Patents Examined by David P. Merlino
  • Patent number: 10969782
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to matching an available vehicle to a rider requesting a service. In one example, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a service request from a rider. The method further includes obtaining, by the computing system, data indicative of a current location of the rider; and determining that the current location of the rider is within proximity of an autonomous vehicle queuing location. The method further includes providing, by the computing system, data to the rider to provide for selection of an available autonomous vehicle at the autonomous vehicle queuing location. The method further includes obtaining, by the computing system, rider authentication data upon a selection of an autonomous vehicle by the rider; and, in response to obtaining rider authentication data, matching an autonomous vehicle selected by the rider to provide for performance of the service request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Molly Castle Nix, Sean Chin, Eric J. Hanson, Richard Brian Donnelly, Dennis Zhao
  • Patent number: 10967846
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a speed control system (10, 12) for a vehicle (100), comprising: torque control means (12) for automatically causing application of positive and negative torque, as required, to one or more wheels (111, 112, 114, 115) of a vehicle (100) to cause a vehicle (100) to travel in accordance with a target speed value; path prediction means (10) for predicting a path PP of the vehicle (100) in a direction of travel; detection means (10) for detecting one or more objects (195) ahead of the vehicle (100); determining means (10) to determine whether one or more objects (195) detected by the detection means (10) lie outside the predicted path (PP); and control means (12) configured to, if said one or more detected objects (195) are determined to lie outside the predicted path (PP), automatically temporarily reduce the vehicle speed in dependence at least in part on a distance of the one or more detected objects (195) from the predicted path (PP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Arun Raveendran, Andrew Fairgrieve
  • Patent number: 10955252
    Abstract: Determining a route based on road conditions includes receiving an origin and a destination from a user and calculating a plurality of routes from the origin to the destination. Aspects also include obtaining weather data along each of the plurality of routes and ranking each of the plurality of routes based on the weather data, a user profile, and on historical weather response data for areas along each of the plurality of routes. Aspects also include providing a route with a highest ranking from the plurality of routes to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Y. Duale, John S. Werner, Arkadiy O. Tsfasman, Shailesh R. Gami, Louis P. Gomes
  • Patent number: 10953876
    Abstract: A target vehicle speed generation device includes a controller that includes a target travel route generation unit, a peripheral object information acquisition unit, and a target vehicle speed generation unit. The target travel route generation unit generates a target travel route of the vehicle. The peripheral object information acquisition unit acquires position information pertaining to an obstacle on a travel path of the vehicle, and position information pertaining to an obstacle that is located toward the side and is outside of the travel path of the vehicle. The target vehicle speed generation unit calculates a plurality of lateral deviations to the obstacle with respect to the target travel route, and generates a lower target vehicle speed for an obstacle having a lesser lateral deviation than for an obstacle having a greater lateral deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinobu Gotou, Takashi Fukushige, Satoshi Tange
  • Patent number: 10931934
    Abstract: A watercraft may include a safety system having an imaging component and a control component. The control component may modify the operation of the watercraft based on images from the imaging component. The imaging component may include a thermal imaging component and a non-thermal imaging component. The watercraft may include more than one imaging component disposed around the periphery of the watercraft to monitor a volume surrounding the watercraft for objects in the water such as debris, a person, and/or dock structures. Operating the watercraft based on the images may include operating propulsion and/or steering systems of the watercraft based on a detected object. The control component may operate the propulsion and/or steering systems to disable a propeller when a swimmer is detected, to avoid detected debris, and/or to perform or assist in performing docking maneuvers. The imaging components may include compact thermal imaging modules mounted on or within the hull of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Austin A. Richards, Peter A. Reid, Jay E. Robinson, Andrew C. Teich, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Gordon Pope
  • Patent number: 10913456
    Abstract: A method for adaptive cruise control of a host vehicle (2): A host vehicle (2) includes at least one acceleration device (8), at least one retardation device (10), a control unit (14) for acting upon the acceleration device (8) and the retardation device (10), a calculating unit (16) for determining at least one parameter related to a lead vehicle (6) and a distance sensor (12) for determining a distance from the host vehicle to the lead vehicle (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SCANIA CV AB
    Inventors: HÃ¥kan Andersson, Sebastiaan Oremus
  • Patent number: 10909782
    Abstract: In an information processing system comprising at least one vehicle wherein the at least one vehicle comprises an event data recorder and a data management module resident in the at least one vehicle, a method records a plurality of data elements in the event data recorder, and evaluates each of the plurality of data elements to determine which of the plurality of data elements to maintain in a memory region of the event data recorder and which of the plurality of data elements to delete from the memory region of the event data recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Assaf Natanzon
  • Patent number: 10890920
    Abstract: A map-data collection system for mapping an area includes a first sensor, a receiver, and a controller-circuit. The first-sensor is for installation on a first-vehicle. The first-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of an area from a first-perspective. The receiver is for installation on the first-vehicle. The receiver is configured to receive perception-data gathered by a second-sensor mounted on a second-vehicle proximate to the first-vehicle. The second-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of the area from a second-perspective different from the first-perspective. The controller-circuit is in communication with the first-sensor and the receiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine composite-data in accordance with the perception-data from the first-sensor on the first-vehicle and the perception-data from the second-sensor on the second-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10882488
    Abstract: An autonomous robot vehicle includes a front side and an energy absorbing system. The front side includes a front bumper and a front face including a frame defining a cavity. The energy absorbing system includes an energy absorbing member mounted in the cavity of the frame, and an inflatable airbag. The energy absorbing member is configured to reduce impact on an object struck by the autonomous robot vehicle. The inflatable airbag is mounted on the front side of the autonomous robot vehicle such that when the inflatable airbag is deployed, the inflatable airbag is external to the autonomous robot vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Nuro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Nick Vines, Russell Smith
  • Patent number: 10875499
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that is implemented by a computing device in a vehicle. Identifying information is obtained from an occupant of the vehicle via an input device operatively connected to the computing device. If the computing device has connectivity to a remote authentication server, the computing device transmits a request to the authentication server, and controls whether full operation of the vehicle is enabled or disabled based on a response from the remote authentication server. The request includes the identifying information and a vehicle identifier of the vehicle, and requests that the authentication server determine, based on the identifying information and the vehicle identifier, whether the occupant is authorized to operate the vehicle. If the computing device lacks connectivity to the remote authentication server, full operation of the vehicle is temporarily enabled until the computing device has connectivity to the remote authentication server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Michael J. Mouser, Philip A. Weaver, Donald J. Finney
  • Patent number: 10878365
    Abstract: Drone-based systems and methods are described for providing an airborne relocatable communication hub within a delivery vehicle for broadcast-enabled devices maintained within the delivery vehicle. Such a method has an aerial communication drone paired with the delivery vehicle transitioning to an active power state, uncoupling from a secured position on an internal docking station fixed within the delivery vehicle and then moving to a first deployed airborne position within the delivery vehicle. At a first position, the method has the aerial communication drone establishing a first wireless data communication path to a first broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle, then establishing a second wireless data communication path to a second broadcast-enabled device within the delivery vehicle. The drone then couples the first and second wireless data communication paths it established operating as the airborne relocatable communication hub for the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reuben F. Burch, V, David A. Doyle, Brian D. Popp
  • Patent number: 10846955
    Abstract: An improved black box data recorder for use with autonomous driving vehicles (AVD). In one embodiment, two cyclic buffers are provided to record vehicle sensors data. A first cyclic buffer records raw vehicle sensor data on a volatile memory, while a second cyclic buffer records the same vehicle sensor data, as compressed data, on a non-volatile memory. In a case of a collision or near collision, in one embodiment the buffers are flushed into a non-volatile (NV) storage for retrieval. As long as there is no power interruption, the raw vehicle sensor data will be accessible from the NV storage. If a power interruption occurs, the raw vehicle sensor data held in the volatile memory of the first cyclic buffer will be lost and only the compressed form of the vehicle sensor data from the NV second cyclic buffer will survive and be accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gil Golov
  • Patent number: 10821925
    Abstract: A device and method for providing support to a user prior to activating a switch to electromotively adjust a component of a transportation means is disclosed. The transportation means and a device and a method for assisting a user prior to an activating of a switch for electric motor adjustment of a component of a transportation means are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of recognizing of an approach of the user to a first switch and in response displaying of a prompt to a function coordinated with the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Holger Wild, Nils Kotter
  • Patent number: 10818109
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for detecting vehicle events. The system includes sensors configured to generate output signals conveying information related to the vehicle. The system detects a vehicle event based on the information conveyed by the output signals. The system selects a subset of sensors based on the detected vehicle event. The system captures and records information from the selected subset of sensors. The system transfers the recorded information to a remote server or provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Palmer, Mark Freitas, Daniel A. Deninger, David Forney, Slaven Sljivar, Alekh Vaidya, Jeffrey Griswold
  • Patent number: 10782689
    Abstract: Obtaining one or more parameters of an autonomous vehicle, the parameters including any of a position, path, and/or speed of the autonomous vehicle. A region of interest from a plurality of regions surrounding the autonomous vehicle is identified based on the one or more parameters. One or more sensors mounted on a sensor guide rail are controlled, based on the region of interest, to move the sensor(s) along at least a portion of the autonomous vehicle, and to capture sensor data of the region of interest and not capture sensor data from the one or more other regions of the plurality of regions surrounding the autonomous vehicle, the sensor guide rail being mounted on a surface of the autonomous vehicle. The captured sensor data is provided to a processor capable of facilitating, based on the captured sensor data of the region of interest, one or more autonomous vehicle driving actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Xiang Yu, Tiancheng Lou, Jun Peng, Zuoteng Chen, Nengxiu Deng
  • Patent number: 10776640
    Abstract: A method for an enhanced vehicle monitoring system that utilizes cameras and other sensors to determine the state of the interior and/or exterior of a vehicle is provided. The method comprises detecting that a driver has exited a vehicle. The method further comprises monitoring a state of the vehicle. The method further comprises determining based, at least in part, on the monitoring, if an object has been left in the vehicle unintentionally or if the vehicle has been left running unattended. The method further comprises, upon determining that the object has been left in the vehicle or the vehicle has been left running unattended, sending a notification to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Asmahan A. Ali, Ali Y. Duale, Mustafa Y. Mah
  • Patent number: 10773690
    Abstract: A computer having a processor and memory storing instructions executable by the processor that include: to determine whether a vehicle cabin is occupied; and based on the determination, to control actuation of a lamp, located on a bezel of a display, to impinge upon a screen having a light-sensitive coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Annette Lynn Huebner, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10766381
    Abstract: One example of a system to monitor a presence of a body in a seat of an automobile can implement a method using processing circuitry. After an automobile engine has stopped operating, the system determines a presence of a body in a seat of the automobile. The system provides a notification indicating the presence of the body in the seat in response to determining the presence of the body in the seat of the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cornerstone 5:20, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaci Kay Bradley, Justin Morgan Bradley
  • Patent number: 10760915
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for synchronizing a plurality of nodes is provided. The present invention may include receiving a synchronization request from a first node. The present invention may include sending an invitee request to a second node. The present invention may then include receiving node data and constraints. The present invention may include generating valid actions based on the node data and the constraints. The present invention may include determining a projected arrival time for each node based on the node data. The present invention may include determining a late node based on the projected arrival time of the late node exceeding a threshold time. The present invention may include determining a corrective action associated with the late node based on the projected arrival time and the valid actions. The present invention may include sending the corrective action to the late node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanna Cannizzaro, Patrizia Manganelli, Elisa Matteagi, Alessandro Raniolo
  • Patent number: 10754347
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a tracking unit estimating a motion of a moving object, a model selection unit selecting a motion model corresponding to a moving object type, an abnormality determination unit determining a presence or absence of an abnormality of the estimation of the motion of the moving object based on the estimated moving object motion and the motion indicated by the motion model, and a control unit. A control mode in which the control unit controls traveling of a host vehicle when the abnormality determination unit determines that the abnormality is present differs from a control mode in which the control unit controls the traveling of the host vehicle when the abnormality determination unit determines that the abnormality is absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuhide Kamata