Patents Examined by Jared C Bean
  • Patent number: 12007757
    Abstract: A survey system includes a controller storing a map comprising a plurality of nodes representing data capture points of the environment. The controller is configured to segment the plurality of nodes into a plurality of communities, where each community from among the plurality of communities includes a set of nodes from among the plurality of nodes. The controller is configured to generate, for each community from among the plurality of communities, one or more traversability scores. The controller is configured to assign, for each community from among the plurality of communities, at least one robot from among a plurality of robots to survey the community based on the one or more traversability scores. The controller is configured to deploy, for each community from among the plurality of communities, at least one of the plurality of robots based on the plurality of robots assigned to the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shankar Narayan Mohan, Ansar Zunnoon Khan, Mark Goderis, Steven Schuchard
  • Patent number: 11994880
    Abstract: Methods and systems for unmanned aerial vehicles are provided. One method includes receiving, by a control system, sensor data from a mobile ground-based platform and sensor data from a ground-based radar surveillance system, the control system configured to communicate with a first UAV and a second UAV; detecting, by the control system, an object likely to impede the second UAV flight within a flight path, the object detected based on the sensor data received from the mobile ground-based platform, the ground-based radar surveillance system or both the ground-based radar surveillance system and the mobile ground-based platform; generating, by the control system, an indicator indicating an object in the flight path; and transmitting, by the control system, the indicator to the first UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Kutta Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Vallelonga, Douglas V. Limbaugh
  • Patent number: 11989038
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments for providing contingency automation to emergency response. One embodiment of a method includes determining a route for a vehicle to a primary destination, and determining a first upcoming area along the route that has been previously identified as an emergency response zone, where the emergency response zone may be used as a secondary destination in a contingency route for the vehicle in an emergency. In some embodiments, the method may include reserving airspace for the contingency route, determining that the emergency response zone is no longer useful, based on an updated position of the vehicle, and canceling the contingency route from reservation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Szabolcs A. Borgyos, Adam J. Diffenderfer
  • Patent number: 11981538
    Abstract: There is provided a marking positioning device for an elevator which is capable of easily performing marking at a designated position inside a hoistway. The marking positioning device for an elevator includes a body portion that flies inside the hoistway of an elevator, a detecting unit provided at the body portion and configured to detect a position of the body portion inside the hoistway, a measuring unit provided at the body portion and configured to measure a three-dimensional shape inside the hoistway, a marking unit provided at the body portion and configured to perform marking, and a control unit provided at the body portion and configured to control flight of the body portion on the basis of the position detected by the detecting unit so that a position of marking by the marking unit is located at a designated position set in the three-dimensional shape measured by the measuring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Sambongi, Yu Enomoto
  • Patent number: 11964774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of unmanned aerial vehicle safety protection technologies, and in particular, to an unmanned aerial vehicle safety protection method and apparatus and an unmanned aerial vehicle. The method includes: obtaining ultrasonic information and a flight status of an unmanned aerial vehicle, where the flight status includes a normal flight state and a descending state; and performing safety protection on the unmanned aerial vehicle according to the ultrasonic information and the flight status. The implementation can reduce an occurrence probability that an unmanned aerial vehicle crashes at a high altitude when ultrasound encounters abnormalities to get out of control at the high altitude and fail to descend, rise, move to the left or move to the right and land without slowing down to violently hit the ground, so that the safety of the unmanned aerial vehicle is enhanced, and user experience is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tianbao Zhang, Yingjie Li, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 11959256
    Abstract: An operative target position of a leading end device supposed by an operator of a working machine is estimated with high accuracy. The controller calculates a prospective locus region on the basis of respective detection results of a posture detecting part and a manipulation detecting part. The prospective locus region is a region based on a prospective locus along which a leading end device is prospected to shift. The controller calculates a gaze point region on the basis of a detection result of a sight detecting part. The gaze point region is a region based on a gaze point of an operator. The controller sets a target position in a region where the prospective locus region and the gaze point region overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 11947348
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) controller may have control elements configured to receive inputs from a user. A cover may be coupled to the controller. The cover may be movable between a closed position in which the control elements are covered and an open position in which the control elements are exposed. An antenna may be integrated in the cover. The antenna may be electrically connected to circuitry in the controller for communicating with a UAV. In some implementations, a conductive plane and/or an insulating plane may be integrated in the cover. In some implementations, a heatsink, a fan, and/or a support mechanism may be arranged on an under portion of the controller. In some implementations, a circuit board including a cutout may be arranged inside the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Scott Thompson, Christopher Brian Grasberger, Patrick Allen Lowe, Asher Mendel Robbins-Rothman, Yevgeniy Kozlenko, Logan Sweet, Blair Williams, Joseph Anthony Enke
  • Patent number: 11914396
    Abstract: When a non-operable notification is output from any of a plurality of operating vehicles, an operation schedule creator creates a substitute vehicle introduction operation schedule based on planned stopping times and a target velocity determined by a normal operation schedule, as an operation schedule to be provided, to each of operating vehicles other than a non-operable vehicle which has output the non-operable notification, when the operating vehicle passes an operation schedule updating location for a first time after the non-operable notification is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Higashide, Kenji Okazaki, Keiichi Uno
  • Patent number: 11892306
    Abstract: A method for identifying dangerous roads includes: receiving a vehicle dataset and extracting a driving record associated with a travelled road section therefrom; for a road section belonging to one of a plurality of section categories, obtaining a driving record from the vehicle dataset; calculating a driving characteristic dataset based on the driving records that are associated with an identified road section; and determining, whether the identified road section should be deemed as a potential dangerous road section based on at least the driving characteristic dataset and a corresponding one of a plurality of reference datasets that corresponds to one of the plurality of section categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: MiTAC Digital Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Shen-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 11878795
    Abstract: A method for workforce management includes receiving a service request associated with a task area from a user device, and controlling movement of an unmanned aerial machine from a home base to the task area. The unmanned aerial machine acquires evaluation data about the task area. The method also includes determining a task to be performed based on the service request, the task area, and the evaluation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mark Kisiler, Victor Acuña, Bonnie Hu Chen, Shaun Kohei Westbrook
  • Patent number: 11874673
    Abstract: Techniques for integrating a travel control system and attitude and heading (AHR) system in a vehicle are disclosed. The integrated system includes interface circuitry that enables data communication between constituent travel control system and AHR system of the integrated system, and can further communicate data between the travel control system and/or the AHR system and other system(s) or device(s) in or on the vehicle. In some embodiments, the travel control system includes processing circuitry that is fault tolerant. Alternatively, or additionally, the AHR system may include processing circuitry that has a processing power greater than the travel control system processing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Ross Horner, Neil Manning, John Koenig, Wayne Schultz, Timothy Brown
  • Patent number: 11859979
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the external aiding of inertial navigation systems are described herein. In certain embodiments, a device includes an inertial navigation system. In some embodiments, the inertial navigation system includes one or more inertial sensors and an input interface for receiving measurements. In further embodiments, the measurements include at least one of delta attitude and/or delta position measurements from an external system, and position and attitude information in an arbitrary map frame. In certain embodiments, the inertial navigation system includes a computation device that is configured to calibrate the errors from the one or more inertial sensors using the received measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S Russell, Ctibor Mazal, Andrew Stewart, Vijay Venkataraman
  • Patent number: 11808597
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include receiving, by a computing device, directional information for a waypoint along a route of travel of a personal mobility vehicle, determining, by the computing device and based on the directional information, a bearing of the waypoint from a current location of the personal mobility vehicle, and displaying, by a display device included in the personal mobility vehicle and configured to display navigational information within an illumination pattern, an indication of the bearing within the illumination pattern for navigating the personal mobility vehicle along the route of travel to the waypoint. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Lambert, Roy Evans Williams, III, Mario Gomez-Hall
  • Patent number: 11808601
    Abstract: A system for updating linear traffic feature data is provided. The system, for example, determines, from sensor data, the linear traffic feature data associated with a matched link. Further, the system, for example, generates heading data based on the linear traffic feature data and updates the linear traffic feature data based on the generated heading data. The heading data is generated by dropping a perpendicular to at least one of the matched link and a second link connected to the matched link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Zhenhua Zhang
  • Patent number: 11797023
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including circuitry configured to generate a map specification based on a behavior objective of a mobility device or a state of the mobility device, and create, based on the generated map specification, an outside map of an environment external to the mobility device that satisfies the generated map specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keisuke Maeda
  • Patent number: 11788837
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for methods and portable positioning devices adapted to determine a geospatial position of a point of interest. In one embodiment, the portable positioning device comprises an antenna, a levelling detector, an imaging device, a display unit and a processing unit. The antenna may be adapted to receive satellite information signals. The levelling detector is arranged relative to the antenna for detecting whether the antenna is positioned horizontally. The imaging device has an optical axis and a sighting axis. In one embodiment, the sighting axis intersects an antenna axis. In another embodiment, the sighting axis is aligned with the antenna axis. The display unit may be provided for assisting in identifying the point of interest within a field of view of the imaging device and for assisting in identifying whether the antenna is horizontally levelled and whether a phase center and the point of interest are vertically aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Trimble Nantes S.A.S.
    Inventors: Stéphane Mellier, Eric Moisset, Charles Lemaire
  • Patent number: 11789468
    Abstract: A method for controlling an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle for delivery of a medication package includes determining a thermal control period for the medication package. The method also includes identifying a delivery location corresponding to the medication package. The method also includes identifying at least one environmental characteristic of an environment that includes a delivery three-dimensional flight path between a starting location and the delivery location, wherein the at least one environmental characteristic indicates an actual weather value at the delivery location. The method also includes determining whether to deliver the medication package based on the thermal control period and the at least one environmental characteristic, using the unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Ankur Kaneria, Timothy B. Clise
  • Patent number: 11755039
    Abstract: A server device transmits an instruction for causing a plurality of flying bodies to perform flight operation to the flying bodies. The flight operation includes a step in which a first flying body urges a penetrating tool toward an object placed in a predetermined space and flies out of the predetermined space while holding a first part and a second part of a string member attached to the penetrating tool, the first part having penetrated the object and the second part not having penetrated the object, a step in which a second flying body receives either the first or second part from the first flying body, and a step in which the first and second flying bodies transport the object while towing the object with the string member as the first and second flying bodies fly while respectively holding one or the other of the first and second parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Shin Sakurada, Soutaro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11755009
    Abstract: A transport system transports a transported object using an autonomously moveable mobile robot. The transport system stores management information including a use start time, a use end time, and a use location for each equipment to be lent that is transported as the transported object by the mobile robot. The transport system executes a determination process for determining whether an interval from the use end time to a next use start time is equal to or longer than a predetermined time for each equipment based on the management information. The transport system transports the equipment to its storage location after an end of use of the equipment when the interval is equal to or longer than the predetermined time, and transports the equipment to a next use location of the equipment after the end of the use of the equipment when the interval is shorter than the predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shiro Oda, Tetsuya Taira, Satoshi Toyoshima, Yuta Watanabe, Takeshi Matsui, Takayoshi Nasu, Kei Yoshikawa, Yusuke Ota, Yutaro Ishida, Yuji Onuma, Kyosuke Arai
  • Patent number: 11755553
    Abstract: A mobile apparatus receives a route response comprising an encoded route and one or more delay encoding data structures. The delay encoding data structures are probabilistic data structures configured to not provide false negatives. The mobile apparatus determines a decoded route based on the encoded route and a mobile version of a digital map; determines an expected traffic delay for at least one adjacent traversable map element (TME) of the decoded route based on the one or more delay encoding data structures; and performs one or more navigation functions based at least on the expected traffic delay for the at least one adjacent segment of the decoded route. An adjacent TME is a TME of the digital map that intersects the decoded route and is not a TME of the decoded route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Raul Cajias, Daniel Rolf