Patents Examined by Yazan A Soofi
  • Patent number: 11455896
    Abstract: A base module may be used to receive and house one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) via one or more cavities. The base module receives commands from a manager device and identifies a flight plan that allows a UAV to execute the received commands. The base module transfers the flight plan to the UAV and frees the UAV. Once the UAV returns, the base module once again receives it. The base module then receives sensor data from the UAV from one or more sensors onboard the UAV, and optionally receives additional information describing its flight and identifying success or failure of the flight plan. The base module transmits the sensor data and optionally the additional information to a storage medium locally or remotely accessible by the manager device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Jerry Speasl, Mike Patterson, Marc Roberts
  • Patent number: 11454971
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes: storing, in a data storage device, a decision model, wherein the decision model predicts when to automatically perform a motivational lane change; updating, by a processor, the decision model based on data obtained in response to user input; and automatically requesting, by the processor, a lane change based on the dynamically updated model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Ariel Telpaz, Gila Kamhi, Claudia V. Goldman-Shenhar
  • Patent number: 11453297
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for regenerating and distributing energy, such as employed on a vessel or floating offshore installation, the system including a first power distribution system, a second power distribution system electrically isolated from the first power distribution system, and a flywheel mechanically connected to both the first and second power distribution systems. Each of the first and second power distribution systems may include a motor/generator mechanically connected to the flywheel and a drive module electrically connected to its respective motor/generator. The flywheel drive modules may be connected to a common flywheel control module that includes a control algorithm for operating the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventors: Yngvar Borøy, Oddbjørn Øye, Geir Odd Bergstøl, Stig Vidar Johansen Trydal
  • Patent number: 11440559
    Abstract: The machine learning device includes a predicting part configured to use a machine learning model to predict predetermined information, an updating part configured to update the machine learning model, and a part information acquiring part configured to detect replacement of a vehicle part and acquire identification information of the vehicle part after replacement. The updating part is configured to receive a new machine learning model trained using training data sets corresponding to the vehicle part after replacement from a server and apply the new machine learning model to the vehicle, if a vehicle part relating to input data of the machine learning model is replaced with a vehicle part of a different configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Daiki Yokoyama, Yohei Hareyama
  • Patent number: 11433771
    Abstract: An electric travelling vehicle including: a motor controller configured to control an electric motor based on displacement of a steering operation part to a forward travel position, a neutral position, and a rearward travel position, a brake controller configured to bring an electromagnetic power-off brake into a released state or a braking state; and a travel state detector configured to detect a travelling state that is accompanied with the released state, a stopped state that is accompanied with the braking state, and a transit stopped state that is accompanied with the braking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Matsuda, Hirokazu Ito, Yasuhiro Manji
  • Patent number: 11427170
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle brake system equipped with an electric brake and which has high reliability and enables redundancy at low cost. This vehicle brake system 1 is equipped with a mutually connected master controller 30 and first and second sub-controllers 40, 41, and an output cut-off control unit 200. Each of the controllers includes: a braking force calculation section for calculating the braking force of the electric brake; a self-determination section for determining whether or not the controller itself is normal; and an other-determination section for comparing the braking force calculation results of the controllers to determine whether the other two are normal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Hiromasa Satoh, Toshihiro Obika, Yusuke Koga
  • Patent number: 11428538
    Abstract: A route may be recommended, and it may be determined if a vehicle detours from the recommended route. At least one recommend route may be obtained. A current route of a vehicle may be obtained. A variance value may be determined based on the current route and the at least one recommend route. The variance value may be compared to a threshold. It may be determined whether the variance value exceeds the threshold. If the variance value exceeds the threshold, it may be determined that the vehicle has detoured. If the variance value does not exceed the threshold, it may be determined that the vehicle has not detoured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing DiDi Infinity Technology and Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zihan Yi, Dong Li, Jing Chen
  • Patent number: 11427193
    Abstract: An automated vehicle assistance system is provided for supervised or unsupervised vehicle movement. The system includes a control system and a first sensor system. The first sensor system may receive first image data of a scene and may output a first disparity map and a first confidence map based on the first image data. The control system may output a video stream based on the first disparity map and the first confidence map. The vehicle assistance system also may include a second sensor system that receives second image data of at least a portion of the scene that outputs a second confidence map based on second image data. The video stream may include super-frames, with each super-frame including a 2D image of the scene, a depth map corresponding to the 2D image, and a certainty map corresponding to the depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: NODAR Inc.
    Inventors: Leaf Alden Jiang, Carsten Louis Boers
  • Patent number: 11429102
    Abstract: A method and device for operating at least two automated vehicles including picking up signals, which are transmitted in each case from the at least two automated vehicles; inputting a map as a function of the signals, determining a common driving strategy for the at least two automated vehicles in a way that optimizes a localization potential of the at least two automated vehicles on the basis of the map and as a function of the signals, and providing the common driving strategy for operating the at least two automated vehicles. A vehicle device for operating an automated vehicle, which includes a transmitter and receiver device, and a control unit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Mielenz, Jan Rohde
  • Patent number: 11422562
    Abstract: A path generation device is configured to generate a path along which a mobile object is to travel. The device comprises a planner module configured to plan a steering angle and a steering angular velocity for the mobile object to travel from a start position to a goal position by generating first and second isosceles triangles connecting the start position and the goal position based on the start position of the mobile object, a start position traveling direction being a traveling direction of the mobile object at the start position, the goal position of the mobile object, and a goal position traveling direction being a traveling direction of the mobile object at the goal position. The device comprises a curved path applying module configured to apply a first curved path along legs of the first isosceles triangle and apply a second curved path along legs of the second isosceles triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Yuuji Tsusaka, Akinobu Fujii, Minoru Tanaka, Shingo Hattori
  • Patent number: 11414100
    Abstract: A travel assistance method generates a first traveling path based on map information around a circumference of a host vehicle, generates a second traveling path based on the surroundings, determines that a switch from the first traveling path to the second traveling path is needed when detecting that the first traveling path being generated is to end ahead of the host vehicle while the host vehicle is traveling on the first traveling path, and controls the host vehicle to make a transition from the first traveling path to the second traveling path when the switch is determined to be needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masafumi Tsuji, Hirotoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11414101
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating damage caused by hail storms to self-driving motor-vehicles. When a self-driving motor vehicle determines or learns that a hail storm or other severe weather event may be approaching, it may seek cover under a protective structure or some other location where it might not be as exposed to the severe weather event. Depending upon the availability of suitable shelters, the self-driving motor vehicle might, for example, obtain a list of such possible shelters and apply certain factors to develop a priority list as to which shelters to seek. The self-driving motor vehicle may then drive itself to the location and remain there at least for the duration of the hail storm or other event. In some cases, the self-driving motor vehicle may evaluate the adequacy of the protective structure or other location, and may decide to seek a better protective structure or location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Cynthia Ann Hinojosa, Andrew Jacob Contreras, Lemont Williamson, Igor Alexandre Gregorio, Stephen Anthony Young, Jonathan Edward Seaton, Chris Aaron Bodden, Shirley Elizabeth Bunton, Shayna Dickson, Ric M. Pena
  • Patent number: 11415992
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing sensor data associated with an environment of the vehicle; identifying agents in the environment based on the sensor data; determining a probability distribution indicative of whether a preliminary trajectory of each of the agents intersects a potential travel space of the vehicle; generating a prioritization of the agents based on the probability distribution; allocating an amount of computing resources of the vehicle for analyzing each of one or more of the agents based on the prioritization and characteristics of the respective one or more agents; and predicting a trajectory of one or more of the agents according to the allocated computing resources. An accuracy of the prediction is proportional to the amount of allocated computing resources. The method also includes determining, based on the analysis of the agents, one or more operations for the vehicle to perform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Woven Planet North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sammy Omari, Ana Sofia Rufino Ferreira
  • Patent number: 11417217
    Abstract: A system, method, infrastructure, and vehicle for performing automated valet parking enable an unmanned vehicle to autonomously move to and park at an empty parking space by communicating with a parking infrastructure. The system, method, infrastructure, and vehicle enable an unmanned vehicle to autonomously move from a parking space to a pickup zone by communicating with a parking infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Dae Gil Cho
  • Patent number: 11417227
    Abstract: A method of generating an aircraft display includes receiving data at a device. The data includes information associated with a first aircraft and one or more other aircraft in an airspace associated with the first aircraft. The method includes determining, at the device, estimated flightpaths for the first aircraft and the one or more other aircraft. The method includes generating, at the device, a detect and avoid gauge display based on a current flightpath of the first aircraft and the estimated flightpaths. The method also includes sending, from the device to a display device coupled to the device, the detect and avoid gauge for display. The detect and avoid gauge is configured to display a flightpath indicator to indicate a direction of travel of the first aircraft and is configured to display alert bands related to projected separation violations with respect to the one or more other aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Sarah Anne Mecklem, Brendan Patrick Williams, Darcy Lynn Davidson, John W. Benton, Lennon Richard Cork, Peter Barton Popenoe
  • Patent number: 11407430
    Abstract: In an information processing device, a first acquisition portion acquires a usage end time and a usage end point of an automatic driving vehicle. A second acquisition portion acquires information about a side trip point of the automatic driving vehicle. A derivation portion derives an expected time of arrival of the automatic driving vehicle at the usage end point by way of the side trip point. A permission portion permits a drop-in at the side trip point when the expected time of arrival at the usage end point is before the usage end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Shin Sakurada
  • Patent number: 11409293
    Abstract: A method of operating an autonomous shuttle includes attempting to recognize a guideline based on a route recognition device of the autonomous shuttle, transmitting an additional information request message to first nodes located within a predetermined range from the autonomous shuttle when failing to recognize the guideline, receiving a response message to the additional information request message from the first nodes, and driving along the guideline based on the received response message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Jun Ha, Young Jun Moon
  • Patent number: 11399454
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes a vehicle body to travel, a steering handle to be turned to steer the vehicle body, and a steering switch to steer the vehicle body separately from the steering handle. The steering switch may be a switch to be operated in a pressing manner or in a sliding manner to steer the vehicle body. In addition, the steering switch may be arranged around the steering handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Shunsuke Miyashita, Kenichi Iwami, Hiroki Suga, Yuki Kubota, Toru Tambo, Kunihiko Nishino, Yasuaki Morioka, Kumiko Kobayashi, Misako Kawai, Manabu Togo, Yoshihiko Kuroshita
  • Patent number: 11402216
    Abstract: A system for use in a facility area including reservable spaces and common spaces and comprising a database storing space information, space map data and space scheduling information and including a user interface display screen mounted in a common space, a user location sensor and a processor linked to the databases and programmed to receive sensor signals and determine when a user is located within the sensing zone, the processor further programmed to generate and present a graphical facility area map representation of the facility area on the display screen and, upon detecting a user within the sensing zone, automatically identifying a destination space within the zone that the user likely intends to travel to and presenting an indication of the space on the graphical map indicating the location of the destination space within the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Darrin Sculley
  • Patent number: 11400914
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing an autonomous or remote control drive-by-wire controller with a vehicle's control modules. Vehicle functions including steering, braking, starting, etc. are controllable by wire via a control network. A CAN architecture is used as an interface between the remote/autonomous controller and the vehicle's control modules. A CAN module interface provides communication between a vehicle control system and a supervisory, remote, autonomous, or drive-by-wire controller. The interface permits the supervisory control to control vehicle operation within pre-determined bounds and using control algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Amber P. Malone, David J. Koenig, Kevin P. Blair, Patrick D. Weldon, Cole A. Sytsma