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1. US20180290645 - AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONSTANT SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM

Office
United States of America
Application Number 15484584
Application Date 11.04.2017
Publication Number 20180290645
Publication Date 11.10.2018
Publication Kind A1
IPC
B60W 20/12
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
20Control systems specially adapted for hybrid vehicles
10Controlling the power contribution of each of the prime movers to meet required power demand
12using control strategies taking into account route information
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
B60W 20/13
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
20Control systems specially adapted for hybrid vehicles
10Controlling the power contribution of each of the prime movers to meet required power demand
13in order to stay within battery power input or output limits; in order to prevent overcharging or battery depletion
B60W 10/06
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
06including control of combustion engines
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 30/14
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
30Purposes of road vehicle drive control systems not related to the control of a particular sub-unit, e.g. of systems using conjoint control of vehicle sub-units
14Cruise control
CPC
B60W 10/06
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
06including control of combustion engines
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 10/26
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
24including control of energy storage means
26for electrical energy, e.g. batteries or capacitors
B60W 20/12
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
20Control systems specially adapted for hybrid vehicles
10Controlling the power contribution of each of the prime movers to meet required power demand
12using control strategies taking into account route information
B60W 20/13
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
20Control systems specially adapted for hybrid vehicles
10Controlling the power contribution of each of the prime movers to meet required power demand
13in order to stay within battery power input or output limits; in order to prevent overcharging or battery depletion
B60W 2510/244
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
2510Input parameters relating to a particular sub-units
24Energy storage means
242for electrical energy
244Charge state
Applicants FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
Inventors Yanan Zhao
Chen Zhang
Ming Lang Kuang
Title
(EN) AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONSTANT SPEED CONTROL SYSTEM
Abstract
(EN)

A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine, and a battery, coupled to a controller(s) configured to, in response to a virtual-driver signal, predict and maintain a constant-speed from a plurality of candidate speeds, to have a lowest fuel consumption and a minimum number of battery-charge-cycles, for a predicted distance and wheel-torque-power. A predicted engine-power is established from the wheel-torque-power required to maintain the constant-speed, and to power vehicle accessories and battery charging, such that fuel consumption and battery-charge-cycles are minimized over the predicted distance at the constant-speed. The controller(s) are configured to generate the predicted distance, from one or more of position and moving-map sensors, by detecting a current location, and identifying an open-road distance between the current location and at least one detected and/or predetermined way-point. The constant-speed is also determined by evaluating travel-times and battery-charge-discharge cycles for the constant speed over the predicted distance.


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