Patents Examined by Jeffrey R Chalhoub
  • Patent number: 12019455
    Abstract: The present invention increases the productivity of an entire factory, even of the type that produces different types of products in different quantities using transport vehicles, by performing transport operation control. This transport operation control device is provided with: a spatial distribution measuring unit which measures the spatial distribution of products-in-process being transported by the transport vehicles; and an operation schedule calculation unit which, on the basis of the measured spatial distribution of the group of partly-finished products, calculates an operation schedule that specifies both a route and a frequency of a transport operation to be carried out by each transport vehicle of the transport vehicles, wherein the operation schedule calculation unit determines the timing with which to update the operation schedule, on the basis of changes in a productivity index that is determined from the measured spatial distribution of the products-in-process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kumiko Tadano, Yoshiharu Maeno
  • Patent number: 12017723
    Abstract: A hybrid leisure vehicle equipped with an electric motor and an engine includes: an accelerator sensor that detects an operation amount of an accelerator operation member operated by a user; a controller that includes a processor and a memory and that controls the electric motor and the engine based on a detection signal of the accelerator sensor; and a selection input device connected to the controller and operated by the user. The memory stores a plurality of mode programs each of which specifies how to change states of the electric motor and the engine depending on vehicle-related parameters. The processor selects a mode program from the plurality of mode programs in response to an input provided by the user to the selection input device, and controls the electric motor and the engine according to the selected mode program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: KAWASAKI MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11994622
    Abstract: A method and system for providing scan data for decision making in a self-driving vehicle are provided. The self-driving vehicle includes a scanning sensor that scans a space around the self-driving vehicle in consecutive scanning cycles. The method includes receiving a request for scan information associated with a requested segment of space. The method determines whether to wait for a next scan of the requested segment and use scan data from the next scan, or to extract and use scan data from a previous scan of the requested segment. The method also includes processing the scan data to generate the scan information for the requested segment, providing the scan information for the requested segment in response to the request, and operating the self-driving vehicle in accordance with a decision made about a maneuver to be performed by the self-driving vehicle based, at least in part, on the scan information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Direct Cursus Technology L.L.C
    Inventors: Artem Andreevich Filatov, Andrey Olegovich Rykov
  • Patent number: 11995992
    Abstract: An artificially intelligent air traffic control system is provided. The system can include an artificially intelligent (AI) sensor configured to detect and remotely communicate with one or more flying vehicles and an AI local server communicatively coupled to the AI sensor. The artificially intelligent local server can send control instructions including authorization for the one or more flying vehicles to fly in an airspace and a flight path to fly through the airspace. The system can also include an AI cloud server communicatively coupled to the AI local server. The AI cloud server can receive data from the AI local server and the AI sensor associated with the one or more flying vehicles. The AI local server can send the authorization and the flight path to the one or more flying vehicles via the AI sensor based on the received data stored on the AI cloud server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Tradewinds Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Peter David Whitmarsh, Shana Whitmarsh
  • Patent number: 11994874
    Abstract: Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) having adaptive safety systems may operate individually or as part of a convoy. During individual operations, an AMR may determine a safety zone and stop responsive to detecting an object within the safety zone. During convoy operations, an AMR may selectively mute a portion of the safety zone and allow a forward AMR of a convoy within the portion of the safety zone. In this manner, the adaptive safety systems may enable convoy operations of multiple AMRs with relatively greater density and greater speed, thereby improving speed and efficiency of AMR operations without negatively impacting safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Charles Paschall, Justin Croyle
  • Patent number: 11977397
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mission-based path modifications are presented herein. One or more processors may be coupled with memory and housed in a vehicle. The one or more processors may receive data indicative of an issue with at least one function of the vehicle during a mission defined by a type of cargo and a flight path comprising a plurality of segments. The one or more processors may determine, responsive to the issue with the at least one function, an action to perform for the vehicle based on the issue, a current segment of the plurality of segments, and the mission. The one or more processors may execute, during the current segment or a subsequent segment of the plurality of segments, the action on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher A. Thornberg, Anthony J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11971270
    Abstract: A driving settings control system and method for controlling operating conditions of a vehicle component. The method includes determining a route to a destination in response to receiving the destination from the vehicle, identifying triggers along the route, determining operating conditions of one or more vehicle components of the vehicle corresponding to the triggers, and transmitting control instructions to the vehicle including the route, the operating conditions of the one or more vehicle components, and executing commands instructing the vehicle to accept the operating conditions of the one or more vehicle components as the vehicle approaches locations of the triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Masashi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11970183
    Abstract: Among other things, techniques are described for calibrating a sensor of a vehicle. One technique involves identifying a trigger for calibrating at least one sensor of a vehicle. In response to identifying the trigger, the technique then involves initiating a calibration path planning mode for the vehicle. In the calibration path planning mode, the technique involves: generating a plurality of calibration-aware paths that each include at least one calibration trajectory along at least one road; and selecting, from the plurality of paths, a first calibration-aware path for the vehicle, where the at least one sensor is calibrated while the vehicle travels along the selected path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Bartolomeo Della Corte, Maurilio Di Cicco, Jun Shern Chan
  • Patent number: 11958499
    Abstract: The disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods to classify a road based on a level of support offered by the road for autonomous driving operations. An example method may involve a computer receiving sensor data from a vehicle, the sensor data containing information about a current functional condition of a road. The computer may predict a future functional condition of the road by using a deterioration model to evaluate the sensor data. The computer may then determine a level of support offered by the road for autonomous driving operations based on the future functional condition of the road, and assign a classification to the road based on the level of support offered by the road for autonomous driving operations. The level of support offered by the road for autonomous driving operations may also be based on items such as road markings, traffic signs, traffic signals, and/or infrastructure elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Twumasi-Boakye, Xiaolin Cai, Shan Chy Chueh, James Fishelson, Archak Mittal, Andrea Broaddus
  • Patent number: 11953341
    Abstract: A method and a device for acquiring, offering, and transmitting vehicle-based data of a route section, in particular environment data acquired by a vehicle of a vehicle swarm traveling on the route section and offered to a back-end computer and transmitted if required, comprising: reporting available vehicle-based data relating to the route section currently being traveled on to the back-end computer; requesting at least one selection of the vehicle-based data offered relating to the predefined route section from the vehicle by means of the back-end computer; collecting the requested selection of the vehicle-based data by means of the sensors of the vehicle and storing the data in a memory the vehicle; and transmitting the requested and collected data to the back-end computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, AUDI AG
    Inventors: Stephan Max, Edson William Fangwa Nzeya
  • Patent number: 11932236
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle with regard to a parking operation to be carried out in a parking space, wherein the motor vehicle comprises a vehicle system designed to detect and select the parking space to be used from a plurality of candidate parking options, wherein at least one candidate parking option is associated with a transmitting device, from which the motor vehicle receives permissibility information describing the permissibility of parking the motor vehicle on the candidate parking option and/or of driving through at least a portion of a path leading to the candidate parking option, wherein the selection of the parking space to be used occurs dependent on the permissibility information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Werner Wilding, Malte Möller
  • Patent number: 11926348
    Abstract: A method for controlling applications distributed between a vehicle and a cloud. A supervision of communication channels between the vehicle and the cloud is carried out. Based on the supervision, a control and adaptation of a component of the applications operated in the vehicle or of a component of the applications operated in the cloud are carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Erik Walossek, Frederik Blank, Kurt Eckert, Alexander Geraldy, Behzad Benam, Jan Wolter, Jens Schwardmann, Karl Theo Floess
  • Patent number: 11906980
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for autonomous vehicle operation. A computing system can include a communication device configured to receive a plurality of event signals from at least a first autonomous vehicle that is traversing a path, and a processor in electrical communication with the communication device and configured to determine whether the event signals are indicative of an obstacle in a portion of the path. The communication device can be configured to receive, from at least a second autonomous vehicle, at least one characteristic of the obstacle captured by at least one sensor of the second autonomous vehicle, and transmit, to at least a third autonomous vehicle, at least one task to clear the obstacle from the portion of the path. The processor can be configured to determine, based on the characteristic of the obstacle, the at least one task to be transmitted by the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: 6 RIVER SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: James Barabas, Andra Adams
  • Patent number: 11897509
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include receiving, by a computing system on an autonomous vehicle, local weather data and routing data of the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle including a sensor platform mounted on the autonomous vehicle. The method may include based on the local weather data and the routing data, predicting, by the computing system using a thermal model, a thermal loading and a temperature of a component(s) of a sensor platform at one or more future times, the thermal loading and the temperature being during an operation of the autonomous vehicle. The method may include sending an overheating warning to a controller of the autonomous vehicle based on a determination that the thermal loading or the temperature of the component(s) exceeds a threshold. The method may include reporting a degraded state of the autonomous vehicle to park prior to a predicted overheating of the component(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: James B. Lohmeyer
  • Patent number: 11891052
    Abstract: A parking control method causes a control device of a vehicle to execute a first control instruction for moving the vehicle along a first route to a target parking space, on the basis of an operation command acquired from an operator located outside the vehicle. This method includes, when execution of the first control instruction is suspended or canceled, calculating a second route for the vehicle to leave with a predetermined distance or more from an object detected around the vehicle and causing the control device to execute a second control instruction for moving the vehicle along the second route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Suzuki, Yasuhisa Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11887491
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, input data for identifying one or more landing site candidates for an aerial vehicle. The input data includes a set of criteria, terrain information, and obstacle information. The method further includes identifying, by the computing device, the one or more landing site candidates based on the input data and the criteria; providing, by the computing device, information regarding the identified one or more landing site candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael J. Browne, Andreas Godehart, Miriam Cornel
  • Patent number: 11834197
    Abstract: A method for controlling a landing gear of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes detecting whether a relative-to-ground height of the UAV is greater than a height threshold, where the relative-to-ground height is a vertical height of the UAV with respect to an object; and in response to the relative-to-ground height being not greater than the height threshold and the UAV having not lowered the landing gear, adjusting the relative-to-ground height to the height threshold or above, and lowering the landing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Canlong Lin, Li Wang, Zhimeng Shang
  • Patent number: 11834075
    Abstract: A mass transportation vehicle includes a stop selector and a dispatcher. The stop selector is configured to enable a passenger on the mass transportation vehicle to select a destination stop at which the passenger plans to get off. The dispatcher is configured to book dispatch of an autonomous vehicle to which the passenger transfers after getting off the mass transportation vehicle at the destination stop. The dispatcher sends information about the destination stop to a dispatch management device of the autonomous vehicle as information about a waiting point of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakurada, Katsuya Hoshi, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Masahisa Sawada, Hiroyuki Ito, Makoto Segi, Hiroki Hattori
  • Patent number: 11835360
    Abstract: A map database stores data describing a set of connected roads each having one or more lanes, each having one or more lanes. The map database further stores data describing at an avoidance area comprising an area in the map database that an autonomous vehicle (AV) avoids traversing. A routability system determines at least one lane that can be accessed by the AV if the AV traverses the avoidance area, and generates a restored coverage area corresponding to the at least one lane. The restored coverage area corresponds to an area of restored coverage provided by the AV traversing the avoidance area. The routability system computes a score based on the restored coverage area, the score indicating an impact of restoring access by the AV to the avoidance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Tyler Haas, Sarah M. Rizk, Jaimin Liang-Yan Hsu, Joseph James Reid, Luke Pulaski
  • Patent number: 11807253
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a method for detecting driving anomalies comprises steps of: with at least one algorithm, processing raw data from On-Board Diagnostics of a car to generate time-series data, with the time series data as input, using an automatic driving behavior separating technology to identify a plurality of driving behaviors; with the driving behaviors as input, using an artificial intelligence technology to build up a driving anomaly detection model without labeling the driving behaviors; and issuing an alarm for driving anomaly identified according to an analyzing result of alarm signature of the driving behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Phone Lin, Xin-Xue Lin, En-Hau Yeh, Chia-Peng Lee