Patents Examined by Abby Y Lin
  • Patent number: 11119509
    Abstract: A system and method of displaying graphic information including a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles that together form a display screen. Light elements are provided on each vehicle. A computer wirelessly connects to and controls the vehicles and is activated to deploy the vehicles and arrange them in a pattern in the air. The light elements become pixels on the display screen. The light elements may be on opposing regions of the unmanned aerial vehicles, thereby making it possible to view the display screen from more than one direction. Wireless signals are transmitted from the computer to the light elements. Light elements are selectively switched on and off in a manner that causes the light emitted therefrom to form textual or graphic images on one side and/or the other side of the display screen. When not in use, the vehicles are stored in a storage facility having charging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventor: Pedro Arango
  • Patent number: 11119510
    Abstract: In an example, a method of generating flight paths for navigating an aircraft is provided. The method includes hovering the aircraft at a predetermined hover point. The predetermined hover point corresponds to a first takeoff waypoint of a first trajectory of the aircraft. The method includes scanning at least a portion of a first flight path of the first trajectory. The method includes determining that an obstacle obstructs the first flight path of the first trajectory. The first flight path begins at the first takeoff waypoint. The method includes determining a second takeoff waypoint. Determining the second takeoff waypoint includes assigning the first flight path to begin at the second takeoff waypoint. The method includes changing the first flight path of the first trajectory in accordance with the second takeoff waypoint, thereby forming a second flight path of a second trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION, A SUBSIDIARY OF THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffery Saunders, John F. Langford, Jason T. Jewell
  • Patent number: 11110600
    Abstract: A robot may include an application processor (AP) configured to set a movement path through which driving is to be performed for a preset time, a display unit configured to display guidance information representing a movement path, and a driving driver configured to drive along the movement path, thereby guiding passengers to a destination, such as an airplane boarding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sunho Yang
  • Patent number: 11112786
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a continuous rotary input on a touchscreen of a portable device in communication with a vehicle, determining a steering angle and a steering direction based on a radius and a rotational direction of the continuous rotary input, and actuating a steering component of the vehicle based on the steering angle and the steering direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hamid M. Golgiri, Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 11110607
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a servo output shaft angle calibration method and a robot using the same. In the method, when a servo output shaft rotational angle calibration instruction is obtained, an output shaft of a servo is controlled to move in a preset rotational direction, a current angle of the output shaft of the servo is obtained when it detects that the output shaft of the servo has rotated to an end point and has a stalling, and then a preset end point angle is updated as the current angle of the output shaft of the servo, so as to take the current angle of the output shaft of the servo as the new end point angle, thereby realizing the calibration of the end point angle of the output shaft of the servo. In this manner, the entire calibration process requires no manual intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP LTD
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Hanyu Sun, Lifu Zhang, Wenhua Fan, Zhongliang Wang, Yongping Zeng, Jianxin Pang
  • Patent number: 11104311
    Abstract: A brake control system adapted for use in a motor vehicle is disclosed, which brake control system is intended to determine, while an ACC device of the motor vehicle is active and based on environmental data obtained from one or more environmental sensors associated with the motor vehicle, a braking correction value for an emergency braking profile describing the braking behaviour of the motor vehicle. The environmental sensors are adapted to provide the brake control system with the environmental data representing the area in front of the motor vehicle. The brake control system is adapted to provide a target braking profile and to determine an actual braking profile on the basis of environmental data provided during an ACC braking operation. The brake control system is further adapted to compare the target braking profile with the actual braking profile and on the basis of the comparison result to determine the braking correction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: LUCAS AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Marko Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11103996
    Abstract: A robot joint space point-to-point movement trajectory planning method. Joint space trajectory planning is performed according to the displacement of a robot from a start point to a target point during PTP movement and a limitation condition of a preset movement parameter physical quantity of each axis in a robot control system. An n-dimensional space is constructed by taking each axis of the robot as a vector, wherein n?2, and the movement parameter physical quantity of each axis of the robot is verified according to a vector relationship between the n axes of the robot, so that a trajectory planning curve of each axis of the robot satisfies the limitation condition of the preset movement parameter physical quantity. The method has a small amount of calculations and strong real-time performance, the movement curves are mild, the control time is optimal, and the algorithm execution effect is good.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NANJING ESTUN ROBOTICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Riyue Feng, Jihu Wang, Zhengxian Xia, Tingting Pan, Bo Wu, Shuyi Jing
  • Patent number: 11099028
    Abstract: An interactive digital map of a geographic area is provided via a user interface. A request to obtain travel directions to a destination is received via the user interface. Respective indications of candidate rides for at least a portion of a route to the destination are requested from third-party providers, each of the indications including a pick-up location, a price estimate, and pick-up time. The requested indications of the candidate rides are received. A ranking of the candidate rides is determined using at least one of the corresponding pick-up locations, the price estimates, or the pick-up times, and a listing of the candidate rides is provided via the user interface in accordance with the determined ranking. In response to one of the candidate rides being selected via the user interface, a request for the selected ride is transmitted to the corresponding third-party provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jon Øvrebø Dubielzyk, Scott Ogden, Izaak L. Rubin
  • Patent number: 11097416
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile robot system including a server of creating and storing traveling information about moving space and a mobile robot of travelling on the moving space, wherein the mobile robot comprises a driving portion configured to move the mobile robot, a communication device configured to receive the traveling information from the server and a controller configured to control the driving portion based on the traveling information received from the communication device and wherein the server receives information about the moving space from at least one external robot, and creates the traveling information based on the information about the moving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: No San Kwak, Mi Jeong Song, Kyung Shik Roh, Soon Yong Park, Bo Kyung Kim, Ji Ho Seo, Si Ho Jang
  • Patent number: 11097595
    Abstract: A remote air conditioning start system includes a terminal of a user, a center server, and a vehicle that includes an air conditioner and is configured to communicate with the center server. The remote air conditioning start system includes first and second transmission units, first and second reception units, a start controller provided in the vehicle and configured to, when the second reception unit receives a start request, start the air conditioner, a determination unit provided in one of the terminal, the center server, and the vehicle and configured to determine necessity of defrosting of a window of the vehicle, and a notification unit provided in the terminal and configured to, when the determination unit determines that defrosting of the window is needed, notify the user that defrosting of the window is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tamane, Masato Endo, Kenichi Murata
  • Patent number: 11087115
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method for authenticating a user of a car includes: transmitting a plurality of radiation pulses through a predetermined portion of a surface of the car towards a portion of a hand of the user using a millimeter-wave radar; receiving a reflected signal from the portion of the hand using the millimeter-wave radar; generating a fingerprint signature based on the reflected signal; comparing the fingerprint signature to a database of authorized fingerprint signatures; and authorizing the user based on whether the fingerprint signature matches an authorized fingerprint signature of the database of authorized fingerprint signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Neha Baheti, Ashutosh Baheti, Avik Santra
  • Patent number: 11087569
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for processing vehicle accident information. Selected information is collected from a sensor system for a vehicle to form initial accident information in response to detecting an accident involving the vehicle. A first assessment of a severity of the accident is determined using the initial accident information. A vehicle notification of the accident is sent by the computer system onto a distributed network. A set of client devices located within a selected distance from the vehicle is searched for in response to the vehicle notification of the accident. Additional accident information is requested from the set of client devices when the set of client devices are present within the selected distance from the vehicle. A second assessment of the severity of the accident is determined using the initial accident information and the additional accident information received from the set of client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Wiliam Pereira Righi, Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto, Facundo Miguel Oliveri, Juliano Rodovalho Macedo
  • Patent number: 11084495
    Abstract: A master control device is communicatively coupled to a first slave control device and a second slave control device via a first network and a second network, respectively. The master control device provides output data to the first slave control device based on input data received from the second slave control device. A monitoring apparatus which monitors an operation of the master control device stores determination data indicating a correspondence relationship between the input data and the output data, obtains the input data provided to the second network by the second slave control device and the output data provided to the first slave control device via the first network, and determines a presence or an absence of an anomaly in the operation of the master control device by determining whether the input data and the output data correspond to the determination data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Jun Anzai, Kaoru Yokota
  • Patent number: 11080948
    Abstract: An aircraft fault detection system including at least one aircraft data logging device that captures a collection of time-series flight data, from at least one aircraft subsystem, for at least one flight leg of an aircraft flight, and an aircraft controller coupled to the at least one aircraft data logging device. The aircraft controller groups the collections of time-series flight data into a plurality of test states, the plurality of test states being determined from a plurality of training states and one or more of the test states is different from other test states in the plurality of test states, generates at least one test transition matrix based on the plurality of test states and determine anomalous behavior of the at least one aircraft subsystem based on the at least one test transition matrix, and forecasts a fault within the at least one aircraft subsystem based on the anomalous behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rashmi Sundareswara, Tsai-Ching Lu, Franz D. Betz
  • Patent number: 11073403
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for locating a vehicle. A pose state estimator may access a previous position for the vehicle at a first time, wherein the previous position is on a first sub-map of a plurality of sub-maps. The pose state estimator may receive from a first localizer a first position estimate for the vehicle at a second time after the first time. The first position estimate may be on a second sub-map of the plurality of sub-maps. The pose state estimator may send to a second localizer a sub-map change message indicating the second sub-map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Rachel Ahn, David Prasser, Peter Hansen, Robert Zlot
  • Patent number: 11059172
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a processor that is configured to execute computer-executable instructions so as to control a robot supporting a dispenser, wherein the processor is configured to calculate a movement velocity of a landing point where a discharge substance discharged from a discharge port of the dispenser to an object lands on the object, wherein the movement velocity is used for controlling a discharge amount of the discharge substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Katsuji Igarashi
  • Patent number: 11052539
    Abstract: Method, server and storage medium for robot routing are provided. An operation area of the robot is gridded into a plurality of cells arranged in rows and columns. The method includes: planning, for the robot, a traveling path from a starting point to a destination point, where the traveling path is divided into a plurality of path segments; and reserving, one or more cells corresponding to a first path segment for the robot, where the first path segment is anyone of at least one among the plurality of path segments, in case that there is the deadlock phenomenon, refraining from reserving the cell for the robot, and re-checking whether the deadlock phenomenon is still present in the cell after a preset interval; and in case that there is no deadlock phenomenon, reserving the cell for the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING GEEKPLUS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Kai Liu
  • Patent number: 11054837
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile apparatus includes a controller, an image acquirer, an inertia measurer, a distance measurer, and a storage. The controller updates environment map information stored in the storage. The controller estimates a height from a reference surface, based on an image obtained by the image acquirer. The inertia measurer detects an amount of fluctuation of the height. The distance measurer detects whether or not the bottom portion of the autonomous mobile apparatus is in contact with an object. The controller, if having detected a change in height equal to or larger than a reference from information obtained from the image acquirer, the inertia measurer, or the distance measurer, stops updating the environment map information or deletes the environment map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Hamada
  • Patent number: 11047163
    Abstract: A vehicle door system is disclosed. The system comprises an actuator, a power source, and a controller. The actuator is configured to adjust a position of a door. The controller is configured to control the actuator with energy provided by the power source. The controller is further configured to identify a charge level of the power source and compare the charge level to at least one threshold. In response the charge level being less than the at least one threshold, the controller is configured to output a warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, John Wayne Jaranson, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath, Evangelos P. Skoures
  • Patent number: 11027730
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle including an autonomous cruise control to autonomously control at least vehicle speed, position data obtaining unit to obtain vehicle position data, ego-vehicle sensor data obtaining unit to obtain ego-vehicle sensor data related to objects in proximity to the vehicle, works data receiving unit to receive works data regarding current roadworks within a predetermined distance of the vehicle, and a processor to determine, based on the ego-vehicle sensor data, the works data, the position data, the vehicle's position and direction of travel relative to one or more roadworks, and when the processor determines the vehicle is approaching one or more roadworks and the vehicle distance to the roadwork is less than a threshold distance, or when the processor determines that the vehicle is already present within a roadwork and the autonomous cruise control is enabled, disable the autonomous cruise control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE
    Inventor: Paul Girond