Patents by Inventor Anthony Tao Liang

Anthony Tao Liang has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10464530
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating a user of a vehicle are described. In one embodiment, a user profile is associated with a user of a vehicle. The user profile is used to compare a sample of the voice of the user with a database onboard the vehicle as well as a database stored on a network connected server in communication with the vehicle. A user profile may be associated with a number of vehicles. Users may have a number of levels of permissions associated with a number of different vehicles. A user may be enabled to access a number of vehicle features by providing a voice sample via microphones in and around the vehicle. A voiceprint associated with the user may be improved based upon audio collected by microphones in and around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa E. Falkson, Annie Jui Shan Chang, Anthony Tao Liang
  • Publication number: 20190301886
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to providing an Augmented Reality (AR) navigation display in a vehicle. More specifically, embodiments are directed to rendering AR indications of a navigation route over a camera video stream in perspective. According to one embodiment, visual tracking can be performed on features in the video data and camera pose, i.e., a matrix encapsulating position and orientation, can be determined for each frame of video based on both the visual tracking and navigation sensor data. These separately determined camera poses can then be merged or fused into a single camera pose that is more accurate and more stable and which can then be used in rendering more realistic AR route indicators onto the video of the real-world route captured by the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Vidya Elangovan, Prashant Jain, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Patent number: 10369966
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to employing various methods and devices to access a vehicle and controlling a level of access granted based on the device and methods employed. Controlling access to a vehicle can comprise maintaining a plurality of security profiles, each security profile associated with a different access device or type of access device. When the presence of an access device in proximity to the vehicle or a request to access the vehicle is detected, a security profile associated with the detected access device or the request to access the vehicle can be retrieved and used to determine whether to grant access to the vehicle. In response to determining to grant access to the vehicle, access to the vehicle can be provided according to an access level for the detected access device or the request to access the vehicle identified in the retrieved security profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Higgins, Infantdani Abel Rayan, Joshua T. Butler, Rachad Youssef Gamarra, Anthony Tao Liang, Gautam Muralidhar
  • Patent number: 10286915
    Abstract: An automated system for controlling a vehicle gathers a set of sensor information for a series of driving actions that comprises a driving path of an individual driver. A context is determined that is related to the set of sensor information for the series of driving actions that comprise the driving path of the individual driver. For example, the context may be a weather condition or when the driver merges into traffic. A personalization score is determined for the series of driving actions for the individual driver based on the context. A personalization score is determined for one or more other driving paths and a driving path with the highest personalization score is identified. The driving path with the highest personalization score is then chosen for automated driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Fei Xiao, Christopher F. Pouliot, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Patent number: 10234302
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein can be applied to a vehicle equipped with a sensor suite that can observe information about a location, for example, a traffic light duration. The system can record information, e.g., the traffic light colors, duration of color changes, and location of the traffic lights and can upload this information to the cloud. Then, the system can augment or learn about the location, e.g., learning of traffic patterns, and store the augmented data as database-based information, where available. The learned information can help a requesting vehicle to better estimate an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for common routes taken, provide more accurate ETAs based on historical knowledge, and/or calculate or provide alternative route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Singhal, Nadav Aharony, Anthony Tao Liang, Gautam Muralidhar
  • Publication number: 20190019335
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an augmented reality based user's manual for a vehicle implemented as an application on a mobile device which allows the user to point a mobile phone, tablet or an augmented reality headset at any part of the vehicle interior or exterior and experience augmented annotations, overlays, popups, etc. displayed on images of real parts of the car captured by the user's mobile device. Embodiments provide for estimating the camera pose in six degrees of freedom based on the content of the captured image or video and using a neural network trained on a dense sampling of a three-dimensional model of the car rendered with realistic textures to identify and properly align the augmented reality presentation with the image of the vehicle being captured by the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Vidya Elangovan, Prashant Jain, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Publication number: 20180372504
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein can be applied to a vehicle equipped with a sensor suite that can observe information about a location, for example, a traffic light duration. The system can record information, e.g., the traffic light colors, duration of color changes, and location of the traffic lights and can upload this information to the cloud. Then, the system can augment or learn about the location, e.g., learning of traffic patterns, and store the augmented data as database-based information, where available. The learned information can help a requesting vehicle to better estimate an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for common routes taken, provide more accurate ETAs based on historical knowledge, and/or calculate or provide alternative route information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Abhishek Singhal, Nadav Aharony, Anthony Tao Liang, Gautam Muralidhar
  • Publication number: 20180201226
    Abstract: A method and system for authenticating a user of a vehicle are described. In one embodiment, a user profile is associated with a user of a vehicle. The user profile is used to compare a sample of the voice of the user with a database onboard the vehicle as well as a database stored on a network connected server in communication with the vehicle. A user profile may be associated with a number of vehicles. Users may have a number of levels of permissions associated with a number of different vehicles. A user may be enabled to access a number of vehicle features by providing a voice sample via microphones in and around the vehicle. A voiceprint associated with the user may be improved based upon audio collected by microphones in and around the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Lisa E. Falkson, Annie Jui Shan Chang, Anthony Tao Liang
  • Publication number: 20180201273
    Abstract: An automated system for controlling a vehicle gathers a set of sensor information for a series of driving actions that comprises a driving path of an individual driver. A context is determined that is related to the set of sensor information for the series of driving actions that comprise the driving path of the individual driver. For example, the context may be a weather condition or when the driver merges into traffic. A personalization score is determined for the series of driving actions for the individual driver based on the context. A personalization score is determined for one or more other driving paths and a driving path with the highest personalization score is identified. The driving path with the highest personalization score is then chosen for automated driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Fei Xiao, Christopher F. Pouliot, Anthony Tao Liang, Guan Wang
  • Patent number: 7305702
    Abstract: Set forth is a system and method for administering electronic markets which include encrypted electronic content. The system provides access to a communication network having an electronic server system configured to permit communication among a community of users, where the server system is used to host the electronic markets. A distributed configuration and administration system permits any authorized user of the community of users to have the capability of configuring and administrating electronic markets. A set of access permissions control which users of the community of users have access to electronic markets, and a set of usage permissions control the use of content contained in the electronic markets. A set of management permissions control which users of the community of users can manage the access and usage permissions for markets and content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Bell, Anthony Tao Liang, Mitch Garnaat, Francoise Brun-Cottan
  • Publication number: 20030130952
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the invention, set forth is a system and method for administering electronic markets which include encrypted electronic content. A system provided access to a communication network having an electronic server system configured to permit communication among a community of users, where the server system is used to host the electronic markets. A distributed configuration and administration system permits any authorized user of the community of users to have the capability of configuring and administrating electronic markets. A set of access permissions control which users of the community of users have access to electronic markets, and a set of usage permissions control the use of content contained in the electronic markets. A set of management permissions control which users of the community of users can manage the access and usage permissions for markets and content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: David G. Bell, Anthony Tao Liang, Mitch Garnaat, Francoise Brun-Cottan