control; and FIG. 8 is an illustration showing a reference trajectory tracking method.
A Few of the Inventors
Stefan Solyom: Engineering Manager. He previously worked at Tesla as a Driver Assistance Systems Architect – Autopilot
Gabe Hoffmann: Engineering Manager. He previously worked at ZeeAero as an Aerospace Engineer.
David Stronks: Sr. Engineering Manager with Apple's Special Projects Group
Miroslav Baric: Former Senior Engineer now working at Toyota Research Institute.
System with Touch Screen Displays and Head-Mounted Displays
In June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple invents new Features for a Head Mounted Display that allows a user to Work on Secret Documents." Today Apple was granted 10,412,334 covering that invention. Check out our June report here for more details.
The Remaining Patents Granted to Apple Today
We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.