Patents Examined by Muhammad Shafi
  • Patent number: 11513512
    Abstract: A remote driving service processing device includes: a general user terminal by which a requester applies for a remote driving service for moving a vehicle to a destination; a remote control terminal by which a remote driver remotely control the vehicle and sends a remote driving service termination permission request for terminating the remote driving service when the vehicle is having difficulty reaching the destination; and a server that sends a termination approval to the remote control terminal and terminates the remote driving service when (i) transferring the remote driving service termination permission request received from the remote control terminal to the general user terminal, and (ii) receiving a remote driving service termination consent, which is a response to the remote driving service termination permission request, from the general user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuji Suzuki, Mutsumi Matsuura, Tomoaki Miyazawa, Toshiki Kindo, Shunsuke Tanimori
  • Patent number: 11511761
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a first actuator that is configured to perform at least any of driving, braking, or steering of a host vehicle, a first controller that is configured to perform traveling control of the host vehicle by controlling the first actuator, a second actuator that is configured to perform at least any of driving, braking, or steering of the host vehicle, a second controller that is configured to perform traveling control of the host vehicle by controlling the second actuator, and a communication line that is interposed between the first controller and the second controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ochida, Tadahiko Kanoh, Takuji Hiroma, Kanta Tsuji, Takuyuki Mukai
  • Patent number: 11505919
    Abstract: A method for remote operation of machines using a mobile device is disclosed. The mobile device may detect and display one or more machines. The mobile device may establish a wireless connection with a machine. The mobile device may retrieve and display machine related information including one or more machine parameters, one or more implements, and one or more controls of the machine. In addition, the mobile device may transmit input commands received from an operator via the controls to the machine. The machine may be configured to establish the wireless connection with the mobile device and broadcast machine related information to the mobile device. The machine may also execute the input commands received from the mobile device and perform one or more functions. The method includes steps performed by the mobile device and the machine for the remote operation respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Suneel Venkata Kandula, Justin Peters
  • Patent number: 11501649
    Abstract: This application discloses a drone control method and device and a drone and pertains to the technical field of drone control. The method includes: monitoring a running status of each power motor in a drone; determining according to the running status of each power motor whether the drone is in a crashed state; and controlling the drone to alarm when determining that the drone is in the crashed state. The drone control method and device and the drone can rapidly locate a crashed drone, greatly increasing the probability of finding back the crashed drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yidong Chen, Xiangxi Pan
  • Patent number: 11492110
    Abstract: A station recognition and a landing method are disclosed. More specifically, an unmanned aerial robot includes a camera sensor configured to capture a first pattern that is marked on a station cover and is used for a station identification and a second pattern that is marked inside a station and is used for a precision landing; a transceiver configured to transmit and receive a radio signal; and a processor functionally connected to the camera sensor and the transceiver, wherein the processor is configured to determine a landing station for landing based on the first pattern captured by the camera sensor, control the transceiver to transmit a radio signal that indicates the landing station to open the station cover, and perform the precision landing at the landing station based on the second pattern of the landing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokhee Yi, Nakyeong Kim, Jeongkyo Seo, Kwangho An, Beomseok Chae
  • Patent number: 11493916
    Abstract: A method of operating a moving object on which a drone is mounted includes detecting, by the moving object, occurrence of an event; determining whether to use the drone, on the basis of the detected event; and determining an operation mode, among a first operation mode and a second operation mode, of the drone when the drone is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, AJOU UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jae Jun Ha, Ilsoo Yun, Seungkyu Ryu, Sangmin Park, Sungho Park, Harim Jeong, Cheolwoo Kwon, Jiwon Kim, Kiyeon Park
  • Patent number: 11492836
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo compartment system includes an electric outlet mounted within an accessible location within a vehicle cargo compartment and a sensor assembly mounted proximate the electric outlet within the cargo compartment for detecting a presence of an electrical power cord. The cargo compartment system integrates powered features such as an electric outlet, powered tailgate and the powered top that utilizes environmental information gathered by various sensors on the vehicle in combination with predefined actions to simplify use and automate operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, David Brian Glickman, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Aaron Halonen, Kristopher Karl Brown
  • Patent number: 11493635
    Abstract: A system for determining a pose of a vehicle and building maps from vehicle priors processes received ground intensity LIDAR data including intensity data for points believed to be on the ground and height information to form ground intensity LIDAR (GIL) images including pixels in 2D coordinates where each pixel contains an intensity value, a height value, and x- and y-gradients of intensity and height. The GIL images are formed by filtering aggregated ground intensity LIDAR data falling into a same spatial bin on the ground and using a registration algorithm to align two GIL images relative to one another by estimating a 6-degree-of-freedom pose with associated uncertainty that minimizes error between the two GIL images. The aligned GIL images are provided as a pose estimate to a localizer. The system may provide online localization and pose estimation, prior building, and prior to prior alignment pose estimation using image-based techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Hansen, Hatem Alismail
  • Patent number: 11486115
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method for shared access of a machine for operator training, the machine including a traction device and an implement, includes receiving an authorization from an access device to share access to the machine, and entering a shared control state based on at least the authorization received from the access device. The method also includes receiving commands from a remote operation device during the shared control state and operating at least one of the traction device or the implement of the machine based on at least the commands from the remote operation device while an operator is present in the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley P. Krone, Joseph Faivre, Steven D. Ott, Michael W. Bridenbaugh, Tony R. Metzger
  • Patent number: 11487281
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to remotely-controlled automated vehicle parking operations. A driver of a vehicle stands on a curb and launches a software application on a handheld device. The software application uses a camera of the handheld device to capture images of the vehicle that can be observed by the driver. The software application then attempts to obtain a visual lock between the camera and the vehicle. In some cases, obtaining the visual lock may be hampered due to adverse lighting conditions. Light may be transmitted from the handheld device to illuminate the vehicle for better image capture. Alternatively, a command can be transmitted from the handheld device to a controller in the vehicle for turning on a light in the vehicle. After obtaining visual lock, various techniques such as vehicle path prediction and interpolation, can be used for effectively tracking the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Lawrence Chikeziri Amadi, Hemanth Yadav Aradhyula, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11482019
    Abstract: An apparatus including an interface and a processor. The interface may be configured to receive video frames corresponding to an interior of a vehicle. The processor may be configured to perform video operations on the video frames to detect objects in the video frames, detect one or more passengers based on the objects detected in the video frames, determine a location of each of the passengers detected and generate a climate control signal for each of said passengers. The climate control signal may be implemented to control climate settings in a plurality of climate zones within the vehicle. The processor may correlate the location of each of the passengers to the climate zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Ambarella International LP
    Inventor: Pier Paolo Porta
  • Patent number: 11479260
    Abstract: A method includes collecting sensor data from a sensor associated with a vehicle, storing the sensor data in a buffer associated with the sensor, wherein the buffer stores an amount of buffer data, analyzing the sensor data for a proximate event trigger. When the proximate event trigger is not detected, the method includes purging a portion of the sensor data exceeding the amount of buffer data. When the proximate event trigger is detected, the method includes stopping the purging of any of the sensor data and storing the sensor data of the buffer and the sensor data associated with the proximate event trigger and sending the sensor data of the buffer and the sensor data associated with the proximate event trigger to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kevin K. Fiedler, Don M. Livesay, Amanda S. Danko, Michael J. Szentes
  • Patent number: 11482117
    Abstract: Data associated with a flight, including a flight plan, a vehicle, and/or a pilot is processed via a risk assessment platform to obtain one of more numerical risk values, for example a ground risk value and an air risk value. Based on the processed data, a matrix of risk assessment decisions is generated containing risk related information (such as risk remediation information). Accordingly, based on a consistent set of risk relation information, a predictable and repeatable flight decision (such as a decision whether to fly, or an adjustment to a flight route) can be made. In some instances, the data to be processed is quantitative data collected from one or more third party systems, such as sensor data or geospatial data. The risk assessment platform includes toolkits or services to be used in the processing and transformation of this data to reach a risk assessment decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: A^3 by Airbus
    Inventors: Peter Sachs, Richard Golding, Joseph Polastre, Karthik Balakrishnan, Ryan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11473270
    Abstract: A system for assisting remote operation of a work machine may include a work machine and remote operations equipment arranged on the work machine. The remote operations equipment may be configured to capture information about the environment of the work machine and transmit the information to a remote control station. The system may also include a remote control station configured to display images of the environment of the work machine. The system may also include an operator assist module configured for augmenting the information with a feature delineator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Shaun D. Currier
  • Patent number: 11466431
    Abstract: A correction value for matching an operation characteristic of a slave operating device with an operation characteristic of a master operating device is registered in advance in a correction table for each combination of type information of a construction machine and type information of the slave operating device. A controller acquires, from correction information, a correction value corresponding to a combination of the type information of the construction machine and the type information of the slave operating device received by a communication unit, corrects an amount of operation accepted by an operating lever based on the acquired correction value, and transmits the corrected amount of operation to the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sasaki, Seiji Saiki, Yoichiro Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11467287
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle having a LIDAR system mounted thereon or incorporated therein is described. The LIDAR system has N channels, with each channel being a light emitter/light detector pair. A computing system identifies M channels that are to be active during a scan of the LIDAR system, wherein M is less than N. The computing system transmits a command signal to the LIDAR system, and the LIDAR system performs a scan with the M channels being active (and N-M channels being inactive). The LIDAR system constructs a point cloud based upon the scan, and the computing system controls the autonomous vehicle based upon the point cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Robert Vets
  • Patent number: 11459096
    Abstract: A commanded control signal is compared against an adaptive control signal in order to detect a rotor strike by a rotor included in an aircraft, wherein the adaptive control signal is associated with controlling the rotor and the adaptive control signal varies based at least in part on the commanded control signal and state information associated with the rotor. In response to detecting the rotor strike, a control signal to the rotor is adjusted in order to reduce a striking force associated with the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher Scott Saunders
  • Patent number: 11454975
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting objects of interest. A computing system can input sensor data to one or more first machine-learned models associated with detecting objects external to an autonomous vehicle. The computing system can obtain as an output of the first machine-learned models, data indicative of one or more detected objects. The computing system can determine data indicative of at least one uncertainty associated with the one or more detected objects and input the data indicative of the one or more detected objects and the data indicative of the at least one uncertainty to one or more second machine-learned models. The computing system can obtain as an output of the second machine-learned models, data indicative of at least one prediction associated with the one or more detected objects. The at least one prediction can be based at least in part on the detected objects and the uncertainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Cole Christian Gulino, Alexander Rashid Ansari
  • Patent number: 11455895
    Abstract: Described herein are systems for roof scan using an unmanned aerial vehicle. For example, some methods include capturing, using an unmanned aerial vehicle, an overview image of a roof of a building from above the roof; presenting a suggested bounding polygon overlaid on the overview image to a user; determining a bounding polygon based on the suggested bounding polygon and user edits; based on the bounding polygon, determining a flight path including a sequence of poses of the unmanned aerial vehicle with respective fields of view at a fixed height that collectively cover the bounding polygon; fly the unmanned aerial vehicle to a sequence of scan poses with horizontal positions matching respective poses of the flight path and vertical positions determined to maintain a consistent distance above the roof; and scanning the roof from the sequence of scan poses to generate a three-dimensional map of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Henry, Jack Zhu, Brian Richman, Harrison Zheng, Hayk Martirosyan, Matthew Donahoe, Abraham Galton Bachrach, Adam Bry
  • Patent number: 11452255
    Abstract: A work vehicle that performs an operation while traveling autonomously includes: a base frame configured to support a wheel; a unit frame configured to support an operation unit that performs the operation; a link frame capable of changing a relative height of the unit frame with respect to the base frame, the link frame spanning between the base frame and the unit frame; and a setting unit configured to set an operating height of the operation unit with respect to a working surface of a working field in which the operation is performed, in accordance with operation information indicating an operation target to be subjected to the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Hideya Umemoto, Hitoshi Aoyama, Katsuhiko Uemura, Takeshi Komorida, Kensuke Uemoto, Kentaro Shinkai, Shinichi Yamada, Kanako Komori