Patents Examined by Daryl C. Pope
  • Patent number: 11137302
    Abstract: A compound sensor that is capable of being used with robotics is provided such that the compound sensor includes a distance measurement unit and a pressure measurement unit. Further, a contact detection unit, which is dedicated to performing a detection when a measurement target contacts with a surface of the sensor is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Atsushi Kandori
  • Patent number: 11132639
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, one or more computing devices process a bifurcated transaction for items available at a store. The bifurcated transaction is initiated when a consumer orders a set of first item(s) electronically, e.g., using an app, website etc. At the store, the consumer picks up the order of the set of first item(s) and then peruses and adds a set of second item(s) to a shopping cart. In one embodiment, a label (e.g., a single unique machine-readable label or barcode) identifies the set of first item(s). At checkout, the transaction may be completed by scanning respective machine-readable labels on the set of second item(s) and the label that identifies the set of first item(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: QUOTIENT TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Steven R. Boal
  • Patent number: 11127304
    Abstract: A method, a device, and a computer-readable storage medium with instructions for determining the location of a datum detected by a transportation vehicle wherein at least one pose estimation is ascertained. An uncertainty of the at least one pose estimation is determined wherein the uncertainty of the pose estimation includes a process of scaling an uncertainty estimation of the pose estimation, wherein the scaling process is based on a comparison of the pose estimation with a priori information. The at least one pose estimation is fused solely with at least one additional pose estimation with a weighting according to the uncertainties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Lukas Fröhlich, Christian Merfels, Bernd Rech, Thilo Schaper, Niklas Koch, Daniel Wilbers, Frederik Meysel
  • Patent number: 11117571
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a communicator which communicates with a management device that guides a vehicle capable of automatedly traveling to a target parking space with reference to management information representing parking states of a plurality of parking spaces, a recognizer which recognizes a surrounding state of the vehicle, and a generator which generates parking state information including information representing whether other vehicles are parked in parking spaces which the vehicle passes on the basis of a result recognized by the recognizer and transmits the parking state information to the management device using the communicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Chie Sugihara, Yuta Takada, Ryoma Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11120687
    Abstract: A device may receive geographical data identifying a geographical area, and may receive, from vehicle devices of vehicles, first vehicle data identifying engine off conditions, locations during engine off conditions, and durations of the engine off conditions. The device may divide, based on the geographical data, the geographical area into clusters with particular dimensions, and may process data identifying the clusters and the first vehicle data, with a machine learning model, to determine parking data identifying public parking spaces in the geographical area. The device may receive, from a set of the vehicle devices associated with vehicles parked in the public parking spaces, vehicle data identifying engine on conditions and locations during the engine on conditions, and may identify available public parking spaces based on the second vehicle data and the parking data. The device may perform one or more actions based on data identifying the available public parking spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Connect Development Limited
    Inventors: Luca Bravi, Tommaso Mugnai, Alessandro Giannini
  • Patent number: 11110760
    Abstract: A method is provided for measuring the temperature of a tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Fresnel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Margaret Ree Fraelich, Nelson E. Claytor, Denise L. Merkle, Nicola Cappelletti
  • Patent number: 11113966
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system that receives sensor information from each of a plurality of sensors. Each sensor in the plurality is associated with a vehicle. The sensor information includes location coordinates of each vehicle in the plurality. The sensor information associated with each vehicle in the plurality then is translated to parking statistics information. In one embodiment, the translation is based on an aggregate of sensor information corresponding to the plurality of vehicles. The system then communicates parking statistics information to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
    Inventors: Marco Gruteser, Suhas Mathur
  • Patent number: 11104302
    Abstract: A method performed by a vehicle system for handling parameters associated with surroundings of a vehicle. The vehicle system obtains information indicating a first parameter associated with the surroundings of the vehicle and sensed by at least one low power sensor. The low power sensor is associated with the vehicle. The vehicle system triggers startup of at least one high power sensor when the first parameter has fulfilled a criteria. The high power sensor consumes a larger amount of power than the low power sensor, and the high power sensor is associated with the vehicle or another vehicle. The vehicle system obtains information indicating at least a second parameter associated with the surroundings of the vehicle and sensed by the high power sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Ulf Björkengren, Thomas Bove, Per Qvist Jessen
  • Patent number: 11097654
    Abstract: A door handle providing a superior visibility from both front and rear directions of a vehicle is provided. The door handle includes: an operating portion that bulges from a door outer surface, defining a space between the door outer surface and the operating portion, allowing a user to insert his or her hand into the space; a fixation portion arranged adjacent to the operating portion, including a lens as a translucent member; an outer surface provided in the lens, the outer surface having such a region that a vehicle rear side of the region is positioned outward as compared to a vehicle front side thereof; and a lighting body serving as a direction indicator allowing a transmissive illumination to be made from the inner surface side of the lens. Thus, the lens can be made visible not only from the vehicular lateral side but from the vehicular front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA ACCESS CORP.
    Inventors: Kunihiko Seki, Kenichi Nara
  • Patent number: 11091151
    Abstract: A management device guides a vehicle capable of performing automated traveling to a target parking space with reference to management information indicating parking situations of a plurality of parking spaces. The management device includes: a communicator configured to receive parking situation information which is information generated based on a recognition result by a recognizer recognizing a surrounding situation of the vehicle, the parking situation information indicating whether another vehicle is parked in a parking space adjacent to a route along which the vehicle is traveling; and an extractor configured to extract a parking space in which a parking situation managed with the management information is different from an actual parking situation based on the received parking situation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Chie Sugihara, Yuta Takada, Ryoma Taguchi
  • Patent number: 11090986
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for technology to collect data related to tire pressure of a vehicle via one or more tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS), and provide a warning for a low or high tire pressure based on weather patterns determined by a historic weather data subsystem. The weather patterns may include fluctuations and steady states of temperature. A TPMS machine learning subsystem may use tire pressure data and weather data to provide an alert as to whether an indicator associated with the one or more TPMS sensors was activated due to changing weather. The TPMS machine learning subsystem may also determine a probable accuracy of the TPMS alert based on the TPMS data and weather-related data including checking for outliners in the weather patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Emily S Lerner, Ryan M Wiesenberg, Kristofer Kusano
  • Patent number: 11092692
    Abstract: An apparatus for recognizing a location in an autonomous vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor that generates a LiDAR contour of a fixed structure located at the roadside and a LiDAR contour of a variable structure. A controller then detects a location of the autonomous vehicle based on the LiDAR contour of the fixed structure and the LiDAR contour of the variable contour, generated by the LiDAR sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hae Ryong Lee, Kang Hoon Lee, Woo Joong Kim, Ji Un Kim, Eun Jin Choi, Sung Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 11094186
    Abstract: A method for managing alarm data of multiple physical locations. The method includes receiving a plurality of sets of alarm data. Each of the plurality of sets of alarm data corresponds to a respective physical location. Each of the plurality of sets of alarm data includes a respective occurrence value corresponding to each of a plurality of alarm categories. The method includes receiving a list indicating one or more alarm preferences. of the or more alarm preferences are associated with one or more priority values. The method includes arranging, responsive to identifying a first of the one or more alarm preferences that indicates a first subset of the alarm categories, a ranking of the plurality of sets of alarm data based on respective occurrence values of the first set of alarm categories. The method includes displaying, via a user interface, the ranking of the plurality of sets of alarm data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventor: Abdul Razak
  • Patent number: 11077801
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a mirror reflective element sub-assembly having a mirror reflective element, a mirror reflector, a mirror back plate, a heater pad and a blind spot indicator module. The heater pad is disposed between the mirror reflective element and the mirror back plate and has a light transmitting portion that is aligned with an aperture of the mirror back plate. The blind spot indicator module includes a body portion and a connector portion extending from the body portion. Light emitted by at least one light emitting diode of the blind spot indicator module passes through the light transmitting portion of the heater pad and through a light-transmitting portion of the mirror reflector and exits the mirror reflective element to provide a visual icon visible to a driver of the vehicle who is driving the vehicle and who is viewing said mirror reflective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith D. Foote, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 11080983
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and processor-readable storage media for providing positional information via use of distributed sensor arrays are provided herein. An example computer-implemented method includes generating and outputting one or more signals via at least one user identification device associated with a user; processing one or more signals output by at least one of multiple emitting sensors distributed in an array within a given indoor environment, wherein the signals output by the at least one emitting sensor are output in response to the signals output via the at least one user identification device, and wherein a least a portion of the multiple emitting sensors comprises infrared sensors; generating a message based on the processing of the signals output by the at least one emitting sensor, wherein the message pertains to positional information with respect to the given indoor environment; and outputting the generated message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Gian Martini, Mauricio Martins da Costa, Marcus Guilherme de Lima Garcia, Waleska Battistella
  • Patent number: 11064945
    Abstract: Devices, methods, computer-readable media, and systems for determining an identity of a food are disclosed. For example, a method may receive at least one property of at least one component in a sample of a food from an intra-oral device including a spectrometer, the at least one property obtained via the spectrometer, compares the at least one property to a plurality of food signatures, and determines the identity of the food based upon the comparing. In another example, a system may include an intra-oral device and a wireless device. The intra-oral device may include a spectrometer for measuring at least one property of at least one component in a sample of a food. The wireless device may include a processor for receiving the at least one property, comparing the at least one property to a plurality of food signatures, and determining the identity of the food based upon the comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Zerick, Eugene Rascle, William Cottrill
  • Patent number: 11052921
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a method and system maintaining driver alertness while driving mode of a vehicle is changed from manual to autonomous driving mode. The system includes a monitoring module to detect a transition from a manual drive mode to an autonomous drive mode. Based on this, a driver monitoring module gets activated. The driver monitoring module once activated, monitors the driver alertness during the autonomous drive mode. The system further includes an interactive module, which is connected to the monitoring module that gets activated in case alertness level of the driver falls below a first threshold value. The first threshold value may be determined based on multiple attributes. Further, the interactive training program is deactivated if the alertness of the driver is equal or greater than a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE HI-TECH ROBOTIC SYSTEMZ LTD
    Inventors: Anuj Kapuria, Ritukar Vijay
  • Patent number: 11055999
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus is configured to be capable of controlling movement and parking of a vehicle based on an operation from an operation terminal. The vehicle control apparatus comprises a processing unit configured to execute processing in a virtual parking control mode in which a virtual vehicle displayed on a screen is virtually operated by the operation from the operation terminal and processing in a remote parking control mode in which the vehicle is moved to a parking position and parked at the parking position based on the operation from the operation terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gaku Shimamoto, Junpei Noguchi, Kenya Sakurai, Rikuro Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 11052908
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a parking assistance device (2) of a motor vehicle (1), comprising a) learning a parking trajectory (4) between an initial position (5) and a parked position (6) of the motor vehicle (1) by means of a computing unit (3) of the parking assistance device (2) in the case of parking which is controlled by a driver of the motor vehicle (1); b) checking whether the learnt parking trajectory (4) runs over public land (11) or over private land (12) in at least one respective section (13, 14); c) driverless parking of the motor vehicle (1) along the parking trajectory (4) exclusively in a section (14) of the checked parking trajectory (4) which runs over private land (12), in order to increase safety during a parking process which is assisted or carried out by the parking assistance device (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Dimitrios Tzempetzis, Markus Heimberger, Stefanie Prinzhausen
  • Patent number: 11046240
    Abstract: A direction indicator unit with wipe effect and flashing hazard light function has a right-side flashing light, a left-side flashing light, and a circuit arrangement. The circuit arrangement is configured to detect a first operating signal (B1) indicative of an operation of the right-side flashing light and a second operating signal (B2) indicative of an operation of the left-side flashing light, and to provide a first logical high control signal (SS1) for activating the right-side flashing light when an XOR linkage of the first operating signal (B1) and the second operating signal (B2) results as logical high, and to provide a second logical high control signal (SS2) for activating the left-side flashing light when an XOR linkage of the first operating signal (B1) and the second operating signal (B2) results as logical high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Aust