Patents Examined by Nay Tun
  • Patent number: 11328596
    Abstract: In one example implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, by a host processing device, timestamps from a vehicle processing system of a target vehicle, the timestamps being determined based at least in part on parking area data for a target parking area and vehicle data for the target vehicle. The method further includes calculating, by the host processing device, an arrival rate and a service rate based on the timestamps. The method further includes calculating, by the host processing device, a probability of parking availability for the target parking area based at least in part on the arrival rate and the service rate. The method further includes controlling, by the host processing device, the vehicle based at least in part on the probability of parking availability for the target parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shu Chen, Jinzhu Chen, Fan Bai, Donald K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 11315408
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an emergency communication (EC) system includes an emergency notification application for generating and receiving one or more emergency notification messages; a Websocket server for connecting one or more computing devices configured with the emergency notification application; a cloud-based storage server, wherein the storage server is configured for storing a plurality of rules for determining one or more actions to be taken in an emergency; and one or more communication channel identifiers for distributing the emergency notification messages to the one or more computing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CAUZWAY, LLC
    Inventors: David L. Nelson, Richard H. Spellman
  • Patent number: 11305730
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to a vehicle. An electronic key for accessing one or multiple vehicle components is deactivated after the vehicle is switched off in order to park the vehicle in a parking position, so that an attempt with the aid of the deactivated electronic key to access the one or multiple vehicle components of the vehicle parked in the parking position may be prevented. Moreover, a system for controlling access to a vehicle, a parking system for vehicles, an access control system for controlling access to a vehicle, a vehicle, a user for a communication network, a method for operating a user for a communication network, and a computer program, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 11288940
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to a wireless identification tag triggerable by an EAS gate while remaining invisible to the EAS gate, and system and methods for use thereof. In one implementation, the tag may include an antenna tuned to receive energy transmitted in at least one EAS gate frequency range and configured to be non-detectable by the EAS gate. The tag may also include a transmitter configured to send an identification signal and an energy storage component for powering the transmitter. The tag may also include a circuit connected to the antenna. The circuit may be configured to detect energy transmitted from the EAS gate in at least one of the EAS gate frequency ranges, and to cause the transmitter to transmit, to a receiver other than the EAS gate, the identification signal in a frequency outside the EAS gate frequency ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NEXITE LTD.
    Inventors: Anat Shakedd, Lior Shakedd
  • Patent number: 11278064
    Abstract: The present disclosure is particularly adapted for determining whether the condition of personal protection equipment PPE articles satisfies at least one criterion. A method and system provide at least one predetermined criterion that governs use of the PPE article in a working environment; a PPE article is configured with a smart tag, and a sensing device is provided that is configured to sense data in a working environment related to the predetermined criterion. Acquired data from the sensing device and the smart tag are processed in a data processing system to determine whether the condition of the PPE article satisfies the at least one predetermined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Thomas I. Insley, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Neal A. Rakow, Cristina U. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11280183
    Abstract: Communication from a well surface location at a well site to a downhole tool positioned within a wellbore may be performed such that fluid flow is not restricted through the downhole tool. For example, a method may include: sending a signal from an uphole location to a downhole tool located in a wellbore, wherein the signal comprises at least one event selected from the group consisting of a magnetic wellbore projectile, an acoustic pulse, and a pressure change; taking measurements with a sensor coupled to the downhole tool, wherein the sensor is at least one selected from the group consisting of a magnetic sensor, an acoustic sensor, and a pressure sensor; identifying the signal based on at least one of the measurements greater than an adaptive threshold value; and actuating the downhole tool from a first configuration to a second configuration upon identification of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary William Walton, Donald G. Kyle, Matthew James Merron, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 11282392
    Abstract: A method monitors an environment of a parked motor vehicle that includes an engine, a computer and a monitoring system including an asynchronous camera. The monitoring method includes: a parked vehicle detection step in which the monitoring system detects that the vehicle is parked and the engine is stopped; a movement detection step in which the monitoring system detects if an object is moving in the vehicle environment by movement detection via the asynchronous camera; and a step of waking up the computer in which the monitoring system wakes up the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s
    Inventor: Charles Florimond
  • Patent number: 11276303
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting if a vehicle is being parked in a garage is disclosed. The method includes detecting sensory information at a vehicle and comparing the sensory information with ambient conditions outside of a garage to determine if the vehicle is likely in the garage or outside. The sensory information may also be compared to ambient conditions inside of a garage to determine if the vehicle is likely inside the garage or not. The method also includes sending reminders to vehicle owners who are not using their garage frequently. The method also includes automatically adjusting an insurance policy according the frequency of garage use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Kelly Q. Baker, Sumita T. Jonak, Will Kerns Maney
  • Patent number: 11276297
    Abstract: A system including at least one detector and a central station in two-way communication with the detector is provided. The detector can include an ambient condition sensing element, a motion sensor, control circuitry, and two-way communications hardware. The control circuitry can determine an alarm event based on a first signal received from the ambient condition sensing element and can transmit an alarm signal to the communications hardware during the alarm event. The control circuitry can also determine a man-down event based on a second signal received from the motion sensor and transmit a man-down alarm signal to the communications hardware during the man-down event. The two-way communications hardware can transmit at least one of the gas alarm signal and the man-down alarm signal to a remote location, and the two-way communications hardware can receive a status inquiry from the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Stephen David Worthington, Jerry Wayne Evans, Patrick Gerard Hogan
  • Patent number: 11273793
    Abstract: An unauthorized communication establishment prevention system includes a measurement unit arranged in at least one of a terminal and a communication peer. The measurement unit implements an unauthorized communication detection function and obtains a measurement value corresponding to a distance between the terminal and the communication peer. The system further includes a process execution unit that controls initiation, based on a determination result of whether the measurement value is appropriate, of an authentication performed through wireless communication established between the terminal and the communication peer even when the terminal is not operated. The system further includes a monitoring unit that monitors a battery level of the terminal and a suspension unit that suspends the unauthorized communication detection function when the battery level of the terminal is less than a specified amount that is not a battery depletion level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Masanori Kosugi
  • Patent number: 11276298
    Abstract: A system for alerting responders that a person is in need of assistance can include a mounting base, a microcontroller housed within the mounting base, a plurality of light emitting diodes connected between the microcontroller and a power source, a dome coupled to the mounting base, the dome encapsulating the plurality of light emitting diodes and the reflector, a radio frequency receiver housed within the mounting base, a radio frequency transmitter in communication with the radio frequency receiver, in which a signal received by the radio frequency receiver generated from the radio frequency transmitter activates a relay switch electrically coupled to the microcontroller, the microcontroller communicatively coupled to a non-transitory computer readable medium containing computer executable instructions executable to activate at least the plurality of light emitting diodes, and a speaker in communication with the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Dan Rich, Danil Klug
  • Patent number: 11267397
    Abstract: In an autonomous driving vehicle information presentation apparatus, based on outside information, an identification unit searches for a person present around a host vehicle and identifies whether the person extracted by the search matches a user of the host vehicle. When a result of the identification by the identification unit indicates that the person extracted by the search matches the user of the host vehicle, the information presentation unit presents information by using a preset presenting state to a specific person, as a presentation target, identified to match the user of the host vehicle by the identification unit with an exterior display apparatus provided at a front portion of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mimura, Takashi Oshima, Yuji Tsuchiya, Yuki Kizumi
  • Patent number: 11270540
    Abstract: An inventory control system is described that includes a tool storage device including a drawer or a tray providing a pallet, wherein the pallet includes storage locations for objects; a sensing device configured to form an image of the storage locations; and a data processor configured to determine presence or absence of the pallet and presence or absence of objects within the storage locations of the pallet using the information from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: SNAP-ON INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Preston Phillips, David C. Fly, Matthew J. Lipsey, Joseph Chwan, Frederick J. Rogers
  • Patent number: 11247637
    Abstract: A motor vehicle wheel lug nut device and system for automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and the like that is equipped with an alarm device and system for alarming owners when a lug nut is being removed in a potential theft situation wherein the alarm device and system includes a lug nut with a cavity housing a circuit board, blue tooth transmitter on one side of the circuit board, circuit board mounting screws, battery connect, retention spring, activation button and mounting screws, and wireless transceiver having a wireless receiver and Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® transmitter, reset button, activation or arming button and back-up power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Angelillo
  • Patent number: 11250685
    Abstract: A method of detecting occupants within a vehicle includes receiving camera data, thermal data and radar data with respect to the vehicle. The received data is stored to at least a first buffer and a second buffer, wherein the first buffer has a length associated with a first duration of time and the second buffer has a length associated with a second duration of time greater than the first duration of time. The camera data, thermal data, and radar data stored in the respective first and second buffers is analyzed to detect and track camera-based objects, radar-based objects, and thermal-based objects, which are utilized to generate an output indicating whether an occupant was detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Ronald M. Taylor, Mark W. Hudson
  • Patent number: 11242098
    Abstract: The technology relates to enhancing the operation of autonomous vehicles. Extendible sensors are deployed based on detected or predicted conditions around a vehicle while operating in a self-driving mode. When not needed, the sensors are fully retracted into the vehicle to reduce drag and increase fuel economy. When the onboard system determines that there is a need for a deployable sensor, such as to enhance the field of view of the perception system, the sensor is extended in a predetermined manner. The deployment may depend on one or more operating conditions and/or particular driving scenarios. These and other sensors of the vehicle may be protected with a rugged housing, for instance to protect against damage from the elements. And in other situations, deployable foils may extend from the vehicle's chassis to increase drag and enhance braking. This may be helpful for large trucks in steep descent situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Vijaysai Patnaik, William Grossman
  • Patent number: 11244555
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to test a sensor. In one aspect, the method includes actions of detecting a message (i) broadcast by the drone and (ii) indicating that the drone is going to administer a test of a sensor, determining, by the monitoring system and based on the message and (i) sensor data generated by the sensor in response to the administration of the test, by the drone, within a predetermined period of time of the message or (ii) a lack of sensor data generated by the sensor in response to the administration of the test, by the drone, within a predetermined period of time of the message, whether the sensor is functioning properly, and in response to a determination that the sensor is not functioning properly, storing data indicating that the sensor is not functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary Franklin Bart, Dean Constantine
  • Patent number: 11232528
    Abstract: Provided is a service request device including a display which includes an information display unit and an electronic code display unit, a button, and a processor which transmits a call signal corresponding to at least one of an input, information corresponding to an electronic code displayed on the information display unit, and an electronic code displayed on the electronic code display unit when the input to the button is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: HELLOFACTORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyungmin Kim
  • Patent number: 11231311
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a fill level of a fluid within a fluid vessel, an identity of the fluid, and/or a condition of the vessel wall are disclosed. To determine a fluid fill level, at least one acoustic sensor is positionable substantially on an exterior sidewall of a vessel containing fluid. A computerized device is in communication with the at least one acoustic sensor. A processor of the computerized device receives a detection signal from the at least one acoustic sensor and communicates an alert of the detection signal, which can be used to identify a fill level of the fluid. The detection signal, along with other measured information, can be used to identify the material type of the fluid. A condition of the vessel wall may be determined based on an attenuation signal when two acoustic sensors are used, one being positioned angular to the vessel wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: PERCEPTIVE SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: James M. Heim, Earl J. Crochet, William Coleman, Joel Burcham, Lazar Bivolarsky
  • Patent number: 11232692
    Abstract: A programmable electronic, analog or digital intelligent bracelet device consisting of one or more units thought out to aid in the prevention of infant deaths or injuries due to parents forgetting their children while in the car or while conducting other activities. Device may also be used to monitor patients with Alzheimer and other similar conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Beniamino Pagan Torres