Patents Examined by Adam D Tissot
  • Patent number: 12008846
    Abstract: A track system of a vehicle can be monitored (e.g., during operation of the vehicle) to obtain information about the track system which can be used for various purposes, such as, for example, to convey the information about the track system to a user (e.g., an operator of the vehicle) and/or to control the vehicle, for instance, by controlling a speed of the vehicle depending on a state (e.g., a temperature and/or one or more other physical characteristics) of the track system. This may be useful, for example, to gain knowledge about a track of the track system, to help prevent rapid wear or other deterioration of the track of the track system (e.g., blowout), and/or to adapt how fast or slow the vehicle moves in order to protect the track of the track system while permitting the speed of the vehicle to be greater over short periods (e.g., when travelling on or crossing roads or other particular areas).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: CAMSO INC.
    Inventors: Simon Richard, Matthieu Bergeron, Ghislain Laperle, Patrice Boily
  • Patent number: 12005907
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining a position of a vehicle is disclosed, wherein the vehicle is equipped with a sensor for capturing scans of a vicinity of the vehicle, wherein the method comprises at least the following steps carried out by computer-hardware components: capturing at least one scan by means of the sensor with a plurality of sensor data samples given in a sensor data representation; determining, from a database, a predefined map with at least one element is given in a map data representation; determining a transformed map by transforming the at least one element of the predefined map from the map data representation into the sensor data representation; matching at least a subset of the sensor data samples of the at least one scan and the at least one element of the transformed map; and determining the position of the vehicle based on the matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies AG
    Inventors: Ahmad Pishehvari, Uri Iurgel, Markus Stefer
  • Patent number: 12005870
    Abstract: A brake system for a motor vehicle may include at least one pressure supply device, formed by a hydraulic piston-cylinder unit driven by an electric motor, for hydraulic adjustment of a brake piston of at least one wheel brake, and at least one electromechanically actuatable wheel brake for electrical adjustment of a brake piston of a wheel brake. An electric motor and a first gearbox, which transmits the driving force of the electric motor to a further gearbox, are provided for electromechanical actuation of the wheel brake. The electromechanically actuatable wheel brake has a hydraulic control device having a piston-cylinder unit, the control piston of which serves for adjusting the brake piston and/or exerting a force on the brake piston. The control piston can be adjusted or a force can be exerted on the control piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: IPGATE AG
    Inventor: Heinz Leiber
  • Patent number: 12001223
    Abstract: A plurality of autonomous mobile robots includes a first mobile robot having a first module for transmitting and receiving an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) signal, and a second mobile robot having a second module for transmitting and receiving the UWB signal. The second mobile robot follows the first mobile robot using the UWB signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Donghoon Kwak, Jaehwan Ko, Hyukdo Kweon
  • Patent number: 11999397
    Abstract: A system for railroad directive management is presented. The system can receive a myriad of data related to a directive, track segments, and/or vehicle events on the track and/or track segments. Vehicle- and/or event-specific data can be compared with one or more thresholds, including force thresholds, temporal thresholds, environmental thresholds, and/or event thresholds to determine whether and what kind of directive modification should be instantiated. Specialized algorithms can be implemented to trace vehicle paths along the track to determine whether directive-related segments are traversed, and specialized clustering algorithms can be utilized to cluster data unique to a particular segment on a per-segment basis. The system can be integrated with existing track infrastructure and can further generate alerts to notify coupled systems and/or personnel of directives and/or modification thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: BNSF Railway Company
    Inventors: Christopher Neil Pickard, Kyle Keilty Williams, Gregory Harrison, James Helm
  • Patent number: 11995999
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-storage media, for receiving a request to deploy an aerial drone to assist an emergency vehicle from a first location to a second location; determining a route to be traversed by the emergency vehicle from the first location to the second location based on the request; and deploying the aerial drone to traverse the route in advance of the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald Gerard Madden, Babak Rezvani, Ahmad Seyfi, Glenn Tournier
  • Patent number: 11989295
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality, and, in particular embodiments, implementing added services for OBD2 connection for IoT-capable vehicles. In various embodiments, a portable device (when connected to an OBD2 DLC port of a vehicle) might monitor wireless communications between a vehicle computing system(s) and an external device(s), might monitor vehicle sensor data from vehicular sensors tracking operational conditions of the vehicle, and might monitor operator input sensor data from operator input sensors tracking input by a vehicle operator. The portable device (or a server) might analyze either the monitored wireless communications or a combination of the monitored vehicle sensor data and the monitored operator input sensor data, to determine whether vehicle operation has been compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Tom Funk
  • Patent number: 11981365
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and controlling shopping cart usage comprises a wheel assembly that attaches to a shopping cart. In some embodiments the wheel assembly includes a wheel, a brake that can be activated to inhibit rotation of the wheel, a controller that controls the brake, a VLF receiver, and an RF transceiver. The RF transceiver may, for example, operate in a 2.4 GHz frequency band. In some implementations, the RF transceiver may be used to detect entry of the shopping cart into a checkout area of the store, and the VLF receiver may be used to detect that the shopping cart is exiting the store. The controller may activate the brake if the shopping cart attempts to exit the store without first passing through a checkout area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Hannah, Scott J. Carter, Jesse M. James
  • Patent number: 11977377
    Abstract: A remote operation apparatus capable of remotely operating a work machine efficiently and with high accuracy is provided. A remote operation apparatus (100) is connected to a work machine (200) via a communication network N, and includes an operation input unit (101) that inputs an operation signal to the remote operation apparatus (100), the operation signal in response to an operation performed by an operator, an operation calculation unit (108) that acquires a magnitude of an operation from the operation signal, an operation change amount calculation unit (109) that acquires an operation change amount from the operation signal, a communication delay time measurement unit (110) that measures a communication delay time, and a speed calculation unit (111) that calculates an operation speed of the work machine (200) based on the magnitude of the operation, the operation change amount, and the communication delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yoshimoto, Hiroshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11970154
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes wheel slip control loop including a wheel slip controller configured to control wheel slip based on wheel speed measured at one or more wheels of the vehicle. A wheel flare control loop includes a wheel flare controller configured to control wheel flare based on transmission output speed at an output of a transmission of the vehicle. A controller is configured to select one of the wheel slip controller to control the wheel slip and the wheel flare controller to control the wheel flare during operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jie Yang, Robert L. Morris, Shaochun Ye, Vino Mathew
  • Patent number: 11970231
    Abstract: A vehicle can include a first wheel, a second wheel, and a steering system. Either both the first wheel and the second wheel can be front wheels or both the first wheel and the second wheel can be rear wheels. The steering system can be configured to concurrently cause: (1) a steering angle of the first wheel to be at a first angle and (2) a steering angle of the second wheel to be at a second angle. A difference angle can be a difference of the first angle subtracted from the second angle and can be greater than an angle determined to comply with Ackermann steering geometry. Such a difference angle can act to securely brake the vehicle when the vehicle is parked at a location at which a three-dimensional shape of a topological relief of the location can complicate an effort to securely brake the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Zwegers, Robert C. MacArthur, Claudia A. Ma, Shigenori Shibata, Adam R. VanAntwerp
  • Patent number: 11965753
    Abstract: A system and method examine positional data signals onboard a vehicle to identify one or more variations in positioning data of the positional data signals. The system and method identify inaccurate positioning data in the positional data signals based on the one or more variations in the positioning data that are identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Elliott Loch, Shawn Arthur McClintic
  • Patent number: 11965965
    Abstract: The technology relates to localizing a vehicle. As one approach, a first LIDAR sensor scan data of an environment of the vehicle and localization data for the vehicle at a location where the first LIDAR sensor scan was captured are stored. Thereafter, the computing device is suspended and subsequently unsuspended. After the computing device is unsuspended, second LIDAR sensor scan data of the vehicle's environment is received. The first LIDAR sensor scan data is compared to the second LIDAR sensor scan data to determine whether the vehicle has moved. Based on the determination of whether the vehicle has moved from the location, the stored localization data is used to localize the vehicle. Other approaches are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Mingcheng Chen, Colin Braley, Craig Lewin Robinson, Christian Lauterbach
  • Patent number: 11959774
    Abstract: Systems and methods for extrinsic calibration of vehicle-mounted sensors are provided. One example method involves obtaining first sensor data collected by a first sensor and a second sensor while a vehicle is aligned in a first yaw direction. The method also involves obtaining second sensor data collected by the first sensor and the second sensor while the vehicle is aligned in a second yaw direction. The method also involves determining, based on the first sensor data and the second sensor data, (i) first pitch and roll misalignments of the first sensor relative to the vehicle and (ii) second pitch and roll misalignments of the second sensor relative to the first sensor. The method also involves determining third pitch and roll misalignments of the second sensor relative to the vehicle based on (i) the first pitch and roll misalignments and (ii) the second pitch and roll misalignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Sheng Zhao, Damien Dusha, Craig Robinson, Volker Grabe
  • Patent number: 11953402
    Abstract: An inertia braking test system and a control method is provided, wherein the inertia braking test system is composed of an inertia brake test system, a sensor system and a tested object. An actuating device is connected with the inertia brake control device through a ball stud. The actuation function of the inertia brake control device with two degrees of freedom along the front-and-rear direction and the up-and-down direction of the vehicle is realized. The movable chassis realizes the mobile function of the system. The acceleration sensor can sense the acceleration of the movable chassis. Each force is tested by the first force sensor, the second force sensor and the third force sensor. The displacement data is measured by the first displacement sensor and the second displacement sensor, so that a movable brake system test is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Changchun Automotive Test Center Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Liu, Chao Niu, Yongchuang Wang, Bin Liang, Jingtao Zhang, Hui Jia, Peng Su, Wanli Hu
  • Patent number: 11947358
    Abstract: A self-learning method for an obstacle and a self-learning method for a new obstacle are provided. With the self-learning method, in step 1, data of a grid map in a movement region is acquired, and each of grids of the grid map is marked as not being traversed. In step 2, a starting grid of the grid map is set, data of the starting grid is pushed into a stack, a movement unit is controlled to move to the starting grid, and the starting grid is remarked as being traversed. In step 3, the movement unit is controlled to traverse the grid map, and boundary data of the obstacle is acquired based on marks of the grids in the grid map. In step 4, boundary data of the obstacle is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG YAT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yong Chen, Jianfei Gong, Fengwu Chen, Zhe Zhang
  • Patent number: 11945490
    Abstract: According to one embodiment a shopping cart includes an imaging unit configured to acquire images of a surface at a location of the shopping cart and a controller. The controller is configured to detect a boundary pattern in images acquired by the imaging unit. The boundary pattern is painted or drawn on the surface at a boundary between a first area and a second area. Based on the detected boundary pattern the controller determines whether the shopping cart has been moved from the first area to the second area or from the second area to the first area. The controller then controls mobility of the shopping cart based on whether the shopping cart has been moved from the first area to the second area or from the second area to the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatoshi Nishida
  • Patent number: 11940809
    Abstract: A movement control method, an electronic device, and a computer storage medium are provided. The method includes: acquiring a first polygonal grid map corresponding to a target work region, determining an avoidance subregion non-traversable for the autonomous mobile mowing apparatus in the target work region according to three-dimensional information of each of polygonal planes in a first polygonal grid map and parameters of an autonomous mobile mowing apparatus; deleting a polygonal plane corresponding to the avoidance subregion from the first polygonal grid map to obtain a second polygonal grid map; and controlling the autonomous mobile mowing apparatus to move according to a second polygonal grid map. Based on the method, the region non-traversable for the autonomous mobile mowing apparatus can be avoided, thereby avoiding a danger caused by an abnormal handling behavior triggered by the autonomous mobile mowing apparatus, and improving safety of movement of the autonomous mobile mowing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Willand (Beijing) Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhuo Yao, Degan Lin
  • Patent number: 11941120
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality, and, in particular embodiments, implementing added services for OBD2 connection for IoT-capable vehicles. In various embodiments, a portable device (when connected to an OBD2 DLC port of a vehicle) might monitor wireless communications between a vehicle computing system(s) and an external device(s), might monitor vehicle sensor data from vehicular sensors tracking operational conditions of the vehicle, and might monitor operator input sensor data from operator input sensors tracking input by a vehicle operator. The portable device (or a server) might analyze either the monitored wireless communications or a combination of the monitored vehicle sensor data and the monitored operator input sensor data, to determine whether vehicle operation has been compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Century-Link Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Tom Funk
  • Patent number: 11938972
    Abstract: A vehicle controller for automated driving control of a vehicle in traffic congestion includes a processor configured to sense at least one another vehicle around the vehicle, based on a sensor signal obtained by a sensor for sensing a situation around the vehicle, the sensor being mounted on the vehicle; calculate a motion value indicating motion of the sensed at least one other vehicle; determine, when the motion value satisfies a congestion relief condition, that congestion is relieved around the vehicle; and set the congestion relief condition, based on road environment information indicating environment of a road around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryusuke Kuroda, Takuya Fujiki