Patents Examined by Tan Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11320272
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for localizing a vehicle. In one instance, a weather condition in which the vehicle is currently driving may be identified. A plurality of sensor inputs including intensity information, elevation information, and radar sensor information may be received. For each of the plurality of sensor inputs, an alignment score is determined by comparing the intensity information, elevation information, and radar sensor information to a corresponding pre-stored image for each of the intensity information, the elevation information, and the radar sensor information. A set of weights for the plurality of sensor inputs may be determined based on the identified weather condition. The alignment scores may then be combined using the set of weights in order to localize the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Panzer, Michael Montemerlo, Michael James
  • Patent number: 11322027
    Abstract: An interactive vehicle information map system is disclosed in which, in various embodiments, geographical, geospatial, vehicle, and other types of data, geodata, objects, features, and/or metadata are efficiently presented to a user on an interactive map interface. The user may search vehicle-related data based on multiple sets of search criteria including, for example, information regarding one or more geographic area, one or more time period, one or more vehicle, one or more vehicle owner, and/or one or more license plate number, among other items. The map system may further include an interactive timeline and/or an interactive heatmap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Dorne, Kevin Whelan, Ranajay Sen
  • Patent number: 11312410
    Abstract: The electric power steering apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a steering assist mechanism and a controller. The steering assist mechanism is driven by a motor and assists operation of a steering wheel by a driver. The controller acquires the position of the steering wheel and sets a target value of a steering reaction torque acting on the steering wheel. Then, the controller calculates a position target of the steering assist mechanism based on the position of the steering wheel and the target value of the steering reaction torque, and controls the motor of the steering assist mechanism according to the position target of the steering assist mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihide Sekiya, Shunsuke Yoshida, Tomoyuki Iida, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11312370
    Abstract: A movable carrier auxiliary system includes a sign detecting device including an image capturing module, a storage module, and an operation module. The image capturing module has at least two lenses having refractive power for capturing an environment image around a movable carrier. The storage module stores a plurality of sign models. The operation module is electrically connected to the image capturing module and the storage module. A processing method of the movable carrier auxiliary system includes steps of: detect whether the environment image has a sign image that matches at least one of the image models or not, and correspondingly generate a detection signal via the operation module, thereby to identify signs around the movable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ABILITY OPTO-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong-Ming Chang, Chien-Hsun Lai, Yao-Wei Liu
  • Patent number: 11307588
    Abstract: A vehicle accessory arrangement (2) structured to be mounted on a vehicle (4), the accessory arrangement (2) comprises a working equipment (6), an accessory control unit (8) configured to determine accessory control signals (10) and to control said working equipment (6) by said signals, and an accessory communication bus (12) comprising a bus interface (14) configured to connect said accessory communication bus (12) to a vehicle communication bus (16) provided at said vehicle. The accessory arrangement (2) comprises a wireless signal receiver (18) configured to receive current position data, e.g. GPS data, and working assignment data including route data for a working assignment for said vehicle (4) provided with said working equipment (6). The accessory control unit (8) is configured to receive a vehicle data set among a plurality of different vehicle data sets, each of said plurality of vehicle data sets comprises control characteristics of a vehicle on which the accessory arrangement may be mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Hiab AB
    Inventors: Erkki Ahola, Hannu Hyttinen
  • Patent number: 11292513
    Abstract: A method for detecting a steering engagement by a driver in a vehicle without a steering wheel sensor system, in which at least one steering sensor associated with a steering system of the vehicle, which sensor is associated either with the steering wheel or with a steering linkage of the vehicle, is used to capture a first application of force into the steering system of the vehicle, in which at least one chassis sensor associated with at least one chassis component of the vehicle is used to capture a second application of force onto the at least one chassis component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Andreas Noll
  • Patent number: 11292429
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system includes a master control unit mounted on a vehicle, a plurality of slave devices mounted on the vehicle, a plurality of buckles provided in association with each of a plurality of seats mounted on the vehicle, and at least one switch unit configured to generate a signal in accordance with an attachment and detachment state of at least one of the plurality of buckles. The master control unit is communicably connected to each of the slave devices. The master control unit controls the plurality of slave devices based on the signal generated by the at least one switch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Goto
  • Patent number: 11292570
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a virtual sensor system for determining the speed through water of a marine vessel. The method includes obtaining propeller revolutions per minute and at least one of torque at propeller, propulsion power, thrust and engine fuel flow, obtaining speed over ground or logged data from one or more speed through water logs of the vessel and using the obtained data and hydrodynamic modelling to determine the speed through water of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: WARTSILA FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Matti Antola, Antti Solonen, Jussi Pyƶrre
  • Patent number: 11285964
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided including an electronic power steering system, an electronic throttle control system, and a stability control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Tim P. Norstad, Louis J. Brady, Brian R. Gillingham, Stephen L. Nelson, Jason R. Fields
  • Patent number: 11288959
    Abstract: A system of active lane markers in a roadway, the active lane markers comprising sensors, transmitters and receivers to monitor the status of the roads and provide vehicle guidance to vehicles in response to analysis of sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Steven Zack
  • Patent number: 11275384
    Abstract: An operation control apparatus is for a plurality of vehicles traveling in a self-driving manner on a cyclic route having a plurality of stop points. The operation control apparatus includes a controller that acquires vehicle interval information between a preceding vehicle and a succeeding vehicle, based on a time period of a stop of the preceding vehicle at a stop point and a distance from the succeeding vehicle to the stop point when the preceding vehicle is stopping at the stop point, and controls the plurality of vehicles based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Umeda
  • Patent number: 11267485
    Abstract: A system for context-aware decision making of an autonomous agent includes a computing system having a context selector and a map. A method for context-aware decision making of an autonomous agent includes receiving a set of inputs, determining a context associated with an autonomous agent based on the set of inputs, and optionally any or all of: labeling a map; selecting a learning module (context-specific learning module) based on the context; defining an action space based on the learning module; selecting an action from the action space; planning a trajectory based on the action S260; and/or any other suitable processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Gatik AI Inc.
    Inventors: Gautam Narang, Apeksha Kumavat, Arjun Narang, Kinh Tieu, Michael Smart, Marko Ilievski
  • Patent number: 11268817
    Abstract: A method (100) for generating a geographic coordinate and a device (500) for generating a geographic coordinate. The method (100) comprises: enabling a device to point to a position point (102); obtaining data including a geographic coordinate of the device, a relative height between the device and the position point and pointing information of the device (104); and generating a geographic coordinate of the position point based on the data (106). The device (500) for generating a geographic coordinate comprises a pointing module (502), a data obtaining module (504) and a generating module (506). By enabling the device to point to a desired position point, a geographic coordinate of the desired position point can be obtained rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: X-Control System Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 11267446
    Abstract: A system for braking a trailer pulled by a vehicle. A trailer braking system is provided on a trailer. An electrically actuated motor drives a worm screw against a worm gear. The worm gear drives a brake actuator to push brake pads into a rotor coupled a wheel on the trailer. A wheel speed monitor reduces braking force of the trailer braking system in response to a predetermined change in wheel speed. An anti-lock braking system reduces trailer wheel skid under braking. Multiple trailer braking systems can be applied to multiple wheels on the trailer to provide more or less braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Richard W. Job
  • Patent number: 11263902
    Abstract: In a method for efficiently guiding a driver of a vehicle through intersections, information regarding status of one or more traffic lights positioned at one or more intersections is received by a computing device or system associated with the driver or vehicle, and a current speed of the vehicle is monitored as the vehicle approaches the intersection(s). A dynamic visual or audio indicator is set based on the status information and the current speed, and presented to the driver via a display or speaker, respectively, of the computing device or system. The dynamic indicator is indicative of one or more changes in speed that, if matched by the driver as the vehicle approaches the one or more intersections, would cause the driver to avoid one or more stops as the vehicle moves through the one or more intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Neil Dhillon, Tanmay Wadhwa
  • Patent number: 11260882
    Abstract: A system for context-aware decision making of an autonomous agent includes a computing system having a context selector and a map. A method for context-aware decision making of an autonomous agent includes receiving a set of inputs, determining a context associated with an autonomous agent based on the set of inputs, and optionally any or all of: labeling a map; selecting a learning module (context-specific learning module) based on the context; defining an action space based on the learning module; selecting an action from the action space; planning a trajectory based on the action S260; and/or any other suitable processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Gatik AI Inc.
    Inventors: Gautam Narang, Apeksha Kumavat, Arjun Narang, Kinh Tieu, Michael Smart, Marko Ilievski
  • Patent number: 11257376
    Abstract: Forecasting a mobile body distribution situation after a prescribed time by forecasting an excursion action of a mobile body on the basis of an inter-facility movement correlation of the mobile body. A server system includes an inter-facility movement computation part for computing a facility staying time estimate, an inter-facility movement time estimate, and an inter-facility movement correlation on the basis of a trend in past position information from the mobile body, a plurality of pieces of facility information, and map information wherein a road map is included; a receiving part for receiving present position information of a plurality of the mobile bodies; and a mobile body distribution situation forecast part for forecasting the distribution situation of the mobile bodies after a prescribed time on the basis of the inter-facility movement correlation and the present position information of the plurality of mobile bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Minoru Fukumori, Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Tadashi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 11255677
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an intelligent device navigation method and navigation system. The method comprises the following. Construct a plurality of antennas on a network card in the intelligent device into a linear antenna array. By using the linear antenna array, acquire channel state information of a wireless signal, and estimate an angle of arrival (AoA) and a time of flight (ToF) between the wireless signal transmitting device and the intelligent device. Measure inertial parameters of the intelligent device. Perform data fusion of the AoAs, the ToFs and the inertial parameters to estimate a state variable of the intelligent device. Adjust a motion state of the intelligent device with reference to the state variable, thereby achieving autonomous navigation of the intelligent device. The disclosure can estimate the state of the intelligent device by using wireless signals ubiquitous in the surrounding environment in a GPS unreliable environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Shengkai Zhang, Tao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11259179
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for enabling transmission of data and commands between a mobile device and a vehicle. An exemplary method comprises connecting a security device to a vehicle and to a mobile device, the security device having a protected memory, verifying, by the security device, an authenticity of the mobile device, allowing, by the security device, transmission of data and commands between the mobile device and at least one actuating device of the vehicle when the mobile device is verified as being authentic, transmitting, by the security device, results of executions of commands from the at least one actuating device of the vehicle to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: AO Kaspersky Lab
    Inventors: Eugene V. Kaspersky, Andrey P. Doukhvalov, Pavel V. Dyakin, Dmitry A. Kulagin, Sergey V. Konoplev, Anton V. Tikhomirov
  • Patent number: 11254286
    Abstract: One general aspect includes a system to restrict vehicle operations, the system including: a memory configured to include one or more executable instructions and a processor configured to execute the executable instructions, where the executable instructions enable the processor to carry out the following steps: receiving a vehicle-occupant credential; determining whether the vehicle-occupant credential triggers an operation constraint; and when the operation constraint is triggered, restricting a vehicle from operating in an autonomous driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, Timothy Joseph Jurkiw