Texas Patent of the Month – April 2024

The inventive minds at AYRO Inc. have revolutionized vehicular control systems with their latest invention, offering a groundbreaking solution to manage forces experienced by vehicles, particularly Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs), when encountering terrain changes. This innovative vehicular control system ensures that the impact on the environment, especially concerning contact patches of the vehicle’s wheels, is minimized or maintained within a desirable range.

At the heart of this system lies a sophisticated array of sensors, vehicular controllers, computer-readable memory, and processors, all seamlessly interconnected to enable real-time decision-making. These components work in harmony to derive forces experienced by the vehicle, determine the contact patch state of its wheels, and identify changes in terrain attributes through data from various sensors like cameras, LIDAR, GPS, and radar.

Upon detecting a terrain change, the system springs into action, defining target contact patch states based on the new terrain attributes. It then calculates the target forces necessary to achieve these states, considering factors such as wheel grip, slippage, and environmental impact. Subsequently, the system determines the optimal operational parameters for the vehicle to attain the target forces, all within a multi-dimensional operational parameter space.

What sets this invention apart is its ability to smoothly transition the vehicle from its current operational parameters to the target parameters using a predefined path. This path, defined based on derivatives of the operational parameters, ensures a seamless shift in contact patch states as the vehicle traverses different terrains. The system then instructs the vehicular controllers to adjust their parameters accordingly, ensuring the vehicle’s sustainability and minimizing its environmental footprint.

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