Patents Examined by Russell Frejd
  • Patent number: 10974734
    Abstract: A vehicle driving assistance device includes: a control unit configured to identify a point at which a vehicle speed is likely to increase, based on vehicle information collected from a plurality of vehicles, the vehicle information including position information for each of the vehicles and situation information for each of the plurality of vehicles. The control unit is configured to decide whether there is a vehicle deceleration factor due to which the vehicle speed decreases within an area in which a vehicle travels a prescribed distance from the point identified by the control unit. The control unit is configured to alert a driver that there is the vehicle deceleration factor, when there is the vehicle deceleration factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashige Hori, Makoto Akahane, Ken Ishikawa, Masatoshi Takahara
  • Patent number: 10976173
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing remotely captured sensor data. A computing platform having at least one processor, a communication interface, and memory may receive, via the communication interface, from a user computing device, sensor data captured by the user computing device using one or more sensors built into the user computing device. Subsequently, the computing platform may analyze the sensor data received from the user computing device by executing one or more data processing modules. Then, the computing platform may generate trip record data based on analyzing the sensor data received from the user computing device and may store the trip record data in a trip record database. In addition, the computing platform may generate user record data based on analyzing the sensor data received from the user computing device and may store the user record data in a user record database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Pratheek M. Harish, Benjamin Robertson Yeomans, Alexander Herrmann, Kyle Patrick Schmitt, Dipti Karmarkar, Jeremy David Ber, Samantha Mait
  • Patent number: 10960891
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a program of predicting an obstacle course, capable of appropriately predicting a course of an obstacle even under a complicated traffic environment, are provided. The course, which the obstacle may take, is predicted based on the position and the internal state of the obstacle, and at the time of the prediction, a plurality of courses are probabilistically predicted for at least one obstacle. When there are a plurality of obstacles, the course in which different obstacles interfere with each other is obtained from the predicted courses, which a plurality of obstacles may take, and the predictive probability of the course for which the probabilistic prediction is performed from the courses in which they interfere with each other is lowered. Probability of realizing each of a plurality of courses including the course of which predicted probability is lowered is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Toshiki Kindo, Kazuaki Aso, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 10946866
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus relating to provision of core tightly coupled lockstep for high functional safety are described. In an embodiment, a master core, coupled to a slave core, executes one or more operations to support Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADA) or autonomous driving. The master core and the slave core receive the same input signal and core tightly couple logic causes generation of a signal in response to comparison of a first output from the master core and a second output from the slave core. The generated signal causes an interruption of the one or more operations in response to a mismatch between the first output and the second output. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bahaa Fahim, Riccardo Mariani, Dean Mulla, Robert Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 10943283
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods disclosed provide for recommending service locations. The method includes analyzing fault data and location positioning data of a vehicle provided via an onboard telematics device, determining one or more service sites based on the analysis, and presenting the one or more service sites to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Mattern, Kelli Jean Hoehn, Gautam Matkar
  • Patent number: 10940733
    Abstract: The invention i.a. relates to a load transfer arrangement (10) for a vehicle (12) including a chassis (14) with at least one braked axle (16), the arrangement (10) comprising: a non-driven load axle (18), and an air suspension assembly (20) including at least one air cushion (22) arranged between the chassis (14) and the non-driven load axle (18) in order to transfer load from the braked axle(s) (16) to the non-driven load axle (18), wherein the non-driven load axle (18) is unbraked, and wherein the arrangement (10) further comprises: an evacuation controller (24) configured to provide a pressure release trigger in response to a current or predicted braking event of the vehicle (12), and at least one evacuation valve (26) configured to, in response to receiving the pressure release trigger, evacuate pressure from the at least one air cushion (22) in order to remove load from the non-driven load axle (18) and increase load on the braked axle(s) (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Kristoffer Tagesson
  • Patent number: 10933896
    Abstract: A method for determining changes in the longitudinal-dynamic behavior is disclosed, in particular of an undercarriage, of a railway vehicle for identifying a current driving condition of the railway vehicle, wherein variables, which cannot be measured and which characterize the longitudinal-dynamic behavior, are reconstructed and evaluated via a system model of the railway vehicle by means of a cybernetic observer from a known or metrologically determined input signal and at least one measuring signal of the observed railway vehicle as an observed real reference system. The at least one measuring signal of the observed railway vehicle and a corresponding reconstructed measuring signal of the system model are compared and the deviation determined by comparison is recursively tracked with a regulator so that the determined deviation is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Christoph Schwarz, Benjamin Heckmann
  • Patent number: 10933846
    Abstract: A system and a method for preventing a vehicle from rolling away are described. According to one method aspect, in the case of a vehicle equipped with several EPB actuators, the activation of only one of these EPB actuators takes place if in the case of a road inclination lying below a threshold value the vehicle begins to roll away from the stationary state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Active Safety GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Kinder, Heiner Versmold
  • Patent number: 10928833
    Abstract: A robotic work tool for movable operation within a work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Peter Reigo
  • Patent number: 10931597
    Abstract: A method for docking an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) equipped with a wireless communications system. The method includes coupling the UAV to a docking device that is configured to provide power and data communication to the UAV via a physical interface. The method further includes receiving, at a docking device controller, an identity of the UAV, and determining, based on the received identity of the UAV, an organization associated with the UAV. The method also includes accessing, via the docking device controller, a collaborative operating profile associated with the determined organization and the identity of the UAV. The method further includes providing access to one or more resources associated with the docking station based on the collaborative operating profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Johnson, Sanida Bratt, Randy L. Ekl, Youngeun Kang, Yanling Xu
  • Patent number: 10922431
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically masking video or images captured by a drone device camera are provided. Such systems and methods include flying the drone device proximate to a potential surveillance area while in a learning mode, capturing first video or images of the potential surveillance area, identifying first privacy masking areas in the first video or images, flying the drone device proximate to an active surveillance area while in a standard mode, capturing second video or images of the active surveillance area, identifying second privacy masking areas in the second video or images, and dynamically masking a portion of the second video or images that contains any of the first privacy masking areas or the second privacy masking areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Mayur S Salgar
  • Patent number: 10922966
    Abstract: A traffic control system for controlling a traffic of cooperative and uncooperative vehicles determines delays on each segment of the roads of the network based on the current state of the flow of the traffic and determines flows of the cooperative and uncooperative vehicles that satisfy a Nash equilibrium for the cooperative vehicles having a common objective and the uncooperative vehicles having individual objectives. The system determines, for the cooperative vehicles, costs of segments of the roads that correspond to the Nash equilibrium and determines routes for the cooperative vehicles based on the current locations and target locations of the cooperative vehicles, and the costs of the segments of the roads in the network determined for the cooperative vehicles. The routes are transmitted to corresponding cooperative vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Uros Kalabic, Nils Gustav Nilsson, Piyush Grover
  • Patent number: 10913447
    Abstract: Provided is a control method and system for clutch engagement of a hybrid vehicle. The control method includes: when the hybrid vehicle meets a condition of adjusting a rotational speed of an engine, controlling the hybrid vehicle to enter a mode of adjusting the rotational speed of the engine, and determining a target rotational speed of the engine according to a rotational speed of a drive motor as well as transmission ratios of the engine and the drive motor to a drive wheel end and drive relationships of the engine and the drive motor with the drive wheel end; and when a difference value between the rotational speed of the engine and the target rotational speed of the engine is constantly smaller than a threshold value within a set time, controlling a clutch of the hybrid vehicle to be engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Liu, Jinhang Wang, Kai Xiao, Changhong Wei, Dan Wei
  • Patent number: 10916146
    Abstract: A convoy management system and method determine determining an inter-vehicle spacing in a convoy formed from two or more vehicles traveling together along one or more routes. Controllers onboard the two or more vehicles are instructed to automatically change movement of at least one of the vehicles in the convoy to maintain the inter-vehicle spacing. The inter vehicle spacing is dynamically changed during movement of the convoy along the one or more routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Gayathri Seenumani, Hullas Sehgal, James D. Brooks, Harry Kirk Mathews, Jr., Olugbenga Anubi
  • Patent number: 10914603
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive a route request including at least one ride-comfort parameter. The processor is also configured to determine a route including a road for which predefined comfort characteristics corresponding to the ride-comfort parameter meet the included ride-comfort parameter and return the route responsive to completing the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10907983
    Abstract: An online system provides navigation information customized using travel preferences of users. The online system receives actions performed by users that may indicate their geographical locations of interest. The online system may use a model to predict a user's level of interest in destination geographical locations. The online system generates navigation information or travel information that describes routes from origin geographical locations of users to destination geographical locations to which the users are likely to travel. The online system transmits the navigation information to client devices for presentation as personalized or dynamically-created content items to users. The online system may generate navigation information using catalogs describing routes between geographical locations. For instance, the catalog indicates a vehicle for navigation along a route, as well as origin and destination geographical locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Manisha Singh, Tao Cui Baecklund, Rohit Poddar, Shashikant Khandelwal, Ido Wakrat, Robert P. Otillar
  • Patent number: 10908607
    Abstract: Acceleration data is received for each of a plurality of times t1 . . . tn, from one or more components in a host vehicle. A traffic jam assist (TJA) system is based on the acceleration data, thereby actuating one or more of steering, braking, and propulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Rinku Patel, Christopher Melgar, Andrew Niedert, Phil Lenius
  • Patent number: 10902336
    Abstract: Embodiments for monitoring risk associated with operating a vehicle by a processor. One or more behavior parameters of an operator of a vehicle may be learned in relation to the vehicle, one or more alternative vehicles, or a combination thereof using one or more sensing devices for a journey. A risk associated with the one or more learned behavior parameters for the journey may be assessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Yassine Lassoued, Martin Mevissen, Julien Monteil, Giovanni Russo
  • Patent number: 10895459
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10890457
    Abstract: A network computer service can receive a service request associated with a first service location. Additionally, the network computer service can detect a user action to associate the service request with a second service location. In some examples, the user input can be detected on a user device. In other examples, the second service location can be different from the first service location. Moreover, the network computer service can determine the second service location satisfies a predetermined permissibility criterion for permitting change of the first service location to the second service location. In response to determining the second service location satisfies the predetermined permissibility criterion, the network computer service can transmit an instruction to cause a device to associate the service request with the second service location in place of the first service location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Yu, John Nathaniel Ford