Patents Examined by Anne Marie Antonucci
  • Patent number: 11067994
    Abstract: An elevation map generator in a mobile agricultural machine generates an elevation map by estimating an elevation value for points in front of a work machine based on a plane derived from a measured elevation point measured by a pose detection system affixed to the work machine. Each elevation value has a corresponding confidence value that varies inversely with a distance of the point from the pose detection system. As the machine moves, additional elevation values are aggregated for each point, based on the confidence values. The machine is controlled based on the aggregated evaluation values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Justin A. Borgstadt
  • Patent number: 11066078
    Abstract: A vehicle position attitude calculation apparatus includes: a road structure recognition portion that acquires information, calculate a road structure shape, calculate a relative road structure lateral position, and calculate a relative road structure yaw angle; a storage portion that stores the road structure shape, the relative road structure lateral position, and the relative road structure yaw angle, an autonomous navigation portion that calculates a relative trajectory; a virtual road structure recognition portion that calculates a virtual relative road structure lateral position and a virtual relative road structure yaw angle; and an output switching portion that outputs the relative road structure lateral position and the relative road structure yaw angle, while the road structure recognition portion can recognize the road structure, and output the virtual relative road structure lateral position and the virtual relative road structure yaw angle, while the road structure recognition portion cannot reco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideki Terasawa
  • Patent number: 11067979
    Abstract: An adjustable surf wake system can enhance a wake formed by a watercraft travelling through water. A rider control device can enable a rider to control the wake of the watercraft while riding the wake, such as for wake surfing. The rider can adjust the speed of the watercraft, can adjust the height of the wake, and/or can change the watercraft between a surf-left configuration and a surf-right configuration. The rider control device can include a position sensor. A drone can position a camera based on the position sensor of the rider control device for filming the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Malibu Boats, LLC
    Inventors: Rachael Marie Green, Cory Wade Dugger, Jackie Dale Springer, Jr., Adam Andrew McCall, Daniel Lee Gasper
  • 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: 11060878
    Abstract: A navigation device is provided that includes one or more input devices configured to receive starting and ending locations for route navigation, and a processor configured to retrieve user route preferences. The user route preferences may indicate one or more preferred route characteristics. The processor further may be configured to receive a request for a route from a starting location to an ending location via the one or more input devices, to read stored map information including a plurality of route segments. Each route segment may include route segment data indicating one or more route characteristics of that route segment. The processor may further be configured to generate a personalized route that includes at least one route segment having route segment data indicating at least one of the one or more preferred route characteristics of the user, and to display the personalized route to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Grochocki, Jr., Elizabeth Salowitz, Ana Lilia Otero Diaz, Kshitij Sethi, Kshitij Mehta, Jeff West, Mansi Rajkondawar
  • 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: 11054263
    Abstract: A route setting device is provided, which may include a display controller, a user interface device, a waypoint detecting module, and a route setting module. The display controller having a display screen may display map data on the display screen. The user interface device may accept a route input operation using the display screen where the map data is displayed. Processing circuitry may detect a waypoint of a ship in the map data based on a trace of the route input operation in the map data. The processing circuitry may set a route of the ship based on the waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoo Wada
  • Patent number: 11052911
    Abstract: The speed control device is equipped with: an actual speed acquisition unit; an actual position acquisition unit; an acceleration/deceleration control unit; and a travel resistance calculation unit. When in a situation in which an target speed increases from a first target speed to a second target speed, the target speed in the second road section is set such that an actual speed increases with a first-order lag from the first target speed to the second target speed over a period between the start position and end position of the second road section, and the target speed in the second road section is set such that the amount of change in the speed, which increases with the first-order lag, with respect to the travel time of the vehicle is decreased as the travel resistance calculated by the travel resistance calculation unit increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Dongsheng Bai
  • Patent number: 11049402
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for managing a platoon of autonomous vehicles. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed comprising establishing a network connection between a plurality of autonomous vehicles, the plurality of autonomous vehicles operating as a platoon; receiving a request from a first autonomous vehicle to deviate from the platoon, the request comprising a digitally signed message from the first autonomous vehicle; assigning the first autonomous vehicle as a second master autonomous vehicle; permanently recording the assignment in a blockchain data structure; instantiating a new platoon path using the first autonomous vehicle as a head of the new platoon path; and disconnecting one or more autonomous vehicles associated with the new platoon path upon determining that the new platoon path is stable, the disconnecting causing the second master autonomous vehicle to manage the one or more autonomous vehicles using a second blockchain stored on the second master autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 11046309
    Abstract: One embodiment is a method of operating an electronic control system (ECS) to control an engine to propel a vehicle. The method comprises receiving a throttle command, determining an operation to increase engine cycle efficiency by reducing engine torque below a magnitude corresponding to the throttle command and below a torque curve limit over a first vehicle operation segment and permitting an increase in engine torque above the torque curve limit over a second vehicle operation segment, controlling the engine to output torque below the magnitude corresponding to the throttle command and below the torque curve limit over the first vehicle operation segment, and controlling the engine to output torque above the torque curve limit over the second vehicle operation segment in response to a second received throttle command and constrained by an extended limit on operation of the engine above the torque curve limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Apurva Arvind Chunodkar, Kenneth M. Follen, Mugdha S. Sane, Srinivas Chakravarthy Bathula, Arun Prakash Thunga Gopal, Vivek A. Sujan
  • Patent number: 11046386
    Abstract: A control device is provided for controlling for a brake system of a human-powered vehicle that includes a rotary body and a brake device that brakes the rotary body. The control device of the brake system includes an acquisition portion acquiring information related to at least one of the rotary body and the brake device to appropriately brake the rotary body with the brake device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Takahashi, Masahiro Nakakura, Masahiro Fukuda
  • 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: 11048271
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles may be dynamically directed to rendezvous with autonomous vehicle trains or convoys. Current location and/or route information of the Autonomous Vehicle Train (AVT) may be received by an autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may compare its current location and/or route information to determine a rendezvous point with the AVT. The autonomous vehicle may route itself to the rendezvous point with the AVT. Once there, the autonomous vehicle may verify the identification of the AVT, such as by using sensors/cameras to verifying a lead vehicle of the AVT (e.g., by verifying make/model, color, and/or license plate). The autonomous vehicle and lead vehicle may communicate to allow the autonomous vehicle to join the AVT. A minimum level of autonomous vehicle functionality may be verified prior to the autonomous vehicle being allowed to join the AVT. As a result, vehicle traffic flow and travel experience by passengers may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Steven J Harris, Theobolt N Leung, Jay T Hieb
  • Patent number: 11046317
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method of controlling a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode at a multi-way stop intersection. For instance, that the vehicle has come to a stop at a multi-stop intersection may be determined. At least one road user at the intersection may be identified. Based on the determination that the vehicle has come to the stop, a period of time to wait for the at least one road user to proceed through the intersection may be determined. After waiting the determined period of time, that the at least one road user has not begun to proceed through the intersection may be determined. Based on the determination that the at least one user has not begun to proceed through the intersection, the vehicle may be controlled in the autonomous driving mode in order to proceed through the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Aishwarya Parasuram, Brandon Luders
  • 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: 11042153
    Abstract: A vehicle can connect to multiple networks and can determine network parameters (e.g., available bandwidth, latency, signal strength, etc.) associated with the multiple networks. Additionally, the vehicle can access network map data associated with the multiple networks. As the vehicle traverses an environment, the vehicle can collect sensor data of the environment and/or vehicle data (e.g., vehicle pose, diagnostic data, etc.). Based on the network parameters and the network map data, the vehicle can optimize the use of the networks determine portions of the sensor data and/or vehicle data to transmit via the one or more of the multiple networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Gogna, Paul Orecchio
  • Patent number: 11042168
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to providing information capture by multiple drones, which may operate in a swarm, while maintaining rights and/or value assigned to the content authored by each drone or by subsets of drones. In general, the present disclosure provides that drones participating in content acquisition may attest to their authenticity to establish trust between drones in the swarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ned M. Smith, Rajesh Poornachandran
  • 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: 11029157
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle is improved with a navigational system having both cameras and echolocation sensors. The cameras and echolocation sensors may be part of an optical and echolocation system, respectively, that may work in conjunction with, for example, a global positioning system to determine a course for the autonomous vehicle to reach an objective while detecting and avoid obstacles along the course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: James Paduano, Terrence McKenna