Patents Examined by Abdhesh K Jha
  • Patent number: 11214280
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for using an autonomous vehicle to teach a student how to drive. The method may include generating, by the autonomous vehicle during a training session, a plan for navigating a section of road. During the training session, the autonomous vehicle may receive control instructions from the student regarding how the student would like to navigate the section of road. If the autonomous vehicle determines that implementing the instructions would be safe and legal, it may implement those instructions. However, if the autonomous vehicle determines that implementing the instructions would not be safe and legal, it may execute the plan. During a training session, an autonomous vehicle may provide on a head-up display to the student certain visual feedback regarding a driving performance of the student.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Parsa Mahmoudieh, Jinesh J. Jain, Connie Zeng, Maryam Moosaei, Mohamed Ahmad
  • Patent number: 11216002
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to an autonomous vehicle that may detect other nearby vehicles and designate stationary vehicles as being in one of a short-term stationary state or a long-term stationary state. This determination may be made based on various indicia, including visible indicia displayed by the detected vehicle and traffic control factors relating to the detected vehicle. For example, the autonomous vehicle may identify a detected vehicle as being in a long-term stationary state based on detection of hazard lights being displayed by the detected vehicle, as well as the absence of brake lights being displayed by the detected vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may then base its control strategy on the stationary state of the detected vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, David I. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11210868
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods disclosed provide for tailoring response to fault data generated during a service event. The method comprises determining fault data for a vehicle continually, determining that a service event for the vehicle has started, interrupting transmission of fault message during a time period after the service event for the vehicle has started and before the service event for the vehicle has ended, and determining that the service event for the vehicle has ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Mattern, Gorance V. Eftimovski, Steven R. Collins, Prasanna Srinivasan, Tomas Lopez Lauterio, Joshua A. Parton
  • Patent number: 11190373
    Abstract: A system receives vehicle metric data from a gateway device connected to a vehicle. The vehicle gateway device gathers data related to operation of the vehicle and/or location data. The system receives data from multiple vehicles in a fleet. The vehicle gateway device gathers vehicle metric data at a high frequency. Instead of transmitting a large amount of vehicle metric data at a fine level of granularity, the vehicle gateway device aggregates and buckets the vehicle metric data over a period of time (such as, every five minutes). The system uses the bucketed data for fleet management analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Stevenson, Wendy Greenberg, Josephine Nord, Matvey Zagaynov, Jennifer Leung, Andrew Robbins, Michael Ross, Aaron Szerlip, Rushil Goel
  • Patent number: 11175669
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a confidence enhancement system. The confidence enhancement system includes a navigation unit configured to obtain navigational map information including a current location of the vehicle. The confidence enhancement system includes a sensor configured to obtain sensor data. The confidence enhancement system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the navigation unit and the sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a confidence score. The confidence score is related to safe operation of the autonomous driving of the vehicle based on the current location of the vehicle and the sensor data. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that the confidence score exceeds a confidence threshold and indicate that autonomous driving is safe at the current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Ryan Wiesenberg, Chris Risberg
  • Patent number: 11156463
    Abstract: A method and mobile transceiver with adaptive monitoring are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method of operating a mobile transceiver, comprising: waking up the mobile transceiver from a low power mode in response to a wakeup event; determining a waypoint in a travel itinerary corresponding to the wakeup event, the travel itinerary defining a number of waypoints including an origin endpoint and destination endpoint; performing an action associated with the wakeup event; determining a wakeup frequency associated with the determined waypoint; and setting a wakeup frequency of one or more subsequent wakeup events in accordance with the determined wakeup frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: José Eduardo Korneluk, Sandeep Chennakeshu, Siddharth Saxena, Sergio Javier Berriz
  • Patent number: 11132713
    Abstract: An impression estimation system for estimating visual impressions of a plurality of vehicles configured with exterior graphic messaging. A mobile device application of each of a plurality of mobile devices associated with the plurality of vehicles generates vehicle mobility data. A computational platform includes a processor and program code which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to, with respect to each vehicle of the plurality of vehicles: (i) identify, using the vehicle mobility data, one or more of the road segments in which the vehicle was present; (ii) estimate, using the traffic volume data, a number of potential visual impressions of the vehicle within the road segments; (iii) determine an estimated number of visual impressions; (iv) generate visual impression information based at least in part upon the estimated number of visual impressions; and (v) cause display of the visual impression information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Wrapify, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Allan Flack, Philip Chen, James Sevan Heller
  • Patent number: 11117555
    Abstract: A method of producing vehicles comprises: in a vehicle production process, manufacturing vehicle components of different types, and assembling the vehicle components to form vehicles; creating a set of vehicle records, each being a record of one of the vehicles entering active service; performing vehicle repairs on a subset of the vehicles after they have entered active service; creating a respective record of each of the vehicle repairs, each of which comprises or indicates a vehicle age or usage value, and records a vehicle component fault identified in the vehicle repair; receiving at a data processing stage the vehicle records and vehicle repair records, wherein a predictive algorithm executed at the data processing stage processes the received records so as to, for each type of vehicle component: 1) identify a respective set of the vehicle repair records relating to that type of vehicle component, and 2) use the respective set of vehicle repair records to predict a respective number of or resource value
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: We Predict Limited
    Inventors: James Gareth Davies, Anthony Peter Griffiths, Christopher Lee Davies, Martyn Neil Jones, Stephen David Norris, Christopher George Reed, Patrick James Tudor, Timothy Peter Davis, David Hong Sau Chung, Michael Paul Nicholas, Kelly Marie Nock, Jonathan Michael Phillips, Ashley Steven Burgess, Nicholas Peter Rees, Steffan Rees
  • Patent number: 11104345
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for determining characteristics of roads are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: receiving, at a first time point, first camera information from a camera associated with a vehicle; identifying a first position of a feature of an object in front of the vehicle based on the first camera information; receiving, at an additional time point, additional camera information from the camera; identifying an updated position of the feature of the object in front of the vehicle based on the additional camera information; determining a relative motion of the feature of the object in front of the vehicle based on the first position and the updated position; and determining a characteristic of a road the vehicle is on based on the relative motion of the feature of the object in front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Theodosis, Sabarish Gurusubramanian
  • Patent number: 11105637
    Abstract: Dead reckoning combined with GNSS-aided map-matching improves accuracy and reliability of vehicle navigation. A map-match navigation module in a handheld device sends map-match feedback messages to a vehicle state estimator via a port. The module also accepts vehicle speed and inertial navigation data from sensors mounted in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Van Wyck Loomis
  • Patent number: 11099573
    Abstract: Performance anomalies in complex systems can be difficult to identify and diagnose. In an example, latency associated with one or more of the systems can be determined. An anomalous event can be determined based on the determined latency. In some examples, based at least in part on determining the event, the system may be controlled in a safe state and/or reconfigured to obviate the anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Edward Somers, Thomas Michael Flanagan, Andrew Lewis King, Arpan Silas Rajan
  • Patent number: 11091237
    Abstract: A traveling route generating device is provided, which may include a user interface and processing circuitry. The user interface may receive a home route that is a route on which a ship travels upon departing from a home harbor or upon returning to the home harbor, the home harbor being a location from which the ship departs. The processing circuitry may generate a traveling route between one of a destination of the ship and a current location of the ship, and a location on the home route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: FURUNO ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ryota Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11092960
    Abstract: A remote vehicle control device includes: a display unit; an operation unit configured for controlling a vehicle; a signal generating unit configured to generate control signals for the vehicle, based on operations on the operation unit; a communication unit configured to perform communication with the vehicle and another remote vehicle control device; and an authority managing unit that manages a control authority for the vehicle. Synthetic images showing a surrounding area of the vehicle as seen from a virtual viewpoint each are generated on the basis of plural images acquired by plural on-board cameras mounted on the vehicle, respectively, and the display unit displays the synthetic images. The communication unit transmits the control signals to the vehicle. The authority managing unit performs transfer of the control authority for the vehicle in cooperation with the another remote vehicle control device via the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Fumiaki Bando, Minoru Maehata, Miki Hitotsuya
  • Patent number: 11077771
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a seat in a vehicle is presented. The method includes receiving a user input from a passenger to adjust the seat from a default position to a passenger adjusted position. The method also includes predicting, in response to the passenger exiting the vehicle, a likelihood of the passenger returning to the vehicle. The method still further includes maintaining the passenger adjusted position when the likelihood of the passenger returning to the vehicle is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Urano, Kentaro Ichikawa, Junya Ueno
  • Patent number: 11073439
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring sensor comprises an environmental pressure sensor, a non-volatile memory for storing a first program and a second program, a processing unit for executing the first program, a communication module including a wireless transmitter for transmitting at least one parameter indicative of conditions within a tire and a wireless or wired receiver for loading the second program into the non-volatile memory and a battery for powering the sensor. The second program contains a sensor operation description which is used by the first program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Bartlomiej Wicher, Andreas Riemann
  • Patent number: 11074812
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided to reduce redundant data uploads, the method includes, for example, providing a collection indicator for a specific data type on a given road. The method further includes separating a plurality of data points for the specific data type collected during travel of a vehicle along the given road into a transmission group of data points and a non-transmission group of data points. The separating of the plurality of data points may be done by determining an amount of data points to be included in the transmission group by applying the collection indicator to the plurality of data points for the specific data type that are collected during travel of the vehicle along the given road. The method still further includes causing the transmission of the transmission group of data points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Olivier Dousse, Akos Nagy
  • Patent number: 11069242
    Abstract: A traveling assistance method acquires driving characteristics of another vehicle around a host vehicle, determines whether the other vehicle is in an autonomous driving mode depending on the driving characteristics of the other vehicle, and detects an action of the other vehicle in accordance with the determination result of whether the other vehicle is in the autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Nanri, Fang Fang, Shoichi Takei
  • Patent number: 11049079
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for scheduling service for autonomous vehicles based on criticality of the service request. The system is configured for receiving a plurality of service requests from a plurality of autonomous vehicles, wherein each of the plurality of service requests include diagnostic codes and current location. The system can analyze the diagnostic codes of each of the plurality of service requests to identify at least one service for each of the plurality of the autonomous vehicles, wherein criticality for each of the plurality of service requests based on the at least one service. The criticality for each of the plurality service requests can then be accessed on a predetermined scale. Thereafter, the plurality of service requests are ordered in an order ranging from lowest criticality to highest criticality on the predetermined scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Jeffrey Derouen
  • Patent number: 11046205
    Abstract: A diagnostic service is selectively started at opportune times, such as when the electrical vehicle is initially plugged in. When the electrical vehicle is turned off, there may not be any messages being sent on the communication bus since most vehicle electronic controllers are disabled to conserve power. But, when someone plugs in a charger, there is a surge of bus traffic for a short period of time. The system parses through the bus traffic and looks for a particular communication bus address. The presence of this address can be used as an indicator for an opportune time to start the diagnostic service to confirm whether the electric vehicle is charging or not and to log the state of charge of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSARA INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Thomas Govan, Alvin Wu, Benjamin Chang, Jennifer Zhang, Katherine Lee
  • Patent number: 11040727
    Abstract: In an engine speed display control device of a vehicle including an engine speed display to display a determined display value of the engine speed, the engine speed display control device determines the display value of the engine speed, and includes a variation restricting display control portion configured to implement a variation restricting display control when a garage-parking shifting operation of the transmission shifting member is performed while the vehicle is held stationary in a non-operated position of the accelerator pedal. The variation restricting display control portion determines the display value of the engine speed in the variation restricting display control such that an amount of variation of the display value is smaller than in a normal display control in which the display value is determined according to the actual value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanori Shirakawa, Chikashi Ohta, Ryuta Kinoshita