Patents Examined by Tyler J Lee
  • Patent number: 10895471
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for educating vehicle drivers. Auto insurance claim data may be analyzed to identify hazardous areas associated with an abnormally high amount or severity of vehicle collisions. A virtual navigation map of roads within the hazardous areas may be built or generated. A common cause of several vehicle collisions at a hazardous area may be identified, and a virtual reconstruction of a scenario involving the common cause and/or a road map of collisions locations of may be created. The virtual reconstruction of the scenario may be displayed on a driver education virtual simulator to enhance driver education and reduce the likelihood of vehicle collisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Leo Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Roxane Lyons, William J Leise, John A Nepomuceno, Rajiv C Shah, Edward P Matesevac, III, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Steven C Cielocha, Jeremy Myers, Matthew S Megyese, Jennifer L Crawford
  • Patent number: 10889298
    Abstract: A detection ECU detects, from an image captured by an in-vehicle camera, left and right lane markings defining an own lane which is a traffic lane in which an own vehicle is traveling, and performs following travel control to cause the own vehicle to travel following a preceding vehicle which travels ahead in the own lane defined by the detected lane markings. Furthermore, when determining that the measured inter-vehicular distance is shorter than a predetermined distance and at least one of the detected lane markings has become undetectable during execution of the following travel control, the detection ECU determines based on the estimated and calculated lane markings that the preceding vehicle has deviated to a traffic lane different from the own lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Koji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10889359
    Abstract: A small watercraft includes an input, a second storage, and a controller. The input receives an operation to switch the small watercraft into one of a plurality of control states, and includes a first storage that stores first control information indicating the one of the plurality of control states associated with the operation received by the input. The second storage stores second control information indicating one of the plurality of control states. The controller is able to write to one of the first and second storages. The input is supplied with electric power by supplying the controller with the electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Ryutaro Iwaki, Shigeyuki Ozawa, Masaru Suzuki, Shingo Igarashi, Naoki Kinomoto
  • Patent number: 10891870
    Abstract: A system (1) for aiding navigation includes an airport navigation device (2) to generate a ground route within the airport for an aided aircraft, a device (3) for determining the current position of the aided aircraft, a traffic surveillance device (9) for determining the location and type of nearby aircraft, a computation unit (10) for determining, for each segment of the ground route congestion information as a function of the position, type and speed of the nearby aircraft on each of the segments, and a display device displaying an airport map, the current location of the aided aircraft and congestion information for each segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Nicolas Gros, Antoine Casta
  • Patent number: 10885722
    Abstract: A vehicle may have a power train, a sensor interface, a storage device and a processing device. The sensor interface may receive sensor data samples during operation of a vehicle. The storage device may store the sensor data samples over a number of points in time. The processing device may analyze the sensor data samples stored in the storage device to detect a pattern and adjust an amount of power applied to the power train of the vehicle in response to the pattern. The pattern may be used to predict future conditions for the vehicle. The amount of power may be adjusted to improve power-resource-consumption efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Invently Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Koebler, Nicole G. Goldstein, Stephen J. Brown, Jason H. Harper
  • Patent number: 10875570
    Abstract: A steering assistance device includes: a steering angle sensor for detecting a steering angle of a vehicle; a motor for performing steering assistance of the vehicle by applying torque to a steering shaft; and a control unit for increasing increases the amount of steering assistance by the motor in case where the detected steering angle is included in an angular range corresponding to a steering play segment in which steering will not alter the direction of wheels of the vehicle as compared with a case where the detected steering angle is not included in an angular range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Terubiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10877479
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a method of managing a fleet of autonomous vehicles providing trip services. The method includes receiving information identifying an intermediate destination and a final destination for a trip. In this example, the intermediate destination is a destination where an autonomous vehicle will drop off and wait for a passenger in order to continue the trip, and the final destination is a destination where the trip ends. The method also includes determining an amount of waiting time the vehicle is likely to be waiting for the passenger at the intermediate destination, determining how a vehicle of the fleet of autonomous vehicles should spend the amount of waiting time, and sending an instruction to the vehicle, based on the determination of how the vehicle should spend the amount of waiting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Cristi Landy, Julien Mercay, Saksiri Tanphaichitr, Laurens Andreas Feenstra, Salil Pandit
  • Patent number: 10866596
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses a first baseband processor to establish a first communication link with a ground network cell and a second baseband processor that establishes a second communication link with a user device. The second baseband processor is communicatively coupled to the first baseband processor such that the user device exchanges communication data with the core network via the first communication link and the second communication link. Flight-control hardware steers the UAV along a flight trajectory that is determined by a ground-based UAV controller based at least on a geolocation of the user device. The second baseband processor establishes the second communication link with the user device while the first baseband processor maintains the first communication link with the ground network cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Genghiscomm Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steve Shattil
  • Patent number: 10858800
    Abstract: An excavator attachment is attached to an excavator rotating platform. During normal operation, a drive means drives the attachment according to operator input into a manipulation device. A sensor detects motion of the excavator. Based on output of the sensor, a slip suppression unit detects slipping of the excavator undercarriage in an extension direction of the attachment, and corrects operation of the attachment performed by the drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Junichi Okada
  • Patent number: 10857996
    Abstract: A safety control apparatus for an autonomous parking system includes: a sensor collecting data of a vehicle; a communication device transmitting a message informing a presence of a passenger in the vehicle to a driver terminal depending on whether the passenger is present in the vehicle; a driver device performing an autonomous parking operation when the autonomous parking operation for the vehicle is selected through the driver terminal; and a controller determining whether the passenger is present in the vehicle before the autonomous parking operation. The controller also determines whether the passenger in the vehicle intends to exit the vehicle, and controls an operation of the driver device during the autonomous parking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yun Sik Kim, Jin Ho Park, Dae Joong Yoon
  • Patent number: 10852155
    Abstract: A network apparatus receives a language request provided by a requesting user apparatus. The network apparatus generates and provides poll requests to responding user apparatuses and receives poll responses from the responding user apparatuses. Each poll response is associated with a language and indicates a current location of the corresponding responding user apparatus. Based on the poll responses, the network apparatus identifies areas or points of interest (POIs) that have a density of poll responses that (a) indicate a current location that corresponds to the area and/or POI and (b) is associated with a particular language. The network apparatus generates and provides a request response comprising information identifying at least one density area and/or POI. The requesting user apparatus receives the request response and provides information regarding the at least one density area and/or POI via an interactive user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Sophia Ramirez-Saenz, Chris Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10851557
    Abstract: A drive module for submersible autonomous vehicles is disclosed. The drive module includes a propulsion element configured to engage and rotate against a surface, a motor configured to drive the propulsion element, and a controller configured to cause the motor to drive the propulsion element. The drive module also includes a housing configured to be removably, releasably coupled to the exterior of a submersible autonomous vehicle. The motor and the controller are disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Kameshwar Durvasula, Ethan Hanan, William Londono
  • Patent number: 10852734
    Abstract: An autonomous driving device includes a first map including a first content and a second content associated with positions respectively, a second map including the first content associated with the position and in which the second content is not a recording target, and a control unit performing the autonomous driving. When the autonomous driving is performed using the first map, the control unit determines information necessary for the autonomous driving using a first method based on the first content and the second content. When the autonomous driving is performed using the second map, the control unit determines the information necessary for the autonomous driving using a method same as the first method based on the first content corresponding to a second position recorded in the second map and information indicating that the second content corresponding to the second position recorded in the second map is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Hideyuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 10850745
    Abstract: An apparatus for recommending a function of a vehicle includes an input module, a memory, an output module, and a processor. The processor obtains intention information indicating an action associated with each of a plurality of sentences, nuance information indicating a positive, neutral, or negative meaning included in each of the plurality of sentences, and one or more keywords for executing a function associated with the intention information among a plurality of functions embedded in the vehicle by analyzing each of the plurality included in the conversation, determines a task, associated with the function, to be recommended to at least some of the plurality of users, based on the intention information, the nuance information, and the one or more keywords, and outputs a message of recommending the task using the output module, when the end of the conversation is recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Bi Ho Kim, Sung Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10836432
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus 1 of the present invention assists parallel parking of an own vehicle 21. The parking assist apparatus 1 includes: a first route calculation unit 11 configured to calculate a first route for moving the own vehicle 21 from a target parking position P1 to a virtual departure position P3 based on a parking space and a constraint condition of own vehicle behavior; a second route calculation unit 12 configured to calculate a second route for moving the own vehicle 21 from an initial position P0 where parking assistance is started to the virtual departure position P3; and a parking route setting unit 13 configured to set a parking route of the own vehicle 21 with use of the first route and the second route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Noriyasu Hasejima, Shinya Tagawa, Takehito Ogata
  • Patent number: 10828955
    Abstract: A suspension system for controlling movement of a vehicle wheel may include a spring and damper assembly coupling the wheel to the vehicle chassis for movement of the wheel relative to the vehicle chassis. The spring and damper assembly may include a spring coupled to a damper member configured to extend and retract the wheel relative to the vehicle chassis. The suspension system may further include a damper actuator located remotely from the spring and damper assembly and configured to modify an amount of damping and/or wheel extension. The suspension system may also include a spring actuator integrated with the damper actuator and configured to control an amount of deflection of the spring and/or to alter a spring rate. The damper actuator may be provided at a location in the vehicle separated from the spring and damper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Johannes Edren, Ahditya Melkote, Phillip Newport Kuys, Andrew James Webb, Paul Choin
  • Patent number: 10831195
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system to guide a vehicle includes a vehicle, a positioning device to measure a location of the vehicle and output location information of the vehicle, and a guidance device to guide the vehicle. When the guidance device guides the vehicle from a first location, through a second location, to a third location, the guidance device transmits a first guidance command to guide the vehicle from the first location to the second location. While the vehicle is moving from the first location toward the second location in accordance with the first guidance command, the guidance device estimates an expected location of arrival of the vehicle based on a change in the location of the vehicle as measured by the positioning device. The guidance device generates a second guidance command to guide from the expected location of arrival to the third location, and before the vehicle arrives at the expected location of arrival, transmits the second guidance command to the vehicle at least once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Junji Ito
  • Patent number: 10831187
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for securing a manoeuvre of a motor vehicle, according to which an order for activation of first data is sent to a mobile terminal by a control unit of the motor vehicle, the first data is displayed on the screen of said mobile terminal in an area opposite the antenna area so as to induce the implementation of a continuous movement by a user on the screen of said mobile terminal in said opposite area, second data relating to the implementation of said continuous movement by the user is generated by the mobile terminal, said second data is compared with an expected result, and if the comparison is positive, said manoeuvre is executed by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Abdelhafid Bourassi, José Robineau, Laurent Petel
  • Patent number: 10830595
    Abstract: A method for providing data for a geometric map for autonomous or automated driving of a vehicle includes collecting and/or determining odometry data of the vehicle when driving along a respective specified route section of a plurality of route sections using specified vehicle sensors. The respective specified route section has a maximum driving length that is dependent on at least one of a detection precision of odometry data using a specified vehicle sensor system, and on a reproducibility of provided odometry data using specified vehicle actuators and/or vehicle actuating drives. The method also includes providing the collected and/or determined odometry data to a specified vehicle interface, and transmitting the collected and/or determined odometry data by the specified vehicle interface to an evaluation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Reinhard Jurk
  • Patent number: 10819266
    Abstract: Provided are a motor angle detector for detecting a motor angle, a current detector for detecting a motor current value to drive a motor, a vehicle inclination angle detector for detecting a vehicle inclination angle, a motor control circuit for outputting a control signal to control the driving of the motor, and a storage apparatus. The storage apparatus stores data obtained by associating the motor current value, a setting value in the motor control circuit for outputting the control signal, the vehicle inclination angle, and the motor angle at a first time with each other, and the motor control circuit controls the driving of the motor on the basis of information of the motor current value and the vehicle inclination angle at a second time and the data at the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Yusuke Yasuda, Narihira Takemura