Patents Examined by Anne M Antonucci
  • Patent number: 10451434
    Abstract: An information interaction method and device. The method includes: acquiring a destination; displaying a real scene picture of a landmark at the destination; and sending the real scene picture of the destination landmark to a specified friend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Xie, Yue Cheng, Longxiang Wan
  • Patent number: 10453336
    Abstract: A system and method for generating traffic reports is described. The system receives a set of inputs specifying at least a geographical region, a first period of time, and a second period of time. The system then identifies one or more streets within at least a threshold proximity of the specified geographical region and aggregates traffic information for the one or more streets over the first period of time and the second period of time, respectively. Further, the system generates a traffic report for the geographical region based at least in part on a comparison of the aggregated traffic information for the first period of time with the aggregated traffic information for the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Knoepfle, Jonathan Hall
  • Patent number: 10452068
    Abstract: A neural network may be utilized for autonomously driving a self-driving vehicle (SDV). The neural network can establish a destination location in local coordinates relative to the SDV. The neural network may then identify one or more navigation points in a forward operational direction of the SDV, and process sensor data from a sensor system of the SDV, the sensor data providing a sensor view of the forward operational direction of the SDV. Utilizing the sensor data, the neural network can operate acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV to continuously follow the one or more navigation points along an established route to the destination location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nemanja Djuric, John Houston
  • Patent number: 10455070
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a platform for providing user interaction with a vehicle's functions on a mobile device. In some embodiments, the vehicle and mobile device may both be in communication with a service provider computer, that may facilitate communications between the two. In some embodiments, a user is provided with various details related to the vehicle's condition as well as a list of functions that may be initiated by the user. The user is able to select one or more of the listed functions to be performed by the vehicle while located any distance from the vehicle. In some embodiments, the service provider computer may determine whether the user is authorized to initiate a particular vehicle function. Upon selection of a vehicle function from the list of vehicle functions, a processor device in the vehicle executes the function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yong-Syuan Chen, Jen-Chieh Hsiao
  • Patent number: 10452073
    Abstract: Vehicle control systems and methods for controlling a vehicle using behavior profiles of neighboring vehicles are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle control system of a vehicle includes one or more processors and one or more non-transitory memory modules communicatively coupled to the one or more processors and storing machine-readable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform at least at the following: detect a neighboring vehicle within an environment, determine an autonomous software version executed by the neighboring vehicle, determine a behavior profile associated with the autonomous software version, and control one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle based at least in part on the behavior profile associated with the autonomous software version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Katarina R. C. Miller, Julian M. Mason, James J. Kuffner
  • Patent number: 10445804
    Abstract: A vehicle control and interconnection comprises a user interface that couples to a display. The user interface has modes of display information that vary based upon a task of a vehicle operator. The modes include a driving mode that reduces menu options available to the operator to those functions related to driving, and enlarges touch screen control icons associated with the displayed functions. Moreover, the modes include at least one non-driving mode that displays information with relatively smaller touch screen control icons compared to the control icons in the driving mode. The system interface also comprises a vehicle interface that couples to at least one vehicle sub system to communicate with vehicle-installed electronic peripherals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Gormley
  • Patent number: 10442548
    Abstract: A system and method includes a structural body, a plurality of structural health monitoring (SHM) sensors, and first and second computer systems. The structural body includes a plurality of structures. The SHM sensors are configured to sense structural health data for a plurality of zones of the structures. The first computer system is configured to collect the structural health data from the SHM sensors. The second computer system includes a display and is configured to receive the structural health data from the first computer system and groups the zones into a plurality of structural regions, and groups the plurality of structural regions into at least one structural area. The display is configured to provide a visual representation of a structural region health of a first one of the plurality of structural regions based on the structural data for respective ones of the zones within the first one of the plurality of structural regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Gang, Jessica L Bergeron, Arthur M. Berenbaum, Katelin J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10435019
    Abstract: A course prediction method uses a position acquisition circuit configured to acquire a position of a surrounding vehicle and a course prediction circuit configured to predict a course of a host vehicle based on a traveling path of the surrounding vehicle obtained from a history of the position of the surrounding vehicle. In the course prediction method, the course of the host vehicle is predicted by increasing or reducing the size of the traveling path of the surrounding vehicle, based on a turning direction and a lateral position of the surrounding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 10435009
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for extracting vibration of a hybrid vehicle, and more particularly, to an apparatus and a method of extracting vibration of a hybrid vehicle by varying a target vibration frequency. An apparatus for extracting vibration of a hybrid electric vehicle includes: an engine and a driving motor, which are power sources; a starter motor/generator connected to the engine; and a control unit configured to measure a motor speed of the starter motor/generator, to generate a speed variation quantity based on the motor speed of the starter motor/generator, to calculate a vibration frequency of the engine when the speed variation quantity exceeds a reference value, to set a filter band based on the vibration frequency of the engine, and to extract, with the filter band, a vibration of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Jung, Byunghoon Yang
  • Patent number: 10428493
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for automatically controlling a blade of a motor grader. At least one global navigation satellite system (GNSS) antenna and at least one inertial measurement unit (IMU) are mounted on the motor grader. No GNSS antenna is mounted on the blade; and no pole is used for mounting. With each GNSS antenna, GNSS navigation signals are received, and a position of each GNSS antenna is computed. With each IMU, three orthogonal accelerations and three orthogonal angular rotation rates are measured. With at least one processor, a blade position and a blade orientation are computed, based at least in part on the GNSS and IMU measurements. The blade elevation and the blade slope angle (and, in some embodiments, the blade side shift) are automatically controlled, based at least in part on the computed blade position, the computed blade orientation, and a digital job site model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Nikolaevich Omelchenko, Alexey Vladislavovich Zhdanov
  • Patent number: 10432729
    Abstract: A system of autonomous vehicles for forming a team of autonomous vehicles to perform a designated set of tasks. Each vehicle stores data representing its own capabilities that match the tasks, data representing needed capabilities for the team to perform the tasks, and data representing the capabilities of all current team members. Each of the vehicles is equipped with a communications system operable to send and receive join request messages and join response messages. All join request message contain the capabilities of the sending vehicle. All join response messages contain current team capabilities data. Upon receipt of a join request message, a vehicle compares needed capabilities data to the received capabilities data, and if there are matched capabilities, it updates the team capabilities data and transmits a join response message. Upon receipt of a join response message, if the message indicates the sending vehicle has joined the team, the receiving vehicle updates the team capabilities list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Stephan J. Lemmer, Cameron R. Mott, Paul A. Avery
  • Patent number: 10429514
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example embodiments for unoccupied flying vehicle (UFV) location assurance. For certain example embodiments, at least one machine, such as a UFV, may: (i) obtain one or more satellite positioning system (SPS) coordinates corresponding to at least an apparent location of at least one UFV; or (ii) perform at least one analysis that uses at least one or more SPS coordinates and at least one assurance token. However, claimed subject matter is not limited to any particular described embodiments, implementations, examples, or so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Richard T. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10431101
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for customizing a search and rescue (SAR) pattern for an aircraft. A search and rescue pattern system (SARPS) is configured to obtain SAR mission information from a SAR information database, weather information from a weather source, terrain information from a terrain database, and the flight traffic information. The SARPS is further configured to generate a customized SAR pattern using the obtained mission information, the weather information, the terrain information, and the flight traffic information. A display is configured to display the customized SAR pattern and a flight management system (FMS) is configured to receive the customized SAR pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Abneesh Singla, Vageesh S, Visvanathan Thanigai Nathan, Sudarshan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10422645
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for indoor positioning navigation, a method thereof, and a system thereof are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a transceiver for receiving near field wireless signals, a sensor for detecting motion of the electronic apparatus, a display, and at least one processor configured to determine if building map data of a building is received through the transceiver, generate a navigations map according to a type of the received building map data when the building map data is received, and control the display to display, a map matching a position of the electronic apparatus to a position of a destination of the electronic apparatus on the generated navigation map, by using one among intensity information of the wireless signals received through the transceiver and the motion information of the electronic apparatus detected through the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman, A. K. M. Mubashwir Alam, Sadre-Ala Parvez, Abul Basher, Abusayeed Alam, Mohammad Tawhidul Islam Chowdhury, Mohammad Anwarul Hoque, Sardar Muhammad Monzurur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10424195
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a traffic prediction system, a vehicle-mounted display apparatus, a vehicle, and a traffic prediction method. The traffic prediction system includes: a vehicle configured to acquire a driving probability for at least one drivable route; and a server apparatus configured to receive the driving probability for the at least one drivable route from the vehicle, and to calculate a volume of traffic for the at least one drivable route based on the driving probability for the at least one drivable route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: ChulMin Kim, Dongyoul Lee, Young Su Kim, SiJun Kim
  • Patent number: 10424128
    Abstract: A method for controlling data acquired from vehicles, wherein case data are anonymized and provides data reduction. Control exists between the units of each vehicle, between the vehicles and a backend of the system, between the units of the backend, and also between the units of the backend and at least one external service provider. The data are reduced by avoiding the transmission of redundant data or by avoiding unnecessary data acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: André Oberschachtsiek, Florian Pflug, Hendrik Decke
  • Patent number: 10415987
    Abstract: Presented are techniques of identifying, processing and displaying data point clusters (850, 851) associated with map information (200) in an efficient manner. Methods and systems are disclosed which process map information (200) to identify clusters (850, 851) of requested data points for display (1020), based on iterative clustering and filtering of the data points. Methods and systems are also disclosed which generate polygons (1860, 1861, 1901-05) representing the clusters. The amount of data to be processed and/or displayed can be reduced, without loss of any associated information content in a displayed map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Steve Chien, Mark Yinan Li, Marc Schaub, Benjamin Anderson, James Aspinall, Zhou Bailiang, Ruwen Hess
  • Patent number: 10408632
    Abstract: Navigation method and system are provided. The navigation method may include: a vehicle mounted system, which includes a storage device and a display, receiving a Turn-by-Turn navigation guidance instruction from a mobile device which has a navigation program running thereon; the vehicle mounted system selecting at least one guidance logo, stored in the storage device, according to the received Turn-by-Turn navigation guidance instruction; and the vehicle mounted system presenting on the display the at least one selected guidance logo. More vehicles can provide navigation with help of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ping Zhou, Xiaopei Huang, Wenping Xiao
  • Patent number: 10409284
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods may be configured to implement actively-controlled light emission from a robotic vehicle. A light emitter(s) of the robotic vehicle may be configurable to indicate a direction of travel of the robotic vehicle and/or display information (e.g., a greeting, a notice, a message, a graphic, passenger/customer/client content, vehicle livery, customized livery) using one or more colors of emitted light (e.g., orange for a first direction and purple for a second direction), one or more sequences of emitted light (e.g., a moving image/graphic), or positions of light emitter(s) on the robotic vehicle (e.g., symmetrically positioned light emitters). The robotic vehicle may not have a front or a back (e.g., a trunk/a hood) and may be configured to travel bi-directionally, in a first direction or a second direction (e.g., opposite the first direction), with the direction of travel being indicated by one or more of the light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Rachad Youssef Gamara
  • Patent number: 10408220
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a fluid conveying device of a motor vehicle having at least one aerodynamic bearing. The method reduces the rotational speed of the aerodynamic bearing to a rest speed, wherein the rest speed is below a lifting speed, in which case the bearing builds up an air film for bearing free of mixed friction, and wherein the rest speed is above a lowering speed, in which case the bearing has reduced the air film such that mixed friction occurs. The fluid conveying device is operated at the rest speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Johannes Schmid, Simon Grilc, Fabian Brandl