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1. US20180281599 - Independent Steering, Power Torque Control and Transfer in Vehicles

Office United States of America
Application Number 15937525
Application Date 27.03.2018
Publication Number 20180281599
Publication Date 04.10.2018
Publication Kind A1
IPC
B60L 3/00
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
3Electric devices on electrically-propelled vehicles for safety purposes; Monitoring operating variables, e.g. speed, deceleration or energy consumption
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
B60N 2/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
B60W 10/08
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
04including control of propulsion units
08including control of electric propulsion units, e.g. motors or generators
B60W 10/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
18including control of braking systems
B60W 10/184
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
18including control of braking systems
184with wheel brakes
CPC
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 3/0092
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
0092with use of redundant elements for safety purposes
B60N 2/002
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
NSEATS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES; VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
2Seats specially adapted for vehicles; Arrangement or mounting of seats in vehicles
002Passenger detection systems
B60R 2021/01272
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
RVEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Arrangements or fittings on vehicles for protecting or preventing injuries to occupants or pedestrians in case of accidents or other traffic risks
01Electrical circuits for triggering ; passive; safety arrangements, ; e.g. airbags, safety belt tighteners,; in case of vehicle accidents or impending vehicle accidents
01204Actuation parameters of safety arrangents
01252Devices other than bags
01265Seat belts
01272Belt tensioners
B60W 10/08
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
04including control of propulsion units
08including control of electric propulsion units, e.g. motors or generators
B60W 10/18
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
WCONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT
10Conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function
18including control of braking systems
Applicants Zoox, Inc.
Inventors Timothy David Kentley-Klay
Title
(EN) Independent Steering, Power Torque Control and Transfer in Vehicles
Abstract
(EN)

Systems, apparatus and methods to multiple levels of redundancy in torque steering control and propulsion control of an autonomous vehicle include determining that a powertrain unit of the autonomous vehicle is non-operational and disabling propulsion operation of the non-operational powertrain unit and implementing torque steering operation in another powertrain unit while propelling the autonomous vehicle using other powertrain units that are configured to implement torque steering operation and propulsion operation.