Patents Examined by Brandon Z Willis
  • Patent number: 11958501
    Abstract: Techniques relating to performance-based metrics for evaluating system quality are described. In an example, sensor data associated with an environment within which a vehicle is positioned is received. A performance metric associated with a trajectory, indicative of a performed behavior of the vehicle, can be determined and a correctness metric can be determined based at least in part on the performance metric. The correctness metric can represent a correctness of the performed behavior. Modification(s) to component(s) and/or system(s), or portions thereof, of the vehicle can be affected based at least in part on the correctness metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Scott Schleede
  • Patent number: 11961025
    Abstract: An automated driving vehicle includes: a communication device which receives a traveling plan from an operation management device provided outside an vehicle; and an automated driving controller which allows an vehicle the controller is associated with to travel autonomously along a traveling route on which a plurality of stations are set so as to fulfill the traveling plan, in which the automated driving controller has a standard plan which prescribes a standard operation schedule of the vehicle the controller is associated with, and the automated driving controller, in a case where the traveling plan has not arrived or is irregular, generates an interim plan on the basis of the standard plan, and allows the vehicle the controller is associated with to travel autonomously so as to fulfill the interim plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Okazaki, Hiroshi Higashide, Keiichi Uno
  • Patent number: 11958504
    Abstract: Provided is a method of controlling driving of a vehicle using advance information, the method including acquiring preset local information including a road name, a road section, a road attribute, a location of a building, a lane, a traffic signal, and obstacle information for a predetermined region, acquiring a driving experience value resulting from a previous drive using the local information, and setting a target speed corresponding to the road attribute using the driving experience value, determining a driving state and a driving speed of the vehicle on the basis of the local information, and the target speed, of a current position of the vehicle, and generating a driving control command corresponding to the driving state and the driving speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: RideFlux Inc.
    Inventors: Junghee Park, Ho Yun, Sohyun Kim, Jiwoong Kim, Hawook Jeong
  • Patent number: 11945468
    Abstract: A driver assistance system (DAS) comprises camera installed on a vehicle, having a field of view in front of the vehicle, and configured to acquire image data; and a controller including a processor configured to process the image data. The controller may be configured to identify at least one object obstructing a driving of the vehicle based on the image data, identify a stopped vehicle among the at least one object based on the image data, and set a driving route of the vehicle based on the position of the at least one object and the position of the stopped vehicle, and controls at least one of a braking device and a steering device of the vehicle so that the vehicle travels along the driving route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: HL KLEMOVE CORP.
    Inventor: Dokyung Lee
  • Patent number: 11938960
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for controlling one or more vehicles with the use of navigation markers positioned or integrated into a ground surface. A vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, may include a light detection assembly, which may include a light emitter, an optical filter, an optical sensor, and an analog-to-digital converter, and optionally may include a lens. The light emitter may emit light towards the ground surface which may illuminate the navigation marker and cause the navigation marker to emit light passes through the optical filter and is ultimately sensed by the optical sensor. The vehicle may determine the light was emitted by the navigation marker and cause the vehicle to perform the predetermined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Joseph Greenbaum, Yvetta Pols Sandhu, Gregory Cartagena
  • Patent number: 11938971
    Abstract: In a vehicle control device for an autonomous driving vehicle that autonomously travels based on an operation command, a gesture image of a person around the autonomous driving vehicle is acquired, and a stored reference gesture image is collated with the acquired gesture image. At this time, when it is discriminated that the gesture of the person around the autonomous driving vehicle is a gesture requesting the autonomous driving vehicle to stop, it is determined whether a disaster has occurred. When it is determined that the disaster has occurred, the autonomous driving vehicle is caused to stop around the person requesting the autonomous driving vehicle to stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Kobayashi, Taizo Masuda, Yuta Kataoka, Miki Nomoto, Yoshiki Ueda, Satoshi Omi, Yuki Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 11926333
    Abstract: As a farming machine travels through a field of plants, the farming machine operates in a normal operational state to perform one or more farming operations. The farming machine detects an operational failure of a component of the farming machine using measurements obtained from one or more sensors coupled to and monitoring the farming machine. The operational failure of the component impacts performance of a first farming operation of the farming operations. The farming machine configures the farming machine to operate in a remedial operational state. In the remedial operational state, the farming machine diagnoses the operational failure of the component using the obtained measurements. In the remedial operational state, the farming machine selects a solution operation to address the operational failure of the component based on the diagnosis. The farming machine performs the determined solution operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: BLUE RIVER TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: John William Peake, James Patrick Ostrowski, Erik Ehn, Kent Michael Anderson, Benjamin Ray Chostner
  • Patent number: 11913802
    Abstract: Disclosed herein an autonomous driving system includes a first sensor installed in a vehicle, having a field of view facing in front of the vehicle, and configured to acquire front image data; a second sensor selected from the group consisting of a radar and a light detection and ranging, installed in the vehicle, having a detection field of view facing in front of the vehicle, and configured to acquire forward detection data; a communicator configured to receive a high definition map at a current location of the vehicle from an external server; and a controller including a processor configured to process the high definition map, the front image data, and the forward detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: HL KLEMOVE CORP.
    Inventor: Taehan Kim
  • Patent number: 11913541
    Abstract: In a vehicle including a shift-by-wire (SBW) transmission which may be parked in the neutral gear position of the transmission, method for controlling parking thereof includes determining whether the vehicle is in a situation in which neutral parking is required according to sensor information, when the vehicle is stopped, outputting first information configured to get a confirmation on whether a driver intends to perform the neutral parking from the driver, when the controller concludes that the vehicle is in the situation in which the neutral parking is required and when a park (P) gear position is input or an ignition of the vehicle is turned off, and controlling the SBW transmission to shift to a neutral (N) gear position, when there is an agreement input as a response to the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Hoon Ahn
  • Patent number: 11906324
    Abstract: A cleaning route determination system includes an analyzer that analyzes behavior of airflow and particles inside a facility, a map generator that generates a dust accumulation map indicating one or more dust accumulation areas inside the facility and one or more dust amounts corresponding to the one or more dust accumulation areas, and a route calculator that determines a first route from second routes. Each of the second routes is a route for a cleaner to pass through, within a certain period of time, at least one of the one or more dust accumulation areas. A total amount indicating a sum of dust amounts corresponding to dust accumulation areas included the first route is largest among total amounts corresponding to the second routes, each of the total amounts indicating a sum of dust amounts corresponding to dust accumulation areas included in each of the second routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 11891086
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is configured to group objects detected by a plurality of sensors. The vehicle control system includes an integration device that groups detection information from the plurality of sensors and outputs integrated detection information, and a vehicle control device that controls a vehicle on the basis of the integrated detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Aoki, Akira Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11884268
    Abstract: Methods for planning a trajectory for an autonomous vehicle are disclosed. A vehicle motion planning system will determine a reference curve that represents a path via which the vehicle may travel. The system will detect an actor that is moving in the environment. The system will segment the reference curve according to time intervals. For each of the time intervals, the system will identify a bounding geometry for the actor, predict a lateral offset distance between the reference curve and the actor, and use the predicted lateral offset distance to determine whether to alter a planned trajectory for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Neal Seegmiller, Patrick Barone, Ed Venator
  • Patent number: 11884267
    Abstract: A system for avoiding blind spot using accident history information, includes an image sensor configured to provide image information by acquiring a surrounding image of a host vehicle, and a vehicle controller. The vehicle controller is configured to detect, through the image sensor, an adjacent vehicle traveling adjacent to the host vehicle and a license plate of the adjacent vehicle; determine a dangerous level of the blind spot of the adjacent vehicle, based on accident history information of the adjacent vehicle and driver tendency information of a driver of the adjacent vehicle obtained by inquiring about the license plate of the adjacent vehicle, after determining a blind spot range of the adjacent vehicle; and generate a path in which the host vehicle deviates from the blind spot or avoids the blind spot to reduce the dangerous level of the blind spot, based on a traveling situation of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Hyeong Oh
  • Patent number: 11878559
    Abstract: The systems and methods disclosed herein are configured to determine if a trailer is connected to a vehicle. The methods may include determining a connection during an off-state and an on-state of the vehicle. The determinations may be compared to determine whether to enable use of the off-state determination with respect to features of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: J. Elias Ruiz, Veronica Garza, Mijail Avila, Cesar Sanchez Razo
  • Patent number: 11851075
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device comprises a communication interface, a memory in which a program for performing an autonomous driving function is stored, and a processor which performs second processing for first processed data on the basis of a first program stored in the memory, when the first processed data is received from an external sensor device through the communication interface, and which performs, on the basis of a second program stored in the memory, first processing for raw data received from the external sensor device, and then performs the second processing on the basis of the first program, when the occurrence of an error in the reception of the data is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sangjung Woo
  • Patent number: 11821987
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improved simultaneous localization and mapping based on 3-D LIDAR image data are presented herein. In one aspect, LIDAR image frames are segmented and clustered before feature detection to improve computational efficiency while maintaining both mapping and localization accuracy. Segmentation involves removing redundant data before feature extraction. Clustering involves grouping pixels associated with similar objects together before feature extraction. In another aspect, features are extracted from LIDAR image frames based on a measured optical property associated with each measured point. The pools of feature points comprise a low resolution feature map associated with each image frame. Low resolution feature maps are aggregated over time to generate high resolution feature maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Velodyne Lidar USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiran K. Gunnam
  • Patent number: 11814070
    Abstract: Techniques for determining error models for use in simulations are discussed herein. Ground truth perception data and vehicle perception data can be determined from vehicle log data. Further, objects in the log data can be identified as relevant objects by signals output by a planner system or based on the object being located in a driving corridor. Differences between the ground truth perception data and the vehicle perception data can be determined and used to generate error models for the relevant objects. The error models can be applied to objects during simulation to increase realism and test vehicle components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Prioletti, Subhasis Das, Minsu Jang, He Yi
  • Patent number: 11801843
    Abstract: A method determines safety-critical traffic scenarios for driver assistance systems and highly automated driving functions for a motor vehicle. A safety-critical traffic scenario has a scenario type, a location determined geographic coordinates, and a safety value. The method includes: recording first data of a vehicle while driving along a route, assigning geographic coordinates to the first data in each case; recording second data for capturing physiological and physical reactions of a driver of a vehicle while driving along the route, assigning geographic coordinates to the second data in each case; transmitting the first and second data to a data evaluation unit; combining the first data and the second data having the same geographic coordinates so that they represent data at a specific geographic location; identifying a scenario for the specific geographic location based on the first and second data; classifying the identified scenario with a difficulty value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Nadine Drollinger, Phillip Mielke
  • Patent number: 11801861
    Abstract: In various examples, systems and methods are disclosed that preserve rich, detail-centric information from a real-world image by augmenting the real-world image with simulated objects to train a machine learning model to detect objects in an input image. The machine learning model may be trained, in deployment, to detect objects and determine bounding shapes to encapsulate detected objects. The machine learning model may further be trained to determine the type of road object encountered, calculate hazard ratings, and calculate confidence percentages. In deployment, detection of a road object, determination of a corresponding bounding shape, identification of road object type, and/or calculation of a hazard rating by the machine learning model may be used as an aid for determining next steps regarding the surrounding environment—e.g., navigating around the road debris, driving over the road debris, or coming to a complete stop—in a variety of autonomous machine applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Eun Choe, Pengfei Hao, Xiaolin Lin, Minwoo Park
  • Patent number: 11780436
    Abstract: An on-board sensor system includes: a first sensor configured to detect a situation around a vehicle; a second sensor having a higher angular resolution than the first sensor; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a detection result of the first sensor; and a range decision unit configured to decide, based on the detection result, an observation range to be observed by the second sensor around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamakawa, Yasuo Uehara, Osamu Komeda, Kazuki Hiramoto, Kazuhiro Miyazato, Masamu Chiba, Naohide Uchida, Hideaki Sawada, Masaki Ikai