Patents Examined by Calvin Cheung
  • Patent number: 11002556
    Abstract: A system determines wind information for achieving a desired outcome for travel of a selected group of one or more vehicles along one or more routes. The system determines wind drag and/or a parasitic energy loss for travel by different potential groups of vehicles based on the wind information. The system determines the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of plural, different locations along the one or more routes, visually presents the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of the different groups of vehicles, and/or determines the selected group of the one or more vehicles from the different groups of vehicles for travel along the one or more routes to achieve the desired outcome based on the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Smith, Eren Con
  • Patent number: 10996680
    Abstract: This application discloses sensors to capture audio measurement in an environment around a vehicle and a computing system to classify audio measurements captured with one or more sensors mounted to a vehicle, wherein the classified audio measurements identify to a type of object in an environment around the vehicle, and fuse the classified audio measurements with measurements captured by at least one different type of sensor to detect the object in the environment around the vehicle, wherein a control system for the vehicle is configured to control operation of the vehicle based, at least in part, on the detected object. The computing system can also identify noise in the captured audio measurements originating from the vehicle and utilize the identified noise to detect faults in the vehicle, to perform proximity detection around the vehicle, or to perform noise cancelation operations in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Siemens Industry Software Inc.
    Inventors: Amin Kashi, Glenn Perry, Ohad Barak, Nizar Sallem
  • Patent number: 10988188
    Abstract: The tipping of a tractor operating on an inclined surface is prevented by deploying a sideways moving stabilizer before the tractor's inclination angle is too low and below which the tractor will tip over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Villarreal Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10981579
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle having a driver assistance system intervening in a transverse dynamics of the vehicle, comprising the steps: detecting a driver intervention in a driving behavior of the vehicle due to an intervention of at least one actuator triggered by the driver assistance system; interpreting the driver intervention as an override of the intervention of the actuator; and reducing in a defined manner the intervention of the actuator as a function of the interpretation of the driver intervention in such a way that a driving task is returned to the driver in a controlled and defined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schulz, Christian Loeffler, Lenne Ahrens
  • Patent number: 10983530
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses method and an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) (101) of autonomous vehicle for determining an accurate position. The ECU (101) determines centroid coordinate from Global Positioning System (GPS) points, relative to autonomous vehicle and identifies approximate location and orientation of vehicle on pre-generated map based on centroid coordinate and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) data. Distance and direction of surrounding static infrastructure is identified from location and orientation of autonomous vehicle based on road boundaries analysis and data associated with objects adjacent to autonomous vehicle. A plurality of lidar reflection reference points are identified within distance and direction of static infrastructure based on heading direction of autonomous vehicle. Position of lidar reflection reference points are detected from iteratively selected shift positions from centroid coordinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Manas Sarkar, Balaji Sunil Kumar
  • Patent number: 10976747
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating a representation of an environment. Methods may include: determining location information of a vehicle including a road segment and a direction of travel; identifying features of the road segment based on sensor data from sensors carried by the vehicle; projecting the features of the road segment onto a ground plane of the road segment; defining bins across a width of the road segment; laterally positioning the defined bins relative to a determination of positions of the features of the road segment; consolidating detected features of each bin to define features of the road segment; and guiding an autonomous vehicle along the road segment based, at least in part, on the consolidated detected features of the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Anirudh Viswanathan, Matt Mott
  • Patent number: 10967862
    Abstract: A computing system can receive sensor log data from one or more first autonomous vehicles (AVs) operating throughout a transport service region, and analyze the sensor log data against a set of road anomaly signatures. Based on analyzing the sensor log data against the set of road anomaly signatures, the computing system may identify road anomalies within the transport service region, and generate a resolution response for each road anomaly. The computing system can then transmit the resolution response to one or more second AVs to cause the one or more second AVs to respond to the road anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Alyson Bonk
  • Patent number: 10962956
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling mobile drive units (e.g., robots) in proximity to humans in a physical area are described. A management device may send an activity message to the mobile drive units instructing the mobile drive units to perform a set of activities. If a human is detected in the physical area, the management device or another mobile drive unit may send an activity command instructing a mobile drive unit to stop, reduce the speed at which it is traveling, to change its path of travel, or to continue performing its set of activities. If the mobile drive units do not receive the activity command, the mobile drive units may stop performing the set of activities. After the management device determines that the human has left the physical area, the management device may resume sending the activity message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Stubbs, Matthew David Verminski, Michael T. Barbehenn, Andrew Brenden Tinka, Peter K. Mansfield, Peter R. Wurman
  • Patent number: 10960894
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provides for a method for performing checks for a vehicle. In this regard, a plurality of performance checks may be identified including a first check for a detection system of a plurality of detection systems of the vehicle and a second check for map data. A test route for the vehicle may be determined based on a location of the vehicle and the plurality of performance checks. The vehicle may be controlled along the test route in an autonomous driving mode, while sensor data may be received from the plurality of detection systems of the vehicle. An operation mode may be selected based on results of the plurality of performance checks, and the vehicle may be operated in the selected operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Colin Braley, Volker Grabe
  • Patent number: 10955843
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle system includes one or more output devices, one or more input sources, and a controller. In some embodiments, a verified inference engine is used by the controller to generate outputs for the output devices from inputs received from the input sources. The inference engine may be verified to be mathematically correct with an automated theorem proving tool. The automated theorem proving tool may verify that the inference engine meets the design requirements of standards such as DO-178C Level A and/or EAL-7. The controller is configured to validate the inputs received from the input sources, store the validated inputs in a fact base, generate outputs from the validated inputs, validate the one or more outputs, and provide the one or more validated outputs to the output devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Hardin
  • Patent number: 10955256
    Abstract: A mapping system, method and computer program product are provided to apply texture, such as windows and doors, to the visual representation of a plurality of buildings. In the context of a method, images of each of a plurality of buildings are analyzed to detect building texture for one or more faces of the buildings. A representation of the building texture is spread to visual representations of one or more faces of a respective building that do not have a detected texture. The building texture may be spread from another face of the same building that has detected texture and is of a corresponding size to the face of the building without detected texture. Or, the building texture may be spread from a face of a neighboring building has a detected texture and is of a corresponding size to the face of the building without detected texture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Smith, Jeffrey R. Bach, Mark Thompson, Mitchel Deason, Marc Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 10942516
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method, apparatus, and computer-readable storage medium for trajectory update using remote vehicle control. According to an embodiment, the above-described method, apparatus, and computer-readable storage medium of the present disclosure generally relate to identifying an obstacle blocking at least a portion of a road based on data received from one or more vehicle sensors, determining whether a path trajectory cannot be found to operate the vehicle with respect to the identified obstacle while the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode, sending, upon determination that the path trajectory cannot be found, a request to a remote controller to navigate the vehicle, operating the vehicle in remotely controlled mode, based upon instructions received from the remote controller, wherein a movement trajectory of the vehicle is recorded while being operated in the remotely controlled mode, and updating a navigational map based at least on the recorded movement trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Cyril Rastoll, Jagdish Bhanushali, Peter Groth
  • Patent number: 10942518
    Abstract: A parking assist system and method for aligning a capture resonator mounted on a vehicle with a source resonator, charging pad, disposed on a ground surface is disclosed. The parking assist system includes a vehicle GPS receiver, a vehicle external sensor, an ultra-wide band (UWB) sensor, a controller; and a display device. The controller is configured to process information collected from the vehicle GPS receiver, the vehicle external sensor, and the UWB sensor to determine the location of the source resonator and to calculate a path to park the vehicle such that the capture resonator is aligned with the source resonator. A rendering of a trajectory path is displayed on a display device. The calculated path may be communicated to an autonomous driving system to autonomously maneuvering the vehicle into a parking space such that the capture resonator is aligned with the source resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Murad, Eugene F. Saltzberg, Michael J. Bliss, Apral S. Hara, Junhua Tang
  • Patent number: 10935390
    Abstract: A communication terminal is connected to a server and transmits a route search request for a destination to the server and obtains a route searched for from the server according to the request. When setting a destination or transmitting the route search request to the server, the terminal requests the server for guidance information targeted for at least an update target area around a current location among update target areas. The guidance information is for providing movement guidance for a mobile unit, and the update target areas are areas whose terminal-side map information included in the terminal is an older version of map information relative to the server's device-side map information. The terminal receives the guidance information transmitted from the server according to the request for the guidance information, and provides the movement guidance for the mobile unit using a route set on the terminal and the received guidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Aoyama, Daisuke Tanizaki, Koji Ogawa, Motohiro Nakamura, Kazunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10927525
    Abstract: A work vehicle control system includes an actual topography acquisition device, a storage device, and a controller. The actual topography acquisition device acquires actual topography information, which indicates the actual topography of a work target. The storage device stores design topography information, which indicates a final design topography that is a target topography of the work target. The controller acquires the actual topography information from the actual topography acquisition device. The controller acquires the design topography information from the storage device. The controller generates a command signal to move the work implement to a position that is between the actual topography and the final design topography, and a predetermined distance above the actual topography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Ishibashi, Akifumi Inamaru, Yasuhito Yonezawa, Takahiro Shimojo
  • Patent number: 10913495
    Abstract: Technical solutions described herein include a steering system that includes a motor that generates assist torque, and a controller that generates a motor torque command for controlling an amount of the assist torque generated by the motor. The steering system further includes a remote object assist module that computes a steering intervention based on a proximity of a vehicle from a detected object. The controller changes the motor torque command using the steering intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Jian Sheng, Tejas M. Varunjikar, Farhad Bolourchi
  • Patent number: 10906492
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes a detector, an adjuster, a controller, and a setting unit. The detector is configured to detect an environmental condition outside a vehicle; the adjuster is configured to be able to correct a sitting posture of a passenger to sit on a seat in a proper position; the controller is configured to control actuation of the adjuster; and the setting unit is configured to set a time frame divided into a plurality of frames until a predicted collision between an own vehicle and an object outside the vehicle, based on a result of detection by the detector. The controller controls the actuation of the adjuster to correct the sitting posture of the passenger in a correction frame at least contained in the time frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shota Kanegae, Kenshi Eda, Kazuya Yamane
  • Patent number: 10907985
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire first route information of a first departure place to a first destination, along which a first user moves, a selection unit configured to select at least one of a second departure place within a first predetermined range from the first departure place and a second destination within a second predetermined range from the first destination, and a sharing unit configured to enable sharing of second route information of at least one of the second departure place to the first destination and the first departure place to the second destination with a second user different from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Xin Jin, Miharu Hanai
  • Patent number: 10906607
    Abstract: A bicycle control apparatus is provided that can improve the stability of the behavior of a bicycle. The bicycle control apparatus includes a controller that is configured to reduce the output of a motor when a rear wheel of a bicycle is in a prescribed state. The prescribed state is a state in which a load of the rear wheel is determined to be less than a prescribed load for a duration of time that is equal to or more than a prescribed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Tadashi Ichida, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10899371
    Abstract: A system for managing space available and seats for passengers in a passenger transportation system comprising at least one train including a plurality of cars, each car having a corresponding predetermined number of seats, is described. The system comprises sensors for sensing the occupancy of the space available to passengers, a processor for managing the space available to passengers, and display devices for displaying the availability of free space for passengers, capable of signaling the availability of free space for passengers or signaling the unavailability of free space for passengers in a different first or second signaling mode, in connection with each predetermined section of the train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: ITALDESIGN-GIUGIARO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marziella Lequio, Marco Bergero