Patents Examined by Michael J. Zanelli
  • Patent number: 10332322
    Abstract: Systems and method for vehicle-to-vehicle communication are provided. In one example, a vehicle system may include one or more sub-systems, an in-vehicle computing system, and an inter-vehicle communication system. The in-vehicle computing system may be configured to generate and/or update trust scores for the one or more sub-systems based on a functional safety classification of the one or more sub-systems. The trust scores may be transmitted to one or more other vehicles near the vehicle via the inter-vehicle communication system. The in-vehicle computing system may also receive trust scores from the one or more other vehicles. Based on the received trust scores, the in-vehicle computing system may adjust longitudinal and/or lateral control of the vehicle via one or more actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Axel Nix
  • Patent number: 10331133
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode can obtain sensor data from one or more sensors observing one or more aspects of an environment of the vehicle. At least one aspect of the environment of the vehicle that is not observed by the one or more sensors could be inferred based on the sensor data. The vehicle could be controlled in the autonomous mode based on the at least one inferred aspect of the environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Lombrozo, Eric Teller, Bradley Templeton
  • Patent number: 10317227
    Abstract: A device can obtain geographic map metadata associated with a set of locations. The device can generate a data structure that associates the geographic map metadata for each location, of the set of locations. The device can receive, from a user device, a request for a set of navigational directions to a first location with multiple entrances, where the first location is one of the set of locations. The request can include information identifying the first location and information identifying a current location of the user device. The device can select an entrance, of the multiple entrances associated with the first location based on the request. The device can determine the set of navigational directions using geographic map metadata associated with the first location. The device can provide the set of navigational directions to the user device to direct the user device to the selected entrance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua D. Eno
  • Patent number: 10308248
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a control apparatus and method for improving fuel efficiency in a CACC system, which can improve fuel efficiency through control of a vehicle speed so that a vehicle travels using an optimized cost in consideration of a target vehicle speed, current vehicle speed, minimum driving speed set in the vehicle, and a deceleration distance if the vehicle that uses the CACC system senses a forward vehicle and enters into a CACC active mode. The control method for improving fuel efficiency in a CACC system includes setting a target speed profile based on a target speed of the subject vehicle and an expected driving path, determining whether a target vehicle to be followed by the subject vehicle exists, and controlling the driving speed of the subject vehicle according to the set target speed profile depending on whether or not the target vehicle exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Dong Gyu Noh, In Yong Jung, Su Lyun Sung, Seung Wook Park, Jong Rok Park, Kyung Joo Bang, Cho Rong Ryu, Min Byeong Lee, Hahk Rel Noh, Dae Sung Hwang
  • Patent number: 10311653
    Abstract: A use index IDX indicative of a degree of use of external charging is calculated and transmitted to a vehicle external system. The vehicle external system provides a service or imposes a penalty based on the use index IDX. In a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be low based on the use index IDX, if the vehicle external system provides a non-preferential service or imposes a heavy penalty as compared with a case where the degree of use of external charging is determined to be high, a driver or an owner of a vehicle takes an action by which the use index is determined to indicate a high degree of use of external charging. As a result, the use of external charging can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keita Hashimoto, Ryuta Ishida, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroaki Arakawa, Shinji Ichikawa, Shigeki Kinomura, Akio Uotani, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yusuke Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10304328
    Abstract: A diagnosis system for an adaptive signal control system in a network, the diagnosis system including a traffic state identification device configured to estimate a traffic state describing a supply-demand mismatch by identifying a relationship between real time data feed from a sensor and a control strategy of the adaptive signal control system and a network transition model device configured to diagnose the supply-demand mismatch and an evolution of the supply-demand mismatch on a network level based on the relationship and infrastructure data of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric P. Bouillet, Thanh Lam Hoang, Rahul Nair, Alessandra Pascale
  • Patent number: 10288733
    Abstract: A method for aiding finding of available parking areas of a street section includes receiving data corresponding to parking areas situated in a street section, the data including information ascertained by an ascertaining vehicle driving through the street section and information received from a server, determining an instantaneous occupancy estimate of the street section based on the received data, calculating a forecasted occupancy estimate based on the instantaneous occupancy estimate using a timer series forecasting model, and generating a display representation of the calculated forecasted occupancy estimate. The method includes receiving the data and determining the occupancy estimate, for example, each time an ascertaining vehicle drives through the street.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Carlos Cunha, Ruobing Chen, Philipp Mayer
  • Patent number: 10281554
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a method, device and system for target tracking. Wherein, the method for target tracking includes that: Global Positioning System (GPS) information of a target object monitored by tracking equipment is acquired (S102); Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) coordinate information corresponding to the GPS information of the target object is obtained according to a pre-stored conversion relationship between GPS information and PTZ coordinate information (S104); and the tracking equipment is regulated to control the tracking equipment to monitor the target object according to the PTZ coordinate information of the target object (S106). The problem of inaccuracy of a monitoring result of a method for monitoring a tracking target in the conventional art is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Wang, Xiaochen Quan, Ye Ren, Peng Wang, Wencong Zhang, Weiwei Cai, Shiliang Pu
  • Patent number: 10279644
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for providing task-specific ride-height control in a self-propelled agricultural product applicator utilize a controllable ride-height trailing arm suspension system for independently joining each wheel to a frame of the applicator. Each trailing arm suspension system includes upper and lower suspension arms, an extensible air strut, and an angular position sensor operatively interconnected to one another and disposed between a rolling axis of the ground engaging wheel independently supported by that suspension system and a point of attachment of the suspension system to the frame, such that the position sensor detects a relative angular position between the upper and lower suspension arms at a present extension of the air strut. An electronic control unit utilizes the angular positions detected by the sensors, in conjunction with a desired task input, to control the air struts in a manner providing a ride-height corresponding to the desired task input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Richard Kerner, Richard A. Moen, William A. Roach
  • Patent number: 10272738
    Abstract: A method of controlling an air conditioning system for a vehicle enables a user to recognize whether economical heating is available, while a vehicle travels. The method includes: (A) when starting of the vehicle is in an on state, confirming a heating condition and a waste heat source state while the vehicle travels, and predicting power consumption of an electric heater; and (B) comparing a power consumption reference value of the electric heater with a power consumption prediction value of the electric heater, displaying that economical heating is available or unavailable on the display unit, determining whether to turn off the starting of the vehicle, and terminating a control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Yeon Kim, Wan Je Cho, Yong Hyun Choi
  • Patent number: 10275954
    Abstract: A vehicle axle assembly includes an axle shaft having a first planar portion extending from the shaft perpendicular to the axis of rotation, and an axle housing partially surrounding and rotatably supporting the axle shaft with a second planar portion extending from the axle housing adjacent and substantially parallel to the first planar portion. Two or more sensor arrangements are provided, each having a first sensor part on the first planar portion and a second sensor part on the second planar portion, with each sensor arrangement being configured to generate a signal indicative of a measured gap between the first and second planar portions. A data processor coupled with the sensor arrangements generates an indication of axle shaft bending from differences in the measured gap between sensor arrangements, which indication may then be used to derive a measurement for vehicle axle loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Mueller
  • Patent number: 10272926
    Abstract: When an accept operation for permitting a speed limit to be set as a target speed has been detected, a driving support ECU gradually increases the current target speed toward the current speed limit. The target speed is displayed in a gradual-change display screen on a display apparatus. A driver performs a correcting operation at the time at which the driver recognizes that the displayed target speed exceeds the speed limit. The driving support ECU corrects the target speed based on the correcting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Yamashita, Takeshi Inoguchi
  • Patent number: 10277680
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a first electronic module transmitting one data object of new data and comparison data indicating a difference between the new data and existing data when transmission of the new data is requested; a second electronic module receiving the comparison data, acquiring the new data from the comparison data, and controlling at least one operation of the vehicle based on the acquired new data; and a bus transferring data between the first electronic module and the second electronic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: You Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 10272915
    Abstract: A driving support apparatus derives position prediction data when T=Tn, which is when a predicted time Tn has elapsed from the present time, based on acquired map data, position data and speed data. Direction prediction data indicating a traveling direction of a vehicle 1 at the time T=Tn is derived based on acquired map data and derived position prediction data. A yaw angle which is an angle formed by a traveling direction D0 represented by e direction data and the traveling direction Dn represented by direction prediction data is derived. A target speed Vn of the vehicle is then derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Isaji, Teppei Miyake, Minoru Okada
  • Patent number: 10267924
    Abstract: A method for visual inertial odometry (VIO)-aided global positioning is described. The method includes updating an extended Kalman filter (EKF) state including a current pose and a sliding window of multiple prior poses. The sliding window includes poses at a number of most recent global positioning system (GPS) time epochs. Updating the EKF includes updating an EKF covariance matrix for the prior poses and the current pose in the EKF state. The method also includes determining, at a GPS epoch, a relative displacement between each of the updated prior poses and the current pose. The method further includes determining an error covariance of each of the relative displacements based on cross-covariances between each of the updated prior poses and the current pose in the EKF covariance matrix. The method additionally includes using the relative displacements and the error covariances to fuse pseudorange measurements taken over multiple epochs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Arvind Ramanandan, Murali Chari, Yiming Chen, Avdhut Joshi, John Steven Lima
  • Patent number: 10255582
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an entity monitoring safety feature in an inventory management system are described herein. For example, instructions may be received by a computer system of an autonomous vehicle that identify a path to move inventory within a materials handling facility. Further, the computer system of the autonomous vehicle may reduce a current traveling speed of the autonomous vehicle in response to receiving a first signal that is provided by a transmitter coupled with an entity moving with the materials handling facility. The first signal may be provided up to a first distance from the entity. In embodiments, the computer system of the autonomous vehicle may stop movement of the autonomous vehicle in response to receiving a second signal provided by the transmitter coupled with the entity. The second signal may be provided up to a second distance from the entity that is less than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Michael Shydo, Jr., Seth Kaufman, Fahrudin Alagic, Gregory Tierney, Stephen Caldara, Jianfeng Pu, Ashish Shah
  • Patent number: 10252728
    Abstract: In an information providing method for a vehicle, an engine is stopped automatically when a predetermined permission condition is satisfied in a state in which the vehicle is stopped by a brake operation executed by a driver. The permission condition is a brake operation amount of a brake having reached a predetermined brake operation amount. The driver is notified of support information prompting the driver to increase the brake operation amount when the permission condition is not satisfied after a predetermined time has elapsed since the vehicle was stopped. A braking force capable of maintaining a vehicle stop state is generated by a vehicle stop keeping control. The driver is notified of the support information when the brake operation amount decreases before the predetermined time has elapsed in a state in which the vehicle has been stopped by the brake operation and the vehicle stop keeping control is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Okitsu, Hiromoto Shimizu, Haruki Satou, Tadafumi Noji, Tetsuya Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10246100
    Abstract: A method of predicting a future path of a vehicle, comprising the steps of: sensing a speed, and direction, and yaw rate of the vehicle; sensing a steering angle of the vehicle; sensing a driving lane near the vehicle, or along which the vehicle is being driven; calculating a first path prediction, for a first period of time following the current time, the first path prediction comprising a trajectory predicted based on the sensed speed and the direction and the yaw rate; calculating a second path prediction, for a second period of time, at least some of which is later than the first period of time, which assumes that a steering action arising from changes in the steering angle will take effect on the vehicle; calculating a third path prediction, for a third period of time, at least some of which is later than the second period of time, which assumes that the driver of the vehicle will control the trajectory of the vehicle to attempt to follow at least substantially the driving lane; and formulating a combine
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VEONEER SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Shane Murray
  • Patent number: 10240939
    Abstract: Generating user preference activity maps is disclosed, including: collecting a plurality of user activities recorded by a plurality of GPS recording devices; and aggregating the plurality of user activities to a base map to generate a user preference map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Strava, Inc.
    Inventor: Davis Kitchel
  • Patent number: 10241512
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining whether a vehicle driver is ready for an associated vehicle to be transferred from an autonomous operation mode to a manual operation mode. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for determining whether a vehicle driver is ready for an associated vehicle to be transferred from an autonomous operation mode to a manual operation mode based on vehicle interior image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth Jason Sanchez, Christina P. Mullen