Patents Examined by Demetra R Smith-Stewart
  • Patent number: 10353931
    Abstract: High definition maps for autonomous vehicles are very high resolution and detailed, and hence require storage of a great deal of data. A vehicle computing system provides multi-layered caching makes this data usable in a system that requires very low latency on every operation. The system determines which routes are most likely to be driven in the near future by the car, and ensures that the route is cached on the vehicle before beginning the route. The system provides efficient formats for moving map data from server to car and for managing the on-care disk. The system further provides real-time accessibility of nearby map data as the car moves, while providing data access at optimal speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10352262
    Abstract: A speed limiting device may include a communicator configured to communicate with a tire air pressure monitor, a steering angle detector, a yaw rate detector and an engine controller of a vehicle; a storage configured to store limited speed information corresponding to slip information, in a form of a table; and a controller configured to acquire slip information based on a steering angle detected by the steering angle detector and a yaw rate detected by the yaw rate detector when abnormality information is received from the tire air pressure monitor, to check a limited speed corresponding to the acquired slip information, and to output the checked limited speed to the engine controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: SungHwan Jun
  • Patent number: 10346789
    Abstract: Described is an airborne fulfillment center (“AFC”) and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV”) to deliver items from the AFC to users. For example, the AFC may be an airship that remains at a high altitude (e.g., 45,000 feet) and UAVs with ordered items may be deployed from the AFC to deliver ordered items to user designated delivery locations. As the UAVs descend, they can navigate horizontally toward a user specified delivery location using little to no power, other than to stabilize the UAV and/or guide the direction of descent. Shuttles (smaller airships) may be used to replenish the AFC with inventory, UAVs, supplies, fuel, etc. Likewise, the shuttles may be utilized to transport workers to and from the AFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul William Berg, Scott Isaacs, Kelsey Lynn Blodgett
  • Patent number: 10338607
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for positioning an unmanned aerial vehicle, in which the actual position (25) of the aerial vehicle differs from a desired position (26) and in which the aerial vehicle is set in a corrective motion in the direction of the desired position (26) on the basis of a first piece of directional information (27). After the beginning of the corrective motion a second piece of directional information (28) is obtained. The first piece of directional information (27) is corrected on the basis of the second piece of directional information (28). The invention moreover relates to an aerial vehicle suitable for performing the method. The invention allows a specific corrective motion in the direction of the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MICRODRONES GMBH
    Inventor: Christopher Kessler
  • Patent number: 10338589
    Abstract: A controller that controls driving of an autonomously moving vehicle includes a first sensor that detects an obstacle and a direction of travel of the vehicle, and a processor that sets a virtual region surrounding the vehicle. Processor stops the vehicle when the obstacle is detected therein, determines whether the obstacle is present in the direction of travel, determines whether the vehicle has been stopped for a predetermined amount of time when the obstacle is present, reduces a length of the virtual region in the direction of travel to provide an adjusted virtual region when the vehicle is determined to have been stopped for the predetermined amount of time, causes the vehicle to drive when the obstacle is not detected within the adjusted virtual region, and stops the vehicle when the obstacle is detected within the adjusted virtual region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryota Fujimura, Kazuki Kozuka, Tetsuji Fuchikami
  • Patent number: 10331126
    Abstract: A autonomous robotic golf caddy which is capable of following a portable receiver at a pre-determined distance, and which is capable of sensing a potential impending collision with an object in its path and stop prior to said potential impending collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lemmings, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis W. Doane, Rick M. Doane, Timothy L. Doane, Shea P. Doane, Robert T. Nicola, Kenneth M. Burns
  • Patent number: 10319246
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle with lift and propulsion system and a flight control system and method. The flight control system has a flight control unit, a navigation system, a communication system and an actuator system. The flight control unit can calculate, based on data from the navigation system and/or data of a ground control station, control commands which can be fed to the actuator system for actuating the lift and propulsion system. The ground control station is configured to control and/or monitor the aerial vehicle. The aerial vehicle has a monitoring unit to monitor the communication system to determine whether all the communication links are interrupted. The monitoring unit can cause the flight control unit to land the aerial vehicle safely at a suitable landing site based on stored data relating to current flight conditions and nearby landing sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Hiebl
  • Patent number: 10308245
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a sensor configured to detect an object moving in front of the vehicle; a controller configured to determine a longitudinal driving time taken for the vehicle to drive to the object, and configured to transmit a deceleration avoidance control signal gradually reducing a driving speed of the vehicle so that the vehicle is stopped before colliding with the object or a cross avoidance control signal stopping the vehicle until the object escapes from a driving lane of the vehicle, based on the longitudinal driving time and a transverse moving time of the object; and a speed regulator configured to regulate the driving speed of the vehicle in response to the transmitted control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Taeyoung Lee, Donghyun Sung, Junghyun Kim, Sangmin Lee, Eungseo Kim, Yongseok Kwon
  • Patent number: 10311737
    Abstract: Various navigation and other instrumentation systems may benefit from appropriate methods for selection of traffic. For example, certain avionics may benefit from systems and methods for selecting and designating ADS-B or similar traffic. An apparatus can include a display and a processor. The processor and the display can be configured to permit selection of at least one target aircraft identified on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Charles Manberg, Richard Ridenour, II
  • Patent number: 10308371
    Abstract: A system and related method for managing images generated by a combined vision system (CVS) and displayed by an aircraft via an onboard PFD HDD, HUD, or HWD includes combining sensor image streams of an enhanced vision system (EVS) with navigation and terrain symbology generated by a synthetic vision system (SVS) to optimize the useful information displayed at any given point. Areas corresponding to prescribed visual references (approach lighting, runways and runway markers) that must be identified via pure EVS under certain conditions may be excluded from the SVS visual channels so that only a pure EVS channel of the excluded areas is displayed. The CVS may include edge filtering to remove unimportant terrain features and emphasize ridgelines. The CVS may display a full field of view for all selected visual channels or sensors, and optionally indicate where fields of view overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo L. Tiana, Weston J. Lahr
  • Patent number: 10306428
    Abstract: A method for identifying a type of a sensor includes obtaining a first input data stream from the unidentified sensor in a vehicle, wherein the input data stream includes an identifier representing the unidentified sensor and a first data pattern associated with the identifier, detecting a change in a vehicle parameter of the vehicle, obtaining a second input data stream from the unidentified sensor in the vehicle, wherein the second input data stream includes the identifier and a second data pattern associated with the identifier, the second data pattern being different from the first data pattern, associating the change in the vehicle parameter of the vehicle with a change from the first data pattern to the second data pattern, and identifying the type associated with the unidentified sensor based on detecting the change in the vehicle parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rahul Khanna
  • Patent number: 10300912
    Abstract: A collision avoidance apparatus includes an obstacle detection section for detecting an obstacle, a collision avoidance section which performs collision avoidance assist control, and an avoidance processing start section for causing the collision avoidance section to start the collision avoidance assist control. In the case where the obstacle is a continuous obstacle, the timing of starting the collision avoidance assist control is delayed as compared with the case where the obstacle is not a continuous obstacle. Further, the greater the degree of gentleness of the inclination of the continuous obstacle, the greater the amount by which the timing of starting the collision avoidance assist control is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Motoki Nishimura, Kotaro Saiki, Shinya Nishida
  • Patent number: 10293768
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide a real-time system that can automatically adjust various components within a driving apparatus automatically in response to certain conditions being detected. The real-time system may be configured to control these components in response to detection of certain conditions, which may include external conditions and/or internal conditions. In some embodiments, a user of the driving apparatus may be facilitated to provide his/her personal settings to configure the real-time system. In those embodiments, an interface may be provided to the user to instruct the real-time system to adjust one or more components within the driving apparatus in accordance with the user provided personal settings in response to one or more specific conditions being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 10297146
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling vehicles and for providing assistance to operated vehicles is discussed and described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EDWARD D. IOLI TRUST
    Inventor: Edward D. Ioli
  • Patent number: 10281287
    Abstract: A route generation device configured to generate a travel route of a traveling body that travels through a network configured of a node and a link, the route generation device includes a route model storage unit configured to store a route model that is data in which a frequency of travel through each link by the traveling body in a past trip performed by the traveling body is classified by destination of the trip; a trip acquisition unit configured to acquire a route starting point and a destination of a traveling body; and a route generation unit configured to extract a set of links corresponding to the acquired destination from the route model, and generate at least a part of a route of the traveling body from the route starting point to the destination based on the travel frequency associated with the extracted link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tadashi Yanagihara, Sayaka Yoshizu, Kenji Horiguchi, Chihiro Sannomiya, Toshiro Hikita, Teruhide Hayashida
  • Patent number: 10272914
    Abstract: A vehicle control arrangement is configured to control steering and velocity of a road vehicle including a velocity control arrangement, remote sensors configured to acquire vehicle surrounding information, a steering control unit configured to control steering of the vehicle based on the vehicle surrounding information, an upcoming road geometry detecting unit configured to detect presence of an upcoming curve section, a hands-on-wheel detecting unit configured to detect if presence exists of at least one hand on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The velocity control arrangement is configured to perform a reduction of velocity of the vehicle in case presence of an upcoming curve section is detected and no presence is detected of at least one hand on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Harda, Jonas Nilsson, Erik Coelingh
  • Patent number: 10274330
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining weighting information for candidate navigation routes in a navigation program. A routing platform causes, at least in part, an application of at least one prize factor to one or more variables to evaluate one or more candidate routes. The routing platform determines weighting information for the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the application of the at least one prize factor to the one or more variables. The routing platform then causes, at least in part, a selection or a recommendation of at least on navigation route from among the one or more candidate navigation routes based, at least in part, on the weighting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jens Unger, Giuseppe Tribulato
  • Patent number: 10273895
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain that includes an engine and a motor/generator are described. The systems and methods provide a way of determining whether or not an engine has stalled while a vehicle may be propelled via the motor/generator. In one example, an engine stall may be indicated responsive to a first estimated engine torque and a second estimated engine torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Joseph A. Zamora, Paul Stephen Bryan, Minku Lee
  • Patent number: 10267634
    Abstract: A high-definition map system receives sensor data from vehicles travelling along routes and combines the data to generate a high definition map for use in driving vehicles, for example, for guiding autonomous vehicles. A pose graph is built from the collected data, each pose representing location and orientation of a vehicle. The pose graph is optimized to minimize constraints between poses. Points associated with surface are assigned a confidence measure determined using a measure of hardness/softness of the surface. A machine-learning-based result filter detects bad alignment results and prevents them from being entered in the subsequent global pose optimization. The alignment framework is parallelizable for execution using a parallel/distributed architecture. Alignment hot spots are detected for further verification and improvement. The system supports incremental updates, thereby allowing refinements of subgraphs for incrementally improving the high-definition map for keeping it up to date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventors: Chen Chen, Greg Coombe, Derik Schroeter
  • Patent number: 10267645
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computerized apparatus and computer program product for efficient solution of nearest object problems. A set of objects having non-point shapes representable by one or more geometric elements are obtained. For each object in the set the one or more geometric elements are sampled to obtain a set of points representing the set of objects. A Voronoi diagram is constructed for the set of points, whereby a subdivision of a space accommodating the set of objects into a plurality of cells, each cell containing a single point of the set of points and defining a region of closest neighbors of the point, is obtained. Cells containing points representing the same object are aggregated into a unified cell defining an estimated region of closest neighbors of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Bak, Jonathan Bnayahu, Yuval Nardi, Eli Packer