Patents Examined by Van T. Trieu
  • Patent number: 11403951
    Abstract: A driving assistance functionality for a motor vehicle when approaching a tollgate is disclosed. The method involves a step (S4) of calculating a probability of a tollgate being present based on at least two road context attributes that are determined from the motor vehicle and defining a road context ahead of said vehicle, said road context attributes being decorrelated from any concept of a tollgate. Examples of road context attributes: speed limit signs; marking lines on the ground; speed bumps or rumble strips on the ground; obstacles such as other vehicles; drivable space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Heitzmann, Benazouz Bradai
  • Patent number: 11399758
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are provided for measuring and analyzing movements of a body and for communicating information related to such body movements over a network. In certain embodiments, a system gathers biometric and biomechanical data relating to positions, orientations, and movements of various body parts of a user performed during sports activities, physical rehabilitation, or military or law enforcement activities. The biometric and biomechanical data can be communicated to a local and/or remote interface, which uses digital performance assessment tools to provide a performance evaluation to the user. The performance evaluation may include a graphical representation (e.g., a video), statistical information, and/or a comparison to another user and/or instructor. In some embodiments, the biometric and biomechanical data is communicated wirelessly to one or more devices including a processor, display, and/or data storage medium for further analysis, archiving, and data mining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Norman Cusey, Jay Allen Shears, Harold Dan Stirling
  • Patent number: 11396248
    Abstract: An anchor attachment detection sensor for a vehicle including an anchor including an anchor attachment loop bar; a slide mount defining an opening, wherein the slide mount is positioned aft of the anchor attachment loop bar; a slide positioned in the opening of the slide mount, a plate secured to a first end of the slide, a spring, wherein the spring biases the plate against the anchor attachment loop bar; and a sensing device configured to transmit a control signal having a value, wherein the value of the control signal is based on a displacement of a portion of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Eugene J. Lau, Scott D. Thomas, Tricia E. Morrow, Dorel M. Sala, Suzanne L. Johansson
  • Patent number: 11395107
    Abstract: A point-to-multipoint retransmit of the parking availability data is performed with a predefined update period. A quantity of unicast requests for parking availability is received via one or more cellular towers. If the quantity of unicast requests received within the predefined update period exceeds a ratio of point-to-multipoint bandwidth to unicast messaging bandwidth of the one or more cellular towers, a transition is made to use of the point-to-multipoint messaging for sending the parking availability data via the one or more cellular towers; and otherwise, a transition is made to use of the unicast messaging for sending the parking availability data via the one or more cellular towers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Vladyslav Slyusar, Somak Datta Gupta, Jayanthi Rao
  • Patent number: 11390215
    Abstract: A vehicle assistance system with at least one outside camera, a control unit, at least one display unit, an occupant identification unit, and a human machine interface (Human Machine Interface, HMI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: J├╝rgen Lerzer, Matthijs Paffen, Hans Georg Gruber, Francesco Bacco
  • Patent number: 11384465
    Abstract: A household appliance for performing a cycle of operation on an article according to a cycle of operation. The household appliance includes a cabinet defining a treating chamber that is configured to receive the article. The cabinet also includes at least one consumable, a controller, a user interface, and a luminary communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Scott E. Carpenter, Marcus R. Fischer, Joli A. Fytczyk, Richard L. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11375692
    Abstract: A tag for attachment to an animal comprising: a transmitter unit for generating a transmitter signal; a first antenna unit connected with the transmitter unit, for emitting the transmitter signal; an energy source for providing electrical energy to at least the transmitter unit; and a housing in which the transmitter unit, antenna unit and the energy source are included, the housing being provided with an attachment opening for receiving therethrough an attachment element for attachment of the tag to the animal, characterized in that the first antenna unit is provided with at least one first winding which extends around the attachment opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NEDAP N.V.
    Inventors: Jeroen Martin Van Dijk, Roxie Sabri Romero Muller
  • Patent number: 11373525
    Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin McEnroe, Sanjiv Singh, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 11370581
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a package includes a flexible tear-resistant bag and an anchor system for securing the bag to a substrate. The bag includes a receptacle defining a package receiving space and a closure mechanism connected to the receptacle for selectively closing the receptacle. The anchor assembly includes a housing, a fastener, and an anchor securable to the substrate. The housing may be positioned in the package receiving space with the fastener extending through the housing and the receptacle and matingly received in the anchor. A door of the housing may be secured in a closed position to limit access to the fastener. In some embodiments, the bag of the apparatus may also be provided with an alarm system so if an unauthorized entry is attempted by cutting the tear-resistant bag the alarm system will emit an alerting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Mail Bag Receiving and Protection System, LLC
    Inventor: Roland Ray Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 11368827
    Abstract: Provided are a communication system and a communication method of an autonomous vehicle. The system includes: a plurality of application modules, and an in-vehicle terminal. The in-vehicle terminal includes: an external communication module configured to communicate with another autonomous vehicle or a server in a message mode, and an internal communication module configured to communicate with the plurality of application modules in a service mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: APOLLO INTELLIGENT DRIVING TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yifeng Shi, Xing Hu, Haisong Wang, Lei Fang, Ji Tao
  • Patent number: 11354988
    Abstract: In example implementations, a door monitoring sensor is provided. The door monitoring sensor includes a communication interface to transmit an alarm when a door operates outside of operational parameters of the door, an angular sensor to measure rotational movement of the a door, a movement sensor to detect movement along an x-y-z coordinate plane, a radar sensor to detect an object, a rechargeable power supply to provide power to the angular sensor, the movement sensor, and the radar sensor, and a processor. The processor is communicatively coupled to the communication interface, the angular sensor, the movement sensor, and the radar sensor. The processor is to determine that the door is moving outside of the operational parameters of the door and generate the alarm that is transmitted by the communication interface in response to determination that the door is moving outside of the operational parameters of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: CORNELLCOOKSON, LLC
    Inventors: Xin Cui, Ryan Carroll, Bruce Burwell, Zhizhuo Wu
  • Patent number: 11354987
    Abstract: A swimming pool entrance opening warning device comprises at least one door magnetic switch, at least one bypass switch and a host, wherein the door magnetic switch is arranged on a door leading to the swimming pool entrance, the bypass switch is arranged on a building structure adjacent to the swimming pool entrance, the bypass switch being provided with a first release button, and the host is arranged on the building structure adjacent to the swimming pool entrance or the door, the host and the bypass switch be located at different positions, the host comprising a host shell, a speaker module arranged on the host shell, a second release button arranged on the host shell, and a control circuit board connected with the first release button and the second release button, while according to the invention, when the door is opened and two release buttons do not generate a release signal after passing a buffering time, the speaker module is actuated through the control circuit board, thereby preventing unauthorize
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph Y. Ko
  • Patent number: 11356184
    Abstract: A wireless sensor includes a radio frequency (RF) front end, a sensing element, and a processing module. The RF front end sends a coded digital value to a sensing computing device via an RF signal. The sensing element senses an environmental condition of an item. The processing module determines an effect on an operational parameter of an RF front end of the wireless sensor as a result of the sensing element sensing the environmental condition. The processing module also adjusts tuning of the RF front end to mitigate the effect on the operational parameter and equates an amount of adjusting of the tuning of the RF front end to the coded digital value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: RFMicron, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian David Young, Shahriar Rokhsaz
  • Patent number: 11348465
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method and apparatus for updating information. The method may include: acquiring road network structure information of a target road network and vehicle information of a target number of vehicles in the target road network, the vehicle information including initial state information, perception information and positioning information, and the vehicle information being constrained by the road network structure information; selecting a target vehicle from the target number of vehicles; determining, based on a vehicle dynamics model, a reference speed at which the target vehicle passes a preset time step; and updating vehicle information of a vehicle in the target road network based on the reference speed of the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignees: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD., BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: He Jiang, Jinxin Zhao, Ruigang Yang
  • Patent number: 11345517
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a package includes a flexible tear-resistant bag and an anchor system for securing the bag to a substrate. The bag includes a receptacle defining a package receiving space and a closure mechanism connected to the receptacle for selectively closing the receptacle. The anchor assembly includes a housing, a fastener, and an anchor securable to the substrate. The housing may be positioned in the package receiving space with the fastener extending through the housing and the receptacle and matingly received in the anchor. A door of the housing may be secured in a closed position to limit access to the fastener. In some embodiments, the bag of the apparatus may also be provided with an alarm system so if an unauthorized entry is attempted by cutting the tear-resistant bag the alarm system will emit an alerting signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Mail Bag Receiving and Protection System, LLC
    Inventor: Roland Ray Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 11348469
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for enhancing wake turbulence situational awareness in the cockpit of an aircraft. In one aspect, transmissions from a lead aircraft are received and stored by a trailing aircraft to allow the trailing aircraft to create a history of the lead aircraft's position for the purposes of, among other things, determining the relative positioning of the lead and the trailing aircraft (or trailing aircraft's) flight paths and relative altitudes. From this determination, better situational information can be displayed to the flight crew to aid in wake turbulence avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Castel Manberg, Richard Darrell Ridenour
  • Patent number: 11348460
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of receiving and processing a wireless emergency alert at a vehicle comprises receiving, at a computer system of the vehicle, the wireless emergency alert over a wireless communication network. The wireless emergency alert may include an alert message and geographical coordinates defining one or more alert areas associated with the emergency alert. The method may further include comparing, via the vehicle computer system, a current location of the vehicle with the geographical coordinates to determine whether the vehicle is within or near the alert area(s) and, if the vehicle is within or near the alert area(s), generating via the computer system a map illustrating the current location of the vehicle with respect to the alert area(s), and displaying the map at a display screen of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Terri L. Brooks, Precia Carraway
  • Patent number: 11345311
    Abstract: Provided is an electric vehicle. The electric vehicle includes: a first power source, a target component and an electrical control component integrated to the target component; the first power source is connected with the electrical control component and is configured to supply the power to the electrical control component; and the electrical control component is configured to unlock, under a condition in which the electric vehicle is locked, when target information matched with a stored target account number is detected, the electric vehicle. With the disclosure, the problems of complex structural design and troublesome unlocking operation of the electric vehicle in the related art are solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NINE INTELLIGENT (CHANGZHOU) TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shengqiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11332099
    Abstract: A vehicle theft-prevention apparatus can include at least one computing device and a cylindrical body configured to be positioned within a cup holder of a vehicle, the cylindrical body having a cup holder element on a top side. The vehicle theft-prevention apparatus can further include a fish-eye camera sensor on an upper portion of the body, a passive infrared sensor positioned in the body, and a plurality of legs mechanically connected to a locking mechanism and configured to extend to provide an outward force on the cup holder to prevent removal of the vehicle theft-prevention apparatus. The at least one computing device can comprise a processor and a memory and can be configured to capture a plurality of images from the fish-eye camera sensor, read a plurality of measurements from the PIR sensor, and trigger an alarm based on the plurality of images and the plurality of measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Keep Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Moeller, Rahul Maran, Aditya Chavan
  • Patent number: 11328605
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for adjusting a blind spot monitor on a vehicle to improve safety of the vehicle. In some embodiments, a method for the vehicle includes detecting a change in a heading of the vehicle. The method includes modifying an operation of the blind spot monitor on the vehicle based on the change in the heading of the vehicle so that performance of the blind spot monitor is enhanced to improve safety of the vehicle in a scenario when the vehicle changes the heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Ziran Wang, Kyungtae Han, BaekGyu Kim