Patents Examined by Anshul Sood
  • Patent number: 10272924
    Abstract: Described is a system and method that provides the ability for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) to determine (or estimate) one or more control characteristics for the ADV. In order to determine these control characteristics, the system may perform one or more driving maneuvers such as an acceleration or deceleration maneuver, and a constant velocity maneuver. By performing these maneuvers using various known forces, the system may then perform various calculations to obtain one or more unknown characteristics. For example, the system may determine as estimated mass of the ADV, and as a result, adjust (or tune) various controls of the ADV based on the estimated mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Xiang Yu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10275797
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to an autonomous vehicle or self-driving vehicle with a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system can determine, prior to and/or during a collision, whether an escape path exits. If an escape path exists, the brakes are disengaged such that at least some of the energy and/or momentum from a colliding vehicle is transferred and a jolt or shock experienced by an occupant is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Freytag
  • Patent number: 10266176
    Abstract: A vehicle collision avoidance assist system, including: a forward obstacle detecting device; and a controller including an automatic braking control executing portion to execute an automatic braking control for permitting a brake apparatus to automatically operate and an avoidance control executing portion to execute, in addition to the automatic braking control, an avoidance control for pen fitting a steering apparatus to automatically operate, wherein the avoidance control executing portion is configured such that, when the forward obstacle detecting device detects, as a forward obstacle, a continuous obstacle that continuously extends diagonally forward so as to be inclined with respect to a forwardly extending centerline that forwardly extends from a center of the own vehicle, the avoidance control executing portion executes the avoidance control to enable the own vehicle to avoid the continuous obstacle such that the own vehicle travels along the continuous obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoki Nishimura, Kotaro Saiki, Shinya Nishida
  • Patent number: 10260886
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and storage medium associated with navigation service are disclosed. In various embodiments, a method may include collecting, by a client mobile device, ambient barometric pressure information at a current location of the client mobile device. The method may further include providing, by the mobile device, contemporaneous navigation assistance to a user of the mobile device or for a user of the mobile device, assisted by a remote navigation assistance service. Assistance by the remote navigation service is associated with determining the current elevation level, based at least in part on ambient barometric pressure information collected by the client mobile device and by one or more crowdsourced mobile devices at the current location. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Poornachandran, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Uttam Sengupta, Rajasekaran Andiappan
  • Patent number: 10259416
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus comprises a first detector configured to detect an obstacle around a subject vehicle traveling in a first lane and a second detector configured to detect a second lane adjacent to the first lane. The travel control apparatus sets a first range at a target position for lane change in the second lane. The first range has a size equal to or larger than a size which the subject vehicle occupies on a road surface. The travel control apparatus detects a range in the second lane as a second range. The range in the second lane is located at a side of the subject vehicle, and the obstacle is absent in the range in the second lane. The travel control apparatus permits the subject vehicle to change lanes when the second range includes the first range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Takae
  • Patent number: 10247566
    Abstract: An electronic navigation system configured to receive a user's entry of calendar data of a planned event into an electronic calendar, including an indication of a point of time, a geographic location, and metadata descriptive of the planned event; enter the calendar data into a user specific trained classifier; process the calendar data by the user specific trained classifier to provide a classification result indicating whether a trip is required to participate in the planned event; if a trip is required, generate and send a request including the geographic location to a second server; generate navigation data including a predicted time duration for the trip, and return a response including the navigation data to the first server; generate and send a dynamic reminder message including the navigation data to the user's telecommunication device a variable amount of time before the planned event based on the predicted time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Christian Schelhaas
  • Patent number: 10228705
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of performing an automated maintenance operation on a piece of equipment includes determining, using a processor system, a diagnostic status of the piece of equipment using a first unmanned vehicle, and determining, using the processor system, a maintenance condition of the piece of equipment. A maintenance operation and a safety operation to be performed are identified based on the diagnostic status of the piece of equipment. A second unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the maintenance operation and a third unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the safety operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10228257
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique is described herein for assisting at least two users in finding and traveling to (and/or from) a meeting location. In one implementation, the technique generates and displays a heat map that shows at least one fair region having meeting locations that satisfy a fairness consideration. In one case, a meeting location within the fair region(s) satisfies the fairness consideration when the users can travel to (and/or from) the meeting location with an equal amount of cost. The heat map can also show one or more fairness-deficient regions that fail to satisfy the fairness consideration, relative to a specific user, with respect to one or more specified degrees of cost mismatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Matthias Christian F. Baer
  • Patent number: 10228704
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of performing an automated maintenance operation on a piece of equipment includes determining, using a processor system, a diagnostic status of the piece of equipment using a first unmanned vehicle, and determining, using the processor system, a maintenance condition of the piece of equipment. A maintenance operation and a safety operation to be performed are identified based on the diagnostic status of the piece of equipment. A second unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the maintenance operation and a third unmanned vehicle is dispatched, using the processor system, to perform the safety operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guy M. Cohen, Lior Horesh, Raya Horesh, Jonathan Lenchner
  • Patent number: 10220853
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an own vehicle that is a vehicle carrying the apparatus in a proper manner taking into account driver's driving maneuver tendencies is provided. The apparatus acquires travel situation information including target information regarding a target or targets around the own vehicle and travel information regarding the own vehicle, and if the travel situation information meets a prescribed travel condition, acquires driving maneuver information regarding a driving maneuver performed by the driver of the own vehicle. The apparatus stores, as a learned value, the driving maneuver information acquired by the second information acquirer in association with the prescribed travel condition, and performs automatic driving control based on the learned value stored by the learner in association with the prescribed travel condition met by the travel situation information currently acquired by the first information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Habu
  • Patent number: 10216184
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, a apparatus is provided, the apparatus comprising a reader and a controller operatively coupled to the reader, wherein the reader is configured to receive certificate data from an external tag and to provide said certificate data to the controller, and wherein the controller is configured to receive said certificate data from the reader, to verify whether the certificate data are valid, and to enable operation of the apparatus if the certificate data are valid. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding method for controlling the operation of an apparatus is conceived. According to a third aspect of the present disclosure, a corresponding computer program product is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Victor Vega, Adrian Koh, Peter Esser
  • Patent number: 10214198
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, an MG (motor generator) 1, an MG2, a planetary gear device mechanically coupled to the engine and MG1 and MG2, a battery, a converter configured to boost a voltage from the battery, an inverter configured to perform a power conversion between the converter and MG1 or between the converter and MG2, and a controller. MG1 generates a counter-electromotive voltage when rotated by the engine, and a braking torque is generated as the counter-electromotive voltage becomes greater than the output voltage of the converter. During an inverter-less running control where the inverter is put into a gate shut-off state and the engine is driven to cause MG1 to generate the counter-electromotive torque, the controller decreases a voltage difference between the counter-electromotive voltage and the output voltage of the converter when a chargeable power of the battery is lower than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Shibata, Takeshi Kishimoto, Masaya Amano, Takashi Ando, Yu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10207803
    Abstract: A computer program product for automatically delivering a physical mail includes receiving, by an unmanned aerial vehicle from an unmanned aerial vehicle management system, a delivery information, the delivery information includes information about a first secure mailbox and information about a second secure mailbox, the first secure mailbox being related to a first target user, delivering the physical mail to the first secure mailbox, and rerouting the unmanned aerial vehicle carrying the physical mail from the first secure mailbox to the second secure mailbox in response to the physical mail being delivered to the first secure mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simone Bonazzoli, Marco Borgianni, Claudio Falcone, Alessio Fioravanti, Giuseppe Longobardi, Silvano Lutri, Luigi Presti, Paolo Salerno, Alessandro Tomasi, Francesca Ziantoni
  • Patent number: 10209712
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting and responding to cut in vehicles, and for navigating while taking into consideration an altruistic behavior parameter. In one implementation, a navigation system for a host vehicle may include a data interface and at least one processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10203693
    Abstract: A flight control module for computing glideslope deviation during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor. The communication interface is configured to receive inertial data for the aircraft. The processor is coupled to the communication interface and configured to compute an inertial glideslope deviation based on the inertial data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert E. McLees, Robert Erik Freeman, Prachya Panyakeow
  • Patent number: 10169856
    Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may be used to survey a property in response to or in anticipation of damage to an object. For example, an unmanned vehicle may project a laser pattern and use information associated with the laser pattern to determine characteristics of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Farnsworth, Jordan A. Newmark, Kathleen L. Swain, Teddy Joseph Edmond Voutour, Jess W. Gingrich, Michael J. Allen, Anthony G. Castiglione
  • Patent number: 10168169
    Abstract: A method for calculating a distance to empty (DTE) when setting a path of navigation is provided. The method includes receiving path search cases from a navigation and determining whether the transmitted path search case is a path cancellation, a vehicle arriving at a destination, or the navigation searching for the path. The method determines whether the transmitted path search case is an initially set path or a reset path. When the transmitted path search case is none of the above the method determines whether there is a currently guided. When the path is initially set, the path is reset after, or the path is currently being guided, among the path search cases, a path reflected DTE is displayed through the navigation; and the path reflected DTE is calculated in real time and path reflected prediction fuel efficiency is calculated, after displaying the path reflected DTE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jin Hyung Lee, Sang Woo Lee, Yong Seok Park
  • Patent number: 10167090
    Abstract: A method of monitoring usage to determine accumulated component fatigue damage includes evaluating available data for calculating an accumulated component fatigue damage for a component over a pre-determined time frame. The method includes determining at least one available method for calculating the accumulated component fatigue damage based on the available data. The method includes determining the accumulated component fatigue damage for the component using the at least one available method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Brookhart, Raymond J. Beale, Jr., Matthew Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10163177
    Abstract: A system including a landing location where a drone at least one of delivers and acquires a parcel, and a homing device to interact with the drone to guide the drone to the landing location independent of interaction from another source. The homing device guides the drone during the landing phase of a flight plan. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Emmett Farris, William F. McGee, II
  • Patent number: 10157436
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for a communication system that can be configured to receive a desired arrival time for a package to arrive at a destination, determine a location of the package, determine a route to the destination, and determine a pickup time to pick up the package. The pickup time can be at least partially based on the desired arrival time and a time to travel along the route. In an example, the package is a passenger and the communication system can involve a transportation or delivery service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventors: Ofer Samocha, Igor Magazinik, Sunny Marueli