Patents Examined by Thomas Ingram
  • Patent number: 10926641
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a control apparatus for an energy storage unit of a motor vehicle comprising: a non-volatile memory storing a first initial configuration for a first energy storage unit and a second initial configuration for a second energy storage unit. The memory is connected to a further memory having a first adaptation configuration for the first energy storage unit and a second adaptation configuration for the second energy storage unit. The non-volatile memory comprises a first memory part storing the first initial configuration and a second memory part electrically decoupled from the first memory part storing the second initial configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Dirk Reichow, Peter Voilkl, Michael Scheurer
  • Patent number: 10919163
    Abstract: A charging system for an autonomous data machine may be provided. The system may comprise: a charging station, wherein the charging station has a low profile allowing the autonomous data machine to drive over to charge a power supply of the autonomous data machine automatically; and one or more processors of the autonomous data machine configured to make charging decisions to effect charging operations of the autonomous data machine that include charging time, charging location, and operations to be performed during charging. In some instances, the charging decision are based on at least one of the following: location of charging station, availability of charging station, mission parameters, locations of other autonomous data machines, and/or charging requirements and/or availability of charging stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Knightscope, Inc.
    Inventors: William Santana Li, Stacy Dean Stephens, Mercedes Soria-Li, Aaron J. Lehnhardt, Dominic A. Villa, Phillip Wong, Arne Stoschek
  • Patent number: 10913352
    Abstract: A method, computer program, and devices for the remote control of a transportation vehicle via a mobile device. The method includes determining a proposal for triggering a functionality of the transportation vehicle; outputting the proposal via an output device; detecting a reaction of a user of the mobile device, wherein the reaction consists of an input via the input device or of the absence of an input; and transmitting a triggering signal for the functionality from the mobile device to the transportation vehicle in response to the input being absent within a period of time or in response to the event not corresponding to a termination of the proposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Fabian Hüger, Asisa Asseily
  • Patent number: 10914112
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle liftgate control for cargo management. An example vehicle includes a liftgate with a sensor on an inner surface and a processor. The liftgate provides access to a cargo area. The processor, when an object is in the cargo area, detect when the object is banked against the liftgate using measurements from the sensor, and when the object is banked and a command to open the liftgate is received, autonomously opens the liftgate to an intermediate position between fully open and fully closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie
  • Patent number: 10908613
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, apparatus, and system for planning a trajectory for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Yajia Zhang
  • Patent number: 10908402
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus including an optical system and an image pickup element. The optical system includes a first refractive surface disposed closest to an object, a first reflection surface, and a second reflection surface. A light receiving surface of the image pickup element is disposed at only one side with respect to the optical axis and at a position closer to the optical axis than an intersection between a straight line connecting an intersection on the first refractive surface and an intersection on an imaginary extension surface of the second reflection surface and an imaginary extension surface of the light receiving surface. Expression 1.5?L2/L1?6.5 is satisfied where L1 is an interval between the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface, and L2 is an interval between the first reflection surface and the light receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Koji Maezawa
  • Patent number: 10906426
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a battery. The vehicle includes a controller configured to inhibit battery charge. The charge inhibition is responsive to state of charge (SOC) of the battery achieving a cascading ceiling threshold during grid charge that decreases each day of a multiday period such that each day an SOC increase during the grid charge to achieve the ceiling threshold is same and the SOC achieves a floor threshold upon completion of a final day drive cycle of the multiday period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip Morris, Nayaz Khalid Ahmed, Jimmy Kapadia, Daniel Lewis Boston
  • Patent number: 10908051
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a testing method and apparatus applicable to a driverless vehicle. In some embodiments, the method comprises: sending, by a terminal, position information to the driverless vehicle at a test site; sending, to the driverless vehicle, environment perception information of a preset test event corresponding to a preset position when a position in a real driving environment corresponding to the driverless vehicle is the preset position, obtaining output information of a functional module, determining whether the functional module is normal based on a comparison result between the output information and preset information corresponding to the functional module. At the test site, one can test whether each functional module is normal when the driverless vehicle encounters various kinds of events in the real driving environment, thus avoiding the safety risk of the test in the real driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guang Yang
  • Patent number: 10907976
    Abstract: A network system evaluates candidate GPS routes with respect to map routes that are based on ground truth map data to identify defects in the ground truth map data. Defects in the ground truth map data may include inconsistencies between various attributes of the map data and the actual road network represented by the candidate GPS routes under evaluation. The network system corrects the identified feedback to ensure that the ground truth map data accurately reflects the attributes of the actual road network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jialin Jiao, Berk Gurakan, Vikram Saxena, Haider Ali Razvi
  • Patent number: 10900788
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for providing range and navigation information for visually impaired persons using range finders, image recognition, and non-visual sensual signals. The system provides information about the identity and distance of objects and potential obstacles in the vicinity of the user in a non-visual form that can be perceived by a visually impaired person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Sidharth Anantha
  • Patent number: 10894561
    Abstract: A driving assistance system for reversing a mining haulage vehicle, particularly for reversing a haul truck into a defined target position in a loading or dumping area, wherein the driving assistance system is configured that the target position is determined based on a logged loading tool position of the earthmoving machine, wherein steering instructions are provided to a light indicator when the transmission of the haulage vehicle is shifted to reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Kaufmann, Marcus Mundim, Arthur Queiroz, Fabricio Miranda, Ildefonso Ferreira
  • Patent number: 10896553
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first system, a first sensor, a second sensor, and a processor. The first sensor is configured to generate first sensor data indicative of an operational status of the first system. The second sensor is configured to generate second sensor data associated with an adaptive performance metric adjustment criterion. The processor is configured to, in response to determining that the second sensor data satisfies the adaptive performance metric adjustment criterion, determine, based on the second sensor data, an adaptive performance metric to be compared to the first sensor data to identify anomalous behavior of the first system. The processor is further configured to compare the first sensor data to the adaptive performance metric and to generate a maintenance alert in response to determining that the first sensor data fails to satisfy the adaptive performance metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Schmitz, Eric L. Nicks, John Boggio, Liessman Sturlaugson
  • Patent number: 10890911
    Abstract: A system and method for autonomously transporting and delivering one or more commodities from drop-off point to recipient preferred environment, is disclosed. The system is configured to analyze an authorized person's voice command or request and executes the request. The system provides at least two modes of operation to deliver the commodities comprising mapped location delivery mode and human following delivery mode. The system is configured to analyze the command and extract the delivery location. The system is further configured to identify the location of the point of the interest based on object detection system and environment understanding system, to deliver the commodities. At human following delivery mode, the ADV follows the recipient and saves the location or path data once the preferred environment is located. At mapped location delivery mode, ADV maneuvers itself to the destination location by retrieving information on recipient's previous history of delivering commodities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOX, INC.
    Inventor: Jianxiong Xiao
  • Patent number: 10883836
    Abstract: A travel-lane estimation system includes: a GNSS receiver; a vehicle-speed calculator; an angular-velocity measurement mechanism; a subject-vehicle-position positioner calculating a vehicle's reference coordinate and reference orientation from a GNSS coordinate, and calculating time series data of vehicle's positions; a map information storage storing positional information about a division line of each lane; and a lane estimator calculating, as an optimal correction amount, an error pattern having a highest posterior probability among plural error patterns, correcting the time series data using the optimal correction amount, and comparing the corrected time series data with the division line, to estimate a vehicle's travel lane, the posterior probability calculated with the product of prior occurrence probability of the time series data by the plural error patterns and a likelihood calculated, under condition that the error pattern has occurred, based on a relative positional relationship between the correct
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Kentaro Daikoku, Yuji Igarashi, Masahiko Ikawa, Masatoshi Fujii, Takashi Irie
  • Patent number: 10875540
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for ballistically estimating vehicle data. The system may include a communication interface configured to receive a first vehicle measurement taken at a first time point and a second vehicle measurement taken at a second time point. The system may further include at least one processor. The at least one processor may be configured to compute a first set of vehicle data based on the first vehicle measurement, and estimate a second set of vehicle data for the second time point based on the first set of vehicle data and a model. The at least one processor may be further configured to compute a third set of vehicle data based on the second vehicle measurement. The at least one processor may also be configured to update the model based on a comparison between the second set of vehicle data and the third set of vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Zafar Takhirov, Qi Chen
  • Patent number: 10877476
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle simulation system for analyzing motion planners is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: receiving map data corresponding to a real world driving environment; obtaining perception data and configuration instructions and data including pre-defined parameters and executables defining a specific driving behavior for each of a plurality of simulated dynamic vehicles; generating simulated perception data for each of the plurality of simulated dynamic vehicles based on the map data, the perception data, and the configuration instructions and data; receiving vehicle control messages from an autonomous vehicle control system; and simulating the operation and behavior of a real world autonomous vehicle based on the vehicle control messages received from the autonomous vehicle control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventors: Liu Liu, Yuwei Wang, Xing Sun, Yufei Zhao, Wutu Lin
  • Patent number: 10870351
    Abstract: Methods described herein relate to using vision-based mapping to provide augmented reality of objects in the environment of the vehicle in response to objects being obscured. Methods may include: receiving sensor data from a vehicle traveling along a road segment; identifying a location of the vehicle on the road segment; retrieving map data from a map database of an environment of the road segment at the location of the vehicle on the road segment; identifying an object in the sensor data representing an obscured object in an environment of the vehicle; and providing for display of at least one object from the map data in an augmented reality of the environment, where the at least one object appears overlaid on the obscured object to a driver of the vehicle. The object in the sensor data may include a road sign having information relating to driving along the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Anirudh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10863302
    Abstract: Examples generate a route point radius for a geofence. A point of interest (POI) is identified. The coordinates for a route point on a navigational path associated with the POI is obtained. A distance from the coordinates of the route point to the POI is determined to generate a radius. An extension amount to encompass at least a portion of the navigational path is added to the radius to generate a route point radius. A contextual environment of a user traveling on the navigational path is utilized to adjust the route point radius. The contextual environment includes the mode of travel and/or the direction of travel of the user. A geofence is generated based on at least one route point radius associated with the POI. An alert is triggered when a user crosses a perimeter of the geofence encompassing the portion of the navigational path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Fernando Gonzalez, Hiep Khuu
  • Patent number: 10861252
    Abstract: A comprehensive software system and a method for performing a comprehensive reliability analysis of an aircraft are provided. For example, an aircraft systems database is analyzed to extract information corresponding to an aircraft. A plurality of goodness-of-fit tests may be performed based upon the information using a plurality of statistics and a plurality of significance levels to generate a plurality of results of the plurality of goodness-of-fit tests. The plurality of results may be analyzed to determine a distribution model associated with a fit establishing a criteria. The distribution model may be applied to the information to determine a set of reliability indexes. A reliability report may be generated for a part of the aircraft based upon the set of reliability indexes. Maintenance of the part of the aircraft may be facilitated based upon the reliability report and/or illustrations generated based upon the set of reliability indexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Massoud Nakhkoob Niasar
  • Patent number: 10859392
    Abstract: A method for avoiding likely one-way segments of roads in route planning is described. In selecting an optimal route, the cost of a possible route is computed by adding the costs associated with the segments along the route. Cost is a metric that is associated with the total expense to traverse a route in order to determine whether the route should be chosen over another. Each segment of a road is associated with a cost factor that represents the traffic condition of the segment. For a given segment, automobile traces that traveled the segment are counted. A ratio of traces traveled in one direction to traces traveled in the opposite direction is determined. If the ratio is below a certain threshold, the segment of the road is regarded as likely one-way. The original cost factor is replaced with a new cost factor that penalizes the segment in routing calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mapbox, Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Herlocker