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1. EP3370999 - QUADRANT CONFIGURATION OF ROBOTIC VEHICLES

Office
European Patent Office
Application Number 16804953
Application Date 02.11.2016
Publication Number 3370999
Publication Date 12.09.2018
Publication Kind A1
IPC
B60L 15/20
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL; MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
15Methods, circuits or devices for controlling the propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles, e.g. their traction-motor speed, to achieve a desired performance; Adaptation of control equipment on electrically-propelled vehicles for remote actuation from a stationary place, from alternative parts of the vehicle or from alternative vehicles of the same vehicle train
20for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed
B61L 15/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
61RAILWAYS
LGUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC
15Indicators provided on the vehicle or vehicle train for signalling purposes
B62D 21/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
21Understructures, i.e. chassis frame on which a vehicle body may be mounted
B62D 25/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
25Superstructure sub-units; Parts or details thereof not otherwise provided for
G05D 1/00
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
G05D 1/02
GPHYSICS
05CONTROLLING; REGULATING
DSYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES
1Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot
02Control of position or course in two dimensions
CPC
B62D 63/025
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
62LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS
DMOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS
63Motor vehicles or trailers not otherwise provided for
02Motor vehicles
025Modular vehicles
B60L 3/0007
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
3Electric devices on electrically-propelled vehicles for safety purposes; Monitoring operating variables, e.g. speed, deceleration or energy consumption
0007Measures or means for preventing or attenuating collisions
B60L 3/04
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
3Electric devices on electrically-propelled vehicles for safety purposes; Monitoring operating variables, e.g. speed, deceleration or energy consumption
04Cutting off the power supply under fault conditions
B60L 15/20
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
15Methods, circuits, or devices for controlling the traction-motor speed of electrically-propelled vehicles
20for control of the vehicle or its driving motor to achieve a desired performance, e.g. speed, torque, programmed variation of speed
B60L 50/66
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
50Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle
50using propulsion power supplied by batteries or fuel cells
60using power supplied by batteries
66Arrangements of batteries
B60L 2200/40
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
LPROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES
2200Type of vehicles
40Working vehicles
Applicants ZOOX INC
Inventors KENTLEY-KLAY TIMOTHY DAVID
Designated States
Priority Data 14932958 04.11.2015 US
Title
(DE) QUADRANTENKONFIGURATION VON ROBOTERFAHRZEUGEN
(EN) QUADRANT CONFIGURATION OF ROBOTIC VEHICLES
(FR) CONFIGURATION DE QUADRANT POUR VÉHICULES ROBOTIQUES
Abstract
(EN)
Systems, apparatus and methods to implement sectional design (e.g., in quadrants) of an autonomous vehicle may include modular construction techniques to assemble an autonomous vehicle from multiple structural sections. The multiple structural sections may be configured to implement radial and bilateral symmetry. A structural section based configuration may include a power supply configuration (e.g., using rechargeable batteries) including a double-backed power supply system. The power supply system may include a kill switch disposed on a power supply (e.g., at an end of a rechargeable battery). The kill switch may be configured to disable the power supply system in the event of an emergency or after a collision, for example. The radial and bilateral symmetry may provide for bi-directional driving operations of the autonomous vehicle as the vehicle may not have a designated front end or a back end.

(FR)
L'invention concerne des systèmes, un appareil et des procédés de mise en œuvre d'une conception de section (par exemple en quadrants) d'un véhicule autonome pouvant comprendre des techniques de construction modulaire afin d'assembler un véhicule autonome à partir de multiples sections structurales. Les multiples sections structurales peuvent être configurçes pour mettre en œuvre une symétrie radiale et bilatérale. Une configuration à base de section structurale peut comprendre une configuration d'alimentation (par exemple au moyen de batteries rechargeables) comprenant un système d'alimentation à double support. Le système d'alimentation peut comprendre un disjoncteur disposé sur une alimentation (par exemple au niveau d'une extrémité d'une pile rechargeable). Le disjoncteur peut être configuré pour désactiver le système d'alimentation en cas d'urgence ou après une collision, par exemple. La symétrie radiale et bilatérale peut assurer des opérations de conduite bidirectionnelle du véhicule autonome étant donné que le véhicule peut ne pas présenter d'extrémité avant ou d'extrémité arrière désignée.