Patents Examined by Rachid Bendidi
  • Patent number: 10494025
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus (13) has: a learning device (131) configured to perform a learning operation for learning, as a target parking position, a position in which a vehicle is parked when the vehicle is parked by a driver's operation; and an assisting device (132) configured to perform a parking assist operation for automatically parking the vehicle in the target parking position on the basis of a learning result of the learning device, if a predetermined condition that there is a predetermined difference between a position of an occupant during an assist period and a position of an occupant during a learning period is satisfied, the assisting device adjusts the target parking position on the basis of the difference so that it is easier to get out of the vehicle after the parking assist operation is finished, compared to a case where the predetermined condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10496099
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to providing speed limit context awareness during operation of an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computer-implemented method for applying speed limit context awareness in autonomous vehicle operation includes obtaining, by a computing system comprising one or more computing devices, a plurality of features descriptive of a context and a state of an autonomous vehicle. The method further includes determining, by the computing system, a context response for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on a machine-learned model and the plurality of features, wherein the context response includes a derived speed constraint for the autonomous vehicle. The method further includes providing, by the computing system, the context response to a motion planning application of the autonomous vehicle to determine a motion plan for the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Llyod Wilkinson, David McAllister Bradley
  • Patent number: 10493628
    Abstract: An example method includes determining an expected sound profile corresponding to a given task for a robotic device. The method further includes detecting a sound profile during execution of the given task by the robotic device. The method also includes determining one or more differences in amplitude for at least one frequency range between the detected sound profile and the expected sound profile corresponding to the given task for the robotic device. In response to determining the one or more differences in amplitude for the at least one frequency range between the detected sound profile and the expected sound profile, the method additionally includes identifying at least one component of the robotic device associated with the detected sound profile during execution of the given task. The method further includes adjusting control data for the at least one component of the robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Laura Stoia, Craig Latimer, Matthieu Guilbert
  • Patent number: 10486313
    Abstract: A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and security systems, or individuals. In response to the detected violations, the robot can perform one or more security operations. The robot can include a removable fabric panel, enabling sensors within the robot body to capture signals that propagate through the fabric. In addition, the robot can scan RFID tags of objects within an area, for instance coupled to store inventory. Likewise, the robot can generate or update one or more semantic maps for use by the robot in navigating an area and for measuring compliance with security policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cobalt Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Deyle, Erik Schluntz
  • Patent number: 10478973
    Abstract: A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and security systems, or individuals. In response to the detected violations, the robot can perform one or more security operations. The robot can include a removable fabric panel, enabling sensors within the robot body to capture signals that propagate through the fabric. In addition, the robot can scan RFID tags of objects within an area, for instance coupled to store inventory. Likewise, the robot can generate or update one or more semantic maps for use by the robot in navigating an area and for measuring compliance with security policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Cobalt Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Deyle, Erik Schluntz
  • Patent number: 10463440
    Abstract: Surgical manipulators and methods disclosed comprise an energy applicator extending from an instrument and actuators to move links to position the energy applicator. A force/torque sensor sense forces/torques applied to the instrument. Controller(s) control operation of the manipulator in a semi-autonomous mode wherein the manipulator moves the energy applicator along a tool path comprising a target position and advances the energy applicator along the tool path by moving the energy applicator to the target position. The controller(s) transition from the semi-autonomous mode to a manual mode wherein operation of the manipulator is controlled in response to forces/torques applied to the instrument. In the manual mode, the controller(s) enable movement of the energy applicator to one or more positions different from the target position. The controller(s) transition from the manual mode back to the semi-autonomous mode by moving the energy applicator back to the target position on the tool path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: David Gene Bowling, Patrick Roessler, Joel N. Beer
  • Patent number: 10459439
    Abstract: A method for providing at least one specific vehicle state of a vehicle. The method includes acquiring basic parameters of the vehicle from at least one data source; comparing the acquired basic parameters with a comparison list; and providing a specific vehicle state for the acquired basic parameters based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C. F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Gerald Zoppelt, Sven Conradi, Ruediger Roppel, Markus Koch
  • Patent number: 10456916
    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: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Swilling
  • Patent number: 10459454
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for controlling a vehicle travelling in a platoon. A first set of information is received at a first vehicle in a platoon, the first set of information relating to at least one other vehicle in the platoon. One of a plurality of control algorithms is selected in dependence on the first set of information, wherein each of the plurality of control algorithms correspond to a respective platoon communication topology. The first vehicle is controlled in response to the first set of information and the selected one of the control algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Apoorva Saxena, Hong Li, Dip Goswami
  • Patent number: 10450055
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for a distributed aircraft actuation system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a collection engine to obtain first monitoring information corresponding to a first set of control surfaces of an aircraft, the first set including a first control surface on a first side of the aircraft and a second control surface on a second side of the aircraft, the second side opposite the first, and obtain second monitoring information corresponding to a second set of control surfaces of the aircraft, the second set including a third control surface on the first side and a fourth control surface on the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Neal Van Huynh, Matthew Alexander Moser, Patrick Joseph McCormick
  • Patent number: 10453335
    Abstract: A traffic routing and analysis system uses data from individual cellular or mobile devices to determine traffic density within a transportation network, such as subways, busses, roads, pedestrian walkways, or other networks. The system may use historical data derived from monitoring people's travel patterns, and may compare historical data to real time or near real time data to detect abnormalities. The system may be used for policy analysis, predicted commute times and route selection based on traffic patterns, as well as broadcast statistics that may be displayed to commuters. The system may be accessed through an application programming interface (API) for various applications, which may include applications that run on mobile devices, desktop or cloud based computers, or other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: DataSpark, Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Martin Holleczek, Yunye Jin, The Anh Dang, Deepak Jayakumaran, Amy Xuemei Shi-Nash
  • Patent number: 10434666
    Abstract: An industrial robot system is provided with a robot installed on a floor. In this robot system, a motion area is displayed visibly on the floor surface. The motion area is an area occupied on the floor surface by the robot when the robot executes a predetermined task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Syu Katayama
  • Patent number: 10426688
    Abstract: An exoskeleton trajectory sequence is received with at least one server, and the sequence is transferred to a first device where the sequence is validated. The validation includes a safety check in which a determination is made as to whether the sequence is safe for use with an exoskeleton. The validated sequence, or a confirmation that the sequence is valid, is received from the first device, and the validated sequence is offered for sale, license or lease. In one embodiment, a request for the sequence to be transferred is received from a first exoskeleton user. The sequence is validated and transferred to a second exoskeleton user. In another embodiment, a request for the sequence to be edited is received from an exoskeleton user. The sequence is edited, validated and transferred to the exoskeleton user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Robertson, Matthew D. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10427291
    Abstract: A moving robot includes a main body, a drive assembly moving the main body, and a cleaner head performing cleaning on a cleaning area in which the main body is positioned, wherein the drive assembly includes a plurality of pulleys, a motor connected to any one of the plurality of pulleys and generating a driving force, a belt rotated in contact with the plurality of pulleys, and a support shaft connected to some of the plurality of pulleys and changing a position of the pulley such that an area in which the belt is in contact with a ground or an obstacle is maintained to be equal to or greater than a reference area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hwang Kim, Sungil Park, Soohyun Kim, Byungho Yoon, Sanghoon Han, Youngjun Jeon
  • Patent number: 10429824
    Abstract: A system and method for a self-contained modular manufacturing device having self-contained modular tools configured to collectively accomplish a specific task or function in a hierarchical control manner. In an embodiment, the modular device includes a housing that has a mount configured to engage a robotic arm or other form of maneuvering actuator (such a crane or gantry). The housing may provide a base by which additional modules may be mounted and coupled. The modular device also includes an interface configured to communicate with a remote master control system capable of control the robotic arm. The modular device also includes one or more other modules that are configured to accomplish a particular task or function. Such modules are sometimes called end-effectors and work in conjunction with each other to accomplish tasks and functions. In a self-contained modular manufacturing device, individual processors disposed in the housing may be configured to control the functional tools (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MTM Robotics LLC
    Inventors: Chace Howard Fadlovich, Robert Allen Brown, David James Whalen-Robinson, Michael Gary Woogerd, Eric J Davis
  • Patent number: 10425488
    Abstract: A system may include sensor equipment, a local yard maintenance manager and a remote yard maintenance manager. The sensor equipment includes one or more sensors disposed on a parcel of land. The local yard maintenance manager may be disposed proximate to the parcel and configured to interface with the sensor equipment to monitor growing conditions on the parcel. The remote yard maintenance manager may be disposed remotely with respect to the parcel and configured to interface with the sensor equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Martin Larsén, Mikael Willgert, Anders Mattsson, Stefan Grufman, Åke Cederborn, Mikael Alexiusson, Lars Dernebo
  • Patent number: 10414052
    Abstract: A mobile robot is configured for operation in a commercial or industrial setting, such as an office building or retail store. The robot can patrol one or more routes within a building, and can detect violations of security policies by objects, building infrastructure and security systems, or individuals. In response to the detected violations, the robot can perform one or more security operations. The robot can include a removable fabric panel, enabling sensors within the robot body to capture signals that propagate through the fabric. In addition, the robot can scan RFID tags of objects within an area, for instance coupled to store inventory. Likewise, the robot can generate or update one or more semantic maps for use by the robot in navigating an area and for measuring compliance with security policies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cobalt Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Deyle, Erik Schluntz
  • Patent number: 10399599
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a motor vehicle configured to recognize an exceptional situation by querying at least one sensor and if necessary applying a corrective or applied steering torque to a steering wheel. The driver assistance system configured to differentiate between a lower reliability and a higher reliability and upon the recognition to set the steering torque depending on the reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Peter W. A. Zegelaar, Helmuth Bosch, Michael Schiebahn, Yvette Keidies
  • Patent number: 10399621
    Abstract: A legged robot may seek to operate according to a target gait. The legged robot may include leg members and leg joints. Possibly based on the target gait and state of the legged robot, an ordered list of gait controllers may be obtained. The gait controllers in the ordered list may define respective gaits of the legged robot, and may include respective validity checks and output parameters for the respective gaits. The ordered list may begin with a target gait controller that defines the target gait. The ordered list may be traversed in order from the target gait controller until a validity check associated with a particular gait controller passes. The legged robot may be instructed to actuate the leg members and/or leg joints according to output parameters of the particular gait controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Swilling, Eric Whitman, Stephen Berard, Alfred Anthony Rizzi, Alex Yu Khripin, Gina Christine Fay
  • Patent number: 10391631
    Abstract: A wearable smart device is configured to be positioned on and external to a robot having a robot sensor for sensing robot data and a robot input/output port. The wearable smart device includes a device sensor capable of detecting device data corresponding to an environment of the wearable smart device. The wearable smart device also includes a device input/output port. The wearable smart device also includes a device processor coupled to the robot sensor via the robot input/output port and the device input/output port. The device processor is also coupled to the device sensor and configured to control the robot based on the robot data and the device data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph M. A. Djugash, Douglas A. Moore