Patents Examined by Ramsey Refai
  • Patent number: 11914391
    Abstract: The invention discloses a cleaning partition planning method for robot walking along the boundary, a chip and a robot. According to the cleaning partition planning method, a complete global map does not needed to be prestored in advance, but an initial room cleaning partition of the robot is divided in real time in a predefined cleaning area according to map image pixel information obtained by laser scanning in the process of walking along the boundary, meanwhile, the initial room cleaning partition of the robot is expanded by repeated iterative processing of the wall boundary of an uncleaned area in the same predefined cleaning area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Huibao Huang, Hewen Zhou, Zhuobiao Chen
  • Patent number: 11912388
    Abstract: A marine vessel power supply system for a marine vessel including an electric motor to rotate a propeller includes an inverter to supply electric power to the electric motor, a battery to supply electric power to the inverter, and an electronic control unit configured or programmed to control the inverter. The inverter includes an inverter circuit to convert DC electric power supplied from the battery to AC electric power, a voltage detector to detect the voltage in a wiring between the battery and the inverter circuit, and a microcomputer configured or programmed to communicate with the electronic control unit and to control the inverter circuit according to a command supplied from the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit calculates an SOC estimate indicative of an estimated state-of-charge value of the battery based on a value of the voltage detected by the voltage detector and acquired from the microcomputer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: Yuta Miyagi
  • Patent number: 11898855
    Abstract: An assistance control system performs assistance control for causing a moving object to move to a destination based on map information. The assistance control system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to generate or update the map information based on input from a sensor mounted on the moving object, acquire a plurality of route candidates to the destination, evaluate certainty of the map information for each location or each section, and calculate a map information evaluation value, evaluate accuracy of the assistance control in the acquired route candidates based on the calculated map information evaluation value, and present a route candidate having the highest priority among the route candidates to an occupant of the moving object, or control the moving object along the route candidate having the highest priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Eiji Sakaguchi, Yasuhiro Takagi, Nobuhide Kamata, Taichi Kawanai
  • Patent number: 11893160
    Abstract: A method for transportation includes providing a vehicle with a cab and having a moveable actuator coupled to a propulsion unit to move the propulsion unit between a first position above the cab during lift-off and a second position during lateral flight. The system can receive hand control gestures as captured by cameras/sensors. A flight computer determines vehicle control options based on the model, a current state of the vehicle and the environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Ha Tran
  • Patent number: 11885886
    Abstract: Systems and methods for object detection. The object detection may be used to control an autonomous vehicle. For example, the methods comprise: obtaining, by a computing device, a LiDAR dataset generated by a LiDAR system of the autonomous vehicle; and using, by the computing device, the LiDAR dataset and at least one image to detect an object that is in proximity to the autonomous vehicle. The object is detected by: matching points of the LiDAR dataset to pixels in the at least one image; and detecting the object in a point cloud defined by the LiDAR dataset based on the matching. The object detection may be used to facilitate at least one autonomous driving operation (e.g., autonomous driving operation comprises an object tracking operation, an object trajectory prediction operation, a vehicle trajectory determination operation, and/or a collision avoidance operation).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Basel Alghanem, Arsenii Saranin, G. Peter K. Carr, Kevin Lee Wyffels
  • Patent number: 11886197
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of driving the same are provided. The electronic device includes a container; a sensor; a driving unit; and a processor configured to: based on sensing data received through the sensor, measure, at a predetermined time interval, external forces exerted on the electronic apparatus from a ground on which the electronic apparatus is located, identify, based on frequency characteristics of the external forces and a natural vibration frequency of a liquid contained in the container, a frequency having frequency characteristics corresponding to the natural vibration frequency among frequencies of the external forces, and input a driving signal to the driving unit, based on a size of the identified frequency, the driving signal controlling a velocity of the electronic apparatus according to a natural vibration period of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventors: Dongwoo Park, Joonyoung Kim, Boseok Moon, Hyunjoong Lee
  • Patent number: 11885625
    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: October 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GOOGE LLC
    Inventors: Christine McGavran, Richard William Bukowski, Asaf Rosenfeld
  • Patent number: 11872966
    Abstract: An electromechanical or electromagnetic wheel brake cylinder for a braking system, embodied with at least one hydraulic braking circuit, of a vehicle, including a pressure chamber that is embodied in the electromechanical or electromagnetic wheel brake cylinder and is delimited by a displaceable first brake piston of the electromechanical or electromagnetic wheel brake cylinder, and is linkable to a sub-volume of the at least one hydraulic braking circuit of the braking system in such a way that the first brake piston is displaceable by way of a pressure that is increased at least in in the respective sub-volume. The electromechanical or electromagnetic wheel brake cylinder encompasses an electromechanical or electromagnetic actuator and a second brake piston which is displaceable by operation of the electromechanical or electromagnetic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: ROBE IT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Schmidt, Dieter Blattert, Julian Ewald
  • Patent number: 11868938
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for tracking greenhouse gas impact is disclosed. The apparatus may include at least a processor, and a memory communicatively connected to the at least a processor. The memory contains instructions configuring the at least a processor to receive operation data, determine a portion of the operation data pertaining to an inefficient maneuver, wherein determining the portion of the operation data includes classifying each of the operation data to maneuver efficiency category and determining the portion of the operation data pertaining to the inefficient maneuver as a function of the maneuver efficiency category. The memory further contains instructions configuring the at least a processor to calculate greenhouse gas impact for the inefficient maneuver data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: PITT-OHIO
    Inventor: Justine A. Russo
  • Patent number: 11871234
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided that includes obtaining a first secret and a first public key, and obtaining a second secret a second public key. The method may also include authenticating the first public key of the first vehicle based on a first private key associated with the first vehicle, and authenticating the second public key of the second vehicle based on a second private key associated with the second vehicle. The method may also include preventing a man-in-the-middle attack, by securing at least one of a first vehicle-to-central office communication, a central office-to-first vehicle communication, or a first vehicle-to-second vehicle, wherein the first vehicle-to-central office communication and the central office-to-first vehicle communication are authenticated based on a determined private key associated with a respective first vehicle on-board computer, and sending a message, with the central office server, to a vehicle associated with a conditional movement authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Rebecca W. Dreasher, Adam Hausmann, Matthew Steven Vrba, Edward J. Kuchar, James Lucas, Andrew Ryan Staats, Jerrid D. Chapman, Jeffrey D. Kernwein, Janmejay Tripathy, Stephen Craven, Tania Lindsley, Derek K. Woo, Ann K. Grimm, Scott Sollars, Phillip A. Burgart, James Allen Oswald, Shannon K. Struttmann, Stuart J. Barr, Keith Smith, Francois P. Pretorius, Craig K. Green, Kendrick Gawne, Irwin Morris, Joseph W. Gorman
  • Patent number: 11858509
    Abstract: An operator offset request for automatic lane following system of an automobile vehicle includes an operator offset request defining a lateral offset distance away from a first travel-line of an automobile vehicle in a displacement path moved until a second travel-line of the automobile is achieved. An operator input setting system when actuated generates an initiation signal forwarded to a controller to input the operator offset request. An achievement signal is generated to signify a selected offset position selected by a vehicle operator for the offset distance is achieved. A vehicle return travel path is elected by the vehicle operator to return the automobile vehicle to the first travel-line from the second travel-line by a return displacement path which is opposite to the displacement path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Reza Zarringhalam, Mohammadali Shahriari, Wenhao Wu, Paul A. Adam
  • Patent number: 11860625
    Abstract: Technologies disclosed relate to a remote intervention system for the operation of a vehicle, which can be an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle that includes driver assist features, a vehicle used for ride sharing services or the like. The system includes a vehicle sending a request for remote intervention to a remote operator when the operation of the vehicle is suspended. The request for remote intervention can include a request for object identification or a request for decision confirmation. The vehicle can update vehicle operation based in part on vehicle-based sensor data and a response to the remote intervention request from the remote operator. The remote operator can be a human operator or an AI operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Beijing Voyager Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 11851101
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power assisting steering system for a vehicle having at least a first and a second steered wheel, the system comprising a control unit configured to receive input on a desired change of steering angle, a first and a second power generating device configured to provide power assisted steering for turning the first and the steered wheel, respectively. The control unit, in response to the received input, is configured to alternatingly activate and deactivate the first and second power generating device, respectively, so as to repeatedly and alternatingly provide power assistance to the first and the second steered wheel as the first and second steered wheels are turned to achieve the desired change of steering angle. The invention also relates to a method of operating a power assisting steering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Jesper Blomstrand, Anders Petersson, Ahmed Abbas
  • Patent number: 11846511
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sampling method and system for path planning of a mobile robot in a man-machine environment, including: calculating a distance between a node and the closest obstacle on a map, simultaneously detecting a pedestrian in an environment and marking a position of the pedestrian; selecting a starting point position as a root node, and initializing a search tree; choosing a candidate node in a passable region, calculating a cumulative cost from a node to the candidate node, and choosing a node with the lowest cost as a growth node; performing collision detection on a connecting line between the growth and the candidate nodes, and determining whether collision detection succeeds; connecting the candidate node to the growth node, and determining whether the candidate node is a goal; and acquiring a node connecting line set from the root node to the goal to form a final path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Wenzheng Chi, Zhiyu Ding, Guodong Chen, Lining Sun
  • Patent number: 11841234
    Abstract: A user analytics computing device for processing vehicle-based telematics data and generating user offerings responsive to the vehicle-based telematics data includes at least one processor in communication with a memory device. The processor is programmed to: (i) receive, from a vehicle computing device, telematics data associated with a plurality of trips taken by a first driver using a first vehicle, (ii) generate a driver profile of the first driver based at least in part upon the telematics data, (iii) access, from the memory device, contextual data associated with an environment in which the first vehicle travelled during the plurality of trips, (iv) synthesize the driver profile and the contextual data to generate a contextualized driver profile, (v) based upon the contextualized driver profile, generate a user offering to influence the driver profile, and (vi) transmit the user offering to a user computing device associated with the first driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Inventors: Ryan Michael Gross, Joseph Robert Brannan, Brian N. Harvey
  • Patent number: 11834000
    Abstract: A method for operating a locking system of a transportation vehicle in which time-of-flight measurements are made using at least one interior transceiver situated in an interior of the transportation vehicle, and using at least one exterior transceiver situated outside the interior; the time-of-flight measurements are used to determine a position of a key device relative to the transportation vehicle; and an operating function of the locking system is performed based on the relative position determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Br├╝ckner
  • Patent number: 11814028
    Abstract: An information collection system corrects vehicle state information of each of a plurality of vehicles. Identification information and the vehicle state information is transmitted by a first transmitter, the identification information being information based on which a target vehicle is specified from among the vehicles. Disclosure position information and the identification information are transmitted by a second transmitter, the disclosure position information being set as position information on the target vehicle based on (i) alternative position information indicating a position of the target vehicle in an alternative manner and (ii) disclosure information indicating a disclosure range to disclose the alternative position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Ayano Kobayashi, Yasuhide Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 11797004
    Abstract: A method and corresponding apparatus and computer-readable storage medium are provided for causing one or more robots to execute a mission. The method includes identifying the mission including a nominal sequence of selected tasks that are executable to cause the one or more robots to execute maneuvers to achieve a mission objective. The method includes determining a task graph in which the mission is modeled. The task graph is expressed as a directed graph and includes selected task nodes representing the selected tasks that are connected by edges representing transitions between the selected tasks. The method also includes causing the one or more robots to execute the mission using the task graph and a task library of tasks including a selected task executable to cause the one or more robots to execute a maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, A Subsidiary Of The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Alfredo Giuliano, Jeffery Saunders
  • Patent number: 11790314
    Abstract: Systems and methods which facilitate return shipment of items, such as to provide for the return of goods from a purchaser to a merchant, are shown. Embodiments provide shipping management functionality for managing return requests, processing of return requests, authorizing returns, tracking of the processing of a return request, and/or tracking of return shipments. A shipping management system of embodiments operates to make shipping functionality and/or information utilized with respect to return shipments, which may not otherwise be readily available to the return shipper, conveniently accessible for use by the return shipper. Embodiments provide for some or all return shipping fees to be borne by the merchant rather than the return shipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Auctane, LLC
    Inventors: Byron J. Wier, John Roland Clem
  • Patent number: 11787419
    Abstract: The techniques discussed herein include modifying a Kalman filter to additionally include a loss component that dampens the effect measurements with large errors (or measurements indicating states that are rather different than the predicted state) have on the Kalman filter and, in particular, the updated uncertainty and/or updated prediction. In some examples, the techniques include scaling a Kalman gain based at least in part on a loss function that is based on the innovation determined by the Kalman filter. The techniques additionally or alternatively include a reformulation of a Kalman filter that ensures that the uncertainties determined by the Kalman filter remain symmetric and positive definite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Carsten Bosse, Adrian Michael Costantino, Subhasis Das, Francesco Papi