Patents Examined by Adam R Mott
  • Patent number: 11021333
    Abstract: A method for allowing even a user with little experience in robot operation to be able to perform correct calibration is provided. A mobile device displays one or more patterns at predetermined positions and transmits information indicating a touch position to a control device according to touching applied to the touch position in a state that the patterns are displayed. The control device calculates a parameter set based on an image measurement result obtained by a visual sensor when the mobile device is disposed in an image visual field in a state that the patterns are displayed, a touch position when the mobile device is touched by a robot, and a distance between a position of the mobile device when disposed in the imaging visual field and a position when the mobile device is touched by the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Junji Shimamura, Yosuke Iwai, Akiro Kobayashi, Taku Oya
  • Patent number: 11017619
    Abstract: Various embodiments may be directed to systems, devices, apparatuses to perform techniques such as determining vehicle data for a plurality of vehicles, wherein the vehicle data may be based on detections made by input devices of a plurality of mobile devices. Embodiments may further include determining vehicle attributes for the plurality of vehicles and environmental data. Embodiments also include training a machine-learning model with the vehicle data, the vehicle attributes, and the environmental data, and the machine-learning model may be trained to detect anomalies associated with vehicles having the at least one of the vehicle attributes. Embodiments may also include a trained machine-learning model to data to detect anomalies associated with a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Wylie, Qiaochu Tang, Micah Price, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover
  • Patent number: 11011064
    Abstract: In one embodiment, example systems and methods related to vehicle platooning are provided. Vehicles are equipped with a vehicle platooning system that allows the vehicles to exchange messages related to vehicle platooning. When a following vehicle desires to follow a leading vehicle, the following vehicle sends a request to the leading vehicle, and the leading vehicle sends the following vehicle information such as its current speed. The following vehicle may then use the information, along with sensor data such as images of the rear of the leading vehicle, to follow the leading vehicle from a following distance. When the leading vehicle desires to change lanes, the leading vehicle sends a message to the following vehicle to determine if the following vehicle is able to change lanes. If the following vehicle determines that it can change lanes (i.e., the lane is clear from other vehicles or objects), the following vehicle can send a message to the leading vehicle indicating that it can change lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yumeng Zhou, Jin Kurumisawa
  • Patent number: 11005662
    Abstract: A multimodal communication system includes a vehicle controller that controls one or more systems or subsystems of an unmanned vehicle. The communication controller manages communication and logical access to the unmanned vehicle. One or more sensors in communication with the communication controller detects and measures physical properties in proximity to the unmanned vehicle. Transceivers receive the unmanned vehicle commands that are transmitted simultaneously or concurrently and a monotonic generator generates a monotonic object each time the unmanned vehicle's operating state changes. The communication controller executes the first unmanned vehicle command received that has the correct cryptographic hash validating knowledge of the unmanned vehicle's current operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew M. Duncan, Andrew Harter, Charles K. Roberts, II, Brad J. Stinson, Thad Thompson, Bogdan Vacaliuc
  • Patent number: 10980606
    Abstract: A remote-control manipulator system includes a manipulator configured to receive a manipulating instruction from an operator, a slave arm configured to perform a series of works comprised of a plurality of processes, a camera configured to image operation of the slave arm, a display device configured to display an image captured by the camera, a storage device configured to store information related to environment in a workspace as an environment model, and a control device. The control device is configured, while operating the slave arm manually or hybridly, to acquire circumference information that is information related to a circumference area of an area imaged by the camera based on the environment model stored in the storage device, and display on the display device so that the image captured by the camera and the circumference information are interlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Hashimoto, Masayuki Kamon
  • Patent number: 10974391
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for carpet drift estimation are disclosed. In certain implementations, a robotic device includes an actuator system to move the body across a surface. A first set of sensors can sense an actuation characteristic of the actuator system. For example, the first set of sensors can include odometry sensors for sensing wheel rotations of the actuator system. A second set of sensors can sense a motion characteristic of the body. The first set of sensors may be a different type of sensor than the second set of sensors. A controller can estimate carpet drift based at least on the actuation characteristic sensed by the first set of sensors and the motion characteristic sensed by the second set of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Dhiraj Goel, Ethan Eade, Philip Fong, Mario E. Munich
  • Patent number: 10974729
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to facilitate application and portability of vehicle functionality profiles are disclosed. An example method may include receiving data indicative of an identity of a user. The method may include determining, based on the identity, that the user has vehicle profile setting privileges for the vehicle. The method may include receiving a vehicle profile associated with the user to apply to the vehicle to adjust at least one operating parameter of the vehicle. The vehicle profile is one of a plurality of predetermined vehicle profiles selectable by the user. The method may include determining whether the first vehicle profile can be applied to the vehicle; and, in response to determining the first vehicle profile can be applied to the vehicle, applying the first vehicle profile to the vehicle that causes an operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Satya B. Vardharajan
  • Patent number: 10960879
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes: a first switch that accepts an operation of an occupant of a vehicle; and a performance part that performs, when the first switch is operated, travel assist in a node in which an assist degree is the largest at that time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Shimada, Yoshitaka Mimura, Toshiyuki Kaji, Mahito Shikama, Masanori Takeda, Kentaro Ishisaka
  • Patent number: 10955840
    Abstract: Provided is a method and an apparatus for installing and replacing a lighting controller of an outdoor lighting fixture that includes a base portion supplying power, a telescopic stick portion attached to the base portion at a first end thereof, an extension stick portion attached to a second end of the telescopic stick portion, and a drone-type device attached to the extension stick portion at an end opposite telescopic stick portion. The drone-type device receives power from the base portion through the telescopic stick portion and travels over and land at a top surface of the outdoor lighting fixture and perform installation or replacement of the lighting controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Adrian-Valentin Fadei
  • Patent number: 10942030
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can determine a set of features associated with a road segment based at least in part on data captured by one or more sensors of a vehicle. At least one scenario that is associated with the set of features can be determined. The at least one scenario can be associated with the road segment. The associated at least one scenario and the road segment can be maintained in a scenario information database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Asif Haque, Mark Douglas Huyler, Gerard Joyce, Ying Liu, David Tse-Zhou Lu, Sameer Qureshi, Vinay Shet
  • Patent number: 10928834
    Abstract: A method for autonomous vehicle localization. The method may include receiving, by an autonomous vehicle, millimeter-wave signals from at least two 5G transmission points. Bearing measurements may be calculated relative to each of the 5G transmission points based on the signals. A vehicle velocity may be determined by observing characteristics of the signals. Sensory data, including the bearing measurements and the vehicle velocity, may then be fused to localize the autonomous vehicle. A corresponding system and computer program product are also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Sarah Houts, Shreyasha Paudel, Lynn Valerie Keiser, Tyler Reid
  • Patent number: 10919506
    Abstract: An electric brake system and a method for controlling the same are disclosed. The electric brake system includes a pedal sensor configured to sense a pedal effort, a calculator configured to calculate a target brake pressure based on the sensed pedal effort, a first hydraulic circuit configured to form a brake pressure of at least one rear wheel or form a rear-wheel regenerative braking pressure, a second hydraulic circuit configured to form a brake pressure of at least one front wheel, and a controller configured to perform rear-wheel regenerative braking during deceleration of a vehicle, perform cooperative control of a front-wheel hydraulic pressure when a rear-wheel regenerative braking pressure reaches a maximum regenerative braking pressure, increase the front-wheel hydraulic pressure to a target brake pressure when the rear-wheel regenerative braking is released, and then increase a rear-wheel hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: In Hye Park
  • Patent number: 10913148
    Abstract: A method and system for a reconfigurable robotic platform through a plurality of interchangeable service modules and adapted to engage in both autonomous and interactive maintenance and monitoring of a service area, the robotic platform configured to execute a stored service plan for the service area, the service plan comprising a service plan sequence comprising a service treatment step, alter the service plan sequence based on detecting an object that is a treatment obstacle in the service area as detected by the sensor, the treatment obstacle preventing execution of the service treatment step at a service treatment location within the service area, wherein the altered service plan sequence comprises moving around the treatment obstacle and skipping the service treatment step, store the service treatment location for later treatment, and resume execution of the service plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Discovery Robotics
    Inventors: Larry J. Williams, Vivek Rajendran, Hardik Shah, Dharmateja Kadem, Jeffrey Blum, Ishit Shah, Manomit Bal, Britta Kathleen Ulm, David Callen, Sujith Vijaya Kumar, Naman Kumar
  • Patent number: 10908615
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile robot includes a target acquisition unit which acquires a target by using an image obtained by an imaging unit whose field of view is able to be changed, a target movement prediction unit which predicts the destination of the target by using the image of the target, an obstacle movement prediction unit which predicts the destination of an obstacle by using an image of the obstacle, an occlusion determination unit which determines whether or not the target is occluded by the obstacle from result of the prediction by the target movement prediction unit and result of the prediction by the obstacle movement prediction unit, and a target tracking unit which changes the field of view of the imaging unit so that the area of the target coming into the field of view increases in the case where it is determined that at least a part of the target is occluded by the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Takahiro Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10899326
    Abstract: A rail vehicle braking system includes at least one disk brake associated with a wheel or a wheel set, wherein the disk brake includes at least one brake disk, at least one brake lining which engages with the brake disk, at least one application device exerting an application force on the at least one brake lining during a braking operation, and a control device for controlling the application device, wherein the control device is coupled to a determination unit for determining a current wheel diameter of the wheel or of the wheel set, wherein the control unit is configured such that, when a predetermined application force is actuated during braking operation, a value of the current wheel diameter detected by the determination unit is taken into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Marc-Gregory Elstorpff, Christian Mosbach, Torsten Grunwald
  • Patent number: 10893144
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus mounted on a vehicle is provided. The electronic apparatus according to an example embodiment includes a communicator comprising communication circuitry configured to communicate with an external device, an application processor (AP), and a micro controller unit (MCU) comprising a micro controller configured to turn on a power source of the AP in response to a communication connection request being received from the external device in a state in which the power source of the AP is turned off, wherein the AP, in response to a control command being received from the external device after the power source is turned on, is configured to provide telematics service according to the received control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyu-haeng Lee, Sangsoon Lim, Woo-jin Park, Dae-hyun Ban, Seong-won Han
  • Patent number: 10890924
    Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft includes a rotor system including a plurality of blades; a control assembly operable to receive commands from a pilot; a flight control system (FCS), the flight control system operable to control flight of the rotorcraft by changing an operating condition of the rotor system; and a flight management system (FMS) in signal communication with the control assembly and the FCS. The FMS is operable to receive a target location and a plurality of approach parameters from the control assembly; generate a plurality waypoints between a current location of the rotorcraft and a missed approach point (MAP) based on the target location and the plurality of approach parameters; receive a command to engage in an approach maneuver from the control assembly; and in response to the command to engage in the approach maneuver, instruct the FCS to fly to the MAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Robert Earl Worsham, II, Troy Caudill, Luke Dafydd Gillett
  • Patent number: 10877473
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for enforcing a differential policy for autonomous vehicles along a road. In the context of a method, the may include: determining location information of a vehicle including a road segment and a direction of travel; identifying capabilities of sensors of the vehicle; determining an autonomous or semi-autonomous policy for the road segment specific to the vehicle in response to identifying the capabilities of the sensors of the vehicle; providing a first set of instructions for autonomous control in response to the capabilities of the sensors of the vehicle satisfying a first level of capability; and providing a second set of instructions for autonomous control in response to the capabilities of the sensors of the vehicle satisfying a second level of capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Anirudh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10853733
    Abstract: Various systems and method related to home automation systems are presented. A service robot system may be present that includes a service robot that autonomously moves within a structure to perform a household task. The service robot system may include a wireless communication interface, wherein the service robot system is configured to transmit, via the wireless communication interface, an indication of robot activity indicative of the service robot moving within the structure. Such a home automation system may also include a home security system that includes one or more motion sensors that detect motion within a structure. The home security system may be configured to distinguish intrusion activity (e.g., a burglar) from robot activity based at least in part on the indication of robot activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Patent number: 10843535
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including determining a current state of a vehicle, the current state determined based on information from sensors, receiving a tinting control signal based on the current state of the vehicle, and adjusting a voltage level of an adjustable tint film to control a tinting level of an exterior facing surface of the vehicle based on the tinting control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Clarisse Mazuir, Budhadipta Dan, Khadijeh Bayat, Matthew E. Last, Ryan J. Garrone