Patents Examined by Redhwan k Mawari
  • Patent number: 11952115
    Abstract: A server apparatus includes a communication unit, and a control unit configured to send an instruction for causing flight vehicles to perform a flight operation, to the flight vehicles. The flight operation includes energizing, by a first flight vehicle, a penetration tool toward a target object in a space, holding a first part, penetrated through the target object, and a second part, not penetrated through the target object, of a cord-shaped member attached to the penetration tool, and flying to outside the space, waiting, by a second flight vehicle, outside the space and receiving any one of the first and second parts from the first flight vehicle, and towing, by the first and second flight vehicles, the target object with the cord-shaped member and transporting the target object to outside the space by flying while respectively holding any one and the other of the first and second parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Shin Sakurada, Soutaro Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11941509
    Abstract: A method for determining information on an expected trajectory of an object comprises: determining input data being related to the expected trajectory of the object; determining first intermediate data based on the input data using a machine-learning method; determining second intermediate data based on the input data using a model-based method; and determining the information on the expected trajectory of the object based on the first intermediate data and based on the second intermediate data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies AG
    Inventors: Kun Zhao, Abdallah Alashqar, Mirko Meuter
  • Patent number: 11919542
    Abstract: A management device for managing an operation of a cargo transportation vehicle that autonomously travels on a road with no driver and that is able to store cargo in each of a plurality of storages shielded by doors that are opened and closed includes a receiver configured to receive request information about transportation of the cargo from a user, an operation determiner configured to determine the operation of the cargo transportation vehicle so that the cargo transportation vehicle arrives at a delivery destination of the cargo, a registrant configured to register a plurality of users pre-designated as recipients of the cargo, and a processor configured to perform a process of controlling a control mechanism of the storage so that the recipient is able to unload the cargo from the storage when an authentication process on the recipient registered by the registrant has succeeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kensaku Yamamoto, Koichi Ogura, Ryohei Iwaki, Yurie Kondo, Yusuke Kawada
  • Patent number: 11919531
    Abstract: One variation of a method for customizing motion characteristics of an autonomous vehicle for a user includes: accessing a baseline emotional state of the user following entry of the user into the autonomous vehicle at a first time proximal a start of a trip; during a first segment of the trip, autonomously navigating toward a destination location according to a first motion planning parameter, accessing a second emotional state of the user at a second time, detecting degradation of sentiment of the user based on differences between the baseline and second emotional states; and correlating degradation of sentiment of the user with a navigational characteristic of the autonomous vehicle; modifying the first motion planning parameter of the autonomous vehicle to deviate from the navigational characteristic; and, during a second segment of the trip, autonomously navigating toward the destination location according to the revised motion planning parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Carol Reiley, Fabien Blanc-Paques, Gahl Levy, Bradley Perry, Chih Hu, Vineet Jain, Chip J. Alexander, Alex Tomala
  • Patent number: 11913792
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method of generating and communicating map version agnostic road link identifiers. Methods may include: receiving an indication of a new road link being joined to an existing road link along a length of the existing road link, where the existing road link extends between a first node and a second node, where the existing road link has a first road link identifier, and where a new node is formed where the new road link joins the existing road link; generating a first new identifier for a segment of the existing road link between the first node and the new node; generating a second new identifier for a segment of the existing road link between the new node and the second node, where the second new identifier is set equal to an XOR function of the first road link identifier and the first new identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Rolf, Raul Cajias
  • Patent number: 11912090
    Abstract: A damping control device for a vehicle calculates a combined control force by adding together a control force when a front wheel passes through a predicted passing position and a control force when a rear wheel passes through a predicted passing position, and calculates a final control force for the front wheel and a final control force for the rear wheel by distributing the combined control force at a predetermined distribution ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Furuta
  • Patent number: 11914384
    Abstract: An energy consumption estimation device includes a reception unit configured to receive, from a user, request information including a departure point and a destination, a route derivation unit configured to derive a plurality of travel routes based on the departure point and the destination included in the request information, an acquisition unit configured to acquire section energy consumption in a case where a vehicle travels on a road section, which is derived based on information on vehicle speed and information on road undulations, and an estimation unit configured to respectively estimate energy consumption of the vehicle in a case where the vehicle travels on the derived travel routes by adding section energy consumption for road sections included in the travel route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Nagata, Toshihiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11905897
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems related to operating a mobile asset are provided. In one example, a method for operating a mobile asset includes adjusting a fuel combustion ratio of a plurality of mobile assets based on an emission type exceeding a corresponding threshold, wherein the fuel combustion ratio includes a plurality of fuel types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Gallagher, Daniel George Norton
  • Patent number: 11897541
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for guiding a vehicle (1) during reversing along a desired travelling path (TP), wherein the guiding is based on a lateral offset (y) between a preview point (P) located at a preview distance (Pd) behind the vehicle (1) and the desired travelling path (TP), the method comprising: determining (S1) a curvature of the desired travelling path (TP) behind the vehicle (1); adaptively adjusting (S2) the preview distance (Pd) in dependence on the determined curvature, thereby adaptively adjusting the preview point (P); and guiding (S3) the vehicle (1) along the desired travelling path (TP) by use of the lateral offset (y) between the adjusted preview point (P) and the desired travelling path (TP). The present invention further relates to a control unit (100), to a vehicle (1), to a computer program and to a computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Johansson
  • Patent number: 11892314
    Abstract: Provided are techniques for thermally efficient route selection. A request is received for a route for a vehicle to travel from a first geographic location to a second geographic location. Route data is retrieved for each of a plurality of routes, where the route data includes, for each portion of each route at a given time and day, air temperature adjacent to a road surface. Vehicle data is retrieved for the vehicle, where the vehicle data includes a desired temperature of an item being carried and a desired inlet air temperature. The route from the first geographic location to the second geographic location is determined using the route data and the vehicle data, where the route is thermally efficient. The vehicle is directed along the route, where the route specifies a lane from a plurality of lanes of a road for each portion of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saraswathi Sailaja Perumalla, Venkata Vara Prasad Karri, Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Swetha Sukeerthi Chettupalli
  • Patent number: 11892853
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for controlling operations of autonomous vehicles and systems in, for example, logistics yards at distribution, manufacturing, processing and/or other centers for the transfer of goods, materials, and/or other cargo. In some embodiments, an autonomous yard tractor or other vehicle can include one or more systems for locating an over-the-road trailer parked in a yard of a distribution center, engaging the trailer, and moving the trailer to a loading dock for loading/unloading operations in accordance with a workflow procedure provided by a central control system. In other embodiments, an autonomous yard tractor can locate the trailer at the loading dock after the loading/unloading operations, engage the trailer, and move the trailer to a parking location in the yard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day, L. Blake Whitley
  • Patent number: 11875610
    Abstract: A method for managing a remote service standby time of a connected car includes: notifying, by a connected car service (CCS) center which provides a remote service on a connected car, a customer terminal that a remote service standby mode needs to be ended; setting the remote service standby mode through a CCS application installed in the customer terminal; checking, by a CCS terminal installed in the connected car, whether a time to start the end of the remote service standby mode in accordance of the setting of the remote service standby mode has come; and, when the time to start the end of the remote service standby mode has come, requesting, by the CCS terminal, a shut-down of a modem installed in the connected car, and can efficiently manage the remote service standby time of the connected car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyang-Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 11846523
    Abstract: A method for creating a radar localization map. The method includes: a) sensing a defined region using a surround-field sensor of a mapping vehicle; b) providing photographic satellite data of the defined region with the aid of a satellite, c) determining matching detected objects of the region in the surround-field sensor data and in the photographic satellite data; d) generating a transfer model from the matching detected objects, the photographic satellite data being transferable reciprocally into the surround-field sensor data utilizing the transfer model; and e) creating the radar localization map by use of the transfer model using photographic satellite data, the photographic satellite data being converted into corresponding data of the radar localization map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Offenhaeuser, Peter Christian Abeling
  • Patent number: 11845489
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus determines that a control start condition is satisfied when there is an object in an area of a route which the own vehicle moves and executes a steering control of steering the own vehicle to increase a yaw angle of the own vehicle with respect to a moving lane of the own vehicle and decrease the yaw angle to avoid a collision of the own vehicle with the object when determining that control start condition is satisfied. The vehicle control apparatus determines that a control termination condition is satisfied when the yaw angle becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined yaw angle, and a steering angle of the own vehicle becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined steering angle after starting steering the own vehicle to decrease the yaw angle in executing the steering control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, CONTINENTAL AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Daiki Yasui, Sho Hashimoto, Akshay Rajendra, Michael Patzelt
  • Patent number: 11846517
    Abstract: A method and system for generating geographic routes using topographic data that has been transformed into vector tiles to enable large spatial networks to be reduced from large scale to small scale, wherein the networks are reduced based on the lowest cost path(s) across each vector tile (for example, shortest, fastest and/or safest route across the represented geographic area) whilst ensuring connectivity between adjacent vector tiles is maintained. Complex and vast networks can be simplified to the cost of moving across a single vector tile from edge to edge, with each zoom level comprising a plurality of vector tiles with varying levels of detail concerning the paths across each vector tile. Routes between two locations, particularly those covering large distances, can then be quickly and efficiently determined using the processed vector tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Ordnance Survey Limited
    Inventors: Oliver Snowden, Mark Freeman
  • Patent number: 11840426
    Abstract: A large manipulator for concrete pumps a distributor boom that includes an articulated boom mounted on the boom pedestal and formed by multiple articulating boom arms with multiple joints for pivoting the boom arms with respect to the boom pedestal or an adjacent boom arm. A control device controls the movement of the articulated boom with the aid of drive unit actuating elements associated with the articulated joints. A device determines the vertical speed v? and/or horizontal speed v? of a location on at least one boom arm in a coordinate system referenced to the frame. A device is also provided for determining the articulating angles of the joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Putzmeister Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Mike Heiker, Benjamin Hölzle
  • Patent number: 11827235
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a trajectory is identified. The trajectory defines a future desired path for the vehicle and includes a control requirement having a corresponding point in time. A command for achieving the control requirement is generated. A fixed delay value corresponding to a delay caused by transmission of the command to an actuator of the vehicle is generated. A variable delay value corresponding to a delay caused by an amount of time to change a physical state of the actuator to a desired state according to the command is generated. The command is then sent to the actuator based on the fixed delay value, the variable delay value, and so that the actuator causes the vehicle to move according to the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Stark, Daniel Trawick Egnor, Ryan Cash
  • Patent number: 11815358
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a controller. The controller outputs a travel route determined based on a departure point and a destination of a first vehicle in a road network including road nodes and road links. The controller judges whether the first vehicle can traverse a target node, which is a road node among the road nodes included in the travel route, based on dimensional information for the first vehicle, a road width of an entry link entering the target node, and a road width of an exit link exiting from the target node. The controller changes the travel route when it is judged that the first vehicle cannot traverse the target node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takamasa Ikeda, Toru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 11815914
    Abstract: A method for protection of inflight aircraft during approaching-to-landing and takeoff/climbout phases of flight against handheld laser attacks includes two different drone types: a skeining drone and a swarming drone. One or more skeining drones are deployed close to the aircraft and/or one or more swarming drones are deployed further from the aircraft and closer to the beam source. Prior to the aircraft's traversal of a determinable approach point, a plurality of swarming drones are pre-deployed in loitering mode or else launched, and are subsequently directed toward the reckoned source of a trained beam while skeining drones are pre-deployed in a patrol mode or else launched, and fly closer to the aircraft. The skein classically shields the cockpit by flying a controlled interference pattern roughly parallel to the aircraft flightpath while the swarm saturates one or more determined and dynamically redetermined regions athwart the beam source location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Jonathan Ralph Burdick
  • Patent number: 11794778
    Abstract: A system and method include a control unit configured to detect a presence of a vehicle within a route area based on sensor signals output by an observer device that monitors the route area. The control unit is configured to determine a distance of the vehicle from the observer device and to determine a vehicle location of the vehicle based on the distance and a predetermined location of the observer device. The system and method include a communication device configured to communicate the vehicle location to at least one of the vehicle or a remote control device that is off-board the vehicle prior to the vehicle starting to move along a route occupied by the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Ryan Staats, Joseph Gorman, Jeffrey D. Kernwein, Stuart J. Barr