Patents Examined by Dale W Hilgendorf
  • Patent number: 11904898
    Abstract: A method, a computer program, and an apparatus for controlling operation of a transportation vehicle equipped with an automated driving function and a transportation vehicle equipped with an automated driving function which uses the method or apparatus. A first signal state of a traffic light is determined from data of at least one vehicle sensor, the determined first signal state of the traffic light is then validated based on information available in the transportation vehicle, and an operation mode of the transportation vehicle is set as a function of a validation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Sandra Kleinau, Bernd Rech, Thorsten Bagdonat
  • Patent number: 11904848
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and techniques for identifying collisions, such as relatively low energy impact collisions involving an autonomous vehicle. Sensor data from a first sensor modality in a first array may be used to determine a first estimated location of impact and second sensor data from a second sensor modality in a second array may be used to determine a second estimated location of impact. A low energy impact event may be configured when the first estimated location of impact corresponds to the second estimated location of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Marina Camille Josephs, Mark Alan Bates, Nam Gook Cho, Subhasis Das, Markus Jost, Amanda Brown Prescott, Valerie Bumbaca Randolph, Subasingha Shaminda Subasingha
  • Patent number: 11904861
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for estimating a road surface friction coefficient relate to an apparatus of estimating a road surface friction coefficient including an additional power control module that arbitrarily adds a braking force, which causes a wheel speed difference, to an axle of the vehicle to which the braking force is applied, and together adds a driving force that cancels the braking force to an axle of the vehicle to which the driving force is applied, when it is determined that a driving state of the vehicle is an inertial driving state, and a road surface friction coefficient estimation module that estimates the road surface friction coefficient by the wheel speed difference caused by a newly added braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Min Ji Chae, Hyun Su Kim
  • Patent number: 11900698
    Abstract: An information processing device and an information processing method that prevent unnecessary warning are provided. An information processing device includes a host vehicle information acquisition part configured to acquire host vehicle information on a host vehicle, a setting part configured to set an allowable range for a driver's sight of the host vehicle based on the host vehicle information, a driver information acquisition part configured to acquire driver information on the driver, a determination part (inattentive driving determination part) configured to determine whether or not the driver is looking at the allowable range based on the allowable range and the driver information, and an output part (sound output part, vibration part, display part) configured to output a predetermined notification based on the determination of the determination part (inattentive driving determination part).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Akachi, Masashi Koga, Hiroshige Furugori, Hiroki Abe
  • Patent number: 11897437
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for heat sanitizing a vehicle. In one example, a method may include, responsive to receiving a request for sanitization of a vehicle interior, activating an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) system and operating a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system to heat the vehicle interior above an upper threshold temperature for a threshold duration. In this way, the HVAC system may be advantageously used to expose the vehicle interior to temperatures that kill or inactive microbes while the UVGI system may supplement the heat sanitizing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Gutowski, Curtis Jones, Fred Koberstein, Stephen White, Peter Mitchell Lyon, John Rollinger, Scott Thompson, M. Scott Christensen, David Hancock, Adam Richards, Steve Skikun, Frank Fusco
  • Patent number: 11891893
    Abstract: A civil engineering device, in particular a pile-driving or drilling device, has at least one positioner, in particular a working carriage for accommodating an implement, connected with a carrier device by relatively movable links within a kinematic chain and connected by joints and/or linear adjusters and with at least six actuators for changing their corresponding position and/or orientation, and with a control and regulation device for controlling them. The control and regulation device has an input module for specifying a positioner target position, and is connected with a computer module that determines at least one displacement path for moving the positioner from its current (starting) position to the target position, and, using inverse kinematics, the locations of the individual actuators required for implementing the path, and sends these locations to the control and regulation device to control the actuators. A method multi-dimensionally, free positions a civil engineering device positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: ABI ANLAGENTECHNIK-BAUMASCHINEN-INDUSTRIEBEDARF MASCHINENFABRIK UND VERTRIEBSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventors: Christian Heichel, Tobias Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11891056
    Abstract: A system includes at least one electronic control unit, which performs a method including consecutively or simultaneously, determining a future turning maneuver of the ego vehicle, detecting information relating to the lane markings and the number of available lanes in the environment in front of and next to the ego vehicle, and determining whether at least one further road user is in a relevant lane next to or behind the lane of the ego vehicle. If so, a future intended movement of the road user is determined from the information relating to the lane markings and the number of available lanes. And if it is determined that the ego-vehicle and the road user are on an at least two-lane turning lane, or that the road user stops before the turning maneuver of the ego-vehicle or leaves its lane, it is determined that there is no probability of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernhard Hausleitner, Joeran Zeisler
  • Patent number: 11884300
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a time sensitive network switch and one or more processors. The time sensitive network switch is configured to receive sensor data from light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors, radio detection and ranging (RADAR) sensors, or image sensors. The sensor data is representative of estimated objects that are in an external environment of the autonomous vehicle. The one or more processors are configured to receive the sensor data and determine instructions to control movement of the autonomous vehicle at least partially based on the sensor data from the time sensitive network switch and at least partially based on map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Aurora Operations, Inc.
    Inventor: Anuranga Sajith Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 11886564
    Abstract: Examples are directed toward a system and method relating to mobile screening. For example, a mobile screening vehicle includes a passenger scanner that performs security scanning of a passenger on the mobile screening vehicle. The mobile screening vehicle also includes a verification system that verifies, consistent with the security scanning of passengers, that passengers on the mobile screening vehicle are approved to proceed to a secure area of a travel venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, represented by the Secretary of Homeland Security
    Inventors: Kali McManus, Kristi Harmel, Gregory Bennett
  • Patent number: 11878714
    Abstract: In various embodiments, while a self-driving model operates a vehicle, a user monitoring subsystem acquires sensor data associated with a user of the vehicle and a vehicle observation subsystem acquires sensor data associated with the vehicle. The user monitoring subsystem computes values for a psychological metric based on the sensor data associated with the user. Based on the values for the psychological metric, a feedback application determines a description of the user over a first time period. The feedback application generates a dataset based on the description and the sensor data associated with the vehicle. Subsequently, a training application performs machine learning operation(s) on the self-driving model based on the dataset to generate a modified self-driving model. Advantageously, the dataset enables the training application to automatically modify the self-driving model to account for the impact different driving actions have on the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Verbeke, Sven Kratz, Stefan Marti
  • Patent number: 11878684
    Abstract: A system for trajectory prediction using a predicted endpoint conditioned network includes one or more processors and a memory that includes a sensor input module, an endpoint distribution module, and a future trajectory module. The modules cause the one or more processors to the one or more processors to obtain sensor data of a scene having a plurality of pedestrians, determine endpoint distributions of the plurality of pedestrians within the scene, the endpoint distributions representing desired end destinations of the plurality of pedestrians from the scene, and determine future trajectory points for at least one of the plurality of pedestrians based on prior trajectory points of the plurality of pedestrians and the endpoint distributions of the plurality of pedestrians. The future trajectory points may be conditioned not only on the pedestrian and their immediate neighbors' histories (observed trajectories) but also on all the other pedestrian's estimated endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Karttikeya Mangalam, Kuan-Hui Lee, Adrien David Gaidon
  • Patent number: 11872906
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system includes a rotary electric machine having an output member, a rechargeable energy storage system (“RESS”) connected to the electric machine, a user interface device, and a controller. The RESS includes multiple battery modules and a switching circuit, the latter being configured, in response to electronic switching control signals, to connect the battery modules in a parallel-connected configuration or a series-connected configuration, as a selected battery configuration. The user interface device receives an operator-requested drive mode request as an electrical signal indicative of a desired drive mode of the electric propulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alireza Fatemi, Thomas W. Nehl, Chandra S. Namuduri, Lei Hao, Norman K. Bucknor, Rashmi Prasad
  • Patent number: 11874912
    Abstract: Examples are directed toward a system and method relating to mobile screening. For example, a mobile screening vehicle includes a passenger scanner that performs security scanning of a passenger on the mobile screening vehicle. The mobile screening vehicle also includes a verification system that verifies, consistent with the security scanning of passengers, that passengers on the mobile screening vehicle are approved to proceed to a secure area of a travel venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, represented by the Secretary of Homeland Security
    Inventors: Kali McManus, Kristi Harmel, Gregory Bennett
  • Patent number: 11872985
    Abstract: Based on a model and an identity of an operator of a vehicle, a setting for a cruise control to maintain a distance between the vehicle and a preceding vehicle can be determined. The model can be based on historical distances maintained by the operator. The model can also be based on information about an environment in which the vehicle is operating or information about a state of the operator. The identity can be received from an interface configured to receive information associated with the identity, a cloud computing platform, or a biometric system configured to determine the identity. The cruise control can be caused to operate according to the setting. A rate of energy consumption by the vehicle when the vehicle is controlled by the cruise control can be less than the rate of energy consumption when the vehicle lacks being controlled by the cruise control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyungtae Han, Ziran Wang, Prashant Tiwari, John K Lenneman, Toshinori Esaka, Miles J. Johnson, Chase C. Violetta
  • Patent number: 11862029
    Abstract: Autoland systems and processes for landing an aircraft without pilot intervention are described. In implementations, the autoland system includes a memory operable to store one or more modules and at least one processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft; calculate a merit for each potential destination identified; select a destination based upon the merit; and create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the destination that accounts for the terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott K. Haskins, Noel J. Duerksen, Benjamin N. Patel, Eric Tran, Joseph R. Lombardo, Clayton E. Barber
  • Patent number: 11860305
    Abstract: Described herein is a LIDAR device that may include a transmitter, first and second receivers, and a rotating platform. The transmitter may be configured to emit light having a vertical beam width. The first receiver may be configured to detect light at a first resolution while scanning the environment with a first FOV and the second receiver may be configured to detect light at a second resolution while scanning the environment with a second FOV. In this arrangement, the first resolution may be higher than the second resolution, the first FOV may be at least partially different from the second FOV, and the vertical beam width may encompass at least a vertical extent of the first and second FOVs. Further, the rotating platform may be configured to rotate about an axis such that the transmitter and first and second receivers each move based on the rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Droz, Caner Onal, William McCann, Bernard Fidric, Vadim Gutnik, Laila Mattos, Rahim Pardhan
  • Patent number: 11862012
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a control unit for vehicle control and a server which distributes map information to the control unit. The map information includes information on a first type of road whereby full or partial driving assistance of the vehicle is possible, and information on a second type whereby full or partial driving assistance of the vehicle are not possible. The server includes an output unit which transmits information on a second type of road existing in a predetermined range from a first type of road on which the vehicle is traveling, and such that the first and second types of road form a predetermined angle or less. The control unit includes a map management unit including information on the first and second types of road, and a vehicle control unit controlling the vehicle by using the information on the first and second types of road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Koichi Ando, Keisuke Ampo, Tao Lin
  • Patent number: 11861913
    Abstract: A map in a cloud service stores physical objects previously detected by other vehicles that have previously traveled over the same road that a current vehicle is presently traveling on. New data received by the cloud service from the current vehicle regarding new objects that are being encountered by the current vehicle can be compared to the previous object data stored in the map. Based on this comparison, an operating status of the current vehicle is determined. In response to determining the status, an action such as terminating an autonomous navigation mode of the current vehicle is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Lodestar Licensing Group LLC
    Inventor: Gil Golov
  • Patent number: 11851181
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) cluster includes a plurality of mission UAVs and a plurality of core UAVs arranged in a cluster. One or more of the mission UAVs is configured for controlled independent flight. The plurality of core UAVs are distributed throughout the cluster according to a selected distribution pattern that distributes the core UAVs according to a predefined mission characteristic of the UAV cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David W. Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 11851065
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method and an associated device for detecting uneven surfaces in vehicle environments. The method comprises emitting a first ultrasonic pulse or first ultrasonic burst and emitting a second ultrasonic pulse or second ultrasonic burst, and receiving a first reflection signal of the first ultrasonic pulse or a first reflection signal of the first ultrasonic burst and receiving a second reflection signal of the second ultrasonic pulse or a second reflection signal of the second ultrasonic burst. In the further course of the method, a comparison is made of the first reflection signal with the second reflection signal, and the presence of a surface unevenness in the vehicle's environment, or the presence of a surface curvature in the vehicle's environment, is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: ELMOS SEMICONDUCTOR SE
    Inventor: Egbert Spiegel