Patents Examined by Anne Marie Antonucci
  • Patent number: 11965748
    Abstract: A transportation system includes: a vehicle hub including a plurality of connection slots. The vehicle hub is configured such that, in response to vehicles being parked respectively in the connection slots, the vehicle hub is connected to interior spaces of the vehicles through the connection slots, the vehicles are categorized by use, and the connection slots are grouped by category such that connection slots grouped together by category, among the connection slots, are disposed adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Kwan Ji
  • Patent number: 11965744
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to systems and methods for indoor positioning. The method includes obtaining a first location of a subject at a first time point. The method also includes determining one or more motion parameters associated with the subject at least based on one or more sensors carried by the subject. The method further includes determining, based on the first location of the subject and the one or more motion parameters associated with the subject, a second location of the subject at a second time point after the first time point. The method still further includes adjusting, at least based on surroundings information associated with the subject at the second time point, the second location of the subject to determine a target location of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Xiaoqiang Teng, Rongzhi Wang, Jiankuan Li, Zhiwei Ruan, Zongyue Liu, Jun Zhang, Pengfei Xu, Shenggang Bao, Chao Liu
  • Patent number: 11964774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of unmanned aerial vehicle safety protection technologies, and in particular, to an unmanned aerial vehicle safety protection method and apparatus and an unmanned aerial vehicle. The method includes: obtaining ultrasonic information and a flight status of an unmanned aerial vehicle, where the flight status includes a normal flight state and a descending state; and performing safety protection on the unmanned aerial vehicle according to the ultrasonic information and the flight status. The implementation can reduce an occurrence probability that an unmanned aerial vehicle crashes at a high altitude when ultrasound encounters abnormalities to get out of control at the high altitude and fail to descend, rise, move to the left or move to the right and land without slowing down to violently hit the ground, so that the safety of the unmanned aerial vehicle is enhanced, and user experience is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tianbao Zhang, Yingjie Li, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 11967161
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a system of a delivery device for combining sensor data from various types of sensors to generate a map that enables the delivery device to navigate from a first location to a second location to deliver an item to the second location. The system obtains data from RGB, LIDAR, and depth sensors and combines this sensor data according to various algorithms to detect objects in an environment of the delivery device, generate point cloud and pose information associated with the detected objects, and generates object boundary data for the detected objects. The system further identifies object states for the detected object and generates the map for the environment based on the detected object, the generated object proposal data, the labeled point cloud data, and the object states. The generated map may be provided to other systems to navigate the delivery device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hakan Boyraz, Baoyuan Liu, Xiaohan Nie, Sheng Chen
  • Patent number: 11964775
    Abstract: Proposed are a mobile object, an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program that are capable of improving the accuracy of determining whether to land a drone aircraft on a landing surface. The mobile object of the present technology includes a control unit. The control unit calculates a temporal change of a landing surface from images in which the landing surface for the mobile object is imaged in time series by an imaging unit of the mobile object in a hovering state, and determines whether to land the mobile object on the landing surface on the basis of the calculated temporal change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Erio Akanuma, Keisuke Maeda
  • Patent number: 11960288
    Abstract: An autonomous mobile device (AMD) moves around a physical space while performing tasks. The AMD may have sensors with fields of view (FOVs) that are forward-facing. As the AMD moves forward, a safe region is determined based on data from those forward-facing sensors. The safe region describes a geographical area clear of obstacles during recent travel. Before moving outside of the current FOV, the AMD determines whether a move outside of the current FOV keeps the AMD within the safe region. For example, if a path that is outside the current FOV would result in the AMD moving outside the safe region, the AMD modifies the path until poses associated with the path result in the AMD staying within the safe region. The resulting safe path may then be used by the AMD to safely move outside the current FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Yue Hu, Jong Jin Park, Daimian Wang, Roopesh Athipatla Pattabhi, Jingyu Qiao, Changsheng Shen
  • Patent number: 11959256
    Abstract: An operative target position of a leading end device supposed by an operator of a working machine is estimated with high accuracy. The controller calculates a prospective locus region on the basis of respective detection results of a posture detecting part and a manipulation detecting part. The prospective locus region is a region based on a prospective locus along which a leading end device is prospected to shift. The controller calculates a gaze point region on the basis of a detection result of a sight detecting part. The gaze point region is a region based on a gaze point of an operator. The controller sets a target position in a region where the prospective locus region and the gaze point region overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventor: Koji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11960298
    Abstract: An integrated speed prediction framework based on historical traffic data mining and real-time V2I communications for CAVs. The present framework provides multi-horizon speed predictions with different fidelity over short and long horizons. The present multi-horizon speed prediction is integrated with an economic model predictive control (MPC) strategy for the battery thermal management (BTM) of connected and automated electric vehicles (EVs) as a case study. The simulation results over real-world urban driving cycles confirm the enhanced prediction performance of the present data mining strategy over long prediction horizons. Despite the uncertainty in long-range CAV speed predictions, the vehicle level simulation results show that 14% and 19% energy savings can be accumulated sequentially through eco-driving and BTM optimization (eco-cooling), respectively, when compared with normal-driving and conventional BTM strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Mohammad Reza Amini, Yiheng Feng, Zhen Yang, Ilya Kolmanovsky, Jing Sun
  • Patent number: 11960296
    Abstract: A method executable by an autonomous mobile device includes moving in a work environment, obtaining environmental data acquired by a sensing device, and determining whether the sensing device is in a suspected ineffective state based on the environmental data. The method also includes based on a determination that the sensing device is in the suspected ineffective state, rotating at a same location for a first predetermined spin angle. The method also includes obtaining an estimated rotation angle based on one or more motion parameters acquired by a dead reckoning sensor, comparing the estimated rotation angle with the first predetermined spin angle, and based on a determination that a difference between the estimated rotation angle and the first predetermined spin angle is greater than a first predetermined threshold value, executing escape instructions to move backwardly for a first predetermined distance and move along a curve or a folded line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Shuailing Li, Wulin Tian, Huizhong An, Xin Wu, Yiming Zhang, Zhen Chen
  • Patent number: 11959767
    Abstract: A map information assessment device has a processor configured to match a plurality of first zones representing a first road in a first map, with second zones representing a second road in a second map, the matching being made by using locations on the second road that are closest to the starting points of the first zones as the starting points, and using zones having the same lengths as the first zones, as the second zones corresponding to the first zones, to calculate zone adjacent distances between the end points of the second zones and the starting points of other second zones adjacent to those second zones, and to determine that positional information for the first road in a first zone is different from positional information for the second road in a second zone corresponding to that first zone, when the zone adjacent distance is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Takao Kashu, Hiroaki Sakakibara, Yasutaka Teramae, Hiroki Ukai, Masahiro Goto
  • Patent number: 11953338
    Abstract: A remote initialization system and method for a vehicle system receive trip data for an upcoming trip at an off-board device. Using the off-board device, the trip data is communicated to the different back-office systems, and one or more of mandatory directives or software configuration requirements are received at the off-board device from the different back-office systems. An initialization data set that includes at least some of the trip data and at least some of the one or more of the mandatory directives or the software configuration requirements is communicated from the off-board device to an onboard controller of the vehicle system. The initialization data set is configured to be used by the onboard controller to control movement of the vehicle system in the different sets of the routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Janmejay Tripathy, Jeffrey D. Kernwein, Ann K. Grimm, Phillip A. Burgart
  • Patent number: 11953900
    Abstract: A service management device manages a service delivered in a predetermined area. The service management device has an operator interface including a display that displays information for an operator and receiving an input from the operator. The service management device communicates with an autonomous robot used for delivering the service in the predetermined area to acquire, from the autonomous robot, service robot information indicating at least a position and a status of the autonomous robot. The service management device displays a map of the predetermined area and the position of the autonomous robot on the display, based on the service robot information. When the autonomous robot displayed on the display is specified by the operator through the operator interface, the service management device displays a status window indicating the status of the autonomous robot specified by the operator on the display, based on the service robot information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Nobuhisa Otsuki, Kunihiro Iwamoto, Haeyeon Lee, Wataru Kaku, Kota Oishi
  • Patent number: 11953902
    Abstract: In various aspects, a first set of attributes associated with a target location are determined. The target location is a location that one or more items are to be delivered to by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The first set of attributes are compared with a second set of attributes. The second set of attributes indicate attributes of each UAV of a plurality of UAVs. Based on the comparing, a UAV, of the plurality of UAVs, is recommended to deliver the one or more items to the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome Ferguson
  • Patent number: 11946750
    Abstract: A method for vehicle (V) environment mapping, comprising the operations of: receiving a set of input values from a plurality of sensors, applying temporal fusion processing to the set of input values, resulting in a respective set of occupancy grid maps, applying data fusion processing to the set of occupancy grid maps, resulting in at least one fused occupancy grid map, detecting discrepancies by comparing occupancy grid maps in the set of maps, resulting in a set of detected discrepancies, processing the at least one fused occupancy grid map and outputting a fused occupancy grid map of drivable spaces. The processing operation includes the step of performing an arbitration of conflict in the at least one fused occupancy grid map. The compound fused occupancy grid map of drivable spaces is supplied (IA) to a user circuit, such as a drive assistance interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Marelli Europe S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Giorgio, Axel Furlan, Lauro Snidaro, Lubos Vaci
  • Patent number: 11948467
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system, device and method improve weather modeling approaches for use by air vehicles to mitigate weather hazards and/or optimize air vehicle operations. Various embodiments collect a set of independent measurements of atmospheric parameters of interest, collect a set of onboard measurements from one or more non-traditional atmospheric sensors onboard an air vehicle, process the collected measurements to identify values of selected atmospheric parameters and generate a model for relating raw sensor outputs from the non-traditional atmospheric sensors to the atmospheric parameters of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Barron Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Alec Jacob Devine Bateman
  • Patent number: 11945441
    Abstract: Providing explanations in route planning includes determining a route based on at least two objectives received from a user, where a second objective of the at least two objectives is constrained to within a slack value of a first objective of the at least two objectives; receiving, from the user, a request for an explanation as to an action along the route; and providing the explanation to the user. The explanation describes an extent of violating the slack value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., The University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Kyle Hollins Wray, Stefan Witwicki, Shlomo Zilberstein
  • Patent number: 11947348
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) controller may have control elements configured to receive inputs from a user. A cover may be coupled to the controller. The cover may be movable between a closed position in which the control elements are covered and an open position in which the control elements are exposed. An antenna may be integrated in the cover. The antenna may be electrically connected to circuitry in the controller for communicating with a UAV. In some implementations, a conductive plane and/or an insulating plane may be integrated in the cover. In some implementations, a heatsink, a fan, and/or a support mechanism may be arranged on an under portion of the controller. In some implementations, a circuit board including a cutout may be arranged inside the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Scott Thompson, Christopher Brian Grasberger, Patrick Allen Lowe, Asher Mendel Robbins-Rothman, Yevgeniy Kozlenko, Logan Sweet, Blair Williams, Joseph Anthony Enke
  • Patent number: 11940800
    Abstract: An autonomous cleaning robot includes a controller configured to execute instructions to perform operations including moving the autonomous cleaning robot along a first portion of a path toward a waypoint, detecting, with a ranging sensor of the autonomous cleaning robot, an obstacle along the path between the first portion of the path and a second portion of the path, navigating the autonomous cleaning robot about the obstacle along a trajectory that maintains at least a clearance distance between the autonomous cleaning robot and the obstacle, and moving the autonomous cleaning robot along the second portion of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventor: Justin H. Kearns
  • Patent number: 11940793
    Abstract: Validating a component of an autonomous vehicle may comprise determining, via simulation, a likelihood that operation of the component will result in an adverse event. Such simulations may be based on log data developed from real world driving events to, for example, accurately model a likelihood that a scenario will occur during real-world driving. Because adverse events may be exceedingly rare, the techniques may include modifying a probability distribution associated the likelihood that a scenario is simulated, determining a metric associated with an adverse event (e.g., a likelihood that operating the vehicle or updating a component thereof will result in an adverse event), and applying a correction to the metric based on the modification to the probability distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Andraz Kavalar
  • Patent number: 11938240
    Abstract: An autonomous, mobile robotic device (AMR) is configured with one or more UVC radiation sources, and operates to traverse a path while disinfecting an interior space. Each UVC radiation source is connected to the AMR by an articulating arm that is controlled to orient each source towards a feature or surface that is selected for disinfection during the time that the AMR is moving through the space. The location of each feature selected for disinfection can be mapped, and this map information, a current AMR location and pose can be used to generate signals that are used to control the articulating arm to orient each UVC lamp towards a feature that is selected for disinfection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: AVA ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Alyssa Pierson, Saman Amarasinghe, Daniela Rus, Marcio Macedo, Youssef Saleh