Patents Examined by Dale W Hilgendorf
  • Patent number: 11126188
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a worksite plan to be executed by a machine at a worksite, and determining first travel parameters of the machine. Such first travel parameters include a first travel path along a work surface, and first work tool positions. The method also includes controlling the machine to traverse at least part of the first travel path, receiving sensor information associated with the work surface, and identifying an imperfection of the work surface located along the first travel path. The method further includes determining second travel parameters of the machine. Such second travel parameters including a second travel path along the work surface, and second work tool positions. The method also includes controlling the machine to traverse at least part of the second travel path while positioning the work tool according to at least one of the second work tool positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Spielman, John L. Marsolek, Timothy M. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 11127294
    Abstract: A vehicle and a control method of the vehicle obtains information on a target object in a blind spot based on a result of object detection by the vehicle itself and a result of object detection received from another vehicle. In particular, to the vehicle performs a safe driving control based on the obtained information on the target object. The method of controlling the vehicle may include: setting a blind spot around the vehicle based on the detection result of the object around the vehicle, and performing the safe driving control of the vehicle based on the degree of risk of the target object in the blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hongbum Kim
  • Patent number: 11125577
    Abstract: A system, computer readable medium, and a method for parking management are provided. The method receives, via communication circuitry, an input from an electronic device. The input includes at least destination information of a user of a vehicle. The method identifies a parking space for the vehicle based on the input and generates navigational directions to the identified parking space. Further, the method provides the navigational directions to at least one output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Abdulelah Alneghaimish
  • Patent number: 11119504
    Abstract: Using a set of airflow sensors disposed on an airfoil of an aircraft, first airflow data including an amount of airflow experienced at each airflow sensor at a first time is measured. Using a trained neural network model, the first airflow data is analyzed to determine an airflow state of the aircraft. In response to determining that the aircraft is in the abnormal airflow state, a control surface and a power unit of the aircraft are adjusted. Responsive to the adjusting, the aircraft is returned to the normal airflow state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wang Zhou, Huan Hu, Wei Tan, Qianwen Chen
  • Patent number: 11118931
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention disclose a method for improved directional information. The method includes one or more processors identifying one or more images of a location corresponding to a destination of a set of navigational instructions. The method further includes determining respective ratings for the identified one or more images based on crowd sourced ratings of the identified one or more images from individuals that have previously travelled to the destination. The method further includes determining an entrance location for the destination based on the crowd sourced ratings of the identified one or more images. The method further includes determining at least one image, of the one or more images, that depicts the determined entrance location. The method further includes generating directional information to the entrance location by overlaying directional information on the determined at least one image that provides an indication of the determined entrance location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Gregory J. Boss, Martin G. Keen, Natalie Brooks Powell
  • Patent number: 11118921
    Abstract: An authoritative candidate is selected for determining a location of a point of interest (POI). Source data including name, address, and location for POIs is received from multiple data sources. The received data is normalized for ease of comparison, and coordinates for each candidate are compared to coordinates of other candidates to determine which candidate if any is an authoritative location for the POI. The candidate locations are compared using two models a metric-based scoring system and a machine learning model that may utilize a gradient boosted decision tree. The authoritative candidate can be used to render digital maps that include the POI. In addition, the authoritative candidate's location can be used to provide vehicle route guidance to the POI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandan Prakash Sheth, Sheng Yang, Vasudev Parameswaran, Shivendra Pratap Singh, Jane Alam Jan
  • Patent number: 11109811
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured to execute: a first process for estimating a first component at a first time point by using a waveform and the first component calculated from the waveform before the first time point, the waveform being based on a running trace of a vehicle, the first component being less than a first frequency; a second process for estimating the first component at the first time point by using the waveform, the first component calculated from the waveform before the first time point, and a second component at the first time point, the second component being greater than the first frequency and predicted from the second component calculated from the waveform before the first time point; and a calculation process for calculating the second component at the first time point from the waveform based on the first components estimated by the first and second process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Osafumi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11112796
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting object motion and controlling autonomous vehicles are provided. In one example embodiment, a computer implemented method includes obtaining state data indicative of at least a current or a past state of an object that is within a surrounding environment of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes obtaining data associated with a geographic area in which the object is located. The method includes generating a combined data set associated with the object based at least in part on a fusion of the state data and the data associated with the geographic area in which the object is located. The method includes obtaining data indicative of a machine-learned model. The method includes inputting the combined data set into the machine-learned model. The method includes receiving an output from the machine-learned model. The output can be indicative of a plurality of predicted trajectories of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Nemanja Djuric, Vladan Radosavljevic, Thi Duong Nguyen, Tsung-Han Lin, Jeff Schneider, Henggang Cui, Fang-Chieh Chou, Tzu-Kuo Huang
  • Patent number: 11110770
    Abstract: An electronically controlled suspension control system of a vehicle using road surface information may include a road surface recognition unit of recognizing a road surface, a road surface profile determination unit of determining a road surface profile using information as to the recognized road surface, a behavior estimation and determination unit of estimating and determining a vehicle behavior according to the determined road surface profile, a behavior information recording unit storing information as to the behavior of the vehicle, an electronically controlled suspension (ECS) control unit of controlling a suspension of the vehicle, and a behavior determination and control unit of comparing a determined value from the behavior estimation and determination unit with recorded values of the behavior information recording unit, determining a behavior level of the vehicle, based on results of the comparison, and sending a control command according to the determined behavior level to the ECS control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Hyung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 11112249
    Abstract: A navigation system includes a navigation database and a route generator. The route generator receives an avoidance, generates a concave polygon representing the avoidance with respect to four-dimensional data of the navigation database, identifies a displacement vector of the avoidance, shifts the concave polygon using the displacement vector, identifies each gap between vertices of the shifted concave polygon, adds an added edge to the to connect vertices across each identified gap, determines, for each edge of the concave polygon, if the edge includes an internal edge, removes each internal edge from the concave polygon, compares the concave polygon to the plurality of cells, identifies one or more cells in which the concave polygon is located, and outputs a navigation alert based on the identified one or more cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason J. Jakusz
  • Patent number: 11104329
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a parking control method, a parking control apparatus, and a storage medium. The method includes: if a current vehicle meets an automatic parking condition at a current location in a current parking lot, acquiring a safety perceptual data and a function perceptual data of the current vehicle by a safety sensor and a function sensor respectively; and controlling the current vehicle to move from the current location in the current parking lot to a target location in the current parking lot, according to the safety perceptual data and the function perceptual data of the current vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hao Yu
  • Patent number: 11100823
    Abstract: A system includes a master controller disposed on a transit vehicle, a peripheral device disposed on the transit vehicle, a first wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the master controller, and a second wireless subsystem communicably coupled to the peripheral device. The master controller is operable to send a signal to the peripheral device via the first wireless subsystem, the signal comprising a command related to operation of the peripheral device. The peripheral device is operable to receive the signal via the second wireless subsystem and execute the command. The system utilizes a wireless protocol that specifies a unique identification for the system. The master controller and the peripheral device are each configured via the wireless protocol. The configuration includes storage of the unique identification and operability to restrict wireless communication to wireless communication with other devices so configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Luminator Holding LP
    Inventor: Rick Swanson
  • Patent number: 11099015
    Abstract: A management system that manages substitute parking service in which a substitute driver parks a vehicle of a service user, in place of the service user, includes a processor configured to generate path information indicating a path from a delivery location of the vehicle to a parking lot in which the vehicle is allowed to be parked, based on information indicating the delivery location, and information indicating a position of the parking lot, and the processor being configured to transmit the path information to a terminal of the service user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tohru Yanagida, Chikage Kubo, Ai Fujimura, Shunsuke Noda, Satoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 11097748
    Abstract: A method of determining a smooth reference line for navigating an autonomous vehicle in a manner similar to human driving is disclosed. A high density map is used to generate a centerline for a lane of roadway. Using the centerline, a number of sample points is generated that is related to a curvature of the centerline. Adjustment points are generated at each sample point, a few on either side of the centerline at each sample point. Candidate points at a sample point include the adjustment points and sample point. A least cost path is determined through each of the candidate points at each of the sample points. Path cost is based an angle of approach and departure through a candidate point, and a distance of the candidate point from the centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Liangliang Zhang, Dong Li, Jiangtao Hu, Jiaming Tao, Jinyun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11097727
    Abstract: A cruise control method to control a vehicle includes: receiving, by a controller of the vehicle, a set speed, a maximum allowed speed, and a minimum allowed speed, wherein each of the maximum allowed speed and the minimum allowed speed is a speed boundary; a propulsion system to produce a commanded axle torque to maintain the set speed; monitoring a current vehicle speed of the vehicle; determining a current vehicle acceleration of the vehicle; determining a time that the vehicle will take to reach the speed boundary; determining whether the time that the vehicle will take to reach the speed boundary is less than a predetermined time threshold; and in response to determining that the time that the vehicle will take to reach the speed boundary is less than the predetermined time threshold, commanding the propulsion system of the vehicle to adjust the commanded axle torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Amanpal S. Grewal, Matthew S. Zebiak
  • Patent number: 11092958
    Abstract: The invention relates to equipment comprising an underwater robot (1) and a device (2) for the remote control of the robot, which can communicate with each other, wherein: the robot comprises means for underwater movement and an image-capturing device; and the control device comprises 3D glasses designed so that a user wearing the glasses views the underwater environment of the robot in three dimensions on the basis of the images captured by the robot, and means for remotely guiding the movement of the robot on the basis of the three-dimensional underwater environment viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HUBLOT SA, GENEVE
    Inventors: Mathias Buttet, Jean-Michel Blumenthal
  • Patent number: 11091276
    Abstract: An aircraft ground support unit, which is mobile, for supplying a service to an aircraft on the ground according to a specific servicing program is provided that includes a GPS to identify an instantaneous position of the ground support unit, a receiver suitable for identifying an aircraft by receiving information emitted by a transponder of said aircraft including one or more of: an instantaneous GPS coordinates of an aircraft position, an identity of the aircraft, a type of aircraft, a company of the aircraft, or aircraft status data, and a microprocessor configured for calculating a distance, d, of the aircraft from the ground support unit, selecting a predefined specific servicing program stored in a database corresponding to the type and company of the thus identified aircraft, controlling the ground support unit to implement the thus selected specific servicing program, and logging aircraft and ground unit data for airlines optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GUINAULT S.A.
    Inventors: Lionel Clermont, Chafa Chaourar
  • Patent number: 11091033
    Abstract: The vehicle control apparatus is provided with a vehicle body speed deriving portion that derives a vehicle body speed of a vehicle, a wheel speed difference deriving portion that derives a wheel speed difference which is a deviation between the maximum wheel speed and the minimum wheel speed of the wheels of the vehicle, a request drive amount deriving portion that derives a request drive amount for the drive source of the vehicle, a torque suppressing device that suppresses torque of a driving wheel, a traction control portion that controls the torque suppressing device and suppresses an acceleration slip of the driving wheel based on the wheel speed difference or a combination of the wheel speed difference and at least one of the vehicle body speed and the request drive amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: ADVICS CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Nonaka, Jun Mizuno, Daisuke Kohara, Yuji Yoshii, Gen Inoue, Yasushi Kobayashi, Hiroshi Omine
  • Patent number: 11084400
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for bicycle anti-theft and personalized adjustment are provided. When a biometric feature of a user matches a preset biological feature, a brake lever is fixed at a preset position to lock the bicycle, and a variable structure is driven to make personalized adjustments according to bicycle adjustment parameters corresponding to the biometric feature of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Giant Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsiang Shen, Chia-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 11087617
    Abstract: A vehicle crowd sensing system and method of selective sensing for the vehicle crowd sensing system. The method, in one implementation, involves receiving a plurality of detection reports from a first set of vehicles, each detection report including an event, a position qualifier of the event, and a severity qualifier of the event; developing an inherent error model for the event that includes a compilation of the position qualifiers of the event and the severity qualifiers of the event; and determining a resampling instruction for the event. The resampling instruction is based on an action model and the action model is at least partly a factor of the inherent error model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bo Yu, Fan Bai, Jinzhu Chen