Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 10933793
    Abstract: A locker configured to store a package is disclosed. The locker includes a storage compartment, a door to the storage compartment, and a securing component attached to the storage compartment. The securing component actuates between a secured position and an unsecured position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Westfall, Juliette Seive
  • Patent number: 10922979
    Abstract: A method for coordinating an emergency braking of a platoon of communicatively-coupled transportation vehicles. In response to an emergency situation, individual braking control settings are centrally determined for one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon by a managing entity managing the platoon. The individual braking control settings are communicated from the managing entity) to the one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon. The one or more transportation vehicles of the platoon brake in accordance with the respective individual braking control settings received from the managing entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Reimann, Roman Alieiev, Ahmad El Assaad, Guillaume Jornod
  • Patent number: 10922962
    Abstract: A congestion management apparatus includes a memory configured to store, on a per-action-option basis, upper limits on numbers of users allowed to be guided to action options, and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: generate the action options by time slot for a user; calculate for each of the generated action options, choice probabilities of the action options with respect to the user, and store the calculated choice probabilities in the memory; and calculate for each of the action options, estimated numbers of previous users assumed to have selected the action options, based on choice probabilities of each of the action options with respect to the previous users, the choice probabilities being obtained from the memory, wherein the processor is configured to extract, based on the upper limits and the estimated numbers for the action options, action options to be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takuro Ikeda, Eiji Kitagawa, Vishal Sharma
  • Patent number: 10919531
    Abstract: A method in a transportation vehicle for an automatic drive which includes detecting additional transportation vehicles in the surroundings of the transportation vehicle by at least one sensor system, detecting and identifying lanes by the at least one sensor system, assigning the detected additional transportation vehicles to the detected lanes by a controller, and identifying and evaluating an intention to pass of another transportation vehicle by a pass assistance device. If an intention to pass has been identified, the method also includes calculating a total use of a possible lane change by a predictive device and adapting a drive behavior of the transportation vehicle by the controller, wherein the possible lane change is carried out if the calculated total use reaches or exceeds a specified total use threshold, and the possible lane change is not carried out if the calculated total use does not exceed the specified total use threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Simon Ulbrich, Simon Grossjohann, Kai Homeier, Christian Appelt
  • Patent number: 10894540
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: a brake control portion which is configured, when a vehicle is stopped, to cause a braking apparatus to keep a stopped state in which the vehicle is held stopped independently of operation of a brake pedal of the vehicle; a driver-assistance control portion which is configured to start a driver assistance operation in response to a manual operation made by the operator, and which is configured, when the stopped state is kept by the brake control portion, to withhold start of the driver assistance operation; and a withhold cancel portion which is configured, when a returning operation of the brake pedal has been made by the operator, to cause the driver-assistance control portion to cancel withhold of the start of the driver assistance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakade
  • Patent number: 10890663
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed for using multi-resolution maps, for example, for localizing a vehicle. Map data of an environment can be represented by discrete map tiles. In some cases, a set of map tiles can be precomputed as contributing to localizing the vehicle in the environment, and accordingly, the set of map tiles can be loaded into memory when the vehicle is at a particular location in the environment. Further, a level of detail represented by the map tiles can be based at least in part on a distance between a location associated with the vehicle and a location associated with a respective region in the environment. The level of detail can also be based on a speed of the vehicle in the environment. The vehicle can determine its location in the environment based on the map tiles and/or the vehicle can generate a trajectory based on the map tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Shroff, Brice Rebsamen, Elena Stephanie Stumm
  • Patent number: 10884425
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure provides a method of maneuvering a vehicle in reverse for attachment to a trailer. The method includes: determining, at a computing device in communication with the neural network, a selected trailer in proximity to the vehicle; detecting at least one user input gesture performed by a user and captured in at least one image from at least one camera on the vehicle; selected a maneuver command for the vehicle based on the detected gesture; and executing the maneuver to move the vehicle from the initial position toward a final position adjacent the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dalong Li, Kyle P Carpenter, Dominik Froehlich, Ibro Muharemovic, Julien Ip, Lubna Khasawneh, Uriel Sanchez, Steffen Hartmann
  • Patent number: 10880459
    Abstract: In an optical device, a lens assembly includes a lens for receiving light and a holder for holding the lens. A circuit board performs at least one process based on the received light. A housing has an opening and is configured to house the lens assembly and the circuit board therein such that at least part of the circuit board faces the lens assembly, and the lens assembly is exposed via the opening. A mechanism for defining a passage located around the lens assembly to communicate with the opening. The passage guides air, entering an inside of the housing via the opening, so as not to be directed toward the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Wato
  • Patent number: 10867517
    Abstract: In a cruise assist control apparatus, a controller controls a cruise assist unit in a pedestrian assist mode upon it being determined that a target object is detected around a vehicle and recognized as a pedestrian. The controller determines whether a similar object that is similar to a pedestrian is located close to the target object upon it being determined that the target object is detected around the vehicle and recognized as a pedestrian. The controller maintains the pedestrian assist mode for a predetermined maintenance period even upon it being determined that the recognized pedestrian is not detected by a determiner. The controller alters at least one parameter of the pedestrian assist mode based on whether a similar object is located close to the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Takaki
  • Patent number: 10860027
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of trajectory planning for maneuvers for an ego vehicle (E) equipped with a sensor systems, a prediction systems, a control system, and a decision-making system. The method includes determining possible lateral motion trajectories of a requested maneuver, longitudinal safety critical zones which correspond to each of the determined possible lateral motion trajectories, a longitudinal motion trajectory of the requested maneuver, lateral safety critical zones which correspond to the determined longitudinal motion trajectory of the requested maneuver, and a lateral motion trajectory of the requested maneuver. The present disclosure also relates to a driver assistance system arranged to perform the method and a vehicle including such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Julia Nilsson
  • Patent number: 10860017
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining a lane assignment for an autonomous vehicle along a road segment. In one implementation, at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle is received from a camera. The at least one image may be analyzed to identify at least one recognized landmark, and an indicator of a lateral offset distance between the vehicle and the at least one recognized landmark may be determined. Moreover, a lane assignment of the vehicle along the road segment may be determined based on the indicator of the lateral offset distance between the vehicle and the at least one recognized landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Taieb, Daniel Braunstein
  • Patent number: 10850801
    Abstract: A pedal-electric bicycle utilizes an e-clutch to prevent a motor of the pedal-electric bicycle that is fixedly engaged to a drivetrain of the pedal-electric bicycle from resisting movement of the drivetrain when the motor is not transferring power to the drivetrain. The e-clutch causes the motor to operate at a minimum torque level to overcome the internal resistance thereof. The use of an e-clutch beneficially permits the elimination of a mechanical motor clutch, thus reducing complexity, cost, and weight of the pedal-electric bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Flex Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Wiegel, Shaily Deva, Neal Saiki
  • Patent number: 10850712
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for refilling a fuel tank devoid of fuel vapors. In one example, a method may include, prior to an upcoming refueling event, conditioning a fuel vapor-less fuel tank by operating a fuel pump. Operation of the fuel pump may agitate and vaporize the residual fuel in the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10853770
    Abstract: An aircraft maintenance bridging system and method are configured to determine at least one transition option that transitions one or more aircraft from a current maintenance program schedule to a new maintenance program schedule. The aircraft maintenance bridging method includes analyzing the current maintenance program schedule and the new maintenance program schedule with a maintenance bridging determination control unit, and determining the transition option(s), using the maintenance bridging determination control unit, for the aircraft based on analyzing the current maintenance program schedule and the new maintenance program schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Leroux Marais, Jan Edgar Schnider
  • Patent number: 10836487
    Abstract: A drone is operated by a sky diver. The drone is interfaced to a parachute pack worn by the sky diver. The sky diver has a device (e.g. smartphone, smartwatch) that communicates with the drone to initiate launch/lift and to release the sky diver. In some embodiments, after the sky diver is released, the drone maneuvers around the sky diver to capture pictures/video of the sky diver. In some embodiments, safety features are included to assure the drone has sufficient battery power to achieve a safe jump altitude above ground level and to assure the release is not made until the drone achieves that safe jump altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Category, LLC
    Inventor: Maurycy Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 10830592
    Abstract: A navigation path determination system includes wireless access point devices positioned around an indoor space. While located at different indoor space locations around the indoor space, user devices transmit wireless communications with the wireless access point devices, identify wireless access point device/user device relative positioning information in respective wireless communications with each of the wireless access point devices, and transmit the relative positioning information to a navigation system. The navigation system uses the relative positioning information to determine a respective user path through the indoor space by each user device, and stores the respective user paths in a navigation path database for later use in determining a navigation path through the indoor space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Kamal Joseph Koshy, Benny J. Bologna
  • Patent number: 10831211
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating a robotic vehicle. A sensor is positioned on the robotic vehicle to identify a first marker positioned in a first area within a space defined by a structure. Data is received from the sensor descriptive of one or more characteristics of the marker. A first instruction is identified corresponding to the one or more characteristics. The robotic vehicle is caused to change a physical orientation characteristic of the first marker and move to a second area within the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Snehal Desai, Matthew Flachsbart
  • Patent number: 10821834
    Abstract: Provided are a regenerative braking method and device for a transportation device. A regenerative braking method through adaptation to a driving habit includes accumulating a deceleration level of a driver, determining a regenerative braking level based on the accumulated deceleration level, and controlling a torque of a motor based on the regenerative braking level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-Jae Lee, Young Hun Sung
  • Patent number: 10823575
    Abstract: A first reference line representing a routing line from a first location to a second location associated with an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is received. The first reference line is segmented into a number of reference line segments. For each of the reference line segments, a quintic polynomial function is defined to represent the reference line segment. An objective function is determined based on the quintic polynomial functions of the reference line segments. An optimization is performed on coefficients of the quintic polynomial functions in view of a set of constraints associated with the reference line segments, such that an output of the objective function reaches minimum while the constraints are satisfied. A second reference line is then generated based on the optimized parameters or coefficients of the quintic polynomial functions of the objective function. The second reference line is then utilized to plan and control the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Yajia Zhang
  • Patent number: 10814738
    Abstract: An information collection system for an electric storage device includes: a storage device in which registration information is stored, the registration information being information in which estimation information allowing an estimation of a position of an object vehicle and identification information identifying the object vehicle are associated with each other; and a computation device configured to store electric storage device information indicating information about an electric storage device equipped in each of the plurality of vehicle, in the storage device. The computation device is configured to acquire the estimation information associated with the identification information by referring to the registration information and associate at least a part of the estimation information with the electric storage device information, as the position information about the object vehicle, after the computation device receives the identification information from the communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhide Kurimoto