Patents Examined by Anh V. La
  • Patent number: 11455808
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the classification of parking spaces in a surrounding region of a vehicle with a driver support system, wherein the vehicle comprises at least one first surroundings sensor and a second surroundings sensor, comprising the steps of receiving first sensor data out of the surrounding region by the driver support system from the at least one first surroundings sensor, recognizing a parking-space-like partial region of the surrounding region in the first sensor data, requesting second sensor data acquired by the at least one second surroundings sensor out of the parking-space-like partial region by the driver support system as soon as the parking-space-like partial region is recognized in the first sensor data, transmitting the requested second sensor data to a vehicle-side computing unit comprising a deep neural network (DNN), and classifying the parking-space-like partial region into categories with the DNN, wherein the categories comprise legal, parkable parking spaces and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Malte Joos, Mathieu Bulliot, Mahmoud Shalaby, Ayman Mahmoud, Jean-Francois Bariant
  • Patent number: 11447282
    Abstract: Lighting elements are disposed within the enclosure doors surrounding an automated material handling machine such as a packaging machine. The clear panels in the door are edge-lit so that the entire door window corresponding to the location of the maintenance notice is illuminated a contrasting color to call the operator's quick attention to that portion of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: MGS MACHINE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard Allen Bahr
  • Patent number: 11433881
    Abstract: A parking assist system includes: a control device configured to control a powertrain, a brake device, and a steering device to autonomously move a vehicle to a target position; a display device; and operation members configured to receive an operation performed by an occupant of the vehicle. The control device is configured to set at least one target position candidate according to a first operation performed on one of the operation members and cause the display device to display the at least one target position candidate, decide the target position from the at least one target position candidate according to a second operation performed on one of the operation members, and execute driving control for autonomously moving the vehicle to the target position according to a third operation performed on one of the operation members, wherein the first operation and the third operation are an identical operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Miki Tsujino, Yuki Hara, Hiroshi Yamanaka, Yasushi Shoda
  • Patent number: 11430231
    Abstract: A facial information detecting unit detects facial information related to facial features of a driver of a vehicle. A physical information detecting unit detects physical information related to physical features of the driver. A driving capability estimating unit estimates a driving capability of the driver on the basis of the facial information and the physical information. A facial expression estimating unit estimates the facial expression of the driver on the basis of the facial information. An emotion estimating unit estimates the emotion of the driver represented by the degree of comfort and the degree of activeness on the basis of temporal changes in the driving capability of the driver and the facial expression of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Shusaku Takamoto
  • Patent number: 11423762
    Abstract: This application is directed to techniques and processes for notifying a user about power levels of electronic devices. For example, a first electronic device may receive data representing the power level of a second electronic device. The first electronic device may then determine that the power level is below a threshold power level. After the determination, the first electronic device may detect a user and/or a client device located within a threshold distance to the first electronic device and/or the second electronic device. The first electronic device may then send data to the second electronic device, wherein the data includes a command to emit light according to a pattern indicating that the power level is below the threshold power level. Additionally, the first electronic device may send a message to the client device, where the message indicates that the power level is below the threshold power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan David Hruska, Elliott Lemberger, John Modestine, Sang Min Park, Michael V. Recker
  • Patent number: 11423778
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling the output of driver information to a driver of a vehicle, with the objective of entertaining the driver and/or the passengers of the vehicle and/or increasing the driver attentiveness of the driver. A database of points of interest or objects of general interest, a database of topographic information, a device for determining the whereabouts of the vehicle, and an evaluation device to which these information items are delivered, are provided. The evaluation device ascertains, from the current whereabouts of the vehicle and from the topographic information, which points of interest or objects of general interest are present in the driver's field of view, and outputs via an output device the driver information regarding the point of interest or the object of general interest which has been ascertained by the evaluation device to be located in the driver's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schulz, Jihad Miramo
  • Patent number: 11414131
    Abstract: A device for blind spot detection of a vehicle, a method thereof and a steering wheel device are provided. The device includes a steering wheel, a lighting device, a blind spot detector, and a controller. The steering wheel comprises a configuration area including a fixed point, and the fixed point is represented as a virtual location of the vehicle. The lighting device includes a luminous light strip and a dimming driver. The luminous light strip assembled on the steering wheel surrounds the fixed point. The dimming driver controls lamp signals of the luminous light strip. The controller obtains a detection result of whether at least one object is approaching the vehicle, and controls the lamp signals to present a relative position between the vehicle and the at least one object and a degree of proximity between the vehicle and the at least one object according to the lamp signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yu-Hao Chiu
  • Patent number: 11417211
    Abstract: A system for and a method of supporting automated valet parking, and an infrastructure and a vehicle for automated valet parking are provided. An operation method of the infrastructure includes initiating an automated valet parking procedure for a vehicle, determining a target position for the vehicle and a guide route leading to the target position, determining a display range of the guide route based on at least one of vehicle information, driving information, or environment information, and providing the guide route based on the display range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Dong Oh
  • Patent number: 11417210
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for autonomous monitoring of parking areas are provided. In one aspect, a method for collecting information associated with a parking space includes providing a self-propelled autonomous data machine comprising one or more sensors. The autonomous data machine can be navigated to a location near a parking space for a vehicle. Parking information pertaining to the parking space can be obtained via the one or more sensors of the autonomous data machine. The obtained parking information can include at least occupancy data for the parking space. The parking information can be transmitted to a remote computing system configured to display the parking information to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: KNIGHTSCOPE, INC.
    Inventors: William Santana Li, Phillip Wong, Stacy Dean Stephens, Mercedes Soria-Li, Dominic A. Villa, Aaron J. Lehnhardt, Nicholas L. Xydes, Ina L. Liu, Hen-You Tan, Arne Stoschek
  • Patent number: 11417196
    Abstract: Alarm system arrangements (e.g., methods, apparatus, etc.) including receiving data originating from an entity located outside of a monitored premise, the data providing information detailing an impending request for temporary access of the monitored premise; and using the data to determine a predefined access plan to allow the temporary access to a predefined sub-area of the premises without triggering an alarm event, and to implement the predefined access plan at a time of receipt of an actual request for the temporary access. One example involves using the data to determine a predefined access plan which includes temporarily disabling of the alarm system's ability to recognize an alarm event with respect to activities occurring with respect to a predefined sub-area of the premises during the temporary access, and to implement the predefined access plan at a time relative to receipt of an actual request for the temporary access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS TYCO IP HOLDINGS LLP
    Inventor: Martin Sol
  • Patent number: 11400922
    Abstract: Parking a plurality of autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles can comprise obtaining information regarding a first vehicle of the plurality of vehicles; obtaining information regarding an environment surrounding the first vehicle; and selecting a parking arrangement for the first vehicle, wherein the parking arrangement is selected such that at least one of access to; and opening of at least one door of the first vehicle is prevented by proximity of the first vehicle to at least one of a second vehicle of the plurality of vehicles; and a structure in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: James Nicholas Murray, Ben Moffatt, Will Barker
  • Patent number: 11403945
    Abstract: An intersection signal prediction system includes a first telematics terminal in a first vehicle configured to output a driving path toward a destination of the first vehicle and a second telematics terminal in a second vehicle driving in an intersection direction along the driving path of the first vehicle at a distance equal to or less than a preset distance. The first telematics terminal transmits a signal requesting status information of a traffic light installed at the intersection to a telematics server. The telematics server transmits a signal requesting speed information of the second vehicle to the second telematics terminal in response to receiving the status signal from the first telematics terminal, to determine a state of the traffic light based on the speed information received from the second telematics terminal, and to transmit information about the state of the traffic light to the first telematics terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Yoan Oh
  • Patent number: 11400953
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a method or product for alerting or refocusing an inattentive driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Clinton L. Schumann
  • Patent number: 11397420
    Abstract: A system for visual state identification including: a visual display system including a plurality of light displays, each of the light displays provided to different physical locations on an automation system; an execution device operatively connected to the visual display system, including: an input device configured to receive data from the automation system; and computer readable instructions which, if executed by a processor, cause the processor to: receive input data; determine the state of the automation system based on the input data, wherein the state may include an area of interest related to one of the different physical locations; communicate with the visual display system to selectively light a portion of one or more of the plurality of light displays to display the state of the automation system and the physical location of the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: AIS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Louis Ian Cameron, Ehsan Shojaei-Baghini, Stanley Wellington Kleinikkink, Dennis Clifton Murray
  • Patent number: 11393314
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a system for increasing the protection against electric shocks of a person working in proximity to an electrical system. In one example embodiment, the system includes a plurality of first radio terminals, via each of which a radio link for receiving an emergency signal can be established. The system further including a protective device to be worn by the person and for detecting an electrical body current. The protective device including a second radio terminal that, in the event that an unacceptable body current is detected, outputs and transmits an emergency signal via a radio link established between one of the first plurality of radio terminals and the second radio terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Adaptive Regelsysteme Gesellschaft M.B.H.
    Inventors: Dietmar Holztrattner, Ulrich Klapper, Wernich de Villiers
  • Patent number: 11393333
    Abstract: The described technology is generally directed towards customizable traffic zones that work with wireless communication network, and can be configured based on various data, including traffic data. A vehicle and/or wireless communication network user device within the traffic zone facilitate monitoring of the vehicle/user device. Pricing can be based on entering and exiting the zone, dwell time in the zone, user profile data and other factors such as time of day, day of week and so forth. A customizable traffic zone can be configured and reconfigured as needed, such as to expand or contract a zone, exclude an area, and so forth. User devices can be targeted, including geo-fencing for warning users about to enter a traffic zone that charges for usage, or to provide other relevant messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Erie Lai Har Lau, Hendrawan Susanto, Reza Hussain Hussaini
  • Patent number: 11370418
    Abstract: A parking assist system includes a server device and a parking assist device provided in a host vehicle to communicate with the server device. The server device comprises a server storage portion that is configured to store parking lot information acquired when a second vehicle different from the host vehicle is parked in a parking section of a parking lot. The parking assist device includes a parking lot information receiver configured to receive the parking lot information from the server device, and a parking assist controller configured to control the host vehicle based on the obtained parking lot information to park the host vehicle in the parking section of the parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsushi Kubo
  • Patent number: 11370452
    Abstract: A driving action determination device includes a memory and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire map information which includes information about intersections at which a temporary stop line is provided, specify, based on vehicle behavior information detected by sensors mounted at a vehicle, a direction of approach of the vehicle or a direction of movement of the vehicle towards the temporary stop line, specify, based on the specified direction of approach or direction of movement, a temporary stop line where the vehicle is required to make a temporary stop, and determine, based on the vehicle behavior information, whether or not a temporary stop has been made by the vehicle at the specified temporary stop line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11375297
    Abstract: A fiber port management system that can be connected between network devices and network appliances is provided. The fiber port management system includes a housing, one or more hydra cables within the housing, one or more indicators and a controller. The housing has a front panel with a plurality of low density fiber connectors and a rear panel with a plurality of high density fiber connectors. The hydra cable is positioned within the housing and connects one of the plurality of high density fiber connectors to two or more of the plurality of low density fiber connectors. The one or more indicators are associated with each of the plurality of low density fiber connectors and each of the plurality of high density fiber connectors. The controller is located within the housing and is used to control the operation of the indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: FIBER MOUNTAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Mohammad H. Raza, David G Stone, Aristito Lorenzo, Phuc Minh Ly
  • Patent number: 11358592
    Abstract: An in-vehicle processing apparatus that executes control of causing a vehicle to perform automated traveling from a predetermined position to a parking space and causing the vehicle to perform automated entry into the parking space, is configured to include a notification control section that causes a portable electronic device carried by a user to display a parking position notification display in which a position of the parking space entered by the vehicle through the automated entry and the predetermined position are superimposed on an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Matsushita