Patents Examined by Bernarr E. Gregory
  • Patent number: 11327169
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an apparatus for complementing automotive radar, which comprises a camera for obtaining an image of a field of view, a radar sensor for transmitting a radar signal and detecting a radar signal reflected by an object, and a controller for obtaining first information on a target from the image, setting a monitoring range of the radar sensor according to the obtained first information, obtaining second information on the target based on a radar signal detected in the monitoring range, and detecting malfunction of the radar by determining whether or not the first information matches the second information, and further provides a method thereof. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to quickly detect malfunction of the radar sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MANDO MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: SeungKi Jeon
  • Patent number: 11327182
    Abstract: A method and corresponding device for detecting correction information for an antenna for receiving data of a satellite of a satellite navigation system includes the steps of determining first distance information of the antenna relative to a satellite of a satellite navigation system, capturing position information and orientation information of the antenna on the basis of sensor information, determining second distance information of the antenna relative to the satellite on the basis of the position information captured using sensor information, detecting a deviation of the first distance information from the second distance information, determining correction information on the basis of the detected deviation, and storing, in a data memory, the correction information regarding the orientation information captured by the sensor information. The correction information can be used in particular for correcting an angle-dependent phase center offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL TEVES AG & CO OHG
    Inventors: Michael Zalewski, Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11327184
    Abstract: The invention relates to providing atmospheric correction data in a GNSS network-RTK system for correcting GNSS data, wherein a base triangulation that encloses at least part of the reference stations of the GNSS network-RTK system is subdivided into child triangles by means of a recursive division of parent triangles into four child triangles, synthetic data are determined for each of the child triangles based on a triangulation algorithm applied to basic data of the reference stations such that the synthetic data represent a gridded representation of the basic data, and access to correction data is provided, wherein the correction data comprise at least part of the synthetic data arranged in a quad-tree hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Frank Takac, Paul Spencer
  • Patent number: 11327154
    Abstract: A vehicle environment detection system (2) including a control unit (4) and a sensor arrangement (3) that in turn includes at least two sensor arrangement parts (3a, 3b). The control unit (4) is arranged to determine one or more systematic errors in a certain direction (9, 10) for one sensor arrangement part (3a, 3b) by combining acquired sensor data for the sensor arrangement part (3a, 3b) with acquired sensor data from another sensor arrangement part (3b, 3a). The another sensor arrangement part (3b, 3a) has a lower degree of systematic error in the certain direction (9, 10) than the sensor arrangement part (3a, 3b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VEONEER SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Dominik Kellner, Armin Stangl
  • Patent number: 11327156
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to an autonomous driving system in a vehicle, including a radar system with a reinforcement learning engine to control a beam steering antenna and identity targets in a path and a surrounding environment of the vehicle, and a sensor fusion module to receive information from the radar system on the identified targets and compare the information received from the radar system to information received from at least one sensor in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew Paul Harrison
  • Patent number: 11327155
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting a level of misalignment of a vehicle sensor, such as a radar sensor, compared to a reference sensor also associated with the vehicle. The reference sensor may comprise a different type of sensor, such as an optical sensor, motion sensor, or position sensor. One or more reference sensors may be utilized in detecting a level of misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alireza Nemati, Aghapi Mordovanakis
  • Patent number: 11327171
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method executed by one or more satellites for assessing crop development by using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is presented. The method includes generating SAR images from scanning fields including crops, monitoring grown of the crops within the fields during a predetermined time period, and estimating a height of the crops during the predetermined time period by using interferometric information from one or more of the SAR images and tracking change in height and growth rates. The method further includes differentiating between crops in different fields by monitoring changes in the height of the crops during an entire growing season.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levente Klein, Siyuan Lu, Fernando Jimenez Marianno, Nigel Hinds
  • Patent number: 11320515
    Abstract: Systems and methods include transmitting transmit signals from transmit elements, and receiving reflections resulting from the transmit signals at receive elements. The reflections are processed to obtain range-Doppler maps. Each range-Doppler map corresponds with one combination of the transmit elements and the receive elements. The range-Doppler map includes complex values that indicate intensity over a set of range values and a set of relative velocity values. A synthetic matrix of synthetic vectors of array response combinations is generated for transmit angles and receive angles. Each array response combination is a combination of a transmit response for one of the transmit angles and a receive response for one of the receive angles. Two stages of detection are performed. A first stage identifies potential objects and a second stage eliminates the potential objects that are ghost objects. The potential objects remaining after the second stage are the real objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Oded Bialer, Amnon Jonas
  • Patent number: 11320531
    Abstract: A method for active neutralization of the effect of the vibrations of a rotary-wing aircraft for a monostatic Doppler radar includes a first step of measuring and temporally extrapolating the vibration modes at the transmitting-receiving radar antenna, using a 3-axis vibration sensor, fixed to the antenna and near the phase centre of the antenna; then a second step of estimating the expected movements of the transmitting-receiving antenna or of the first transmitting antenna and the second receiving antenna; then a third step of compensating the expected movements of the transmission radar antenna in the transmission chain or in the reception chain of the radar transmitter, wherein the projection of the movement vector of the phase centre O on an aiming direction is calculated to determine the value of the compensation phase shift to be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Patrick Garrec, Rodolphe Cottron, Yoan Veyrac
  • Patent number: 11313961
    Abstract: A device and method for identifying a position of an object uses a comparison value is calculated based on a first distance and first angle measured by a first distance sensor. This value is compared with a second distance or a second angle measured by a second distance sensor. Based on the result of the comparison, it is concluded whether the object is located above or below a predefined height over a first sensor plane in which the first distance sensor is situated. An angle of greater than zero degrees is situated in this case between a first sensor axis of the first distance sensor and a second sensor axis of the second distance sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Olbrich, Simon Klenk
  • Patent number: 11313650
    Abstract: Embodiments include active protection systems and methods for an aerial platform. An onboard system includes radar modules, detects aerial vehicles within a threat range of the aerial platform, and determines if any of the aerial vehicles are an aerial threat. The onboard system also determines an intercept vector to the aerial threat, communicates the intercept vector to an eject vehicle, and causes the eject vehicle to be ejected from the aerial platform to intercept the aerial threat. The eject vehicle includes alignment thrusters to rotate a longitudinal axis of the eject vehicle to substantially align with the intercept vector, a rocket motor to accelerate the eject vehicle along an intercept vector, divert thrusters to divert the eject vehicle in a direction substantially perpendicular to the intercept vector, and attitude control thrusters to make adjustments to the attitude of the eject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James Kolanek, Behshad Baseghi, David Sharpin, Anthony Visco, Falin Shieh
  • Patent number: 11307304
    Abstract: An object detection device includes: first and second transmission/reception units transmitting and receiving an exploration wave to detect a peripheral object; and a processing unit determining a position of an object based on reception results of the first and second transmission/reception units. The processing unit calculates a first point based on first and second exploration waves, calculates a second point based on third and fourth exploration waves, determines that the object exists on a line segment interconnecting the first and second points when a distance between the first and second points is less than a predetermined value, and determines that the object exists on the line segment and line segments extended from both ends of the line segment when the distance between the first and second points is equal to or greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaoru Nakagaki, Moritaka Miwa, Masato Sugiyama, Tsubasa Kamiya
  • Patent number: 11307298
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to position, navigation and timing (PNT) methods, systems, and transmitters. A method comprises receiving radio-frequency (RF) signals from a plurality of virtual transmitters and determining PNT information of a target object based on information obtained from the RF signals. A system comprises a plurality of virtual transmitters and a receiver. The plurality of virtual transmitters is configured to transmit radio-frequency (RF) signals that include PNT information. The receiver is configured to determine PNT information of a target object based on the PNT information. A transmitter comprises a high-frequency (HF) carrier generator, a waveform generator, and an antenna system. The HF carrier generator generates an HF carrier signal. The waveform generator generates a waveform that includes PNT information. The antenna system transmits the HF carrier signal to generate a subject ionospheric duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Kenneth V. Miller
  • Patent number: 11300384
    Abstract: An optical detection device is included in a self-guided flying vehicle, the self-guided flying vehicle being composed of a cone located at the head of the self-guided flying vehicle, a propulsion device located at the rear of the self-guided flying vehicle and a body located between the cone and the propulsion device. The optical detection device includes at least two portholes disposed in a collar on the periphery of the body of the self-guided flying vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    Inventors: Arnaud Davenel, Daniel Marie
  • Patent number: 11300389
    Abstract: A rear slip base plate for a round carrying a guidance and control unit payload, which round is launched from a rifled launch tube. To prevent the guidance and control unit payload from also being rapidly spun with the round, the slip base plate unit mechanically isolates the guidance and control unit payload from the round spin rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Seungeuk Han
  • Patent number: 11300679
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for selecting a radar installation site for configuring a radar observation network and a method thereof. That is, according to the present invention, an optimal radar observation site is selected through a digital elevation model, GIS information, a beam shield simulation, a propagation environment survey, etc., to collect higher accurate radar data and shorten a time required for a radar installation preliminary survey, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Korea Meteorological Administration
    Inventors: Youn Choi, Sung-Hwa Jung, Woomi Jung, Young-A Oh, Hae-Lim Kim
  • Patent number: 11293881
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems, including computer-implemented methods, computer program products, and computer systems, for measuring a water cut for hydrocarbon fluid in a production pipe. One method includes transmitting a microwave through a first waveguide attached to a production pipe, wherein the microwave is directed to the hydrocarbon fluid in the production pipe; and obtaining, measurement results based on reflection or propagation of the microwave, wherein the measurement results are used to determine a water cut of the hydrocarbon fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Jose Oliverio Alvarez
  • Patent number: 11294067
    Abstract: A method and system are herein provided. The method may include receiving a GNSS signal, determining a normalized correlation window of the GNSS signal, determining an early sidelobe lock (Elock), a late sidelobe lock value (Llock), and main sidelobe lock (Mlock) value based on the normalized correlation window, determining an early sidelobe lock (Elock), a late sidelobe lock value (Llock), and main sidelobe lock (Mlock) value based on the normalized correlation window, and determining an early sidelobe lock (Elock), a late sidelobe lock value (Llock), and main sidelobe lock (Mlock) value based on the normalized correlation window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Gary Lennen
  • Patent number: 11294047
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present specification provide a target recognition method, apparatus, and system. The method comprises: obtaining an image recognition result and a radio frequency recognition result of target objects in a target region, and then determining the distribution of the target objects in the target region according to the radio frequency recognition result and the image recognition result. Since the radio frequency recognition result and the image recognition result are fused, the target objects in the target region can be accurately recognized, so as to improve the recognition accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SENSETIME INTERNATIONAL PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Daming Niu, Jin Wu, Kaige Chen, Haiyu Zhao, Shuai Yi
  • Patent number: 11294068
    Abstract: A method is provided for calibrating a test platform including a plurality of system outputs to align RF signals generated by the system outputs. RF power of a combined RF signal is detected, where the combined RF signal is from a reference RF signal generated by a reference system output in the plurality of system outputs and a test RF signal generated by a test system output in the plurality of systems outputs. A phase of the test RF signal is iteratively shifted relative to the reference RF signal until the detected RF power reaches a minimum. The test RF signal is inverted to be in-phase with the reference RF signal when the combined RF power reaches the minimum. A system is also provided for calibrating a test platform including a plurality of system outputs to align RF signals generated by the system outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Spirent Communications, PLC
    Inventors: Neil Christopher Pearse, Mark Geoffrey Holbrow