Patents Examined by Yazan A Soofi
  • Patent number: 11077846
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle is described, wherein the autonomous vehicle is configured to estimate a change in direction of a vehicle that is on a roadway and is proximate to the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle has a mechanical system, one or more sensors that generate one or more sensor signals, and a computing system in communication with the mechanical system and the one or more sensors. The autonomous vehicle is configured to detect an imminent lane change by another vehicle based on at least one of a computed angle between a wheel of the other vehicle and a longitudinal direction of travel of the other vehicle, a degree of misalignment between the wheel of the other vehicle and a body of the other vehicle, and/or an eccentricity of the wheel of the other vehicle. The mechanical system of the autonomous vehicle is controlled by the computing system based upon the detected imminent lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Ward, Ted Nitz, Curt Harrington, Christopher Daily-Diamond
  • Patent number: 11079242
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for determining autonomous vehicle location using incremental image analysis. An exemplary method can include identifying an expected position of an autonomous vehicle which is moving, and identifying, an actual position of the autonomous vehicle. The identifying of the actual position occurs by obtaining images of the autonomous vehicle's surroundings, initiating an iterative image comparison of those images to previously stored images within a given geographic radius of the autonomous vehicle, and iteratively extending the radius (and the pictures being compared) until a match is found or until the maximum radius is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, David C. Winkle, John J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11061409
    Abstract: A machine routing and planning system for mobile machines at a work site includes a plurality of haul trucks, a loading machine, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine an initial effective capacity based on an initial amount of carryback material, and generate an initial material movement plan based upon the number of machines, the capacity of the loading machine and the initial effective capacity of each haul truck. The controller is further configured to determine a modified effective capacity for each haul truck based on a current amount of carryback material, and generate a modified material movement plan based upon the number of machines, the capacity of each loading machine, and the modified effective capacity for each haul truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Carl F. B. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 11058276
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a base station for receiving a mobile cleaning robot including a docking structure. The docking structure includes a horizontal surface and at least two electrical charging contacts, each of the electrical charging contacts having a contact surface positioned above the horizontal surface. The base station also includes a platform that is connectable to the docking structure. The platform includes a raised rear surface having a front portion and a rear portion, two wheel wells located in the front portion of the raised rear surface of the platform, and a plurality of raised surface features forward of the raised rear surface configured to support an underside portion of the mobile cleaning robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Levi Fox, Marcus R. Williams, Yanhan Li, Jason Jeffrey Suchman, Lucile Driscoll
  • Patent number: 11056009
    Abstract: Techniques are described for the exchange of control signals between a controlled unmanned aircraft (i.e. drone) and a ground control station and for the transmission of communication signals, such as video, from the drone to the ground control station so that the signals are more difficult to intercept or jam. The video signal transmitted from the drone can be an analog RF signal employing one or more of video “scrambling”, RF signal inversion, hopping, usage of a wide frequency range and other techniques. To secure the control signals between the drone and the ground control station, techniques can include hopping, encryption and use of a wide frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Performance Drone Works LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Tholen, David Mitchell, Larry Dickinson, Lucas Anderson, Trevor Smith, Ryan Gury
  • Patent number: 11053667
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a work implement. A control system for the work vehicle includes a controller. The controller acquires actual topography data indicating an actual surface of a work target. The controller vertically displaces a target design surface using the actual surface as a reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Junji Harada, Eiji Ishibashi, Takahiro Shimojo
  • Patent number: 11049404
    Abstract: An Internet-of-things device can detect, using one or more sensors, a condition exceeding a predefined condition threshold. If the condition is occurring at a location outside of an area monitored by the sensors of the Internet-of-things device, a communication device can transmit an investigation request to an unmanned aircraft. The investigation request can include a request to monitor an environment at the location. The Internet-of-things device can then receive an event report identifying whether a class of event is or was occurring at the location from the unmanned aircraft. The event report can include one or more event labels. The Internet-of-things device can transform, with an artificial intelligence engine, the one or more event labels into machine learned knowledge in an Internet-of-things knowledge domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: John Gorsica, Rachid Alameh, Zhengping Ji, Yi Wu, Thomas Gitzinger
  • Patent number: 11036946
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a self-describing fiducial includes a communication element that optically communicates navigation-aiding information. The navigation-aiding information may include a position of the self-describing fiducial with respect to one or more coordinate systems and the communication element communicates the navigation-aiding information to one or more navigating objects in the vicinity of the self-describing fiducial. In another embodiment, the communication element is further configured to communicate supplementary information describing a spatial relationship between the self-describing fiducial and the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Canyon Navigation, LLC
    Inventors: Morgan E. Davidson, Randall S. Christensen, Richard C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 11037379
    Abstract: Resource consumption of a work vehicle in a specified work site is estimated more appropriately and a resource replenishment timing is calculated appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Tomofumi Fukunaga, Keishiro Nishi, Atsushi Shinkai, Yushi Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 11036225
    Abstract: A first localization system performs a first localization using a first set of sensors to track locations of the ADV along the path from a starting point to a destination point. A first localization curve is generated as a result representing the locations of the ADV along the path tracked by the first localization system. Currently, a second localization system performs a second localization using a second set of sensors to track the locations of the ADV along the path. A second localization curve is generated as a result representing the locations of the ADV along the path tracked by the second localization system. A system delay of the second localization system is determined by comparing the second localization curve against the first localization curve as a localization reference. The system delay of the second localization system can then be utilized to compensate path planning of the ADV subsequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignees: BAIDU USA LLC, BAIDU.COM TIMES TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Xin Xu, Qi Kong, Yuchang Pan, Feiyi Jiang, Liangliang Zhang, Jiaming Tao, Haoyang Fan, Hui Jiang
  • Patent number: 11029691
    Abstract: A software product and methods determine a field coverage method for a nonholonomic robot to process a field using parallel lanes. A cellular decomposition algorithm divides the field into a plurality of cells, each having a plurality of parallel lanes. Permutations of lane processing orders are determined for each cell, based upon a minimum turning radius of the robot. A cell graph is generated to determine a shortest path for single-time processing each lane in each cell without violating the minimum turning radius of the robot. A step list defining movement of the nonholonomic robot along each lane in each cell of the shortest path through the cell graph is generated, and transits between the lanes, and laps around the field and any obstacles are added. A path program to control the nonholonomic robot to process the field is generated based upon the step list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LEFT HAND ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Mickey Barboi, Nevin Gilbert, Eesam Hourani, Terry Olkin
  • Patent number: 11016502
    Abstract: There is provided an autonomous travel system with which a travel route of an autonomous travel device can be easily set. The autonomous travel system includes an autonomous travel device (2), a line (1) for guiding travel that is placed on a travel route traveled by the autonomous travel device (2), and a marker (3) that is placed on the travel route. To the marker (3), operation control information related to an operation of the autonomous travel device (2) is recorded so as to be readable. The autonomous travel device (2) includes a detection unit (line sensor (21)) that detects the line (1), an acquisition unit (detection sensor (22)) that acquires the operation control information from the marker (3), and a control unit (23) that controls an operation of the autonomous travel device (2) on the basis of a detection result from the detection unit and the operation control information acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Iwamoto, Masahiro Sakakibara, Takahiro Ueno
  • Patent number: 11016504
    Abstract: Methods and systems for repairing a malfunctioning autonomous vehicle (AV) or semi-autonomous vehicle (SAV) are described herein. The AV or SAV may determine that an autonomous feature or sensor is malfunctioning and the extent of the damage to the autonomous feature or sensor. Then the AV or SAV may compare the extent of the damage to a predetermined threshold to determine whether the AV or SAV remains serviceable or otherwise road worthy. If the AV or SAV remains serviceable, the AV or SAV may locate the nearest repair facility having the necessary electronic components in stock and technical expertise for repairing the AV or SAV. Then the AV or SAV may request the nearest repair facility to send an autonomous repair vehicle to the current location of the AV or SAV to facilitate repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 11015942
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle routing are disclosed. Roadway suitability for autonomous operation is scored to facilitate use in route determination. Maps of roadways suitable for various levels of autonomous operation may be generated. Such map data may be used by autonomous vehicles or other computer devices in determining routes based upon criteria for vehicle trips. Such routes may be automatically updated based upon changes in road conditions, vehicle conditions, operator conditions, or environmental conditions. Emergency routing using such map data is described, such as automatic routing and travel when a passenger is experiencing a medical emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 11009360
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and storage medium for determining a navigation reference point, a navigation method, apparatus and storage medium. The method includes: determining a navigation route according to origin position information and destination position information sent by a navigation terminal (S110); determining a search area corresponding to the origin position information according to the origin position information (S120); acquiring, in the search area, a target building as a reference point indicating a forward direction for a user of the navigation terminal after navigation starts, according to a defined building selecting rule (S130); and pushing the navigation route and the target building to the navigation terminal (S140). According to the technical solution, the existing route navigation techniques is optimized, thereby satisfying growing navigation demands of people for facilitation and individuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Wang, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11006807
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a base station for receiving a mobile cleaning robot including a docking structure. The docking structure includes a horizontal surface and at least two electrical charging contacts, each of the electrical charging contacts having a contact surface positioned above the horizontal surface. The base station also includes a platform that is connectable to the docking structure. The platform includes a raised rear surface having a front portion and a rear portion, two wheel wells located in the front portion of the raised rear surface of the platform, and a plurality of raised surface features forward of the raised rear surface configured to support an underside portion of the mobile cleaning robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Levi Fox, Marcus R. Williams, Yanhan Li, Jason Jeffrey Suchman, Lucile Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10995462
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an autonomous mobile attenuator system for mitigating vehicular collisions. The system includes one or more mobile attenuators that receive data indicating a need for deployment from one or more sensors. The one or more mobile attenuators perform a collision risk assessment on the received data to determine a probability of a potential vehicle collision. The one or more mobile attenuators determine the probability of the potential vehicle collision exceeds a predetermined risk threshold value. The one or more mobile attenuators determine a predicted location for the potential vehicle collision. The one or more mobile attenuators proceed to the predicted location to mitigate the potential vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Michael S. Gordon, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10996671
    Abstract: A driving assist apparatus includes a driving mode setting calculator and a steering wheel holding detector. The driving mode setting calculator is configured to control a transition between driving modes including a manual driving mode, a first driving assist mode, and a second driving assist mode, in accordance with a driving condition. The steering wheel holding detector is configured to detect whether the driver holds the steering wheel or releases the steering wheel. The driving mode setting calculator causes the driving modes to make the transition from the first driving assist mode to the second driving assist mode, on a condition that the first driving assist mode is set as the driving modes and the steering wheel holding detector detects that the driver releases, from a state in which the driver holds the steering wheel, the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Motoki Zaizen, Hajime Oyama, Ryosuke Namba, Masato Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10994727
    Abstract: Event-based and subscription-based connected vehicle control and response systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving first data acquired by a first plurality of vehicle operation sensors of a first vehicle from a first computing device associated with a first subscriber, identifying an occurrence of an event involving a second vehicle and a third vehicle based on the first data, receiving second data acquired by a second plurality of vehicle operation sensors of the second vehicle, identifying which vehicle of the second vehicle or the third vehicle is at-fault based on the first data and the second data, determining, for the first subscriber and responsive to determining that the first data was used in determining which of the first vehicle or the second vehicle is at-fault, one or more objects, and transmitting the one or more objects to the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Surender Kumar, Clint J. Marlow, Timothy W. Gibson, Mark V. Slusar, Chris Wiklund, Younuskhan Mohamed Iynoolkhan
  • Patent number: 10991176
    Abstract: A driverless transportation system includes an autonomous driving vehicle and a management server. A check code includes: a vehicle code unique to the autonomous driving vehicle; and a passcode whose value changes each time it is generated. In deactivation processing, the autonomous driving vehicle newly generates the passcode, stores the check code including the newly-generated passcode, as a first check code, and transmits the first check code to the management server. The management server stores the first check code as a stored check code. In order to activate the autonomous driving vehicle, the management server transmits an activation instruction and the stored check code to the autonomous driving vehicle. In response to that, the autonomous driving vehicle reads the check code from its memory device, as a second check code, and determines whether or not the second check code and the stored check code match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunao Yoshizaki, Koji Taguchi, Masaki Wasekura, Nobuhide Kamata