Patents Examined by Isaac G Smith
  • Patent number: 10942520
    Abstract: A method for using an autonomous vehicle includes receiving one or more user preferences for use of the autonomous vehicle. A destination is received for a trip using the autonomous vehicle. An arrival time is received for when the trip needs to be completed. A determination is made as to whether the user preferences includes a preference for physical activity for the trip. One or more routes are provided for the trip to the destination that permits the trip to be completed by the arrival time and that implements at least one of the user preferences. At least one of the routes comprises a hybrid route including one segment in which a physical activity selected by the user is suggested for traversing a distance of the one segment and another segment using the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Copeland, Suzanne M. Fisi, Simone O. Harvey, David C. Hatch, Chris Kalaboukis, Muhammed Farukh Munir, Aaron Francis Colfax Petrik, Darrell L. Suen, Timothy R. Ward, Steven J. Wirt, Ryan J. Wyler, Nancy B. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10937318
    Abstract: A parking assistance service management device includes a processor configured to receive, from a terminal of a user of a parking assistance service, a use request for using the parking assistance service. The use request includes point information and time information. The processor is configured to extract, in response to the reception of the use request, from a plurality of parking lots, a parking lot that is present within a predetermined range from the point represented by the point information and has an empty parking space at the date and time represented by the time information. The processor is configured to reserve a parking space for the date and time represented by the time information. The information notification unit is configured to notify a terminal of an agent of the parking assistance service and the terminal of the user of reserved parking lot information indicating the reserved parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tohru Yanagida, Chikage Kubo, Ai Fujimura, Shunsuke Noda, Satoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 10935984
    Abstract: A method and system of determining or predicting a climb profile for an aircraft, includes receiving, by a controller module, an initial climb profile defining a portion of a flight plan for the aircraft between takeoff and a cruise profile, and an altitude climb constraint defining at least one altitude limitation of the aircraft, determining, by the controller module, that the initial climb profile does not satisfy the altitude constraint, and determining an updated climb profile based on a set of subsequent climb models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Lax, Reza Ghaemi, Pierino Gianni Bonanni, Nicholas Race Visser, Owen Michael O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 10926674
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving ride quality of an active payload support system. In one example, a seat system for a vehicle includes a seat, a support structure including an actuator configured to rotate the seat about an axis of a pivot, a first sensor positioned to detect movement of the vehicle, and a controller configured to receive a first input from the first sensor, determine a cornering lateral acceleration of the vehicle in a direction perpendicular to an axis parallel to a direction of travel of the vehicle around a turn, the cornering lateral acceleration determined based at least on the first input, generate a command signal based at least on the cornering lateral acceleration to instruct an actuator to rotate the seat about the axis of the pivot in a direction of the turn, and provide a force command to the actuator to move the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ClearMotion Acquisition I LLC
    Inventors: Travis Lee Hein, Lawrence D. Knox
  • Patent number: 10916132
    Abstract: A dash cam on a vehicle for reading signage and updating navigation of the vehicle. A detour is detected from a route using a navigation system in a vehicle. A video recording from a dash cam on the vehicle which is continuously recording as the vehicle is operated is reviewed, and the reviewing of the video recording is based on a time of the detour from the route. Signage of a road diversion on the video at a location of the detour is detected. The signage is assessed to determine a route change based on the road diversion, and the route change includes avoiding the location of the detour or a detour area. The navigation system is updated with the route change based on the signage and the road diversion. The updated navigation includes the avoiding of the location of the detour or the detour area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Waleed Arshad, Charlotte Bird, Elizabeth Bowen, Ashley Robertson, Caroline J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10908611
    Abstract: The systems and associated methods are for autonomously launching and recovering payload objects such as vessels, equipment and people by partially submerging a multi-mode unmanned vehicle in a controlled manner. Mechanical, power, signal and logical system components operate in a coordinated manner to repeatedly and reliably perform unmanned launch and recovery of payloads in a variety of conditions and sea states from a catamaran style hull with multi-mode, high-performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: UNMANNED INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Becker Hanson, Thomas Edward Hanson
  • Patent number: 10899349
    Abstract: A method and system for centering a vehicle in a lane. The system includes an electromagnetic radiation sensor, a motion sensor, a steering system, and an electronic controller. The electronic controller is configured to receive environmental information regarding an environment external to the vehicle from the electromagnetic radiation sensor and to receive a first motion of the vehicle from the motion sensor. The electronic controller is also configured to determine a predicted position of the vehicle based the first motion of the vehicle and the environmental information, store the predicted position, compare the predicted position to a desired position of the vehicle to generate and send a corrective signal to the steering system. The electronic controller is further configured to determine a current position of the vehicle, compare the current position with the predicted position to generate a difference, and calibrate the motion sensor based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Voorheis
  • Patent number: 10836338
    Abstract: A method for monitoring an energy reserve for a safety device for a vehicle includes the task of evaluating a change of a voltage present in the energy reserve between a starting value suitable for operating the safety device and a test voltage value suitable for operating the safety device to monitor the energy reserve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten List, Hartmut Schumacher, Falko Sievers
  • Patent number: 10820574
    Abstract: Techniques for drone device control are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method comprises establishing, by a plurality of drone devices respectively operatively coupled to processors and coordinating with one other, a defined region of a defined coordinate space of a geographic area, wherein the defined region is associated with an animal. The computer-implemented method also comprises monitoring, by the plurality of drone devices, a physical relationship between the animal and the defined region. The computer-implemented method can also comprise, in response to identifying that the physical relationship between the animal and the defined region fails to meet a criterion, performing, by the plurality of drone devices, a pattern of operations selected to alter the physical relationship between the animal and the defined region to satisfy the criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10814873
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus is configured to execute steering support control of changing a steering angle of a vehicle based on vehicle surroundings information. The driving support apparatus includes a cleaning apparatus configured to execute cleaning processing for cleaning a window section when a cleaning request is generated. The driving support apparatus is configured to determine whether or not a predetermined cleaning prohibition condition is satisfied, the predetermined cleaning prohibition condition being satisfied when the vehicle is predicted to be likely to approach an object present near the vehicle on the assumption that the cleaning processing is executed. The driving support apparatus prohibits the cleaning apparatus from executing the cleaning processing when the cleaning prohibition condition is determined to be satisfied in a case where the cleaning request is generated during execution of the steering support control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masumi Dakemoto
  • Patent number: 10807603
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to predict upcoming driver behavior based on a correlation between received context variables and previously observed driver behavior. The processor is also configured to request confirmation that predicted behavior is intended by a driver. Further, the processor is configured to change an in-vehicle display to include a control or feature relevant to the predicted behavior, upon confirmation receipt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Devinder Singh Kochhar, Michael James Whitens
  • Patent number: 10800454
    Abstract: A steering input device for a trailer backup assist system includes a control element moveable away from a center position sequentially through a first sub-range and a second sub-range and defining a first stop between the first sub-range and the second sub-range, movement past the first stop being permitted upon a first predetermined movement of the control element. The steering input device further includes a controller generating a vehicle steering command based on a position of the control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Robert Bell, Donald Jacob Mattern
  • Patent number: 10801851
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a navigation apparatus that includes a receiver and a controller. The receiver may receive a plurality of events related to traffic information. The controller may be configured to generate an integrated event by processing the plurality of events when the plurality of events overlap or are consecutive events. The controller may calculate an average speed of the integrated event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MNSOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Kangwon Park, Soyun Park, Dong Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 10795360
    Abstract: One or more aspects of utility decomposition with deep corrections are described herein. An entity may be detected within an environment through which an autonomous vehicle is travelling. The entity may be associated with a current velocity and a current position. The autonomous vehicle may be associated with a current position and a current velocity. Additionally, the autonomous vehicle may have a target position or desired destination. A Partially Observable Markov Decision Process (POMDP) model may be built based on the current velocities and current positions of different entities and the autonomous vehicle. Utility decomposition may be performed to break tasks or problems down into sub-tasks or sub-problems. A correction term may be generated using multi-fidelity modeling. A driving parameter may be implemented for a component of the autonomous vehicle based on the POMDP model and the correction term to operate the autonomous vehicle autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Alireza Nakhaei Sarvedani
  • Patent number: 10789786
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for generation of a vehicle repair plan. Implementations include actions of receiving vehicle damage data including an image of a damaged vehicle. The vehicle damage data is processed to determine a component region. The component region is processed to determine a damaged area and a damage type of a portion of the damaged vehicle. A maintenance plan is generated for the damaged vehicle based on the damaged area and the damage type. The maintenance plan is initiated for the damaged vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Haitao Zhang, Juan Xu, Jinlong Hou, Jian Wang, Xin Guo, Danni Cheng, Yue Hu, Bokun Wu, Yanqing Chen
  • Patent number: 10787788
    Abstract: A work machine according to an aspect includes: a dipper stick; a boom; a cylinder for driving the boom; an operation apparatus for operating the dipper stick; and a controller for performing intervention control by using the boom in accordance with an operation command issued from the operation apparatus to achieve land grading. The controller determines whether or not the operation command from the operation apparatus indicates an amount greater than or equal to a predetermined amount, and corrects a speed of the cylinder when the operation command from the operation apparatus indicates an amount greater than or equal to the predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Takeo Yamada, Ayumi Ohkuma, Toru Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10787173
    Abstract: A traveling assistance method of the present invention for a vehicle capable of switching between manual driving by the driver and automated driving includes learning a braking distance of a case of stopping at an intersection during the manual driving by the driver, in which a braking distance of a case of no preceding vehicle in front of the vehicle is preferentially learned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Machiko Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 10741079
    Abstract: The route prediction system according to the invention includes a measurement unit to measure an area including a host vehicle and other moving vehicles, a vehicle detection unit to detect the host vehicle and at least two of the surrounding vehicles having collision possibilities on the basis of observation results observed by the observation unit, a hypothesis generation unit to generate plural hypotheses for the at least two of the surrounding vehicles detected by the vehicle detection unit to avoid collision, a likelihood calculation unit to calculate a likelihood indicating probability of occurrence of each of the plural hypotheses generated by the hypothesis generation unit, and a predicted route analysis unit to analyze, on the basis of the likelihood calculated by the likelihood calculation unit, predicted routes of the at least two of the surrounding vehicles, and output the analysis result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Takabayashi, Yasushi Obata, Kyosuke Konishi
  • Patent number: 10729055
    Abstract: A control system of an agricultural work vehicle system includes a controller configured to receive a set of swath paths, and separate each swath path of the set of swath paths into a set of half swaths. Also, the controller is configured to determine multiple possible connecting paths, and each connecting path of the multiple possible connecting paths connects one half swath of a first half swath of the set of half swaths to a second half swath of the set of half swaths. Moreover, the controller is configured to determine a cost for each possible connecting path of the multiple possible connecting paths. Further, the controller is configured to select a chosen connecting path from the multiple possible connecting paths based on the cost, and output a signal indicative of a travel path for an agricultural work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: CNH Industrial America LLC, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Alan Foster, Nathan Eric Bunderson, Daniel John Morwood
  • Patent number: 10725470
    Abstract: A method is provided for autonomously operating a vehicle. The method includes receiving, at a processor, at least vehicle state data and vehicle object environment data; generating, with the processor, an optimal path for the vehicle with a cost function based on the vehicle state data and the vehicle object environment data; identifying, with the processor, at least one critical condition constraint based on at least one of the vehicle or vehicle environment; modifying, with the processor, at least a first portion of the optimal path based on the at least one critical condition constraint to result in a short-range trajectory portion; generating a resulting trajectory with the short-range trajectory portion; and implementing the resulting trajectory on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Seyedalireza Kasaiezadeh Mahabadi, Sayyed Rouhollah Jafari Tafti, Edward T. Heil, Nikolai K. Moshchuk, Bakhtiar B. Litkouhi