Patents Examined by Aniss Chad
  • Patent number: 11400926
    Abstract: A method for operating an advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) includes determining a distance between an object and a vehicle, selecting a path estimation methodology from multiple path estimation methodologies based at least in part on a distance between the vehicle and the object, and activating at least one ADAS action in response to determining that the object intersects the estimated path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Mingda Yang
  • Patent number: 11403957
    Abstract: An approach is provided for routing an aerial vehicle based on a relative noise impact. The approach, for example, involves retrieving environmental noise map data for a geographic area. The environmental noise map data indicates existing noise levels measured in the geographic area. The approach also involves determining a vehicle noise characteristic of the aerial vehicle. The approach further involves generating a route for the aerial vehicle over the geographic area based on the relative noise impact of the aerial vehicle while operating over the geographic area. The relative noise impact is computed based on the vehicle noise characteristic relative to the existing noise levels of the environmental noise map data for portions of the geographic area under the route of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Michele Velastri, Dmitry Koval, Virva Emila Auvinen
  • Patent number: 11402849
    Abstract: A vehicle may be configured to recognize a material pile and locate the material pile within a physical environment. The vehicle may also determine various characteristics or properties associated with the material pile and, based on the determined characteristics, define one or more tasks associated with spreading the material over a defined region according to defined spreading parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Robo Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Wang, Linli Zhang
  • Patent number: 11402838
    Abstract: A controller controls a propulsion device such that a position of a watercraft is maintained in a front-and-back direction with respect to a standard line extending from a set point in a lateral direction while a direction of the watercraft is maintained along a standard direction defined as the direction of the set point. The controller determines whether or not the watercraft is moving away from the set point in the lateral direction. The controller changes the standard direction in a specific direction by controlling the propulsion device when the watercraft is moving away from the set point in the lateral direction. The controller changes the direction of the watercraft in accordance with the changed standard direction. The controller repeats determining whether or not the watercraft is moving, changing the standard direction, and changing the direction of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Yoshikazu Nakayasu
  • Patent number: 11397094
    Abstract: A computing device can present a map user interface for users to suggest updates to entry point data for a place, such as points of interest to the user. For an entry point, the computing device can present an entry point indicator that remains in a fixed position on a map view. The user may move the map view as the entry point indicator remains fixed. In response to inputs, the computing device can adjust the map view, so that the fixed entry point indicator lies in a new position relative to the point of interest. The computing device can also insert an entry point indicator on the map view. In response to user inputs, the computing device can associate a location of the inserted entry point indicator with the location of an entry point. The computing device can send the entry point data changes to a server for implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Haney, Alexander B. Cash, Brian J. Andrich, Immanuel D. Amirtharaj, Michael L. Wiese, Nagaraj Hatti Veerarajan
  • Patent number: 11397136
    Abstract: A steering force module on a vehicle test bench including a first main body and a transverse force actuator that is displaceable relative thereto. A transverse force being generated by a displacement of the transverse force actuator relative to the first main body, by means of which the transverse force can be applied to the steering system. Furthermore, a drivetrain module is present which consists of a second main body and a drive actuator that is rotatable relative thereto, the drive actuator being rotationally fixable by means of a second mechanical interface to a drive axle of the drivetrain, a torque that is independent of the transverse force being generated by a rotation of the drive actuator relative to the second main body is applied to the drive axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: AVL List GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Schyr, Tobias Düser, Thomas Reinhold Weck, Bernhard Schick
  • Patent number: 11398150
    Abstract: A navigation platform may receive, from a roadside unit, traffic data associated with a section of a roadway, wherein the section includes a plurality of lanes. The navigation platform may identify, from the traffic data and using a first model, lane data associated with a lane of the plurality of lanes. The navigation platform may determine, based on the lane data, vehicle information associated with the lane, wherein the vehicle information indicates a quantity of vehicles in the lane. The navigation platform may determine a lane occupancy of the lane based on the quantity of vehicles and a capacity of the lane. The navigation platform may determine that a target vehicle is approaching the section. The navigation platform may select, using a second model, a target lane from the plurality of lanes. The navigation platform may perform an action associated with enabling the target vehicle to navigate to the target lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Sydney Young, Jyoti Bali Sharma
  • Patent number: 11397091
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a computer-implemented method that includes, responsive to receiving a pickup location request indicating a pickup location, identifying a vehicle in a vicinity associated with the pickup location, the vehicle having vehicle location data associated therewith. The method further includes selecting a shortest route from the vehicle to the pickup location. The method further includes, responsive to determining that a crossing is present along the shortest route, receiving target object location data for a target object associated with the crossing. The method further includes determining whether the target object and the vehicle intersect are predicted to intersect at the crossing. The method further includes, responsive to determining the target object and the vehicle are predicted to intersect at the crossing, identifying another vehicle in the vicinity, wherein the other vehicle traverses a route that avoids the crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noah Singer, Ryan Elsasser, Khaalid Persaud Juggan McMillan, Suraush Khambati
  • Patent number: 11390140
    Abstract: Methods, and systems including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for automated climate control. In one aspect, a monitoring system includes an indoor climate control device that is configured to adjust an indoor climate setting of a property, a sensor that is located at the property and configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property, and a monitor control unit. The monitor control unit is configured to receive the sensor data, and receive, from an onboard control unit for a first vehicle associated with the property, data that reflects a status of the first vehicle. Based on the data that reflects the status of the first vehicle and the sensor data, the monitor control unit determines the indoor climate setting for the indoor climate control device, and provides instructions to adjust the indoor climate control device to the indoor climate setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Samuel Simons, William Mensah
  • Patent number: 11393343
    Abstract: An automatic diversion management system on-board an aircraft is provided. The diversion management system is configured to automatically detect a need for the aircraft to divert from a primary airport to a diversion airport; automatically initiate diversion planning to a suitable diversion airport responsive to detecting conditions that can cause a need for diversion; automatically create a diversion flight plan; automatically send a clearance request to air traffic control (ATC) for a first type of conditions causing a need for diversion and send a clearance request to ATC, responsive to flight crew action, for a second type of conditions causing a need for diversion; and automatically activate the diversion flight plan after receipt of ATC clearance for the first type of conditions causing a need for diversion and activate the diversion flight plan, responsive to flight crew action, for the second type of conditions causing a need for diversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Monika Litvova, Zdenek Jancik, Dorothee De Villele, Rajesh Chaubey
  • Patent number: 11390290
    Abstract: The vehicle electronic control apparatus includes two or more FPGAs that each receive information from the sensor, a nonvolatile memory that holds a bit stream for determining a configuration for the FPGA, an MCU that incorporates two or more nonvolatile memories, in each of which a program code for calculating the control command is installed, and an error control module that outputs an error signal to the outside at a time when an abnormality occurs in at least one of the FPGA and the nonvolatile memory incorporated in the MCU; the nonvolatile memory that holds the bit stream and the nonvolatile memory incorporated in the MCU can be accessed from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Masanori Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 11391595
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for updating a map database are disclosed herein. The method comprises identifying a bounding box specifying a region of a map and obtaining a plurality of map area identifiers and the corresponding map area content based on the bounding box. The method may further include generating a bloom filter, wherein the bloom filter encodes a plurality of digests based on the plurality of map area identifiers and the corresponding map area content and transmitting a map update request comprising the generated bloom filter. The method may further include receiving map update data for at least a portion of the plurality of map area identifiers and the corresponding map area content and updating the map database based on the received map update data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Raul Cajias, Daniel Rolf
  • Patent number: 11385060
    Abstract: A docking control device includes a memory storing docking information including information on a docking position of a ship and information on an azimuth in which the ship is anchored at the docking position; and a processor, including hardware, performing control related to a docking operation of the ship on a basis of the docking information stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamazaki, Naoyuki Tsuzuki, Makoto Iwatsuki
  • Patent number: 11386726
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to predict damage to one or more components of a host vehicle and predict a hazard for a user of the host vehicle based on the predicted damage of at least one of the components disposed at the collision location. The computer predicts the damage based on an energy transfer between a target vehicle and the host vehicle. The energy transfer is based on a speed of a target vehicle, a mass of the target vehicle, a predicted contact area of a collision location of the host vehicle where the target vehicle is predicted to collide, and a deformation strength of material at the collision location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan Diamond, Erik J. Christen, Matthew Joseph, Shehan Haputhanthri
  • Patent number: 11378964
    Abstract: A method includes sensing, with a sensor, an outer surface of a pile of material, with a controller located on an at least partially autonomously-controlled machine, a midpoint of the pile of material based on the sensed outer surface; determining, with the controller, a plurality of potential loading paths around the midpoint for loading the machine; selecting, with the controller, a primary loading path of the potential loading paths based on a cost function analysis, and causing, with the controller, the machine to perform a loading instance as defined by the primary loading path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Mo Wei
  • Patent number: 11378987
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and system for patrolling an expressway by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The method is applied to the system including a control center, a plurality of UAVs and a plurality of advertising board charging base stations. The method firstly receives unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) status information sent by the plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles and road section patrolling data through the control center, and receives advertising board charging base station information sent by the plurality of advertising board charging base stations, then classifies, stores and analyzes the received data and information, and finally generates and sends control commands for the UAVs and charging advertising boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hefei University of Technology
    Inventors: He Luo, Peng Zhang, Guoqiang Wang, Moning Zhu, Xiaoxuan Hu, Ju Wang, Xiaoduo Li, Wei Xia, Peng Jin, Huawei Ma
  • Patent number: 11364949
    Abstract: A steering-angle-limiting device of a steer-by-wire system selectively restricts turning of a steering wheel in a forward direction or in a reverse direction and permits turning of the steering wheel in order to inhibit locking of the steering wheel when the steering-angle-limiting device operates abnormally. Rotation of a stopping gear, which is coupled to a steering shaft, is selectively restricted depending on a change in a rotation angle of a cam, whereby the direction in which the steering wheel turns is selectively limited. In addition, when a stopper operates abnormally, the stopper is moved to a position apart from an end of the radius of rotation of the stopping gear, thereby enabling turning of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sang Woo Hwang, Young Dae Park, Byung Rim Lee, Min Jun Kim, Se Hyun Chang, Hyeon Seok Cho
  • Patent number: 11360220
    Abstract: A route planning system and methods involving: a processor operable by executable instructions, the instructions having cooperating algorithms, the cooperating algorithms having an A* algorithm, an IA* algorithm cooperatively communicating with the A* algorithm; and a Dijkstra algorithm cooperatively communicating with the IA* algorithm, the IA* algorithm configured to iteratively and recursively call the A* algorithm to generate directed arcs, the IA* algorithm configured to call the Dijkstra algorithm and to transmit the directed arcs to the Dijkstra algorithm, and the A* algorithm and the Dijkstra algorithm being non-interacting; and an automatic identifications systems transceiver disposed in relation to a vessel, the transceiver configured to receive global positioning system signals and calculate a current position of the vessel in relation to Earth, the AIS transceiver configured to communicate with the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: David E. Price
  • Patent number: 11361667
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for exploiting a transmitted signal from an aircraft to determine characteristics of any of the aircraft's motion or meteorological conditions in which the aircraft is moving. The system includes a plurality of platforms for detecting Doppler shift information of the transmitted signal at each of the plurality of platforms, and a processing system for determining characteristics of any of the aircraft's motion or meteorological conditions in which the aircraft is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: NEXTEON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Cornelius George Hunter
  • Patent number: 11359919
    Abstract: A system includes an inertial navigation system module (INS module) that detects vehicle yaw rates and vehicle lateral speeds, a controller circuit communicatively coupled with the INS module. The controller circuit determines a tire cornering stiffness (Cf, Cr) based on vehicle physical parameters and vehicle dynamic parameters. The controller circuit determines a vehicle moment of inertia (Iz) based on the vehicle physical parameters, the vehicle dynamic parameters, and the tire cornering stiffness (Cf, Cr).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Guoguang Zhang