Patents Examined by Rachid Bendidi
  • Patent number: 11554485
    Abstract: Generating a robot control policy that regulates both motion control and interaction with an environment and/or includes a learned potential function and/or dissipative field. Some implementations relate to resampling temporally distributed data points to generate spatially distributed data points, and generating the control policy using the spatially distributed data points. Some implementations additionally or alternatively relate to automatically determining a potential gradient for data points, and generating the control policy using the automatically determined potential gradient. Some implementations additionally or alternatively relate to determining and assigning a prior weight to each of the data points of multiple groups, and generating the control policy using the weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Seyed Mohammad Khansari Zadeh
  • Patent number: 11541531
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robot (1) for handling a part to be handled (14), the handling robot (1) being linked to a control interface comprising a glove (40) comprising a first finger (41) provided with a first contact sensor (42) and a second finger (43) provided with a second contact sensor (44), the method comprising the following steps; a) associating, in a signal library (25), a first and a second recorded combination of signals (26, 21); b) acquiring a combination of signals originating from the sensors (26, 27) of the glove (40); c) comparing the acquired combination of signals with the recorded combinations (27, 28, 29) in the library (25); d) controlling the handling robot (1) in such a way as to perform a movement according to the velocity vector associated with the acquired combination of signals. A handling glove (40) and handling device implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventor: Franck Geffard
  • Patent number: 11537132
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile robot. The mobile robot may include a body and a controller. The mobile robot may execute an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm and/or a machine learning algorithm, and may perform communication with other electronic devices in a 5G communication environment. Accordingly, user convenience can be significantly improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Da Eun Kim, Sang Hak Lee, Nak Yeong Kim, Sung Jin Kim, Sungmin Moon
  • Patent number: 11519739
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to systems and methods for assessing validity of a map using image data collected by a laser sensor along a vehicle path. The method may compile image data received from the laser sensor. The map subject to assessment may define an area prohibiting entry by a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Hughes Chatham
  • Patent number: 11512970
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for generating information. A method may include: determining, according to received positioning request information, visiting information for a target area of interest, the visiting information including location information of at least one visiting point; determining, according to the location information of the at least one visiting point, a visiting point distribution map including the at least one visiting point; performing grid division on the visiting point distribution map, to obtain a first grid map including at least one grid; and generating, based on the first grid map, outline information for the target area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanyan Li, Jingbo Zhou, Jianguo Duan, Hui Xiong
  • Patent number: 11512965
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique to accurately recognize a position of a vehicle even in a vicinity of a branch road or a junction road, neither of which is included in map data. The present invention provides a vehicle control device. When a vehicle is traveling on a road that is not described in map data, the vehicle control device is configured to determine whether or not the vehicle is traveling on a junction road or a branch road, based on a positional relationship between a position of the vehicle and a starting point of the junction road or a starting point of the branch road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Kawabata, Tsuyoshi Akahoshi
  • Patent number: 11505242
    Abstract: A steering system of a vehicle, including an operation member to be operated by a driver, a steering device configured to steer a wheel, and a controller configured to control the steering system, wherein the controller is configured to parallelly execute a main process including a process in which the controller controls the steering device to perform steering in accordance with an operation of the operation member and an auxiliary process relating to an operation of the steering system and configured to change an execution ratio of the main process and an execution ratio of the auxiliary process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Okano, Kenji Shibata, Takenari Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11505436
    Abstract: An overhead system assists an operator in moving an object when the operator imparts a manual force to the object in a shared workspace characterized by overlapping ranges of motion of the robot and operator. The system includes an articulated serial robot, a cable, sensors, and a control system. One end of the cable connects to a distal end link of the robot. Another end of the cable connects to the object to suspend the object. The sensors measure a cable force and/or angle. The control system regulates operation of the robot by translating vertically and horizontally in response to the cable force and/or angle. The control system limits the position and/or velocity of the end link according to corresponding work space rules, including respective position and velocity limits, such that the system is immune to a single-point failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad E. Abdallah, James W. Wells
  • Patent number: 11480970
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a terminal, a control device, and an external environment sensor. The control device includes an action plan unit, an external environment recognizing unit, and a traveling control unit. The terminal includes a position detection unit and an input unit. In a case where a prescribed condition is satisfied, the action plan unit computes or maintains a traveling route that is not restricted by a person to be present in a moving side area located on one lateral side for which a vehicle should be headed. In a case where the prescribed condition is not satisfied, the action plan unit computes the traveling route such that the vehicle reaches a parking position after moving straight for a prescribed distance or more. The prescribed condition is satisfied in a case where a position of the terminal is present in the moving side area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Masahiro Kowada, Miki Tsujino
  • Patent number: 11480434
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system comprising: one or more processors; and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the system to perform: obtaining a previous pose of a vehicle; acquiring one or more previous readings corresponding to one or more wheel encoders during the previous pose; acquiring one or more readings corresponding to one or more wheel encoders acquired after the previous pose; and adjusting the previous pose based on the one or more readings to obtain a current pose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventor: Piaoyang Cui
  • Patent number: 11473928
    Abstract: A method includes: selecting a set of access points in a focus zone that identifies an area around the travel destination; determining access paths through one or more access points in the set of selected access points; listing crossings that the access paths pass through; for each of the listed crossings: determining a probability that the listed crossing is passed through by an access path; determining at least one complexity score of the listed crossing; determining a set of points of interest (POIs) along access paths passing through the listed crossing; and determining quality scores for the POIs, respectively, the quality score of one of the POIs reflecting a utility of that one of the POIs to facilitate orientation; selecting POIs from the set of POIs based on the quality scores; generating the access map including the access paths and the selected POIs; and outputting the access map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: NAVER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jutta Willamowski, Antonietta Grasso, Yves Hoppenot, Michel Langlais
  • Patent number: 11472478
    Abstract: A steering system of a vehicle, including an operation member to be operated by a driver, a steering device configured to steer a wheel, and a controller configured to control the steering system, wherein the controller is configured to parallelly execute a main process including a process in which the controller controls the steering device to perform steering of the wheel in accordance with an operation of the operation member and an auxiliary process relating to an operation of the steering system and configured to decrease an execution ratio of the main process and increase an execution ratio of the auxiliary process when a condition that a running speed of the vehicle is not lower than a threshold speed is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Shibata, Takahiro Okano, Takenari Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 11471232
    Abstract: A surgical system for applying an energy applicator to a target tissue and methods operating the same are disclosed. The energy applicator extends from a surgical instrument. The surgical system comprises a sensor to measure external forces and torques placed on the surgical instrument. A surgical manipulator is configured to move the energy applicator in a manual mode in response to the external forces and torques. At least one controller is configured to: model the surgical instrument and the energy applicator as a virtual rigid body having a virtual mass; calculate, using impulse modeling, constraining forces and torques to be applied to the virtual rigid body; determine total forces and torques based on the external forces and torques and the constraining forces and torques; and advance the energy applicator in the manual mode based on the total forces and torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Gene Bowling, Joel N. Beer
  • Patent number: 11465680
    Abstract: The present invention relates to entering data into a trailer backup guidance system. In particular, the present invention relates to storing data in the components of a trailer backup guidance system corresponding to a plurality of trailer and vehicle combinations to better facilitate sharing those components across a plurality of trailers and vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Robert Shepard
  • Patent number: 11465676
    Abstract: An all-wheel steering system for a motor vehicle is described which has an active front axle steering system and an active rear axle steering system. The front axle steering system includes a gear ratio unit which is coupled to a steering wheel. The gear ratio unit is configured to define a front axle steering angle as a function of a steering wheel angle and a front axle steering ratio. In addition, the gear ratio unit is coupled to the rear axle steering system in such a way that the front axle steering ratio is adjustable as a function of a rear axle steering angle. Further, a motor vehicle having such an all-wheel steering system is discussed. Also presented is a method of operating an all-wheel steering system for a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Automotive Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Philipp Bergmann
  • Patent number: 11465614
    Abstract: Aspects relate to methods and systems for controlling usage of parking maps for autonomous parking. In some embodiments, an exemplary system includes a computing device, configured to receive a first parking map representative of a first point of interest, wherein the first parking map comprises a first access datum, generate a first map metric associated with the first parking map, and selectively communicate the first parking map with a first remote device as a function of the first access datum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: STEER-Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Anuja Sonalker
  • Patent number: 11432893
    Abstract: A teleoperational medical system for performing a medical procedure in a surgical field includes a teleoperational assembly having a plurality of motorized surgical arms configured to assist in a surgical procedure. The motorized surgical arms have a motion limit defining a boundary beyond which the surgical arm cannot pass when the surgical arm is attached to a patient. The teleoperational medical system also includes a control system having a surgical threshold limit stored therein. The surgical threshold limit is an edge of a boundary to be potentially travelled by the surgical arm to suitably perform a surgical procedure. The control system is configured to compare the motion limit to the surgical threshold limit and notify an operator via an output device when the threshold limit is outside a range of motion bounded by the motion limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Itkowitz, Paul W. Mohr
  • Patent number: 11433910
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes a signal input circuit configured to receive a sensor signal from a radar sensor or from a lidar Sensor and a processing circuit configured to determine a first condition based on a first representation of the sensor signal, and to generate an activation signal in response to the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Andre Roger, Farhan Bin Khalid, Romain Ygnace
  • Patent number: 11413750
    Abstract: A method for determining a step path involves obtaining a reference step path for a robot with at least three feet. The reference step path includes a set of spatial points on a surface that define respective target touchdown locations for the at least three feet. The method also involves receiving a state of the robot. The method further involves generating a reference capture point trajectory based on the reference step path. Additionally, the method involves obtaining at least two potential step paths and a corresponding capture point trajectory. Further, the method involves selecting a particular step path of the at least two potential step paths based on a relationship between the at least two potential step paths, the potential capture point trajectory, the reference step path, and the reference capture point trajectory. The method additionally involves instructing the robot to begin stepping in accordance with the particular step path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Swilling
  • Patent number: 11416794
    Abstract: A system includes transportation vehicles within a facility, an equipment controller, and a communication unit. The communication unit receives signals indicative of component locations within the facility, vehicle locations within the facility, and/or allocation requests for at least one of the components. The equipment controller schedules enactment of the allocation requests based on designated times associated with operations involved in the enactment of the allocation requests and monitors capacities of the transportation vehicles to carry the components within the facility while the transportation vehicles enact the allocation requests. The equipment controller generates signals for movement control of the transportation vehicles in order to combine the components for the allocation requests in at least one of the transportation vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: David Bell