Patents Examined by Ramsey Refai
  • Patent number: 11513520
    Abstract: A method for training control software to reinforce safety constraints using visual inputs includes performing template matching for each object in an image of a reinforcement learning (RL) agent's action space using a visual template for each object wherein each object in the RL agent's action space is detected, mapping each detected object to a set of planar coordinates for each object in the RL agent's action space, determining a set of safe actions for the RL agent by applying a safety specification for the RL agent's action space to the set of variables for coordinates for each object in the RL agent's action space, outputting the set of safe actions to the RL agent for a current state of a RL procedure, and preventing the RL agent from executing an action that is unsafe, before the RL agent takes an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Subhro Das, Nathan Fulton, Nathan Hunt, Trong Nghia Hoang
  • Patent number: 11513606
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for transporting people using air vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 11513517
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to controlling state transitions in an autonomous vehicle. In particular, a computing system can initiate the autonomous vehicle into a no-authorization state upon startup. The computing system can receive an authorization request. The computing system determines whether the authorization request includes a request to enter the first or second mode of operations, wherein the first mode of operations is associated with the autonomous vehicle being operated without a human operator and the second mode of operations is associated with the autonomous vehicle being operable by a human operator. The computing system can transition the autonomous vehicle from the no-authorization state into a standby state in response to determining the authorization request includes a request to enter the first mode of operations or into a manual-controlled state in response to determining the authorization request is a request to enter the second mode of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Tschanz, Maitreya Jayesh Naik, Diana Yanakiev, Aaron L. Greenfield, Scott C. Poeppel
  • Patent number: 11493919
    Abstract: An information presentation apparatus includes an activity determination unit configured to determine whether a driver engages in a driving activity or a non-driving activity; an engagement level calculation unit configured to calculate a driver engagement level related to driving, based on at least one of a determination result of the driving activity and a determination result of the non-driving activity in an engagement level calculation period; a system confidence level acquisition unit configured to acquire a system confidence level of autonomous driving control; and an information presentation unit configured to present information to the driver based on the engagement level and the system confidence level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Iwamoto, Hojung Jung, Shintaro Shiba
  • Patent number: 11488091
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a central control method. The method includes: obtaining identifications, locations and states of objects in a port; generating and displaying a port electronic map based on the identifications, locations, and states of the objects; and displaying, upon detecting that an object in the port electronic map is being operated, the identification, location, and/or state of the operated object. With the present disclosure, the monitored content can be extended to information, such as identifications, locations and states, related to the respective objects. Compared with the existing port monitoring system, the monitoring is more thorough and comprehensive, which is advantageous for improving port operation security and service execution efficiency. Further, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a central control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yidi Zhang, Mingxu Tang, Hengliang He, Lihu Chen, Wanli Song, Mengxin Zhu, Lu Wang
  • Patent number: 11487286
    Abstract: A mobile object system includes: an information processing apparatus; and an autonomous travel vehicle. The information processing apparatus transmits to the autonomous travel vehicle first data and second data in association with each other, the first data being information for introducing a content of a commodity or a service to a user, the second data being information regarding a base that provides the commodity or service. The autonomous travel vehicle introduces the commodity or service to the user in the vehicle based on the first data, and moves to the base indicated in the second data upon reception of an instruction from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideo Hasegawa, Tadahiro Kashiwai, Yusuke Kaneko, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Yuki Ito, Naoki Uenoyama, Takahiro Shiga
  • Patent number: 11467577
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, method and associated apparatus for autonomous vehicle transportation. The system includes: an operation system configured to generate a transportation plan for a vehicle and transmit the transportation plan to a vehicle controller of the vehicle; and the vehicle controller configured to control, in accordance with the transportation plan, the vehicle to autonomously move to a position of a checkpoint at an entrance to a target highway port, and interact with a checkpoint controller corresponding to the position of the checkpoint for autonomously passing the checkpoint; and control the vehicle to autonomously move from the position of the checkpoint to a specified loading/unloading position in the target highway port, and interact with a loading/unloading control apparatus for autonomous loading/unloading at the loading/unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nan Wu, He Zheng
  • Patent number: 11467581
    Abstract: An autonomous moving body includes: a determination unit configured to determine that the autonomous moving body has arrived at a waiting area on a current floor before the autonomous moving body gets on a car of the elevator; an orientation adjustment unit configured to adjust, when the determination unit determines that the autonomous moving body has arrived at the waiting area, an orientation of the autonomous moving body based on an exiting direction from the car on a destination floor; and a movement controller configured to cause, when the car arrives, the autonomous moving body to enter the car while maintaining the orientation adjusted by the orientation adjustment unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohisa Takai, Yuhei Yamaguchi, Satoshi Toyoshima, Yuta Watanabe, Mikio Honda, Shiro Oda, Tetsuya Taira, Nobuhisa Otsuki
  • Patent number: 11460855
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for sensor calibration. In one implementation, an image and a depth map of a field around a mobile device are obtained. The image is captured using a first sensor, and the depth map is captured using a second sensor. A position and a reflected radiation intensity of a calibration surface are detected in the field using the depth map. A first portion and a second portion of the calibration surface representing a background color and a foreground color are isolated based on the reflected radiation intensity. The calibration surface is detected in the image using the position of the calibration surface in the depth map and a calibration transform between the first sensor and the second sensor. The calibration transform is optimized based on an overlap of the foreground color and/or the background color between the depth map and the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Ying Yi Lim, Sasawat Prankprakma
  • Patent number: 11461705
    Abstract: Provided are methods, systems, devices, and tangible non-transitory computer readable media for providing data including vehicle map service data. The disclosed technology can perform operations including receiving vehicle map service data from client systems. The vehicle map service data can include information associated with a geographic area or sensor observations of a vehicle. Two or more portions of the vehicle map service data to which a client system is subscribed can be determined. Fused data based on the two or more portions of the vehicle map service data to which the client system is subscribed can be generated. Furthermore, the client system can be provided with access to the fused data. Access to the fused data can include authorization to send or receive portions of the vehicle map service data associated with the fused data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Christine McGavran, Richard William Bukowski, Asaf Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 11460858
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing device including a controlling portion configured to execute: acquisition of information about a through-point corresponding to a selection object selected by a user terminal from among selection objects installable in a movable body in a base state; acquisition of information about a destination output from the user terminal as a point where a user observes the movable body in a state where the selection object selected by the user terminal is installed; and generation of a navigation command so as to move the movable body to the destination after the selection object selected by the user terminal is installed in the movable body by causing the movable body to drop in at the through-point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiromichi Dogishi, Masaki Shitara, Keiji Yamashita, Nozomi Kaneko, Naoki Yamamuro, Shunsuke Tanimori, Ryoichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 11458804
    Abstract: An air conditioner cut control system may include a driving condition detection unit detecting operation conditions of a vehicle, an air conditioner controller configured of determining an intake manifold negative pressure stored in a brake booster at a value obtained by subtracting intake manifold pressure from an atmospheric pressure detected by the driving condition detection unit when the air conditioner is operated and an engine control unit (ECU) for integrating the intake manifold negative pressure according to a brake negative pressure prediction logic and determining a virtual brake booster sensor value by modeling change of booster negative pressure according to driving information, and the ECU, and if the virtual brake booster sensor value is below a reference negative pressure of an A/C CUT standard logic, the ECU determines that brake negative pressure is insufficient and activates A/C CUT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Hun Jung
  • Patent number: 11459121
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for global plane identification number (GPIN) generation and applications are disclosed. Embodiments of the disclosed technology advantageously enable aircraft to be tracked throughout their service life, and associate parts, software and services that correspond to a particular aircraft. An exemplary method for identifying an aircraft includes generating, based on a manufacturer, a model and a series of the aircraft, an alphanumeric prefix that uniquely identifies the model and the series of the aircraft from the manufacturer; generating, from a manufacturer serial number that is assigned to an airframe of the aircraft, a modified serial number; and generating, based on concatenating the alphanumeric prefix and the modified serial number, an identification number for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Keon Lee, Robert Connor Gleason, Jon Evan Saltzman
  • Patent number: 11454977
    Abstract: An information processing method includes: obtaining, from a mobile object, (i) at least one of operation information of the mobile object and traveling information indicating a traveling route taken by the mobile object, and (ii) sensor data obtained by sensing of the traveling route using a sensor included in the mobile object; causing a learning model to learn, using (i) the at least one of the operation information and the traveling information, and (ii) the sensor data as input, at least one of operation performed on and movement made by the mobile object using the sensor data obtained by sensing of the traveling route; generating, according to a number of times the learning model is trained, presentation information indicating the input required before the learning model completes learning about the traveling route; and causing a presentation device to present the presentation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryota Fujimura, Hiroaki Urabe, Sotaro Tsukizawa
  • Patent number: 11448516
    Abstract: To provide navigation directions for a scenic route, a machine learning model is trained using (i) characteristics of road segments that have been assigned a scenic metric and (ii) the scenic metrics for the road segments. In response to a request for navigation directions, a set of candidate routes for navigating from the starting location to the destination location is identified. Then for each road segment within each candidate route, characteristics of the road segment are applied to the machine learning model to generate the scenic metric for the road segment. A route is then selected from the set of candidate routes based at least in part on the scenic metrics of the road segments within the route. A set of navigation directions is provided for presentation on a client device for navigating from the starting location to the destination location via the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Johnson, Jr., Chris Hluchan, Shiblee Hasan, David Lee
  • Patent number: 11435749
    Abstract: A method for transferring route information between material handling vehicles is provided. The method includes operating a first material handling vehicle along a route and collecting operation information, transferring the operation information to a warehouse management system that includes a transfer matrix, processing operation information with the transfer matrix, and transferring the processed operation information to a second material handling vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Thomas Yahner
  • Patent number: 11430330
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a method for a travel time predicting apparatus to predict a travel time by using a travel time prediction model, including generating a first prediction model for prediction of a travel time of a vehicle that will pass through a specific area by using first traffic data that are related to a travel speed at the specific area; generating a second prediction model by modifying the first prediction model that relates to the travel speed at the specific area and is different from the first traffic data; and predicting a travel time of the vehicle that will pass through the specific area by using the second prediction model can be provided so that a travel time at which a specific vehicle passes a specific area can be more precisely predicted compared to a conventional art and predicted travel time information can be promptly and precisely provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Yong-Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 11420638
    Abstract: A vehicle and a system and method of operating a vehicle. The system includes a processor. The processor learns a driver's behavior of a driver of the vehicle as the driver navigates a road segment, creates a behavior policy based on the driver's behavior and a threshold associated with the road segment, and controls the vehicle to navigate the road segment using the behavior policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohammadali Shahriari, Amir Takhmar, Reza Zarringhalam
  • Patent number: 11415430
    Abstract: A method and server for presenting points of interest (POIs) to a given user in a map application on a client device comprising: receiving a request for displaying a given location on a map view of the map application and retrieving, based on the map view and the given location, a set of POIs. A set of web services associated with the given user is determined, and past user interaction data with the set of web services partially indicative of user preferences of the given user with regard to the set of POIs is retrieved. The set of POIs is ranked based on the respective past user interaction data to obtain a ranked set of POIs. The map view including at least a subset of the ranked set of POIs is transmitted for presentation to the given user on a display interface of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: YANDEX EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Dmitry Vasilievich Kornev, Yury Pavlovich Gorishny, Filipp Gennadievich Sinitsin
  • Patent number: 11407462
    Abstract: Vehicles may be composed of a relatively few number of “modules” that are assembled together during a final assembly process. An example vehicle may include a body module, a first drive module coupled to a first end of the body module, and a second drive module coupled to a second end of the body module. One or both of the drive modules may include a pair of wheels, a battery, an electric drive motor, and/or a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. One or both of the drive modules may also include a crash structure to absorb impacts. If a component of a drive module fails or is damaged, the drive module can be quickly and easily replaced with a new drive module, minimizing vehicle down time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timo Birnschein, Adriano Di Pietro, Kyle Matthew Foley, Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Andrew Piper