Patents Examined by Ashley L Redhead, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11220276
    Abstract: This travel control device includes: a road determining unit which determines whether a road including a downward slope along which a vehicle is traveling includes a first curved road and a second curved road; and a travel control unit which, if the road determining unit has determined that the road contains the first curved road and the second curved road, causes the vehicle, when being caused to travel in such a way as to maintain a target speed, to decelerate at a curved road entry side of the first curved road and to coast from a curved road exit side of the first curved road, such that the vehicle can pass through the first curved road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventors: Kouki Natsumi, Naoki Takahashi, Satoshi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11220270
    Abstract: A control system of a vehicle that can travel by a plurality of travel modes which have different control operations from each other at the time of driving support control, comprises: a detection unit that detects an occupant or a plurality of occupants of the vehicle; a decision unit that decides, among the plurality of travel modes, a travel mode corresponding to an attribute of the occupant and/or a combination of occupants detected by the detection unit; and a control unit that controls travel of the vehicle by the travel mode decided by the decision unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kanta Tsuji, Yuta Takada
  • Patent number: 11215464
    Abstract: A map management device which can operate an autonomous mobile body also in a region where persons exist is provided. The map management device includes a dynamic map information generating unit which generates dynamic map information in which an obstacle is reflected on the basis of operation information on a facility obtained from a building facility management device and location information on a person obtained from a security camera or a motion detector, as map information to be used for controlling the autonomous mobile body with respect to static map information configured in advance with two-dimensional or three-dimensional grids for each floor of a building. According to this configuration, it is possible to operate the autonomous mobile body also in a region where persons exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kotaro Fukui
  • Patent number: 11209816
    Abstract: Autonomous airship fleet operation includes receiving a mission request. A fleet manager in response to receipt of a mission request, plans a mission having a corresponding mission path and corresponding mission tasks based on a vehicle occupancy map. The fleet manager selects one or more candidate vehicles for the mission based on a correlation of at least one vehicle capability to a capability requirement determined from the mission request. The fleet manager further coordinates operation of the selected vehicles for a duration of the mission request, thereby fulfilling the at least one mission objective of the mission request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Above Daas, Inc.
    Inventors: Dirk Karsten Beth, Austin Jess Burch
  • Patent number: 11208115
    Abstract: A method of assisting an autonomous vehicle includes obtaining first surrounding area information of the vehicle when the vehicle is located at a first distance from a monitored area disposed ahead of the vehicle, providing a first control command for controlling the vehicle to operate in a first operating mode, by using the first surrounding area information, obtaining second surrounding area information of the vehicle when the vehicle has driven toward the monitored area and is located at a second distance less than the first distance from the monitored area, and providing a second control command for controlling the vehicle to operate in a second operating mode, by using the second surrounding area information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyunsik Yoon, Sangyun Lee, Kibum Bae
  • Patent number: 11204608
    Abstract: A vehicle traveling control apparatus includes a first traveling environment recognition unit using an onboard sensor, a second traveling environment recognition unit using external information, a visibility distance calculating unit, a first deceleration control unit, a second deceleration control unit, and a start timing changing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 11192511
    Abstract: Determination related to an occupant of a moving body is performed in more detail. A determination device includes: a first acquisition unit that acquires facility-side access information that includes specific information of each terminal that accesses a network in a facility; a second acquisition unit that acquires moving body-side access information that includes specific information of each terminal that accesses a network in a moving body; and a determination unit that compares the specific information included in the facility-side access information, and the specific information included in the moving body-side access information to determine whether or not a plurality of the terminals which access the network in the moving body are terminals having a predetermined correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Nakajima, Kichinosuke Fukuhara
  • Patent number: 11186287
    Abstract: A cant estimating method of estimating a cant of a travelling road of a vehicle includes a step of acquiring vehicle information including information on a speed, a lateral acceleration, a steering angle, a yaw rate, and a position of each of a plurality of vehicles including a first vehicle, a step of estimating a cant of a travelling road of the first vehicle based on the vehicle information, and a step of storing the estimated cant, in association with information on the position of the first vehicle, in a cant angle database usable by the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shin Sakurada
  • Patent number: 11167752
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a driving assistant apparatus, a driving assistant method, a moving object, and a program that make it possible to perform appropriate driving assistant. The driving assistant apparatus includes a control unit that performs, on the basis of peripheral vehicle information regarding a peripheral vehicle present in an area corresponding to the number of occupants in a host vehicle, driving assistant processing of the host vehicle. The present technology is applicable to a moving object such as an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Noriko Tanaka, Itaru Shimizu, Kazuyuki Marukawa, Asako Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11155273
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of the disclosure provide a method and apparatus for assessing a comfort level of a driving system. A method for generating an assessment model for comfort level in a driving system comprises acquiring a first assessment from a user on a comfort level of at least one traveling operation of the driving system, and acquiring a measurement of a traveling indicator of the driving system when performing the at least one traveling operation. The method further comprises generating the assessment model for the comfort level in the driving system based on the first assessment, the measurement of the traveling indicator, and a second assessment from the user on an overall comfort level of the driving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Baidu Netcom Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yunyan Hu, Yaling Zhang, Yue Cui, Simin Sui, Ji Tao, Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11148667
    Abstract: A method of autonomously maneuvering a tow vehicle towards a trailer positioned behind the tow vehicle is provided. The method includes receiving one or more images from a camera positioned on a back portion of the tow vehicle. The method also includes receiving, at the data processing hardware, a first user selection of a trailer representation within the one or more images. The method includes sending first instructions to a drive system causing the tow vehicle to autonomously maneuver towards the trailer associated with the first user selection of the trailer representation. The method also includes receiving a second user selection of a coupler representation within the one or more images. The coupler representation associated with a trailer coupler of the trailer. The method also includes sending second instructions to the drive system causing the tow vehicle to autonomously maneuver towards the trailer coupler associated with the second user selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Donald Berkemeier, Xin Yu, Danny Bynum, Julien Ip, Kyle P Carpenter, Eduardo Llanos, Dhiren Verma
  • Patent number: 11125564
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for monitoring route compliance of moving devices are disclosed. The method for monitoring route compliance of moving devices includes determining parameters for a typical trip based on job description; defining compliance parameters for route compliance based on the determined parameters for the typical trip; comparing parameters of the trip for which compliance is to be determined to the defined compliance parameters; and determining if the trip for which compliance is to be determined falls within the defined compliance parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AERIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Anupam Bagchi, Anil Goel, Subramanian Balakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11124401
    Abstract: A system and method for automated loading of delivery vehicles using automated guided vehicles (“AGV”s) is described. In an example implementation, a loading coordination engine may assign a location on a mobile cart to an item and generate a task list including instructions to a first and a second AGV to position the item on the mobile cart based on the assigned location and to transport the mobile cart into a delivery vehicle. The first AGV may transport the item from an item loading area to a point proximate to the assigned location on the mobile cart and place the item at the assigned location based on the task list. The second AGV may transport the mobile cart from a cart loading zone into the delivery vehicle based on the task list and, in some instances, secure the mobile cart to the delivery vehicle based on the task list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jarvis, Paolo Gerli Amador, Michael Bhaskaran, Amit Kalra
  • Patent number: 11124189
    Abstract: Provided are a travel control device that enhance safety while enabling smooth overtaking of a vehicle from tracking travel. This travel control device is equipped with a direction indication determination unit, a travel control unit that performs control to switch travel of the vehicle between tracking travel whereby the vehicle is made to travel by tracking the preceding vehicle and propulsion travel whereby the vehicle is made to travel so as to match the speed of the vehicle to a target speed, and an inter-vehicle distance detection unit that detects the inter-vehicle distance in tracking travel between the vehicle and the preceding vehicle. In cases in which, during tracking travel, it is determined that direction indication of vehicle has been activated and the inter-vehicle distance exceeds a prescribed distance, the travel control unit switches travel of the vehicle from tracking travel to propulsion travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Masaichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11117686
    Abstract: Providing collision avoidance protection to controllers sharing the same sensor. Each of a pair of asynchronous controllers changes the period of a sync pulse transmitted to the other controller to indicate to the other controller it is synchronized. When one of the controllers begins reading data from the shared sensor, the other controller waits to receive another sync pulse for indicating when the controller is finished reading data from the shared sensor. Thus, the asynchronous controllers avoid accessing the same sensor at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert P. Wichowski, Patrick J. Sears, Timothy A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 11110922
    Abstract: Techniques for determining to modify a trajectory based on an object are discussed herein. A vehicle can determine a drivable area of an environment, capture sensor data representing an object in the environment, and perform a spot check to determine whether or not to modify a trajectory. Such a spot check may include processing to incorporate an actual or predicted extent of the object into the drivable area to modify the drivable area. A distance between a reference trajectory and the object can be determined at discrete points along the reference trajectory, and based on a cost, distance, or intersection associated with the trajectory and the modified area, the vehicle can modify its trajectory. One trajectory modification includes following, which may include varying a longitudinal control of the vehicle, for example, to maintain a relative distance and velocity between the vehicle and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Beller, Janek Hudecek, William Anthony Silva
  • Patent number: 11110929
    Abstract: Anti-skid control is performed by switching between a reduction mode for reducing braking torque and an increase mode for increasing braking torque based on a comparison between four wheel speeds and vehicle body speed. A controller calculates wheel accelerations based on wheel speeds and includes a control mode condition where the reduction mode is selected at each wheel and a wheel acceleration condition where each wheel acceleration is within a predetermined value range. If a state in which the control mode condition and the wheel acceleration condition are simultaneously satisfied is maintained over a predetermined time period, the controller determines that a residual state is satisfied. When the residual state is not satisfied, the controller calculates vehicle body speed based on the maximum value of the wheel speeds, whereas when the residual state is satisfied, the controller calculates vehicle body speed based on the minimum value of the wheel speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yohei Mizuguchi, Masato Terasaka
  • Patent number: 11105652
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus including: a processor; a storage device that is connected to the processor; a display apparatus that is connected to the processor; and a communication apparatus that is connected to the processor and communicates with a server apparatus, wherein the storage device holds map information indicating a connection relationship between roads, when the processor receives information indicating a completion degree of automatic driving track information including coordinate values of a traveling track when a vehicle travels on each road by automatic driving from the server apparatus through the communication apparatus, the processor holds the information indicating the completion degree in the storage device, and the display apparatus displays a map including the roads based on the map information, and superimposes and displays information indicating the completion degree calculated for each of the roads on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Shoji Yunoki, Hiroyuki Kubo
  • Patent number: 11104343
    Abstract: A driving force control system for a vehicle configured to eliminate slippage of a wheel without changing a driving torque or a braking torque abruptly. The driving force control system comprises a drive unit and a controller. The drive unit includes a differential mechanism connected to a right wheel and a left wheel to distribute torque of a torque generating device, and a differential restricting device that restricts a differential rotation between the right wheel and the left wheel. The controller restricts a differential rotation between the right wheel and the left wheel less than a predetermined value by the differential mechanism. If a slip ratio of one of the wheels smaller than that of the other wheels is greater than an acceptable value, the controller executes a slip-eliminating control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junya Ota, Hiroshi Isono
  • Patent number: 11097729
    Abstract: In start control, a travel control unit makes a first acceleration in a first control state set by a control state setting unit, lower than a second acceleration in a second control state set by the control state setting unit. A burden on a vehicle occupant in the second control state is larger than that in the first control state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Ishioka, Kanta Tsuji