Patents Examined by Nga X. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10800344
    Abstract: An aerial photogrammetric device comprises an aerial vehicle configured to fly autonomously or remotely controlled, an image pickup device provided on the aerial vehicle and having an optical axis extending in a vertical direction, an attitude detecting device for detecting a tilt angle and a tilting direction with respect to a horizontality or a verticality of the optical axis, a position measuring device, and a control device for controlling a flight of the aerial vehicle, wherein the control device is configured to acquire images at two points by the image pickup device, acquire image acquiring positions at a time of image acquisition from the position measuring device, acquire a detection result of the attitude detecting device at the time of image acquisition, correct the images acquired at the two points into horizontal images based on the detection result, and perform a relative orientation of the obtained horizontal images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOPCON Corporation
    Inventors: Fumio Ohtomo, Kaoru Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10795366
    Abstract: A method includes accepting inputs to a marine vessel's control module, the inputs defining first and second waypoints and a desired heading, and defining a desired track between the first and second waypoints. Ideal steering and thrust commands required to orient the vessel at the desired heading and to maneuver the vessel from the first to the second waypoint are generated and carried out. The method includes measuring a current position and heading of the vessel; calculating a cross-track error based on the current position as compared to the desired track; and calculating a heading error based on the current heading as compared to the desired heading. The method includes generating corrective steering and thrust commands that are required to minimize the cross-track error and the heading error. The propulsion system propels the marine vessel according to the corrective steering and thrust commands, as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Arbuckle, Thomas S. Kirchhoff, Michael J. Lemancik, Walter B. Ross, Robert M. Hackbarth, Mark W. Henker, Steven L. Van Camp
  • Patent number: 10788835
    Abstract: A framework for safely operating autonomous machinery, such as vehicles and other heavy equipment, in an in-field or off-road environment, includes detecting, identifying, classifying and tracking objects and/or terrain characteristics from on-board sensors that capture images in front and around the autonomous machinery as it performs agricultural or other activities. The framework generates commands for navigational control of the autonomous machinery in response to perceived objects and terrain impacting safe operation. The framework processes image data and range data in multiple fields of view around the autonomous equipment to discern objects and terrain, and applies artificial intelligence techniques in one or more neural networks to accurately interpret this data for enabling such safe operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Josh Hurd, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Mark William Barglof, Quincy Calvin Milloy, Thomas Antony
  • Patent number: 10789839
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus includes an input port that receives information on a plurality of objects in surroundings of a vehicle and information on a traffic environment of the vehicle, the plurality of objects being detected by a sensor installed on the vehicle, a controller that determines, based on the information on the plurality of objects and the information on the traffic environment, priority for each of the plurality of objects and determines first information based on the priority in a case where the total amount of information on the plurality of objects is greater than a determined value, the first information being information on part of the plurality of objects, and an output port that outputs the first information to an in-vehicle apparatus that controls the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinao Kawai, Yasumichi Takai
  • Patent number: 10768002
    Abstract: A system and method for learning and predicting personalized risk associated with a journey for a user are presented. Contextual data may be gathered and analyzed from a plurality of data sources relating to a journey of a user. A risk associated with the journey may be learned for the user according to the contextual data. One or more risk models may be generated according to the learned risks. One or more potential risks associated with a subsequent journey may be predicted using the one or more risk models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan Epperlein, Yassine Lassoued, Martin Mevissen, Julien Monteil, Giovanni Russo, Robert Shorten
  • Patent number: 10762798
    Abstract: An autonomous driving method includes: determining a risk of a target vehicle based on either one or both of a driving characteristic and an appearance characteristic of the target vehicle; and autonomously controlling a host vehicle based on the risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Yoonsuk Hyun
  • Patent number: 10762078
    Abstract: A prediction data generation device includes a storage device and a processor, and generates prediction data in which a node of a directed graph is defined and a link of the directed graph is defined by a transition of the node. The prediction data is used as an input of a transition prediction process predicting a transition of the node. The processor is configured to execute a storage update process updating the prediction data in order and storing the updated prediction data in the storage device in accordance with an update of the data group along with elapse of time. The storage update process includes at least one of a process of increasing the number of observations of the node when a node per category is previously known, or a process of increasing the number of observations of the link when a link per category is previously known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventor: Daisuke Hiroki
  • Patent number: 10753294
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing carbon buildup in an exhaust gas recirculation system of an engine of a vehicle. In one example, a method comprises injecting a diesel exhaust fluid into an intake manifold of the engine, routing the diesel exhaust fluid into the exhaust gas recirculation system, and vaporizing the diesel exhaust fluid in the exhaust gas recirculation system. In this way, any carbon deposits associated with an exhaust gas recirculation valve and/or exhaust gas recirculation passage may be reduced, which may increase fuel economy and may reduce undesired emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10748431
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for airfield traffic status management are described herein. One device includes a memory, and a processor to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to receive airport information associated with an airport, generate, using the airport information, an aircraft arrival and departure analysis, where the aircraft arrival and departure analysis includes aircraft scheduled to arrive at the airport in a graphical view and aircraft scheduled to depart from the airport in the graphical view, where the graphical view includes a graphical representation of an amount of aircraft scheduled to arrive at or depart from the airport for a particular time period, and display the aircraft arrival and departure analysis in a single integrated display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Premnath Joyson, Rajesh V. Poojary, Maksood Moidin Kadike
  • Patent number: 10737780
    Abstract: An aerial vehicle includes a hull containing the main processor, energy storage, support components such as sensors, wireless communication, and landing gear. Attached to the hull are at least three thrust or propulsion units each with two degrees of freedom from the hull allowing them to orient independently in any direction and apply thrust independently from the hull or any other thrust or propulsion unit. In some embodiments, a mount for auxiliary attachments is included or the auxiliary system is built into the hull. Components like the energy storage, auxiliary attachments, and/or propulsion units may also be replaceable as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Linar Ismagilov, Maksym Korol
  • Patent number: 10741081
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for vehicle collision prevention for a vehicle when the vehicle is in a parked condition. An example method includes performing a stationary safety monitoring when the vehicle is in parked condition. The stationary safety monitoring includes detecting presence of a moving object within a predetermined region from the vehicle. Further, the method includes, in response to detecting the moving object in the predetermined region initiating a notification for the moving object to prevent collision with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Donald K. Grimm, Shuqing Zeng, Upali P. Mudalige, Robert A. Bordo, Perry L. Maniaci
  • Patent number: 10737665
    Abstract: A method for braking a host vehicle receives input indicative of transmitted travel data of an external object. A current distance between the host vehicle and the external object is calculated based upon travel data of the host vehicle and the external object. Pressure in a brake system of the host vehicle is precharged based upon the current distance, to reduce delay in a response of the brake system. A controller configured to perform the braking method is provided. A host vehicle is also provided with a brake system and the vehicle controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Rebecca Lynne Seiler
  • Patent number: 10733889
    Abstract: A parking assist method includes acquiring recognition information on parked vehicles existing in a parking lot; extracting two or more vehicles parked side by side from the recognition information and grouping the two or more vehicles into a set of vehicles; and when a space into which parking is possible exists between the parked vehicles included in the grouped set of vehicles, estimating the space as an available parking space. The disclosure further includes setting a pathway direction reference line extending along a pathway of the parking lot; calculating reference distances between the pathway direction reference line and the parked vehicles included in the above recognition information; and extracting the two or more vehicles from the above recognition information and grouping the two or more vehicles into the set of vehicles on the basis of the calculated reference distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoko Kurotobi, Naoki Kojo, Masahiro Miura
  • Patent number: 10733813
    Abstract: A system and method for maintaining health of a fleet of assets implementing an asset maintenance framework for collective anomaly detection that provides for a more accurate maintenance planning solution for the fleet or assets that may be prioritized. Based on a Bayesian multi-task multi-modal sparse mixture of sparse Gaussian graphical models (MTL-MM GGM), the methods combine the variational Bayes framework with (1) Laplace prior-based sparse structure learning and (2) an 0-based sparse mixture weight selection approach. Dual sparsity is guaranteed over both variable-variable dependency and mixture components to efficiently learn multi-modal distributions that are observed in various applications. A generated model represents the fleet-level CbM model as a combination between two model components: 1) S sets of sparse mixture weights representing individuality of the assets in the fleet; and 2) One set of sparse GGMs that are shared with the S assets to represent commonality across the S assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ide, Dzung Phan
  • Patent number: 10710554
    Abstract: A method operating a telematics device of a vehicle can include: requesting identity (ID) information of a driver from a driver terminal when the driver enters the vehicle; performing an authentication process using the ID information; preventing start-up of an engine of the vehicle when the driver is identified as a temporary user according to the authentication process; receiving navigation data including information relating to a destination from the driver terminal; acquiring information indicating an estimated insurance fee corresponding to each of one or more paths for navigating to the destination; transmitting the information indicating the estimated insurance fee to the driver terminal; and starting the engine when one of the one or more paths for navigating to the destination is selected by the driver terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yarygina Anastasia, Jimin Han, Jung Mi Park, Jia Lee
  • Patent number: 10713940
    Abstract: The technology relates to controlling a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode, the method. For instance, a vehicle may be maneuvered in the autonomous driving mode using pre-stored map information identifying traffic flow directions. Data may be received from a perception system of the vehicle identifying objects in an external environment of the vehicle related to a traffic redirection not identified the map information. The received data may be used to identify one or more corridors of a traffic redirection. One of the one or more corridors may be selected based on a direction of traffic flow through the selected corridor. The vehicle may then be controlled in the autonomous driving mode to enter and follow the selected one of the one or more corridors based on the determined direction of flow of traffic through each of the one or more corridors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Harrison Silver, Pankaj Chaudhari
  • Patent number: 10712746
    Abstract: In response to sensor data received from sensors mounted on an autonomous vehicle, a surrounding environment is perceived based on the sensor data. The surrounding environment includes multiple sub-environments. For each of the sub-environments, one of a plurality of driving scenario handlers associated with the sub-environment is identified, each driving scenario handler corresponding to one of a plurality of driving scenarios. The identified driving scenario handler is invoked to determine an individual driving condition within the corresponding sub-environment. An overall driving condition for the surrounding environment is determined based on the individual driving conditions provided by the identified driving scenario handlers. A route segment is planned based on the overall driving condition of the surrounding environment, the route segment being one of a plurality of route segments associated with a route. The autonomous vehicle is controlled and driven based on the planned route segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Liyun Li, Dong Li, Jiangtao Hu, Yifei Jiang, Jiaming Tao, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10697777
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computer system may include determining, by a computing device, a first location on a body of water. The first location may be transmitted to a drone buoy. Data may be received from the drone buoy. A second location on the body of water to send to the drone buoy may be determined based upon, at least in part, the data received from the drone buoy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Peyton Webb Robertson
  • Patent number: 10682270
    Abstract: A seat, a motion control method thereof and a motion control system thereof. The motion control method for the seat includes: acquiring images of around the seat, and tracking a current caregiver via image recognition; determining a relative position between the current caregiver and the seat; and controlling a motion of the seat based on the relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao Zhang, Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 10676071
    Abstract: Methods and system for monitoring and evaluating irregularities on a sensor lens of a vehicle sensor are disclosed. One embodiment of a method includes the steps of providing the vehicle with an actuator configured to move the sensor lens and a controller in electronic communication with the actuator, receiving sensor data corresponding to at least one characteristic of a vehicle environment from the at least one sensor, evaluating the sensor data to determine if the sensor data indicates an irregularity on the sensor lens of the at least one sensor, classifying the irregularity, storing irregularity data corresponding to the classified irregularity in a non-transient, computer-readable data medium, and, in response to the classified irregularity, automatically controlling the actuator to move the sensor lens from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Dusina, Scott W. Damman, Aaron S. Pfau