Patents Examined by Matthew J. Reda
  • Patent number: 11687077
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying high-priority agents in the vicinity of a vehicle. The high-priority agents can be identified based on a set of mutual importance scores in which each mutual importance score indicates an estimated mutual relevance between the vehicle and a different agent from a set of agents on planning decisions of the other. The mutual importance scores can be calculated based on importance scores assessed from the perspectives of both the vehicle and the agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Kai Ding, Minfa Wang, Haoyu Chen, Khaled Refaat, Stephane Ross, Wei Chai
  • Patent number: 11662730
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, during a first planning cycle, a first lane boundary of a driving environment perceived by an ADV is determined using a first lane boundary determination scheme (e.g., current lane boundary), which has been designated as a current lane boundary determination scheme. A first trajectory is planned based on the first lane boundary to drive the ADV to navigate through the driving environment. The first trajectory is evaluated against a predetermined set of safety rules (e.g., whether it will collide or get too close to an object) to avoid a collision with an object detected in the driving environment. In response to determining that the first trajectory fails to satisfy the safety rules, a second lane determination boundary of the driving environment is determined using a second lane boundary determination scheme and a second trajectory is planned based on the second lane boundary to drive the ADV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jiacheng Pan, Yifei Jiang, Yajia Zhang, Jiaming Tao, Jiangtao Hu
  • Patent number: 11644836
    Abstract: Formation of a tire trace due to automated driving travel of an automated driving vehicle (10) is prevented. In an automated driving system (500), an in-vehicle apparatus (100) is mounted in the automated driving vehicle (10) traveling a road by automated driving. The in-vehicle apparatus (100) effects automated driving such that a vehicle position through which the automated driving vehicle (10) travels deviates from a center in a transverse direction of the road by an offset value (321) in the transverse direction of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Tsuda
  • Patent number: 11647029
    Abstract: A method of probing and responding to a security breach in a computer network security system includes defining first and second rules and defining a model to output a probability that a security breach has occurred based on an input and to generate commands. Data is collected at first nodes according to the first rules and a first portion of the collected data is selected and sent from the first nodes to a second node. The selected first portion is input into the model to obtain an output probability that a security breach has occurred and the following steps are performed: determining signs of a security breach, generating a first command with the model to cause a second portion of the collected data to be selected, and generating a second command with the model to cause a change in settings at one or more of the first nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Withsecure Corporation
    Inventors: Paolo Palumbo, Dmitry Komashinskiy, Szymon Grzybowski
  • Patent number: 11597394
    Abstract: In general, the disclosure describes various aspects of techniques for evaluating decisions determined by autonomous devices. A device comprising a memory and a processor may be configured to perform the techniques. The memory may store first state data representative of a first observational state detected by an autonomous device, and first action data representative of one or more first actions the autonomous device performs responsive to detecting the first observational state. The processor may execute a computation engine configured to identify, based on the first action data, a first inflection point representative of changing behavior of the autonomous device. The computation engine may further be configured to determine, based on the first inflection point, first explanatory data representative of portions of the first state data on which the autonomous device relied that explain the changing behavior of the autonomous device, and output the first explanatory data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Chih-hung Yeh, Boone Adkins, Melinda T. Gervasio, Karen L. Myers, Rodrigo de Salvo Braz
  • Patent number: 11594139
    Abstract: A management system comprises a movement management unit that communicates via a communication device with a plurality of moving bodies including an autonomous moving body provided with an autonomous control unit for moving autonomously, and that manages the movement of the plurality of moving bodies. The movement management unit comprises a priority/subordination determination unit that determines the degree of priority/subordination relating to the respective movements of the plurality of moving bodies on the basis of individual information of the moving bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Nagai, Yo Ito, Takahiro Iijima
  • Patent number: 11592835
    Abstract: A method for fusing state data via a control unit. State data of a first mobile unit and of an object ascertained via a sensor system of the first mobile unit are received. State data of an object ascertained via a sensor system of a second mobile unit and/or state data of the second mobile unit, transmitted via a communication link from the second mobile unit to the first mobile unit, are received. A node is created in a time-position diagram for each set of received state data of the first mobile unit, the second mobile unit, and the objects. A data optimization of the state data ascertained by the first mobile unit and/or by the second mobile unit is carried out. An optimization problem is created based on the optimized state data ascertained by the first mobile unit and the optimized state data received from the second mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Artur Koch, Carsten Hasberg, Maxim Dolgov, Piyapat Saranrittichai, Thomas Michalke
  • Patent number: 11586207
    Abstract: A marine propulsion system for a marine vessel has a first marine propulsion device coupled to the marine vessel and a second marine propulsion device coupled to the marine vessel. The first marine propulsion device has a first engine controlled by a first electronic control module. The second marine propulsion device has a second engine controlled by a second electronic control module. In response to the first marine propulsion device being keyed ON, the second electronic control module of the second marine propulsion device is turned ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Belter, Matthew W. Snyder, Brad E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11567514
    Abstract: A processor coupled to memory is configured to receive an identification of a geographical location associated with a target specified by a user remote from a vehicle. A machine learning model is utilized to generate a representation of at least a portion of an environment surrounding the vehicle using sensor data from one or more sensors of the vehicle. At least a portion of a path to a target location corresponding to the received geographical location is calculated using the generated representation of the at least portion of the environment surrounding the vehicle. At least one command is provided to automatically navigate the vehicle based on the determined path and updated sensor data from at least a portion of the one or more sensors of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Elon Musk, Kate Park, Nenad Uzunovic, Christopher Coleman Moore, Francis Havlak, Stuart Bowers, Andrej Karpathy, Arvind Ramanandan, Ashima Kapur Sud, Paul Chen, Paril Jain, Alexander Hertzberg, Jason Kong, Li Wang, Oktay Arslan, Nicklas Gustafsson, Charles Shieh, David Seelig
  • Patent number: 11561537
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a controller. The controller is configured to generate, when information related to a request to use a cabin unit is acquired from a terminal of a first user who intends an activity in the cabin unit rather than traveling by the cabin unit, a command for causing a traveling unit to pick up the first user. The traveling unit is connected to and carrying a predetermined cabin unit associated with the activity of the first user. The controller is configured to generate, to the traveling unit connected to the predetermined cabin unit where a predetermined number of the first users or more is riding, a command for placing the predetermined cabin unit at a predetermined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Daiki Kubo, Yosuke Nozaki, Tsukasa Nakanishi, Hironori Aoyama, Seiji Yogo, Tae Sugimura, Yasuhiro Kobatake, Ryo Sato, Takeshi Yamada, Sayaka Ninoyuu
  • Patent number: 11553635
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a travelling vehicle body; a work machine mounted on a rear portion of the travelling vehicle body to be capable of being lifted and lowered; a control unit for controlling lifting and lowering of the work machine; and a rear sensor provided on the rear portion of the travelling vehicle body and configured to detect an object present behind the travelling vehicle body. The control unit may be configured to set a regulation height based on a height where the rear sensor detects the work machine while the work machine is lifted and then regulate lifting of the work machine during work in such a manner that a height of the work machine is kept less than or equal to the regulation height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: ISEKI & CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daisuke Sakuma
  • Patent number: 11550323
    Abstract: An autonomous moving apparatus includes a moving unit moving the apparatus, a detector detecting distances from surrounding objects and shapes of the objects, and a controller. When a route of the apparatus is adjusted to a route of a follow target under control of the moving unit, the controller controls the moving unit so that the apparatus continues to move without changing the route of the apparatus if the follow target has changed the route but an obstacle having a possibility of causing a movement abnormality when the apparatus moves over the obstacle is present between the route of the follow target and the route of the apparatus. When the obstacle is no longer present between the route of the follow target and the route of the apparatus, the controller controls the moving unit so that the route of the apparatus is adjusted to the route of the follow target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp.
    Inventors: Hajime Kajiyama, Mariko Miyazaki, Hideki Fujimoto, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Xiongfan Jin, Kunitoshi Yamamoto, Teppei Aoki
  • Patent number: 11531343
    Abstract: A user interacts with an autonomous mobile device (AMD) using a voice user interface. The voice user interface allows a user to instruct the AMD to move, stop, go to a specified location, and so forth. The commands may include, but are not limited to: stop, stop moving, move, turn, go to, stay here, go away, and so forth. In one implementation, if the AMD is instructed by the user to go away, the AMD may move out of sight of the user from a first region to another region, such as another room. The AMD will avoid traversing the first region until a timer expires or a command to enter the first region is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventors: Jessica Ann Kitchens, Jonathan Ota, Munaf Assaf
  • Patent number: 11525238
    Abstract: A work machine includes a mechanical arm. A work implement is coupled to the mechanical arm to receive a load. A hydraulic actuator moves the arm between a lower position and an upper position, wherein a distance between the lower position and the upper position is a travel distance of the mechanical arm. A sensor unit is configured to sense the load in the work implement. A valve is in fluid communication with the hydraulic actuator for supplying a fluid output to the hydraulic actuator. A controller is in communication with the valve and the sensor unit. The controller is configured to transmit a control signal to the valve to adjust the fluid output to the hydraulic actuator. The controller is also configured to adjust the upper position to reduce the travel distance in response to the load being at or above a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: David J. Myers, Doug M. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11512447
    Abstract: A work machine includes systems and methods for stability control based on operating values. The work machine includes a control system having a sensor system with a load sensor, an arm position sensor, and an articulation angle sensor. A controller is in communication with the sensor system. The controller is configured to receive a movement command and to receive a set of values from the sensor system. The controller is configured to determine an operational window for normal operation of the work vehicle based on the received set of values, determine a movement limit based on the received set of values, and limit movement of a component beyond the movement limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: David Myers, Doug Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11505124
    Abstract: A vehicle hitch assistance system includes a first image sensor in connection with a portion of the vehicle and positioned forward of a forward hitch disposed in a cargo bed of the vehicle. The system further includes a controller configured to capture first image data with the first image sensor. The first image data depicts a coupler of a trailer. The controller is further configured to identify a trailer type of the trailer based on the first image data. The trailer type is configured to connect to the forward hitch. The controller is further configured to acquire position data identifying a coupler position of the coupler in the first image data, derive a vehicle path aligning the forward hitch with the coupler, and control a maneuvering system driving the vehicle along the vehicle path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Roger Arnold Trombley, Thomas Edward Pilutti
  • Patent number: 11498427
    Abstract: A transport robot may include a wheel driver, a power supply, and a processor. The transport robot may execute artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and/or machine learning algorithms, and may communicate with other electronic devices in a 5G communication environment. Thus, user convenience can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Sungmin Moon, Sang Hak Lee, Nak Yeong Kim, Sung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 11486111
    Abstract: A shovel according to embodiments of the present invention includes: a lower traveling body; an upper swivel body that is rotatably mounted on the lower traveling body; an attachment that is configured by a boom, an arm, and an end attachment; an engine that is mounted on the upper swivel body; a motor generator that is able to assist the engine; a power storage system that is mounted on the upper swivel body; a swiveling motor that is driven by electric power from the motor generator and the power storage system; temperature detection units; and a control device. The control device switches a control mode in a case where at least one of a temperature relating to the motor generator, a temperature relating to the power storage system, and a temperature relating to the swiveling motor, detected by the temperature detection units, is higher than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Jitsutaka Takeo
  • Patent number: 11480962
    Abstract: A vehicle can determine a drivable region of an environment and determine an expansion region to expand the drivable region. Candidate regions can be identified in the environment and portions of the candidate regions which may be used for planning can be determined. The width of such a portion can meet or exceed a threshold and an expansion region can be determined. The expansion region can be associated with the drivable region to determine an expanded drivable region. The vehicle can traverse the environment based on the expanded drivable region to avoid, for example, an object in the environment while maintaining a safe distance the object and/or other entities in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Victoria Magdalena Dax
  • Patent number: 11479142
    Abstract: A system receives historical vehicle battery data from a gateway device connected to a vehicle. Some vehicles with plug-in rechargeable batteries recommend/require that the vehicle computer be turned off when recharging. Thus, obtaining a current state of charge while a vehicle is charging can be difficult because the vehicle computer can be off. While the vehicle/gateway device is unable to transmit current battery data, the systems estimate a battery charge from the historical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Thomas Govan, Alvin Wu, Benjamin Chang, Jennifer Zhang, Katherine Lee