Patents Examined by Andrew J Cromer
  • Patent number: 11069247
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for distributing service requests for an on-demand service. The systems may perform the methods to obtain the service request; determine first information related to the service request, wherein the first information comprises at least one of a start location, a destination, or a start time; determine reference information based at least in part on the first information related to the service request; generate a modified service request based on the service request and the reference information; and send the modified service request to the at least one provider terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junqin Li
  • Patent number: 11061941
    Abstract: Aspects described herein provide a computer-implemented method and system for grouping topographic data based on the context of said data without the operator needing to make any assumptions. For each vector feature, its context, that is, information about the adjacent features, is incorporated in to the associated attribution data. In doing this, the system is able to characterise all of the vector features in a geographical area based on its context, from which patterns emerge. These patterns indicate features that have similar contexts, enabling the system to group the vector features according to their contexts based on their characteristics and attributes. Conversely, features that are anomalous within the region, that is, they do not fit the pattern of the surrounding features, are also identified. This is particularly important for identifying and resolving errors in the underlying topographic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ordnance Survey Limited
    Inventor: Isabel Melanie Jane Sargent
  • Patent number: 11059515
    Abstract: A method for control of a rear-axle steering of a motor vehicle. A steering angle of wheels of a rear axle is set. Upon reaching a predetermined lateral acceleration of the motor vehicle, the steering angle and/or the gradient of the steering angle of the wheels of the rear axle is limited as a function of a coefficient of friction of a roadway surface on which the motor vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Anton Obermüller, Adrian Mihailescu, Ferdinand Hartinger, Klaus Diepold, Martin Enning, Christian Wiedenmann, Michael Ortlechner, Matthias Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11048253
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying high-priority agents in the vicinity of a vehicle and, for only those agents which are high priority agents, generating data characterizing the agents using a first prediction model. In a first aspect, a system identifies multiple agents in an environment in a vicinity of a vehicle. The system generates a respective importance score for each of the agents by processing a feature representation of each agent using an importance scoring model. The importance score for an agent characterizes an estimated impact of the agent on planning decisions generated by a planning system of the vehicle which plans a future trajectory of the vehicle. The system identifies, as high-priority agents, a proper subset of the plurality of agents with the highest importance scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Kai Ding, Khaled Refaat, Stephane Ross
  • Patent number: 11043122
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for managing a flow of traffic through an intersection. In some embodiments, a method for a roadside device proximate to the intersection of a roadway includes retrieving twin data describing one or more digital behavioral twins of a vehicle present in a vicinity of the intersection. The method includes retrieving sensor data describing a driving context of the vehicle. The method includes modifying an operation of an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) of the vehicle to achieve managing the flow of traffic including the vehicle through the intersection based on the driving context and the one or more digital behavioral twins of the vehicle to improve safety and traffic efficiency within an intersection range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Chung-Wei Lin, Zhihao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11034348
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying high-priority agents in the vicinity of a vehicle. In one aspect, a method comprises processing an input that characterizes a trajectory of the vehicle in an environment using an importance scoring model to generate an output that defines a respective importance score for each of a plurality of agents in the environment in the vicinity of the vehicle. The importance score for an agent characterizes an estimated impact of the agent on planning decisions generated by a planning system of the vehicle which plans a future trajectory of the vehicle. The high-priority agents are identified as a proper subset of the plurality of agents with the highest importance scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Kai Ding, Khaled Refaat, Stephane Ross
  • Patent number: 11029704
    Abstract: A construction machine system comprises a self-propelled construction machine and a total station. The construction machine possesses a machine frame, a drive means and a working means for altering the terrain. A position-determination means determines the position of a reference point on the machine in a first coordinate system independent of the machine. The position-determination means receives satellite signals from a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), wherein in normal operation the machine is controlled using the GNSS such that a reference point on the machine moves along a set target travel path. In a total station control mode, the machine is controlled without the GNSS and only using the total station based on a position of the standpoint and orientation of the total station ascertained in the GNSS control mode, and the position-determination of the construction machine occurs in a second coordinate system based on the total station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: Matthias Fritz, Stefan Wagner, Cyrus Barimani
  • Patent number: 11030031
    Abstract: A redundant sensor fabric in an autonomous vehicle may include receiving, by a processing unit, sensor data from a first sensor of a plurality of sensors associated with a same sensing space of the autonomous vehicle; detecting a fault associated with the first sensor; establishing, via a switched fabric, a communications path between the processing unit and a second sensor of the plurality of sensors; and receiving, by the processing unit, sensor data from the second sensor instead of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GHOST LOCOMOTION INC.
    Inventors: John Hayes, Volkmar Uhlig
  • Patent number: 11001143
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments enable dynamic configuration of a number of display regions of interest (ROIs) associated with safety critical content presented on a display, such as a vehicle display. Various embodiments may enable verification of data integrity for ROIs on a display. Various embodiments may enable the selection of different sets of display ROIs from a plurality of independent sets of display ROIs each associated with its own set of stored integrity check values (ICVs). Various embodiments may enable stored ICVs to be used to verify the data integrity of ROIs on a display. Various embodiments may enable the set of display ROIs and the associated ICVs for each display ROI to be changed after a number of frames have been displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rahul Gulati, John Chi Kit Wong, Peter Koster, Reza Kakoee, Thomas Dannemann
  • Patent number: 10974723
    Abstract: A drive force control system for improving operational easiness of an accelerator. The control system is configured to: set a slope of a target acceleration such that the target acceleration is increased with a reduction in a vehicle speed; detect an operating period of the accelerator between turning points at which an operating speed of the accelerator is changed from a low speed to a high speed; set the slope of the target acceleration in accordance with the detected operating period; and set the slope of the target acceleration of a case in which the operating period of the accelerator is longer than a predetermined operating period steeper than the slope of the target acceleration set in accordance with the predetermined operating period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihito Kanno
  • Patent number: 10977876
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving vehicle design. The system includes a plurality of first version vehicles, each first version vehicle of the plurality of first version vehicles having a first version vehicle design, and including one or more sensors for detecting sensor data, and a vehicle transceiver configured to communicate the sensor data. The system also includes a remote data server configured to receive the sensor data from the plurality of first version vehicles and determine one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design based on the received sensor data. The system also includes a computing device coupled to the remote data server and configured to execute vehicle design software for designing a second version vehicle design, the second version vehicle design including the one or more improvements to the first version vehicle design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Neil Dutta
  • Patent number: 10969794
    Abstract: A system for determining an object position on a site with large machinery, particularly a mine site, a construction site, or an agricultural area, based on radio frequency time-of-flight ranging. The system is configured to determine a current position of a reference point indicative of a position of a machine on the site, to access an arrangement dataset indicative of a positional relationship between the reference point and a mounting location on the machine of at least one anchor of a point-to-point radio ranging unit, and to determine a position of the at least one anchor based on the current position of the reference point and the arrangement dataset, wherein the position of the at least one anchor is provided to a position determining unit configured for determining position information of tags based on ranging data of the point-to-point radio ranging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SAFEMINE AG
    Inventors: Thomas Kaufmann, Tommi Juhani Kauppinen
  • Patent number: 10962988
    Abstract: A method of determining a center of gravity of an aircraft in flight by comparing actual control surface actuator displacements to expected control surface actuator displacements. And a method of fuel/load management based on an offset of the center of gravity from a preferred center of gravity and a handling qualities factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Carlton Mehl, Terrence Patrick Brehn, Robert Blyth, Brady G. Atkins
  • Patent number: 10964134
    Abstract: A vehicle service system for interaction with the on-board electronic systems of a vehicle utilizing a cloud-based vehicle diagnostic system which is configured on-demand for the vehicle undergoing a service procedure. The vehicle service system includes a local processing system in communication with the vehicle and with a cloud-based vehicle diagnostic application service configured to establish an on-demand virtual processing system running a vehicle-specific diagnostic software application. The vehicle-specific diagnostic software application communicates with the vehicle undergoing service to present a service technician with diagnostic results within a graphical user interface of the local processing system. Upon completion of the vehicle service, the remote cloud-based vehicle diagnostic application service terminates the virtual processing system and vehicle-specific diagnostic software application, freeing cloud-based resources for subsequent uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan J. Frisch, Mark E. Pinson, Nicholas J. Colarelli, III
  • Patent number: 10953893
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle control apparatus and a vehicle control method. The vehicle control apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes an input unit to receive current lane information, current traffic sign information, and current driver behavior information photographed by a photographing apparatus, a determination unit to determine whether a vehicle is in an inappropriate driving pattern based on the inputted current lane information and the current traffic sign information and to determine whether a driver is in a driver carelessness state based on the inputted current driver behavior information, and a controller to transmit a warning command to a warning apparatus so that the warning apparatus warns the driver that the driver is currently in a careless driving state if the vehicle is in the inappropriate driving pattern and the driver is in the driver carelessness state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO-HELLA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinwook Kim
  • Patent number: 10948076
    Abstract: A method for operating an electrically actuable feed pump in a hydraulic circuit, which draws in fluid from a fluid sump with a normal supplying of fluid. The fluid circulated in the hydraulic circuit can be returned back, and air is sucked in at least partially with an undersupply of fluid. The electric motor is integrated in a control circuit, which is provided with a control unit, which actuates the electric motor based on an actual rotational speed and a setpoint rotational speed with an actuation rotational speed. The evaluation unit compares the actual rotational speed to a reference rotational speed and in particular always with an identical current consumption. The evaluation unit then determines based on the comparison whether a fluid undersupply is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Stefan Ammler
  • Patent number: 10946855
    Abstract: Described herein is a method for reducing noise in a driveline of a motor vehicle, the method including detecting a condition initiating a noise event of the driveline by using one or more sensors on board the vehicle; and controlling, as a function of the detected condition and of a signal of said one or more sensors, an actuation of one or more actuators that govern corresponding devices that can be connected to the driveline and configured for generating a torsional pre-load condition in the driveline itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: C.R.F. Società Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Giancarlo Osella, Francesco Cimmino, Enrico Galvagno, Constantinos Vafidis, Mauro Velardocchia, Alessandro Vigliani, Antonio Tota
  • Patent number: 10946714
    Abstract: An electrically driven vehicle includes an electric motor, a power storage device, an air conditioner, a heat exchanger of a refrigerating cycle, a heater and a controller, the air conditioner includes an internal air suction port and the foot blowout port installed at a position close to the internal air suction port, and, when a remaining capacity of the power storage device exceeds a predetermined value, the controller operates the refrigerating cycle and the heater, and further, is switched to an internal air circulation in which conditioning air blown out of the foot blowout port is suctioned from the internal air suction port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hironori Shuto
  • Patent number: 10940939
    Abstract: A ground spoiler control architecture for aircraft includes a primary control architecture for providing a roll function, a speed-brake function and a ground spoiler function, and a secondary control architecture for providing the ground spoiler function in the event of a failure of the primary control architecture. The primary and secondary control architectures each include multiple actuators for actuating ground spoilers via independent and redundant signaling paths. Redundant hydraulic accumulators provide pressurized hydraulic fluid to the actuators. A ground spoiler control method includes determining whether the aircraft is on the ground based on the throttle-level-angle and whether any two wheels speeds are active or whether the main landing gear is weighted. Deployment of at least a portion of the ground spoiler panels occurs when and when the main landing gear is on the ground and the aircraft is in a landing configuration based on the throttle-level-angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen M. Eddy, Scott Stallard, Richard John Scillia
  • Patent number: 10935628
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle having a sensor and a display is provided. The method includes the steps of: generating position information of the vehicle on the basis of information received from the sensor; when an external terminal is located within a predetermined range on the basis of the vehicle, receiving position information of the external terminal from the external terminal; setting a current position of the vehicle on the basis of the position information of the vehicle and the position information of the external terminal; and executing one or more functions on the basis of the set current position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heedong Choi, Ho Yun, Boyoung Jeong