Patents Examined by Todd Melton
  • Patent number: 11001387
    Abstract: A method for automatically powering off an aerial vehicle includes detecting an operating state of the aerial vehicle based on altitude information of the aerial vehicle. The attitude information includes at least one of absolute altitude information or relative altitude information. The relative altitude information includes a landing distance to a landing plane. The method further includes determining whether the operating state of the aerial vehicle indicates that the aerial vehicle has landed and, in response to a determination result that the aerial vehicle has landed, shutting down a propulsion output of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renli Shi, Xuyang Pan, Jianyu Song, Canlong Lin
  • Patent number: 11002559
    Abstract: Navigation applications may utilize various input data to determine various navigation routes. One example method of operating may include providing at least one navigation instruction to a navigation device via a navigation application, detecting the at least one instruction via a detection application, obtaining an image of a physical object, performing a holo-acoustic object manipulation of the physical object, and providing a visual display of the holo-acoustic manipulation as an additional navigation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 11003196
    Abstract: A flight control system for an aircraft is disclosed, where the flight control system detects a first common mode pneumatic event. The flight control system includes one or more processors and a memory coupled to the processors. The memory stores data comprising a database and program code that, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the flight control system to receive as input a measured dynamic pressure and an estimated angle of attack. The flight control system is further caused to determine a rate of change of the measured dynamic pressure and compare the rate of change of the measured dynamic pressure with a dynamic pressure threshold value. The flight control system is further caused to determine a rate of change of the estimated angle of attack and compare the rate of change of the estimated angle of attack with a threshold angle of attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin Chunshek Li, Brian Whitehead, Brian Kenyon Rupnik, Kioumars Najmabadi
  • Patent number: 10976177
    Abstract: There is provided a technique for reducing the possibility that a user loses track of how a road, etc., grasped by him/her have been changed on a map. A navigation system includes: a map display part that displays a map on a display in any of a plurality of display modes, the map including a current location; a moving image display part that displays, when the display mode changes, a moving image in which the map is rotated and the display mode before being changed gradually changes to a changed display mode, on the display; and a speed-of-change control part that increases a speed of change in the display mode after start of the change in the display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Ueda, Kazunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10972544
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle communication method comprises sensing a condition associated with the autonomous vehicle, and initiating, by a controller in response to the sensing of the condition, communication pertaining to the autonomous vehicle between a vehicle manager remote to the autonomous vehicle and an external agent external to the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle communication method further comprises controlling the autonomous vehicle remotely in response to a command that is based on the condition associated with the autonomous vehicle and the communication between the vehicle manager and the external agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingyi Zhang, Erik Stayton, Melissa Cefkin
  • Patent number: 10970790
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating a host vehicle. In some embodiments, the system may include at least one processing device programmed to: receive at least one image representative of an environment of the host vehicle; determine a navigational action of the host vehicle; analyze the at least one image to identify a target vehicle in the environment of the host vehicle; determine a next-state distance between the host vehicle and the target vehicle that would result if the navigational action was taken; determine a maximum braking capability of the host vehicle, a maximum acceleration capability of the host vehicle, and a speed of the host vehicle; determine a stopping distance for the host vehicle; determine a speed of the target vehicle; and implement the navigational action if the determined stopping distance for the host vehicle is less than the next-state distance summed with a target vehicle travel distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Amnon Shashua, Shaked Shammah
  • Patent number: 10953884
    Abstract: Systems and methods use cameras to provide autonomous navigation features. In one implementation, a method for navigating a user vehicle may include acquiring, using at least one image capture device, a plurality of images of an area in a vicinity of the user vehicle; determining from the plurality of images a first lane constraint on a first side of the user vehicle and a second lane constraint on a second side of the user vehicle opposite to the first side of the user vehicle; enabling the user vehicle to pass a target vehicle if the target vehicle is determined to be in a lane different from the lane in which the user vehicle is traveling; and causing the user vehicle to abort the pass before completion of the pass, if the target vehicle is determined to be entering the lane in which the user vehicle is traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Anna Clarke, Eyal Bagon
  • Patent number: 10955847
    Abstract: In embodiments of an autonomous vehicle interface system, system nodes are each implemented as a distributed node for independent data processing of low-level sensor data and/or high-level system data. The high-level system data is abstracted from the low-level sensor data, providing invariance to system configuration in higher-level processing algorithms. The autonomous vehicle interface system includes at least one real-time bus for data communications of the low-level sensor data and the high-level system data between the system nodes. The system also includes an application programming interface (API) configured for access by the system nodes to the low-level sensor data and the high-level system data that is published on the real-time bus and accessible via the API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: REE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Joshua John Hartung, Jonathan Lamb, David Paul Miller, Robert Dean Hambrick
  • Patent number: 10943478
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a traffic control method and an apparatus. The method includes: obtaining, by a server, a traffic flow of a road; adjusting, by the server, a lane quantity or a lane width of the road at a lane layer on a map according to the traffic flow of the road; and sending, by the server, a lane layer obtained after the adjustment, so that a vehicle running on the road runs according to a lane obtained after the adjustment. In the embodiments of the present invention, the traffic flow of the road is obtained, and the lane quantity or the lane width of the road is adjusted at the lane layer on the map according to the traffic flow of the road, so that the vehicle running on the road can run according to the lane obtained after the adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yonggang Song, Xiangjiang Qian, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 10942037
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for a method for determining a route for passenger comfort and operating a vehicle according to the determined route. To start, a set of routes from a start location to an end location may be determined. Each route includes one or more portions. For each route of the set of routes, a total motion sickness value is determined based on a sway motion sickness value, a surge motion sickness value, and a heave motion sickness value for each of the given portions. The total motion sickness value for a route reflects a likelihood that a user will experience motion sickness while in a vehicle along the route. A route may then be selected from the set of routes based on the total motion sickness value of each route of the set of routes, and the vehicle may be maneuvered according to the selected route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn Larner, Jared Stephen Russell
  • Patent number: 10935976
    Abstract: A blinker judgment device mounted on a vehicle includes an information acquisition device configured to acquire surrounding situation information indicating a situation around the vehicle; and a control device configured to: recognize blinker flashing of a target vehicle based on image information of the target vehicle, check, based on the surrounding situation information, whether or not there is a cause for the target vehicle to make a lane change, in response to recognition of the blinker flashing based on the image information, judge that the recognition of the blinker flashing based on the image information is falsely positive in response to determining that the cause does not exist, and devise a travel plan based on the recognition of the blinker flashing in response to determining that the cause exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuta Hashimoto, Yoshinori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10933865
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes a travel information acquisition unit, a first information acquisition unit, a second information acquisition unit, a first determination unit, a second determination unit, a first avoidance-amount setting unit, a second avoidance-amount setting unit, and a driving control unit. The second avoidance-amount setting unit sets, when the second avoidance-amount setting unit sets a control amount of a driving control as a second avoidance amount for performing a second avoidance driving action, the control amount smaller than a control amount that is set as a first avoidance amount by the first avoidance-amount setting unit, and sets, when the second avoidance-amount setting unit sets a start timing of the driving control as the second avoidance amount for performing the second avoidance driving action, the start timing later than a start timing that is set as the first avoidance amount by the first avoidance-amount setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Mukai, Noriyasu Noto, Tetsuya Tokuda, Masanobu Yamaguchi, Yasunobu Sugiura
  • Patent number: 10933850
    Abstract: A braking system for vehicles having a master cylinder, and at least one braking device. The master cylinder has a first and a second output circuit, containing the same brake fluid. The first output circuit is intercepted by a first control valve fluidically connected to a braking simulator and to the at least one braking device so as to alternately connect the first output circuit to the braking simulator or to the at least one braking device for its actuation. The second output circuit is fluidically connected to the at least one braking device for its actuation, an automatic hydraulic actuation unit operatively connected to the master cylinder by a hydraulic actuation circuit containing an actuation fluid distinct from the brake fluid and fluidically separated from this. And, at least a processing and control unit of the system that supervises the operation of the braking systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Freni Brembo S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Arienti, Carlo Cantoni, Andrea Odoni
  • Patent number: 10933849
    Abstract: An antiskid controller for controlling braking operation of a wheel of a vehicle based on an output signal provided by a wheel speed sensor coupled to the wheel may comprise a delay toggle, a switch logic for switching between an initial rate and a running rate, and a linear control used for calculating an antiskid correction signal, wherein the linear control receives one of the initial rate and the running rate, depending on a state of the switch logic. The linear control receives the initial rate upon initialization of the antiskid controller. The linear control receives the running rate after a predetermined duration or after the linear control has converged on a desired solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Tyler Arsenault, Naison E Mastrocola
  • Patent number: 10926780
    Abstract: Haptic devices are installed in a motorcycle's handlebars, footpegs and seat to provide the rider with alerts that relate to hazards. The alert is provided before the rider notices the hazard, or before the rider reacts to the hazard. By giving advance warning, a rider is given extra time to avert a potential accident. The alerts also provide a direct instruction to the rider as to what to do to avoid the accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Damon Motors Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Jay Giraud, Dominique Kwong
  • Patent number: 10928831
    Abstract: Described herein are methods of generating learning data to facilitate de-biasing the labeled location of an object of interest within an image. Methods may include: receiving sensor data, where the sensor data is a first image; determining reference corner locations of an object in the first image using image processing; generating observed corner locations of the object in the first image from the determined reference corner locations; generating a bias transformation based, at least in part, on a difference between the reference corner locations and the observed corner locations of the object in the first image; receiving sensor data from another image sensor of a second image; receiving observed corner locations of an object in the second image from a user; and applying the bias transformation to the observed corner locations of the object in the second image to generate de-biased corners for the object in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: Anirudh Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10921148
    Abstract: A path computing method, system, and computer program product, include extracting unpleasant data from a database to create a multivariate spatia-temporal density function, collecting a tolerance level of a user, and computing a path for the user based on the tolerance level and the density function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Supriyo Chakraborty, Catherine Helen Crawford, Ramya Raghavendra
  • Patent number: 10922632
    Abstract: A client device accepts event information for which a people flow prediction is to be performed from a user and the client device inputs the accepted event information to a people flow prediction device. The people flow prediction device outputs a result of people flow prediction responsive to the input event information to the client device and the client device displays the result of people flow prediction to the user. The people flow prediction device performs a people flow prediction by temporally and spatially allocating an event attendance which has been input from the client device to pathways, each connecting a transport facility at which a people flow originates and an event site. Consequently, it is possible to predict a flow of people who attend an event or the like, the people flow differing from that in an ordinary situation, without need to input real-time data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Shimode, Akinori Asahara, Masahiro Oba, Takashi Mishima, Tomohide Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10919628
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for picking up, transporting, and lowering a payload coupled to a tether of a winch system arranged on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). For example, the winch system may include a motor for winding and unwinding the tether from a spool, and the UAV's control system may operate the motor to lower the tether toward the ground so a payload may be attached to the tether. The control system may monitor an electric current supplied to the motor to determine whether the payload has been attached to the tether. In another example, when lowering a payload, the control system may monitor the motor current to determine that the payload has reached the ground and responsively operate the motor to detach the payload from the tether. The control system may then monitor the motor current to determine whether the payload has detached from the tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Trevor Shannon, Andre Prager
  • Patent number: 10915105
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided for the preemptive logical configuration of vehicle control systems. A vehicle control computer may determine a location of a vehicle. The vehicle control computer may query a historical data source server for historical incident data corresponding to a first vicinity around the first location of the vehicle. Based on the historical incident data, the vehicle control computer may identify one or more driving danger areas in the first vicinity around the first location of the vehicle, wherein each of the one or more driving danger areas are associated with one or more driving hazards. The vehicle control computer may generate a configuration for vehicle operation in the first vicinity around the first location of the vehicle based on the one or more driving danger areas and may update driving logic of the vehicle with the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Aleksandr Likhterman, Sunil Chintakindi, Harini Anand