Patents Examined by Rodney A. Butler
  • Patent number: 11989024
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for operating an industrial truck operable in an at least partially automated manner, in which at least the following steps are carried out in an automated manner by the industrial truck: a) detecting that the industrial truck approaches a point at which it is to change its driving direction, b) checking at least one predefined direction change criterion for the intended driving direction change, and c) stopping the industrial truck if the at least one direction change criterion is not met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Roethling, Markus Brodt
  • Patent number: 11990032
    Abstract: An approach is provided for verifying reported ramp closures. The approach involves, for example, processing a ramp closure report to determine reported ramp link(s) associated with the ramp closure report. The approach also involves constructing a ramp network comprising the reported ramp link(s) and other ramp link(s) connected to the reported ramp link(s). The approach further involves collecting probe data collected from one or more sensors of one or more vehicles traveling within the ramp network. The approach further involves identifying one or more driving patterns based on one or more vehicle paths determined from the probe data. The approach further involves performing a verification of a closure status of the reported ramp link(s) based on the one or more driving patterns. The approach further involves providing the verification of the closure status as an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Omer Mubarek, Colin Watts-Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 11987339
    Abstract: A steering control system of a marine vessel includes a controller configured or programmed to perform at least one of a control to automatically steer the marine vessel or a control to automatically change a propulsive force of a propulsion device in an automatic marine vessel maneuvering mode during movement of the marine vessel, and an operator for the marine vessel to perform a predetermined operation. The controller is configured or programmed to cancel the automatic marine vessel maneuvering mode based on an operation performed on the operator by a vessel operator to perform the predetermined operation during the movement of the marine vessel in the automatic marine vessel maneuvering mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Yuji Ikegaya
  • Patent number: 11982534
    Abstract: Subjects of the present disclosure are methods for training deep learning models, methods for predicting a map matching parameter, methods for updating a digital road map, and a computer program making it possible to implement the methods and devices for updating a digital road map. The general principle is based on the use of machine learning. Accordingly, a statistical deep learning model is trained according to a “supervised” machine learning scheme. Thereafter, the pretrained statistical deep learning model is used to predict a map matching parameter on the basis of a measurement of geographic coordinates and of an identifier of the position sensor that has performed the measurement of geographic coordinates. Finally, the map matching parameter can be used to update a digital road map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Lucien Garcia, Willy Vigneau
  • Patent number: 11959753
    Abstract: A system and method for driver guidance are presented. A position sensor is mounted to a vehicle. The position sensor is configured to identify a position of the vehicle and a heading of the vehicle. A device is configured to generate a plurality of outputs. A controller is connected to the position sensor and the display device. The controller is configured to access, via a wireless communications network, a database to identify a target loading location for the vehicle, determine a location and a heading of the target loading location for the vehicle, and modify at least one of the plurality of outputs of the display device based upon at least one of the location and the heading of the target loading location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Michael W. Lewis, Lucas Van Latum, Andree Röttig, William Casson
  • Patent number: 11958689
    Abstract: The object is to provide a vehicle system capable of suppressing a decrease in article transport efficiency while ensuring a route of an operator. The vehicle system includes a grid-patterned rail, a vehicle traveling on the rail, a controller that controls the vehicle, a work terminal that transmits identification information indicating an actual location to the controller, and a scaffold for allowing an operator carrying the work terminal to walk below the rail, the scaffold being provided below the rail. If entry permission to one or more cells formed by the rail is obtained from the controller, the vehicle enters the one or more cells. If entry permission to the one or more cells is not obtained from the controller, the vehicle does not enter the one or more cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Inventors: Haruki Ogo, Yasuhisa Ito, Wataru Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11960299
    Abstract: A flexible material handling system for can handle varied loads and placements including operation in varying weather conditions, and integrates safety systems to tolerate pedestrians and manual vehicles in an operating environment. An autonomous vehicle is operable along a vehicle traversal path within a predetermined set of environmental conditions. A GPS base station is operatively in communication with the autonomous vehicle. A supervisor/orchestrator is operatively in communication with the autonomous vehicle and the GPS base station and is operative to coordinate movement of the autonomous vehicle along the vehicle traversal path and assign one or more tasks for the autonomous vehicle to accomplish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Oceaneering International, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Hunter, Marc Brooks, David Pietrocola, Siddharth Srivatsa
  • Patent number: 11951861
    Abstract: A device for determining a position of a vehicle includes a camera system, a digital headlight system having a left digital headlight and a right digital headlight, and a data processing unit. The data processing unit is configured to assign a first detected reflected light beam by the camera system to the left digital headlight with a first angle, assign a second detected reflected light beam by the camera system to the right digital headlight with a second angle, and trigonometrically determine a distance of the vehicle from a charging module in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the vehicle and an offset in a transverse direction with respect to the longitudinal axis on a basis of the first and second angles and a distance between the left digital headlight and the right digital headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Christoph Schwill, Stefan Weis
  • Patent number: 11953915
    Abstract: The invention provides, inter alia, a system for the intralogistic transport of products, comprising—a number of vehicles, where each vehicle is designed to turn on a vertical turning axis where, viewed from above, there is a maximum distance amax between the vertical turning axis and a point on the periphery of the vehicle; —a central control device that is designed to transmit control signals to on-board control devices of the vehicles, wherein the central control device and/or the on-board control device of at least a portion of the number of vehicles comprise a digitized grid of grid points that represents a movement area or at least a portion thereof, which grid points are arranged at least partially according to a hexagonal pattern where the distance between neighbouring grid points is equal to distance d, which distance d is greater than 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Vanderlande Industries B.V.
    Inventor: Jozef Antonius Wilhelmus Maria Van Eekelen
  • Patent number: 11947357
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle may include: one or more processors configured to: determine a maneuver planned for the vehicle based on a safety driving model and based on a first message from a network component external to the vehicle, the first message including a respective assessment for each proposed maneuver of at least two maneuvers proposed for the vehicle, and provide an in-vehicle instruction to perform the maneuver planned for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rafael Rosales, Florian Geissler, Ignacio J. Alvarez, Neslihan Kose Cihangir
  • Patent number: 11941987
    Abstract: A collision avoidance method and system for a mobile robot crossing a road. When a mobile robot approaches a road, it senses road conditions via at least one first sensor, and initiates road crossing if the road conditions are deemed suitable for crossing. As it crosses the road, the mobile robot senses, via at least one second sensor, a change in the road conditions indicating the presence of at least one hazardous moving object. In response to determining that at least one hazardous object in present, the mobile robot initiates a collision avoidance maneuver. A mobile robot configured to avoid collisions while crossing a road includes: at least one first sensor configured to sense road conditions, at least one second sensor configured to sense road conditions, and a processing component configured to carry out one or more collision avoidance maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Starship Technologies OÜ
    Inventors: Ahti Heinla, Risto Reinpõld, Kristjan Korjus
  • Patent number: 11940814
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a cooperative driving method based on driving negotiation and an apparatus for the same. The cooperative driving method is performed by a cooperative driving apparatus for cooperative driving based on driving negotiation, and includes determining whether cooperative driving is possible in consideration of a driving mission of a requesting vehicle that requests cooperative driving with neighboring vehicles, when it is determined that cooperative driving is possible, setting a responding vehicle from which cooperative driving is to be requested among the neighboring vehicles, performing driving negotiation between the requesting vehicle and the responding vehicle based on a driving negotiation protocol, and when the driving negotiation is completed, performing cooperative driving by providing driving guidance information for vehicle control to at least one of the requesting vehicle and the responding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Yoo-Seung Song, Joo-Young Kim, Kyoung-Wook Min, Yong-Woo Jo, Jeong-Dan Choi
  • Patent number: 11932286
    Abstract: A system includes an autonomous vehicle (AV) comprising a sensor, a control subsystem, and an operation server. The control subsystem receives sensor data comprising location coordinates of the AV from the sensor. The operation server detects an unexpected event from the sensor data, comprising at least one of an accident, an inspection, and a report request. The operation server receives a message from a user comprising a request to access particular information regarding the AV and location data. The operation server associates the AV with the user if the location coordinates of the AV match location data of the user. The operation server establishes a communication path between the user and a remote operator for further communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventor: Joyce Tam
  • Patent number: 11932308
    Abstract: Four-wheel steering of a vehicle, e.g., in which leading wheels and trailing wheels are steered independently of each other, can provide improved maneuverability and stability. Steering angle constraints may be used to limit or prevent saturation of steering by only one set of wheels as well as to reduce sideslip. The steering angle constraints are vehicle independent and applicable across a fleet of different vehicles based on vehicle speed. For instance, the steering angle constraints establish angle limits that dynamically adjust based on vehicle speed to ensure vehicle velocity and acceleration remain within predefined limits as established by autonomous vehicle system design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Stuart Churukian, David Evan Zlotnik, Joseph Funke
  • Patent number: 11932071
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a vehicle suspension, may include a variable damper provided between a vehicle body and a wheel, a sensor that measures a vehicle body vertical acceleration and a wheel vertical acceleration, and a controller that estimates a road surface roughness based on the vehicle body vertical acceleration and the wheel vertical acceleration, predicts a road surface grade based on the estimated road surface roughness, and adjusts damping force of the variable damper corresponding to the predicted road surface grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Hee Lee, Baek Hee Lee
  • Patent number: 11934201
    Abstract: System is configured to receive article information corresponding to articles to be transported by computer-controlled vehicles, the articles comprising a first article and a second article, each having a maximum article dimension. System is also configured to assign travel routes about a grid comprising grid cells for the vehicles to travel thereon. The travel route of a first vehicle carrying the first article includes a turning maneuver at a first grid cell. System is configured to control the turning maneuver of the first vehicle in the first grid cell such that there is no contact between the first article carried on the first vehicle with a second article carried on a second vehicle present in a second grid cell that is adjacent to the first grid cell when the first vehicle is undertaking the turning maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: James M. Serstad, Michael C. Futch, Shenghong Zhang
  • Patent number: 11926269
    Abstract: A vehicle operating system includes a function memory for storing functions or applications and an interface for emitting set sensor data to the functions or applications. An interface is also included for forwarding control commands generated by the functions or applications to actuators of the vehicle. A memory is provided in which, on the part of the vehicle, set permissible value ranges for the control commands are stored. The interface for forwarding the control commands forwards the control commands only in the framework of the value ranges stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Carsten Gut
  • Patent number: 11927970
    Abstract: A method for a leading transportation vehicle and for taking over control of a transportation vehicle to be controlled, including identifying the transportation vehicle to be controlled; determining a dynamic holding area relative to the leading transportation vehicle for the transportation vehicle to be controlled, wherein the dynamic holding area is defined so that the transportation vehicle to be controlled remains behind the leading transportation vehicle and uses a different lane; and transmitting a message relating to the dynamic holding area to the transportation vehicle to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Ahmad El Assaad, Andreas Kwoczek, Julia Kwasny
  • Patent number: 11921501
    Abstract: An automatic driving system includes a control device that controls automatic driving of a vehicle, and a storage device that contains external environment information indicating an external environment of the vehicle. A driving transition zone is a zone in which a driver of the vehicle takes over at least a part of driving of the vehicle, from the control device. A termination target velocity is a target velocity of the vehicle at an end point of the driving transition zone. The control device variably sets the termination target velocity, depending on the external environment at the end point or the external environment surrounding the end point. Then, the control device controls the velocity of the vehicle in the driving transition zone, such that the velocity of the vehicle at the end point is the termination target velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Takaaki Tanaka, Kenichiro Aoki, Masayuki Katoh
  • Patent number: 11921511
    Abstract: An equipment inspection system receives data captured by a sensor of an autonomous vehicle (AV). The captured data describes a current state of equipment for servicing the AV. The equipment inspection system compares the captured data to a model describing an expected state of the equipment. The equipment inspection system determines, based on the comparison, that the equipment differs from the expected state. The equipment inspection system may transmit data describing the current state of the equipment to an equipment manager. The equipment manager may schedule maintenance for the equipment based on the current state of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mandel-Senft, Tracy Cheung, Michael Frank Schmidt