Patents by Inventor Brian R. Hilnbrand

Brian R. Hilnbrand 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).

  • Publication number: 20210072032
    Abstract: A system for gathering perception-data includes a transceiver and a controller-circuit. The transceiver is for installation on a host-vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive perception-data from a perception-sensor installed on an assisting-vehicle proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20210041247
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10895459
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10890920
    Abstract: A map-data collection system for mapping an area includes a first sensor, a receiver, and a controller-circuit. The first-sensor is for installation on a first-vehicle. The first-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of an area from a first-perspective. The receiver is for installation on the first-vehicle. The receiver is configured to receive perception-data gathered by a second-sensor mounted on a second-vehicle proximate to the first-vehicle. The second-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of the area from a second-perspective different from the first-perspective. The controller-circuit is in communication with the first-sensor and the receiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine composite-data in accordance with the perception-data from the first-sensor on the first-vehicle and the perception-data from the second-sensor on the second-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10866103
    Abstract: A system for gathering perception-data includes a transceiver and a controller-circuit. The transceiver is for installation on a host-vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive perception-data from a perception-sensor installed on an assisting-vehicle proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the transceiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine a preferred-perspective for gathering perception-data by the perception-sensor of the assisting-vehicle, and operate the transceiver to transmit a path-request to the assisting-vehicle that changes a planned-path of the assisting-vehicle to move the perception-sensor of the assisting-vehicle to the preferred-perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10818171
    Abstract: A virtual-barrier system that defines a keep-out-zone for vehicles to avoid includes a transmitter, a location-detector, and a controller. The transmitter is configured to broadcast information regarding a keep-out-zone. The location-detector is configured to indicate a location of the transmitter. The controller is in communication with the transmitter and the location-detector. The controller is configured to determine boundaries of the keep-out-zone in accordance with the location, and operate the transmitter to broadcast coordinates of the boundaries of the keep-out-zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10642267
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated vehicle includes providing a detector and a controller-circuit. The detector is configured to detect construction-objects. The controller-circuit is configured to, in accordance with a detection of a construction-object by the detector, determine that a host-vehicle is proximate to a construction-zone. The controller-circuit and the method is also configured to, in accordance with a determination that the host-vehicle is proximate the construction-zone, change control of the host-vehicle from an automated-mode characterized by the controller-circuit steering the host-vehicle to a manual-mode characterized by an occupant of the host-vehicle steering the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10551849
    Abstract: A simulated-attribute guidance system for an automated vehicle includes a location-device, a digital-map, and a controller. The location-device indicates a location of a host-vehicle. The digital-map indicates a position of a simulated-attribute proximate to the location of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the location-device and the digital-map. The controller is configured to operate the host-vehicle in accordance with the simulated-attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10525903
    Abstract: A traffic-light-detection system that visually determines a light-state of a traffic-light proximate to an automated vehicle includes a camera, a controller, and optionally a radar. The camera and the radar are on a host-vehicle. The camera renders a series-of-images of a traffic-light proximate to a host-vehicle. The radar detects radar-returns from the traffic-light. The controller is configured to determine a motion-pattern of the traffic-light based on the series-of-images and/or the radar-returns, and select a preferred-image from the series-of-images based on the motion-pattern. The preferred-image shows a light-source of the traffic-light characterized as being most directed at the camera when the motion-pattern indicates that the traffic-light is moving. The controller is further configured to determine a light-state of the traffic-light based on the preferred-image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Ronald J. Szabo
  • Publication number: 20190329774
    Abstract: A control system for an automated vehicle includes a receiver, an alert-device, and a controller-circuit. The receiver is configured to receive a report of a takeover-event broadcast by another-vehicle at a location, said takeover-event characterized by an other-operator of the other-vehicle engaging a manual-mode of operation of the other-vehicle at the location while the other-vehicle was being operated in an automated-mode. The alert-device is operable to notify a host-operator of a host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the receiver and the alert-device. The controller-circuit is configured to, in response to a determination that the host-vehicle is approaching the location, operate the alert-device to notify the host-operator of the host-vehicle about the takeover-event by the other-operator of the other-vehicle at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal, Nandita Mangal
  • Publication number: 20190287262
    Abstract: A system includes a camera and a controller-circuit. The camera renders a present-image of a host-vehicle loaded with cargo. The present-image depicts the host-vehicle and the cargo carried by the host-vehicle. The cargo protrudes beyond a base-outline of the host-vehicle without cargo. The controller-circuit is in communication with the camera. The controller-circuit is configured to determine, in accordance with the present-image, a size of the host-vehicle and the cargo combined. The size is indicative of at least one of a length of the host-vehicle and the cargo combined, a height of the host-vehicle and the cargo combined, and a width of the host-vehicle and the cargo combined. The controller-circuit is also configured to operate the host-vehicle in accordance with the size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal, Nandita Mangal
  • Publication number: 20190249999
    Abstract: A system for gathering perception-data includes a transceiver and a controller-circuit. The transceiver is for installation on a host-vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive perception-data from a perception-sensor installed on an assisting-vehicle proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20190250632
    Abstract: A map-data collection system for mapping an area includes a first sensor, a receiver, and a controller-circuit. The first-sensor is for installation on a first-vehicle. The first-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of an area from a first-perspective. The receiver is for installation on the first-vehicle. The receiver is configured to receive perception-data gathered by a second-sensor mounted on a second-vehicle proximate to the first-vehicle. The second-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of the area from a second-perspective different from the first-perspective. The controller-circuit is in communication with the first-sensor and the receiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine composite-data in accordance with the perception-data from the first-sensor on the first-vehicle and the perception-data from the second-sensor on the second-vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20190236949
    Abstract: A traffic control system includes a detector and a controller-circuit. The detector is configured to detect a traffic-situation characterized as inhibiting traffic-flow. The controller-circuit is configured to communicate with the detector and a traffic-device. The traffic-device is operable to indicate a lane-designation of a travel-lane. The controller-circuit is configured to send a request to the traffic-device indicative of a desired-designation of the travel-lane in accordance with a determination by the controller-circuit that the traffic-situation has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20190196466
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated vehicle includes providing a detector and a controller-circuit. The detector is configured to detect construction-objects. The controller-circuit is configured to, in accordance with a detection of a construction-object by the detector, determine that a host-vehicle is proximate to a construction-zone. The controller-circuit and the method is also configured to, in accordance with a determination that the host-vehicle is proximate the construction-zone, change control of the host-vehicle from an automated-mode characterized by the controller-circuit steering the host-vehicle to a manual-mode characterized by an occupant of the host-vehicle steering the host-vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20190197891
    Abstract: A virtual-barrier system that defines a keep-out-zone for vehicles to avoid includes a transmitter, a location-detector, and a controller. The transmitter is configured to broadcast information regarding a keep-out-zone. The location-detector is configured to indicate a location of the transmitter. The controller is in communication with the transmitter and the location-detector. The controller is configured to determine boundaries of the keep-out-zone in accordance with the location, and operate the transmitter to broadcast coordinates of the boundaries of the keep-out-zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Divya AGARWAL, Brian R. HILNBRAND, Michael H. LAUR
  • Publication number: 20190178650
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10317220
    Abstract: A navigation system for an automated vehicle includes an object-detector, a first-map, a second-map, and a controller. The object-detector indicates relative-positions of a plurality of objects proximate to the host-vehicle. The first-map indicates a first-object and a second-object detected by the object-detector. The second-map is different from the first-map. The second-map indicates the first-object and the second-object. The controller is in communication with the object-detector, the first-map, and the second-map. The controller is configured to determine a first-coordinate of the host-vehicle on the first-map based on the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object, determine a second-coordinate of the host-vehicle on the second-map based on the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object, and align the first-map and the second-map based on the first-coordinate, the second-coordinate, and the relative-positions of the first-object and the second-object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Divya Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20190162820
    Abstract: A calibration system and method for calibrating a sensor installed on a vehicle includes a target proximate to a travel-path of a vehicle, a digital-map, the digital-map configured to indicate a coordinate of the target, a sensor mounted on the vehicle, said sensor configured to detect the target, and a controller in communication with the digital-map and the sensor. The controller or the method is configured to, in accordance with a determination that the target is detected by the sensor, perform a calibration of the sensor. By using targets documented on a digital-map to perform calibration, the vehicle does not need to be taken to a specialized facility in order to be calibrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10289115
    Abstract: A map-localization system for navigating an automated vehicle includes a path-detector, a digital-map, and a controller. The path-detector is used to detect observed-geometries of a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle. The digital-map indicates mapped-geometries of roadways available for travel by the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the path-detector and the digital-map. The controller is configured to determine a location of the host-vehicle on the digital-map based on a comparison of the observed-geometries to the mapped-geometries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Paul Robert