Patents Examined by Thomas Ingram
  • Patent number: 11327501
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for determining sensor degradation by actively controlling an autonomous vehicle. Determining sensor degradation may include obtaining sensor readings from a sensor of an autonomous vehicle, and determining baseline state information from the obtained sensor readings. A movement characteristic of the autonomous vehicle, such as speed or position, may then be changed. The sensor may then obtain additional sensor readings, and second state information may be determined from these additional sensor readings. Expected state information may be determined from the baseline state information and the change in the movement characteristic of the autonomous vehicle. A comparison of the expected state information and the second state information may then be performed. Based on this comparison, a determination may be made as to whether the sensor has degraded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu
  • Patent number: 11320277
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include systems, methods, and devices to facilitate pick-up/drop-off zone (PDZ) handoffs between autonomous vehicles. Consistent with some embodiments, a pick-up/drop-off zone (PDZ) is located based on detecting a first autonomous vehicle stopped at a stopping location. A system determines, based on one or more criteria, whether to request the first autonomous vehicle to remain stopped at the stopping location to create an opportunity for a second autonomous vehicle to claim the PDZ. An amount of time for the first autonomous vehicle to remain stopped at the stopping location is determined based on the one or more criteria. A request to remain stopped at the stopping location is transmitted to a vehicle autonomy system of the first autonomous vehicle based on satisfaction of the one or more criteria. The request specifies the amount of time for the first autonomous vehicle to remain at the stopping location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Shenglong Gao, Brent Goldman, Konrad Julian Niemiec
  • Patent number: 11320833
    Abstract: At a computing system comprising one or more processors and memory, the computing system receives road data collected on a moving vehicle along a road, the road data comprising a two-dimensional streetscape image, a three-dimensional point cloud, and inertial navigation data, identifies, within the two-dimensional streetscape image, a ground region image corresponding to the road based on a spatial position relation of the two-dimensional streetscape image and the three-dimensional point cloud according to the inertial navigation data, and detects at least one target road traffic marking in the ground region image, determining three-dimensional coordinates of the at least one target road traffic marking based on the spatial position relation of the two-dimensional streetscape image and the three-dimensional point cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yujin Fu
  • Patent number: 11319834
    Abstract: An engine control system includes an electronic hardware engine controller in signal communication with at least one engine sensor, which measures an engine operating parameter (Ycrtr_t). The engine controller generates a synthesized engine operating parameter (Ycrtr) calculates an error (ERRcrtr) between the engine operating parameter (Ycrtr_t) and the synthesized engine operating parameter (Ycrtr). The engine controller further determines a corrector error parameter (Xcrtr) and determines a faulty sensor among the at least one engine sensor based on a comparison between the error value (ERRcrtr) and the corrector error parameter (Xcrtr).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Boris Karpman, Richard P. Meisner, Subhradeep Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 11312330
    Abstract: A switch is interposed between an ignition antenna associated with a vehicle ignition switch and an auxiliary antenna located spaced from the ignition switch. A reader is selectively connected through the switch to either the ignition antenna or to the auxiliary antenna, the reader configured to determine if an authorized key is present adjacent to an antenna. An authorized key is kept adjacent to the auxiliary antenna. The vehicle ignition switch can be operated either with an authorized key brought adjacent to the ignition switch and adjacent to the ignition antenna or by adjusting the switch to connect the reader to the auxiliary antenna to read the authorized key kept adjacent thereto. A controller can cause this switch to adjust from connecting the reader to the ignition antenna to connecting the reader to the auxiliary antenna, so that the controller can automatically cause vehicle ignition operation when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Intermotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan C. Mower, Erin M. West, Gregory E. Schafer, Ken J. Quimby, Bryan M. Elzy
  • Patent number: 11315422
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe systems, methods, and devices for automated vehicular control based on glare detected by an optical system of a vehicle. In some aspects, automated control includes controlling the operation of the vehicle itself, a vehicle subsystem, or a vehicle component based on a level of glare detected. According to some examples, controlling the operation of a vehicle includes instructing an automatically or manually operated vehicle to traverse a selected route based on levels of glare detected or expected along potentials routes to a destination. According to other examples, controlling operation of a vehicle subsystem or a vehicle component includes triggering automated responses by the subsystem or the component based on a level of glare detected or expected. In some additional aspects, glare data is shared between individual vehicles and with a remote data processing system for further analysis and action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Veljko Krunic, Timothy W. Gibson, Sunil Chintakindi, Howard Hayes
  • Patent number: 11305695
    Abstract: A situation communication display enhances driver situational awareness in a transportation vehicle. The situation communication display includes a display member with a plurality of display surface areas. A first surface area displays a relatively focused driver field of view. Second and third surface areas each display wider driver fields of view. First, second, and third transition zones are located adjacent respective first, second, and third surface areas. The transition zones divide the first, second, and third surface areas and define a visual transition between the relatively focused driver field of view displayed by the first surface area and the wider driver fields of view displayed by the second and third surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Spirited Eagle Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry K. Hubbell, Alan C. Lesesky
  • Patent number: 11300974
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for detecting objects within an environment of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving, by a processor, image data sensed from the environment of the vehicle; determining, by a processor, an area within the image data that object identification is uncertain; controlling, by the processor, a position of a lighting device to illuminate a location in the environment of the vehicle, wherein the location is associated with the area; controlling, by the processor, a position of one or more sensors to obtain sensor data from the location of the environment of the vehicle while the lighting device is illuminating the location; identifying, by the processor, one or more objects from the sensor data; and controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the one or more objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Bush, Upali P. Mudalige, Zachariah E. Tyree, Wei Tong, Shuqing Zeng
  • Patent number: 11294376
    Abstract: A moving body control device expands an autonomously movable region, appropriately determines reliability of the expanded region, and realizes stable autonomous movement at low cost. The device includes: an external map acquisition unit acquiring an external map; a sensor acquiring external environment information around the moving body; a movement information acquisition unit acquiring movement information indicating a position or an advancing angle of the moving body; an autonomous movement range management unit generating an autonomous movement map based on the external information or the movement information; and a control unit controlling movement of the moving body based on the autonomous movement map, the external environment information, or the movement information, the autonomous movement range management unit comparing the autonomous movement map with the external map, the control unit controlling the moving body based on a comparison result in the autonomous movement range management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Maeda, Junya Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11294405
    Abstract: Apparatus (101) for controlling movement of a vehicle (202), a system (201) and vehicle (202) comprising the apparatus (101), and a method (500, 600) for controlling the movement of a vehicle (202) are disclosed. The apparatus (202) comprises processing means (102) configured to receive first signals from a receiving means (103) arranged to receive transmitted signals from a remote control device (204) indicating a requested motion of the vehicle (202). From the first signals or an additional signal received from a sensing means (104), one or more distance values indicative of a distance from a point on the vehicle (202) to an object is determined, and a maximum speed value for the vehicle (202) is determine in dependence on the one or more distance values. The processing means provides an output signal (106) for controlling speed of the vehicle (202) based on the requested motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Cund, Martyn Lathbury, Allan Howling, Paul Widdowson, Colin Teed, Parvinder Devgun, Tony Davis
  • Patent number: 11295558
    Abstract: A device for verifying vehicle-scrapping information may include a communication terminal configured to receive scrapping instruction from a diagnostor to enter a scrapping mode, and transmit end-of-use information according to the scrapping instruction to a management server, and an airbag controller configured to receive the scrapping instruction from the diagnostor and transmit an airbag deployment signal to the communication terminal, wherein the communication terminal ignores all interrupt signals when entering the scrapping mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Chang-Sik Hwang
  • Patent number: 11287280
    Abstract: An approach is provided for recommending a vehicle parking or stopping location at a current destination based on a next destination. The approach, for example, involves determining the next destination that follows the current destination. The approach also involves processing map data representing a road network within a proximity threshold of the current destination to determine the recommended parking or stopping location based on minimizing a travel time, a travel distance, or a combination thereof between the recommended parking or stopping location and the next destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Jerome Beaurepaire
  • Patent number: 11285896
    Abstract: A method, a system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for vehicle sharing are provided. The method includes receiving a user request via a ride share agent. The ride share agent is communicatively coupled to a server. The method further includes identifying a vehicle from one of ride share providers based on the user request, retrieving one or more settings associated with one or more systems of the identified vehicle from the server, determining a setting of a system of the identified vehicle based on at least one physical characteristic of the user when the setting of the system is not stored in the server, and implementing the one or more settings on the identified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Friedman, Prince R. Remegio, Tim Uwe Falkenmayer, Roger Akira Kyle, Ryoma Kakimi, Luke D. Heide, Nishikant Narayan Puranik
  • Patent number: 11279353
    Abstract: A lane departure prevention apparatus (17) has: a departure preventing device (172) for preventing a vehicle (1) from departing from a driving lane by controlling at least one of a steering apparatus (142) and a braking apparatus (13) selected on the basis of a state of the vehicle, when it is determined that the vehicle may depart from the driving lane; and a determining device for determining whether or not an abnormality condition that it is difficult for a person to normally drive the vehicle is satisfied, the departure preventing device prevents the vehicle from departing from the driving lane by controlling the braking apparatus even if the state of the vehicle is not a predetermined state in which the departure preventing device should prevent the vehicle from departing from the driving lane by controlling the braking apparatus, when it is determined that the abnormality condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Ikeda, Ryo Inomata, Akira Nagae, Hironori Ito
  • Patent number: 11279329
    Abstract: An emergency braking system according to an embodiment of the present invention, which performs emergency braking and brake release according to a position of an object detected while a vehicle moves backward, comprises a processor deriving a position of the object by processing data detected by a sensor, and a controller controlling emergency braking and brake release using the derived position of the object, wherein the controller releases a brake through different operation according to an area in which the position of the object is included after emergency braking of a plurality of areas into which a detecting area of the sensor is divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mando Mobility Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: NAC Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 11275172
    Abstract: A target detection device includes an analysis section, a direction estimating section, a received waveform forming section, and a distance calculating section. The received waveform forming section forms a received waveform for each of the frequencies of the continuous waves by weighting beat signals corresponding to received waves received by each of receiving antennas, so as to have directivity in one of arrival directions estimated by the direction estimating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11261649
    Abstract: A vehicle window control system is provided. The vehicle window control system includes a window switch that generates a first signal, a first computer that reads a state of the window switch and generates a second signal, and a second computer that controls movement of the vehicle window based on either the first signal or the second signal. The second computer receives the second signal from the first computer through serial communication and the first signal from the switch portion through a hardwire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric E. Helligrath, David G. Peterson, Kentaro Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 11247659
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus is applied to a vehicle so as to control driving of an electric motor of the vehicle. The vehicle control apparatus includes: a frequency calculation unit configured to calculate an engine pulsation frequency; a damping control content switching unit configured to switch a damping control content; a gain calculation unit configured to calculate a gain, used for a torque command for driving the electric motor; a torque calculation unit configured to calculate the torque command by multiplying the calculated gain by at least one of a torsion torque reduction component and a motor torque reduction component; a command torque determination unit configured to determine a damping control torque command; and a drive control unit configured to control the driving of the electric motor based on the damping control torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takatomo Asai, Hirotaka Mizuguchi
  • Patent number: 11243535
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling a vehicle in an autonomous driving mode. For instance, a first location corresponding to a location where the vehicle is to pick up or drop off a passenger is received. A first cost for the vehicle to reach the first location is determined. A second location based on the first location is identified, and a second cost is determined based on a cost for the vehicle to reach the second location and a cost for the passenger to reach the second location. The first cost is compared to the second cost, and a notification is sent based on the notification. In response to sending the notification, instructions to proceed to the second location are received, and in response to receiving the instructions, the vehicle is controlled in the autonomous driving mode to the second location to pick up or drop off the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Seth Herbach, Michael Epstein, Mishika Vora, Guillaume Dupre, Kevin Rawlings
  • Patent number: 11243084
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for improved data integration in augmented reality devices. The systems and methods include obtaining contextual information associated with an individual and device information associated with an augmented reality device associated with the individual from the augmented reality device, obtaining a plurality of data sets associated with the individual or augmented reality device from a plurality of data sources, determining a subset of information from the data sets that is relevant to the individual or the augmented reality device wherein the relevancy of the subset of information is based on an analysis of the contextual information and the device information, generating display data based on the determined subset of information, providing the display data to the augmented reality device for display on the augmented reality device wherein a graphical overlay representative of the display data is displayed in front of the individual's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: NAVITAIRE LLC
    Inventors: Raelynn Anderson Sink, Justin Wilde