Patents Examined by Olumide Ajibade-Akonai
  • Patent number: 10551484
    Abstract: A radar system includes a plurality of radiating elements configured to radiate electromagnetic energy and a plurality of feed waveguides defining a common plane and configured to guide electromagnetic energy to the plurality of radiating elements. The radar system also includes a plurality of waveguides arranged as a dividing network configured to split the electromagnetic energy from the source among the plurality of feed waveguides, such that each feed waveguide receives a respective portion of the electromagnetic energy. Additionally, the dividing network is configured to adjust a phase of the electromagnetic energy received by each waveguide. The splitting and adjusting of the dividing network may be based on differences in height and/or width between the waveguides of the dividing network and the feed waveguides. At least a portion of the dividing network is located in a plane other than the common plane of the feed waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Jamal Izadian
  • Patent number: 10551494
    Abstract: A road information detector acquires road information by emitting a beam via a variable directivity transmission antenna to a road sign having plural flat portions and includes a transceiver that controls the antenna to scan the beam by switching an emission angle including an azimuth angle relative to the front direction of a vehicle and receives, as reflected wave signals, waves reflected by the flat portions, a distance and reflected wave intensity detector that detects a distance between the vehicle and each of the flat portions and a reflected wave intensity of each of the reflected waves, an emission angle detector that detects the emission angle based on the reflected wave signal, and a road information analyzer that acquires the road information by generating a heat map based on the emission angles, distances, and reflected wave intensities and analyzing the heat map using a threshold value of the wave intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshito Hirai, Tomohiro Yui, Hidekuni Yomo, Hirohito Mukai
  • Patent number: 10545229
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a map of an environment based on information acquired by radar combined with information acquired from LIDAR, cameras, or a combination of the LIDAR and camera. The system uses a combination of data from a radar system combined with data from one or both of a camera system and LIDAR system to generate a unified map of the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mohsen Rohani, Song Zhang
  • Patent number: 10534070
    Abstract: An avian detection system for determining risks of collision between a collision object and bird objects includes avian radar system(s) providing a first type of information data relating to objects detected, and a transponder receiver receiving transponder data transmitted or broadcasted by transponders provided at the collision objects. Processors are configured to receive first type of information data corresponding to the detected objects and provide radar plots. The processors are further configured to receive the transponder data and provide transponder plots, to create and store a number of object tracks based on the provided radar plots and transponder plots, with each track holding object data corresponding to or determined from data of matching plots, and to determine one or more risks of collision or collision risk levels for the collision object based on object data of a plurality of the obtained object tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robin Radar Facilities BV
    Inventors: Siete Hamminga, Anthonie van Lieburg
  • Patent number: 10534071
    Abstract: A system for providing a range speed response pattern to a learning system as an image. The system includes a radar sensor and an electronic controller. In one example, the electronic controller is configured to receive a radar signal, obtain a beat signal, apply a fast Fourier transform to the beat signal to generate a transform, apply a power spectral density periodogram to the beat signal to generate an estimate, and filter the transform with the estimate to generate a filtered transform. The electronic controller is further configured to store the filtered transform in a column of a matrix, apply the power spectral density periodogram to each row of the matrix, generate a range speed response pattern from the matrix, generate a signal to control the vehicle's motion based on the range speed response pattern, and control a steering apparatus, an engine, and/or a braking system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bhavana Chakraborty, Berenike Beck
  • Patent number: 10534081
    Abstract: A sensing system of a vehicle includes a control and a mounting carrier that supports a plurality of sensor units. The mounting carrier is configured to be disposed at the vehicle so that the plurality of sensor units have respective fields of sensing exterior of the vehicle. The mounting carrier includes structure to support the sensor units at an exterior structure of the vehicle so as to provide a desired field of sensing. The mounting carrier includes an electrical connector that is configured to electrically connect to an electrical connector of the vehicle. The sensor units are electrically connected to a circuit element that is electrically connected to the electrical connector of the mounting carrier. The control, responsive to outputs of the circuit element, determines the presence of one or more objects exterior the vehicle and within the field of sensing of at least one of the sensor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Helmut A. Wodrich
  • Patent number: 10535924
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an antenna device having a wide beam scan range with reduced loss. The antenna device according to one aspect of the present invention includes: a first phase shifter, a second phase shifter, and a third phase shifter; a first connection part that electrically connects between the first phase shifter and the second phase shifter directly in series; a second connection part that electrically connects between the second phase shifter and the third phase shifter directly in series; and a power feed part that feeds electric power to the first phase shifter to the third phase shifter, wherein the first phase shifter and the second phase shifter, and the second phase shifter and the third phase shifter respectively have characteristic impedance being discontinuous with respect to each other at the first connection part and the second connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahide Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10532831
    Abstract: A method for acquiring images using a constellation of satellites in non-geosynchronous terrestrial orbit. The satellites include respective devices for inter-satellite communication. An aggregate of work plans intended for various satellites is formed. A ground station transmits the aggregate intended for one satellite. The satellite receiving the aggregate retransmits the aggregate intended for at least one other satellite from the ground station. Each satellite receiving the aggregate from another satellite re-transmits the aggregate intended for at least one other satellite. Each satellite recovers its work plan from the aggregate received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space SAS
    Inventor: Emmanuel Giraud
  • Patent number: 10520604
    Abstract: A module making it possible to detect a disturbance signal during initial receiving by a receiver of navigation information, the receiver including a plurality of elementary antennas able to receive, in a plurality of arrival directions, electromagnetic signals including navigation information, a forming unit able to form a resultant signal from the electromagnetic signals and a processing unit able to process the resultant signal, the detection module being integrated into the forming unit and able to receive the electromagnetic signals coming from each of the elementary antennas, analyze the signals and detect a disturbance signal when the receiver is started cold in case of detection of a favored arrival direction of some of the electromagnetic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: St├ęphane Corazza, Bruno Montagne, Denis Bouvet
  • Patent number: 10523350
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 10514442
    Abstract: Provided is a code allocating apparatus including an interference signal measurer configured to measure interference signals, an interference signal sharer configured to control radars to share the measured interference signals between the radars, a code allocator configured to dynamically allocate a code generated based on the measured interference signals to each of the radars, and a code applier configured to apply the code to each of the radars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Jae Han Lim
  • Patent number: 10509120
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a LiDAR system at a first location with a radar system at a second location. A calibration target is placed at a location and orientation with respect to the LiDAR system and the radar system. Coefficients of a plane of the calibration target are determined in a frame of reference of the LiDAR system. Coordinates of the calibration target are determined in a frame of reference of the radar system. A cost function is composed from a planar equation that includes the determined coefficients and the determined coordinates and a relative pose matrix that transforms the frame of reference of the radar system to the frame of reference of the LiDAR system. The cost function is reduced to estimate the relative pose matrix for calibration of the LiDAR system with the radar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Igal Bilik, Michael Slutsky, Shahar Villeval
  • Patent number: 10509105
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a radar device and a frequency interference cancellation method thereof, and arranges a configuration comprising: an antenna unit for transmitting a radar transmission signal to a periphery and receiving a signal reflected from a target; an RF unit for generating the transmission signal, converting frequencies of a transmission signal and a reception signal, and amplifying a reception signal; a signal processing unit for generating a control signal to generate the transmission signal and cancelling frequency interference from a reception signal of the RF unit; and a control unit for generating radar detection information by using an output signal of the signal processing unit, and tracking information by accumulating the radar detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Digital Edge Inc.
    Inventors: Hee Jin Yang, Soo Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 10505610
    Abstract: A beamforming method includes: initializing data of array elements of an antenna array and calculating a current beam pattern based on the initialized data; calculating a difference value between the current beam pattern and a goal beam pattern, and determining data which makes the difference value minimum respectively for each array element using a numerical method in turn from the first array element to the last array element, with the data of other array elements being held and determined data replacing previous data; and generating a beamforming vector using the determined data and generating signals to be transmitted using the beamforming vector. A beamforming apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Xiaoxi He
  • Patent number: 10503356
    Abstract: The communication device comprising a first weather implementer, a second weather implementer, a first weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, a second weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, and an audiovisual playback implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 10497156
    Abstract: The system is configured to generate a display comprising a longitude-time graph comprising. The longitude-time graph may include a longitude axis spanning from a lower-longitude limit to an upper-longitude limit, a time axis spanning from a lower-time limit to an upper-time limit and a plurality of pixels corresponding to longitude-time points within the longitude-time graph, each of the plurality of longitude-time points corresponding to a set of identifiers having a time identifier between the lower-time limit and the upper-time limit and having a longitude identifier between the lower-longitude limit and the upper-longitude limit. In response to a user selection of a time identifier and a name identifier, the system can generate a display of at least one of the plurality of photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Lee Hendrix, William Alexander Therien
  • Patent number: 10488506
    Abstract: Using communication unit positional information acquired using infrastructure communication and moving body positional information detected using millimeter-wave radar, a moving body existing in a blind spot of a radar detection region is recognized, and behavior is predicted from movement information of the moving body, by deleting the moving body information detected by millimeter-wave radar from the communication unit information acquired using infrastructure communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Takayoshi Takehara, Takeshi Nishiwaki, Takashi Maeda, Keisuke Morita
  • Patent number: 10490905
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a waveguide of an antenna block configured to propagate electromagnetic energy along a propagation direction. The antenna block includes a port located on a bottom surface of the antenna block and an antenna array located on a top surface of the antenna block. The antenna block further includes a set of waveguides in the antenna block configured to couple the antenna array to the port. Additionally, the antenna block includes at least one surface wave radiator, where the surface wave radiator is located on the top surface of the antenna block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jamal Izadian, Russell Smith
  • Patent number: 10492176
    Abstract: A method performed in a network node of a cellular network that also includes a wireless device, the wireless device being in a discontinuous reception mode having receiving periods and idle periods. The method involves transmitting a first control signal to the wireless device during a receiving period for the wireless device; determining that a first control signal is likely to have failed to be correctly received by the wireless device; and determining that a second control signal needs to be transmitted to the wireless device, the second control signal corresponding to the first control signal. When the wireless device is in an idle period, the method further involves postponing any transmission of the second control signal until the wireless device is in a receiving period; and transmitting the second control signal to the wireless device when the wireless device is in the receiving period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Marco Belleschi, Gunnar Bergquist, Christer Gustafsson, Anders Ohlsson, Hongwei Wang
  • Patent number: 10490904
    Abstract: Provided is a device for detecting precipitation conditions. In one aspect, the device includes a Yagi-Uda antenna tuned a resonant frequency and a signal generator coupled to the Yagi-Uda antenna by a transmission line, the signal generator being configured to output an excitation signal to the Yagi-Uda antenna to the Yadi-Uda antenna. The device also includes a processing system coupled to the Yagi-Uda antenna, the processing system being configured to measure the ability of the Yagi-Uda antenna to radiate a signal following excitation of the Yagi-Uda antenna by the excitation signal and, based on the measured ability of the Yagi-Uda antenna, to identify a precipitation or other meteorological condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bristol Industrial and Research Associates Limited
    Inventor: Alec Bennett