Patents Examined by Rami Khatib
  • Patent number: 11454987
    Abstract: A self-driving coordination system and the control method thereof are disclosed. The system and the control method are applied to an all-self-driving vehicle fleet. The self-driving coordination system comprises a leader control device, a follower control device, and a server. The leader control device is mounted in a leader. The follower control device is mounted in a follower. The leader control device and the follower control device communicate with each other for bidirectional data transmission. The server communicates with the leader control device and the follower control device for respective bidirectional data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH & TESTING CENTER
    Inventors: Wei-Hsuan Chang, Rong-Terng Juang
  • Patent number: 11454980
    Abstract: A management system for a work vehicle, includes: a traveling condition data generation unit configured to set traveling condition data including a first traveling route for making a work vehicle travel with forward movement and a second traveling route for making the work vehicle travel with backward movement, in a conveying path leading to a workplace where an operation of the work vehicle is performed; a specific area data acquisition unit configured to acquire specific area data indicating a specific area where the work vehicle is able to switch back in the conveying path; and a switchback command unit configured to output a command signal for switching back the work vehicle traveling on one of the first traveling route and the second traveling route at the specific area, and making the work vehicle travel on the other of the first traveling route and the second traveling route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Komatsu LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Takeda, Akiharu Nishijima
  • Patent number: 11448511
    Abstract: A robot configured for multi-robot pose estimation execute iteratively the primary particle filter and the secondary particle filter independently from each other to update the pose estimations in the primary and the secondary particles. In response to each encounter of the robot with a neighboring robot, the robot receives neighboring particles of a particle filter of the neighboring robot identifying poses and likelihoods of the poses of the neighboring robot and replaces the primary particles of the primary particle filter with the secondary particles fused with the neighboring particles. The robot outputs its pose according to the primary particles of the primary particle filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Milutin Pajovic, Philip Orlik
  • Patent number: 11441911
    Abstract: A navigation system includes an operation input unit, a temporary storage unit, and a control unit that executes processing concerning the navigation operation using the information for applications. The control unit sets analysis priority levels for analysis processing performed for each of the kinds of the map information and sets generation priority levels for each of the kinds of the information for applications, performs, with at least one kind of map information as an analysis target, the analysis processing generates the information for applications in order according to the generation priority levels based on results of the analysis processing respectively obtained for the map information set as the analysis target, saves the generated information for applications in the temporary storage unit, and executes processing concerning the navigation operation using the information for applications saved in the temporary storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Kageyama, Takaaki Sekiguchi, Shinichi Amaya, Yuuki Takaoka
  • Patent number: 11415423
    Abstract: A map information management device includes a processor; and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform processes of: acquiring map information and determining a guiding route for a vehicle, determining whether the vehicle has operated in accordance with the guiding route, acquiring a position where the vehicle is determined to have operated differently from the guiding route, acquiring an image in which the acquired position is captured, acquiring landmark information from the acquired image, and generating difference information on a difference between the acquired landmark information and landmark information included in map information of the position where the vehicle is determined to have operated differently from the guiding route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Sato
  • Patent number: 11414167
    Abstract: A method for controlling marine vessel speed includes determining a setpoint vessel speed, which is constant while the system is operating in a cruise control mode. The method includes using vessel speed feedback control to adjust operational characteristics of the engine so as to achieve the setpoint vessel speed. The method also includes determining a measured vessel speed and filtering the measured vessel speed. In response to determining that the measured vessel speed is within a given range of the constant setpoint vessel speed, the method includes transitioning to the cruise control mode and comparing the filtered measured vessel speed to the constant setpoint vessel speed for purposes of the feedback control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven J. Andrasko, Justin R. Poirier, Kenneth G. Gable
  • Patent number: 11408746
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to generating a recommendation for a destination or a route based on desired attributes. In one embodiment, a method of generating a recommendation responsive to one or more requested attributes, includes generating a location tensor associated with a geographical location, the location tensor being a multidimensional datastructure that indicates one or more attributes of the geographical location, extracting, from the location tensor, an embedding that indicates information contained in the location tensor, storing the embedding in a database in association with the geographical location, analyzing a plurality of embeddings in the database to identify at least one geographic area having attributes that correspond with the one or more requested attributes, and generating a recommendation that includes the at least one geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Connected North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Dingchao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11408743
    Abstract: User interfaces for booking and tracking of multi-modal itineraries are disclosed. In some aspects, a mobile device application provides a unified user interface for both booking and status tracking of a multi-modal transportation service including different travel modalities. For example, a first leg of the multi-modal transportation service may include ground-based travel (such as travel via bus, train, walking, or car), and a second leg including aerial travel. Status of the trip may be displayed in each of the legs of the multi-modal transportation service to maintain traveler awareness across the multiple modes of travel and provide for improved ease of use when compared to conventional solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pietro Schirano
  • Patent number: 11402842
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamically adjusting effective sensor coverage coordinates of a sensor used to assist in navigating an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) in response to environmental conditions that may affect the ideal operation of the sensor. An ADV includes a navigation system and a safety monitor system that monitors some, or all, of the navigation system, including monitoring: dynamic adjustment of effective sensor coverage coordinates of a sensor and localization of the ADV within a high-definition map. The ADV safety monitor system further determines safety-critical objects surrounding the ADV, determines safe areas to navigate the ADV, and ensures that the ADV navigates only to safe areas. An automated system performance monitor determines whether to pass-through ADV navigation control commands, limit one or more control commands, or perform a fail-operational behavior, based on the ADV safety monitor systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Xiaodong Liu, Ning Qu
  • Patent number: 11402840
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a computing system of a vehicle, a planned trajectory for the vehicle based on first sensor data associated with an external environment. The planned trajectory is generated by a primary computing system associated with a first sensor. The method further includes determining an environmental condition associated with the external environment. The environmental condition is included in second sensor data generated by a second sensor. The method further includes analyzing one or more parameters associated with the planned trajectory to determine whether the planned trajectory is based on the environmental condition, and, in response to determining that the primary computing system fails to base the planned trajectory upon the environmental condition, altering the one or more parameters associated with the planned trajectory to generate an altered planned trajectory. The method thus includes instructing the vehicle to execute the altered planned trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Woven Planet North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Danford
  • Patent number: 11402222
    Abstract: A device receives, from another device, a request for navigational instructions for a vehicle. That request includes data that identifies stops for the vehicle. The device receives route restriction data that identifies route restrictions that include a set of waypoints. The device selects, by analyzing the route restriction data, particular waypoints to include in the stops. The device determines an initial route through the stops that include the particular waypoints. The device obtains fuel selection data to use to identify fuel stops. The device identifies a subset of the fuel stops that are near the initial route. The device selects a fuel stop, to include in the stops, based on at least one of: fuel data, fuel cost data, weather data, or traffic data. The device determines a final route that includes the stops, and provides, to the other device, the final route to permit the vehicle to be navigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Lear, Suet Fun M. Tsang, Changxiu Li, Elizabeth A. Burgess, Victor J. Rehorst
  • Patent number: 11391598
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a traffic situation detecting method. The method includes steps of acquiring a current location, a speed of movement and a direction of movement for a ground vehicle; using the current location as a starting point and drawing a detecting scope on a digital map toward the direction of movement; varying a size of the detecting scope in adaptive to an interval of the speed to which the speed of movement belongs; accessing a traffic server to retrieve a traffic event and determining whether the traffic event is situated within the detecting scope; and marking the traffic event located within the detecting scope on a digital map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: National Central University
    Inventors: Chih-Lin Hu, Yu-Kai Huang, Hsiang-Yuan Chiu, Kun-Yu Lin, Sheng-Zhi Huang
  • Patent number: 11391583
    Abstract: A navigation method includes selecting a route from a multiplicity of routes, which connect a departure point for a navigation to a destination for the navigation. The route includes at least one route segment. The at least one route segment for the route is selected from a multiplicity of road sections. The road sections are each assigned at least one property, which characterizes a driving experience. A metric is evaluated in accordance with the at least one property of a respective road section of the road sections. The route whose road sections maximize the metric as route segments for the route is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Feiling, Tobias Grosse-Puppendahl, Hans-Georg Wahl
  • Patent number: 11391011
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator includes a controller (40) that executes region limiting control to forcibly raise a boom (8) in such a manner that a position of a tip end of a bucket (10) is kept on a target excavation surface and within a region above the target excavation surface if an operation device (45b, 46a) issues an action direction to an arm (9) or the bucket. The controller determines which is selected as a control mode over a raising speed of the boom at a time of executing region limiting control, a first mode or a second mode specified by a raising speed lower than a raising speed of the first mode if the tip end of the bucket is located below the target excavation surface, and controls the raising speed of the boom based on a result of determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryu Narikawa, Manabu Edamura, Kouji Ishikawa, Shiho Izumi
  • Patent number: 11385639
    Abstract: An automatic driving system includes an electronic control device configured to: detect a driving operation input amount during an automatic driving control for a vehicle; determine whether the driver is able to start manual driving during the automatic driving control for the vehicle; output a signal for performing switching from automatic driving to the manual driving based on a result of a comparison between the driving operation input amount and a driving switching threshold that is a threshold for the switching from the automatic driving to the manual driving; set the driving switching threshold to a first driving switching threshold when it is determined that the driver is able to start the manual driving; and set the driving switching threshold to a second driving switching threshold exceeding the first driving switching threshold when it is determined that the driver is not able to start the manual driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kentaro Ichikawa, Taisuke Sugaiwa
  • Patent number: 11377123
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a vehicle are herein disclosed. A method includes receiving vehicle data and external data from a vehicle control system of a vehicle and generating an environment representation of an area of the transportation network proximate to the vehicle location. The method includes displaying the environment representation in a GUI and receiving a solution path via the graphical user interface, the solution path indicating a route and one or more stop points. The method includes transmitting the route to the vehicle including a respective geolocation of each of the one or more stop points. The vehicle receives the route and begins traversing the transportation network based on the solution path. The method includes receiving updated vehicle data and/or updated external data from the vehicle and updating the environment representation based thereon. The method includes displaying, the updated environment representation via the graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Ali Mortazavi, Atsuhide Kobashi, Liam Pedersen
  • Patent number: 11374688
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a data transmission method and a data transmission device for an intelligent driving vehicle, and a device. The method includes: acquiring data to be transmitted; encoding the data to be transmitted to generate encoded data; generating a check digit according to the data to be transmitted; adding the encoded data to a data packet, wherein a trailer of the data packet comprises the check digit; and transmitting the data packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yifeng Shi, Xing Hu, Haisong Wang, Lei Fang, Ji Tao
  • Patent number: 11371857
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for implementing passenger profiles for autonomous vehicles. A passenger of the autonomous vehicle is identified. A passenger profile corresponding to the passenger and comprising a passenger preference is identified. The passenger preference is identified. A configuration setting of the autonomous vehicle corresponding to autonomous operation of the autonomous vehicle is then adjusted based at least in part on the passenger preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, Erik Resch Parker, Allan Scott Bathurst, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 11366480
    Abstract: A method for navigating a vehicle through a predefined path in an environment. The predefined path includes a plurality of predefined points. The method includes generating a distance database, enabling the predefined path by enabling each of the plurality of predefined points, navigating the vehicle to a first point, and navigating the vehicle from the first point to a second point. The distance database is associated with the predefined path. The first point and the second point are located on the predefined path. Navigating the vehicle from the first point to the second point includes repeating an iterative navigation process until a termination condition is satisfied. The termination condition includes a total traveled distance of the vehicle obtained from odometer data of the vehicle exceeding a termination threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Mazdak Hooshang
  • Patent number: 11358813
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically controlling loading dock equipment, such as in response to a trailer approaching and docking at a docking station, are disclosed. The systems and methods can provide scanning devices and scanning operations which assist with, for example, properly aligning a trailer at a docking station and/or checking an interior area in front of the dock door for obstructions. The systems and methods can also transmit messages between components of the system and/or to users of the system regarding the status of components of the systems and/or the status of the overall docking process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Brett A. Walford, Eric Breen