Patents Examined by Peter D Nolan
  • Patent number: 11904558
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for handling objects. One embodiment is an apparatus for handling objects. The apparatus includes a vacuum securement head. The vacuum securement head includes a strongback, and an array of end effectors arranged at the strongback in conformance with a contour. The contour is complementary to a pickup tool. The array of end effectors is configured to pickup objects at the pickup tool. The vacuum securement head also includes an impermeable membrane that is penetrated by the end effectors, and a vacuum system configured to provide suction through the end effectors. The suction is configured to remove air between the impermeable membrane and a rigid tool, and offset air leaks between the impermeable membrane and the rigid tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Luis Velasquez, Allen James Halbritter
  • Patent number: 11904857
    Abstract: A vehicle control system may include a controller that obtains route information based on a driving route and a location of a vehicle, searches for an uneven road surface on the driving route based on the route information, calculates an impulse based on vehicle information and shape information about the found uneven road surface when the uneven road surface is found, and sets a target speed based on the calculated impulse and user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 11904862
    Abstract: The automated driving system includes a vehicle speed detection device for detecting a speed of a vehicle, a display device capable of displaying a running lane and an adjacent lane of the vehicle, and a processor configured to control display content of the display device, and execute an autonomous lane change of the vehicle. The processor is configured to prohibit the autonomous lane change of the vehicle when a speed of the vehicle is less than a predetermined value. The processor is configured to hide the adjacent lane when the autonomous lane change is prohibited and start displaying the adjacent lane before the speed of the vehicle reaches the predetermined value if it is planned for the vehicle to accelerate from a speed below the predetermined value to a speed equal to or greater than the predetermined value in order to carry out the autonomous lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hironori Ito
  • Patent number: 11904888
    Abstract: A system for controlling autonomously-controllable vehicle functions of an autonomous vehicle cooperating with partner subjects includes a database device with information on communication signals from partner subjects, action objectives, and scenarios, and has an autonomous vehicle with autonomously controllable vehicle functions communicatively connected to the database device. The autonomous vehicle includes a control device with a programmable unit and a surround sensor device. The control device receives sensor signals acquired by the surround sensor device of a surrounding area of the vehicle and communication signals originating from at least one partner subject. The control device determines a situation context based on the database information, and converts the captured communication signals into control signals for the autonomously controllable vehicle functions based on the situation context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmed Benmimoun, Mohamed Benmimoun, Sufian Ashraf Mazhari, Mohsen Lakehal-Ayat, Muhammad Adeel Awan
  • Patent number: 11904909
    Abstract: The disclosed technology provides solutions for protecting the health of ride-sharing passengers by detecting passenger illnesses, and taking precautions to safely address potentially exposed vehicles. A process of the disclosed technology can include steps for: collecting sensor-data corresponding with one or more AV passengers, determining a likelihood that at least one of the AV passengers is suffering from a physical illness, and transmitting a wellness notification to a fleet management system if the likelihood exceeds a predetermined threshold. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Olga Pronina
  • Patent number: 11906952
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a mining machine with respect to a geofence. One system includes an electronic processor configured to determine a first virtual operation zone positioned around the mobile industrial machine, where the first virtual operation zone is a dynamic area around the mobile industrial machine. The electronic processor is also configured to modify a parameter of the first virtual operation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: JOY GLOBAL SURFACE MINING INC
    Inventor: Keshad Darayas Malegam
  • Patent number: 11906962
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for tracking and/or controlling unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as tracking UAV controllers (UACs) within a cellular network. A UAV/UAC may provide a cellular network with tracking information such as speed, orientation, altitude, C2 communication quality, C2 communication mode change request, measurement report, RRC status, cell ID, TAC ID, current location of the UAV, and destination of the UAV. The network may forward this information to an unmanned aerial system (UAS) traffic management system (UTM). The UTM may determine, based in part on the tracking information, whether to transfer control of the UAV from the UAC to the UTM. In some embodiments, the UAV/UAC may trigger the UTM to transfer control of the UAV form the UAC to the UTM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Han Pu, Alosious Pradeep Prabhakar, Krisztian Kiss, Srinivasan Nimmala, Vijay Venkataraman, Yip Pong Herbert Wong
  • Patent number: 11908320
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to define a strand upstream of a direction based traffic (DBT) link. In a method, a strand is defined upstream of a DBT link. The method includes extending the strand so as to include one or more links upstream of the DBT link. The strand is extended by determining whether a link is to be added to the strand based upon evaluation of a termination criteria. The termination criteria is at least partially based upon a relationship of a function class of the link to the function class of one or more other links. In an instance in which the termination criteria is satisfied, the method ceases further extension of the strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Aditya Jadhav, Earl Hammond
  • Patent number: 11904899
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system for an autonomous vehicle includes a plurality of on-board autonomous sensors that sense data related to operation of the autonomous vehicle and a surrounding environment and an automated driving controller in electronic communication with the plurality of on-board autonomous sensors. The automated driving controller is instructed to receive an indication one or more of the plurality of on-board autonomous sensors are non-functional and a secondary autonomous sensor system including one or more replacement sensors are installed. The automated driving controller is instructed to verify the secondary autonomous sensor system based on a security check and perform a redundancy check between the one or more replacement sensors and the plurality of on-board autonomous sensors. In response to determining the one or more replacement sensors are valid based on the redundancy check, the automated driving controller operates the autonomous vehicle in a limp home mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Rasoul Salehi, Arun Adiththan, Yao Hu, Yilu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11897403
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for supporting and executing automated control of adjustable components of a vehicle based on occupant classification in a group identity database. Methods and systems for generating and employing the group identity database are also disclosed. Occupancy information may be utilized to determine how the group identity database is employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Alfred Ostrowski, Leopoldo Urbina, Akshay Dirisala, Elizabeth Anne Manwell, Austin Kirchner
  • Patent number: 11897461
    Abstract: A method includes identifying an object that is invading a lane that an autonomous vehicle is occupying, and generating a constraint about a point of crossing, where the constraint has a direction and a length, and the point of crossing represents a location of where the object and the autonomous vehicle will collide if the object maintains its current trajectory and the autonomous vehicle maintains its current trajectory. The method includes applying the constraint to a motion plan associated with the autonomous vehicle, and issuing one or more commands to adjust movement of the autonomous vehicle in response to encountering the constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ramadev Burigsay Hukkeri, Zhongkui Wang
  • Patent number: 11897589
    Abstract: A system and method that reduces wave-making resistance of at least one follower vessel following at least one lead vessel operating in a seaway based on a determination of time-dependent variations in the Kelvin wake waves being generated by the lead vessel when operating in a seaway. By using a time-dependent Kelvin wake wave generation approach, the determination of where to position the follower vessel in a reduced wave-making resistance region may be improved, such as when the lead vessel changes direction and/or speed in the seaway. Such an approach may position the follower vessel based on information associated with the Kelvin wake wave generated by the lead vessel in the past, which the follower vessel approaches this past-generated Kelvin wake wave and is positioned in the reduced wave-making resistance region associated with this past-generated Kelvin wake wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Terrence W. Schmidt, Jeffrey E. Kline
  • Patent number: 11897501
    Abstract: An assessment system for performance evaluation and updating of a PMUD of an ego-vehicle. The assessment system obtains world view data from a perception module configured to generate the world view data based on sensor data obtained from vehicle-mounted sensors; obtains other world view data generated by another perception module; forms a joint world view by matching the world view data the other world view data; and obtains perception data based on a perception model and sensor data obtained from one or more vehicle-mounted sensors. The assessment system further matches the perception data to the formed joint world view; evaluates the obtained perception data in reference to the joint world view to determine an estimation deviation in an identified match between the perceptive parameter of the perception data and a corresponding perceptive parameter in the joint world view; and updates parameters of the perception model based on the estimation deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Magnus Gyllenhammar, Carl Zandén, Majid Khorsand Vakilzadeh
  • Patent number: 11897493
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a frame and a plurality of ground-engaging members supporting the frame. Each of the plurality of ground-engaging members is configured to rotate about an axle. The utility vehicle further includes a powertrain assembly supported by the frame and a braking system configured to operate in a normal run mode and an anti-lock braking mode. The braking system includes an anti-lock braking control module operably coupled to the plurality of ground-engaging members and configured to automatically engage the anti-lock braking mode in response to a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Pongo, Brian E. Brandt, Joshua T. Weed, Agata Kaleta, Jacob J. Minick, Ryan D. Kincade
  • Patent number: 11897479
    Abstract: A device for estimating a friction coefficient between a road surface and an automotive tire through determination of a steering torque during a steering maneuver of a slow-rolling or stationary vehicle includes a computer configured for constructing a brush model for a description of the steering torque across a contact patch between the tire and road surface. The steering torque is a torque acting on a steering axis required to overcome resistance to tire twisting on the road surface at a wheel velocity and a steering rate. The steering torque depends on a tire brush vertical load distribution and relative motion of tire brushes and the road surface. The device further includes sensors for measuring the wheel velocity and the steering rate and mechanism for measurements or estimation of the steering torque. The friction coefficient is estimated based on the measurements or estimation of the steering torque and the brush model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignees: THE PENN STATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Craig E. Beal, Sean N. Brennan
  • Patent number: 11900224
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating training data for training a machine learning model to perform trajectory prediction. One of the methods includes: obtaining a training input, the training input including (i) data characterizing an agent in an environment as of a first time and (ii) data characterizing a candidate trajectory of the agent in the environment for a first time period that is after the first time. A long-term label for the candidate trajectory that indicates whether the agent actually followed the candidate trajectory for the first time period is determined. A short-term label for the candidate trajectory that indicates whether the agent intended to follow the candidate trajectory is determined. A ground-truth probability for the candidate trajectory is determined. The training input is associated with the ground-truth probability for the candidate trajectory in the training data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Khaled Refaat, Stephane Ross
  • Patent number: 11897467
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assist apparatus suspends executing a following moving control and starts executing a process of measuring an elapsing time which elapses since suspending executing the following moving control when a control suspending condition that a driver of an own vehicle carries out an accelerating operation of accelerating the own vehicle in order to pass the next lane preceding vehicle, becomes satisfied, resets the elapsing time and start measuring the elapsing time which elapses since resetting the elapsing time when the own vehicle has passed the next lane preceding vehicle before the elapsing time reaches a predetermined time, and restarts executing the following moving control when a control restarting condition that the elapsing time reaches the predetermined time, is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeki Mori, Yuki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11900688
    Abstract: A computer vision processor of a camera generates hyperzooms for persons or vehicles from image frames captured by the camera. The hyperzooms include a first hyperzoom associated with the persons or vehicles. The computer vision processor tracks traffic patterns of the persons or vehicles while obviating network usage by the camera by predicting positions of the persons or vehicles using a Kalman Filter from the first hyperzoom. The persons or vehicles are detected in the second hyperzoom. The positions of the persons or vehicles are updated based on detecting the persons or vehicles in the second hyperzoom. The first hyperzoom is removed from the camera. Tracks of the persons or vehicles are generated based on the updated positions. The second hyperzoom is removed from the camera. Track metadata is generated from the tracks for storing in a key-value database located on a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Verkada Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Xu, Mayank Gupta, Xia Yang, Yuanyuan Chen, Zixiao (Shawn) Wang, Qiang (Kevin) Fu, Yunchao Gong, Naresh Nagabushan
  • Patent number: 11897515
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) implements a health protocol that may reduce pathogen transmission between users of the AV. The AV is equipped with a thermal sensor that captures a body temperature of a user. The AV compares the user's temperature to a threshold temperature, and if the user's temperature exceeds the threshold temperature, the AV performs checks to ensure that the user's planned trip follows current regulations or recommendations. For example, the AV confirms that the user is traveling between the user's home and a healthcare facility. If the trip is permitted, the AV enables the user to enter the AV. The AV may include a disinfectant system for disinfecting the passenger compartment or surfaces after the user exits the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Devar McKnew
  • Patent number: 11897119
    Abstract: An encoder module adapted for a robotic arm is provided and includes a bracket, a bearing embedded in the bracket, an adaptor ring embedded in the bearing, a circuit board fixed on the bracket and an encoder plate. The bracket includes a ring-shaped structure. The adaptor ring includes a ring-shaped flange portion and a protruding portion. The protruding portion is located adjacent to an inner periphery of the ring-shaped flange portion and protrudes from the ring-shaped flange portion. An outer periphery and an inner periphery of the bearing engage with an inner periphery of the ring-shaped structure and an outer periphery of the protruding portion respectively. The circuit board includes a detector. The encoder plate is fixed on the ring-shaped flange portion and located at a position corresponding to the detector and between the detector and the adaptor ring. The encoder module has less accumulated error and improved accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TECHMAN ROBOT INC.
    Inventors: Chien-Chang Huang, Yao-Ching Tsai