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: 20190114912
    Abstract: A business-interaction system for an automated vehicle includes a memory, a communications-device, and a controller. The memory is configured to store interaction-information of a business approached by a host-vehicle. The communications-device is configured to convey a transaction between the business and a director of the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to operate the host-vehicle in accordance with the interaction-information. As such, the director is able to conduct the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Uday S. Pitambare, Divya Agarwal, Indu Vijayan, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nandita Mangal, Rachel Ng
  • Publication number: 20190114920
    Abstract: A safety system for an automated vehicle includes an object-detector and a controller. The object-detector is operable to detect an approaching-vehicle proximate to a host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the object-detector. The controller is configured to operate the host-vehicle to obstruct a travel-path of the approaching-vehicle when unimpeded travel by the approaching-vehicle on the travel-path may result in injury to a pedestrian.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20190113915
    Abstract: A security system that uses an automated vehicle to patrol, for example, a neighborhood includes a host-vehicle, a perception-sensor, and a controller. The host-vehicle is operable to patrol a neighborhood without an occupant in the host-vehicle. The perception-sensor is mounted on the host-vehicle. The perception-sensor is operable to detect a situation in a neighborhood. The controller is in communication with the perception-sensor. The controller is configured to report when the situation is a violation of rules of the neighborhood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Divya Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20190094880
    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: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10223912
    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: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20190063927
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Divya Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10198007
    Abstract: A system for operating an automated vehicle includes a perception-sensor and a controller. The perception-sensor is configured to detect a ridge in a travel-surface traveled by a host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the perception-sensor. The controller is configured to operate the host-vehicle to avoid a trajectory-deflection of the host-vehicle when a tire of the host-vehicle encounters the ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10192433
    Abstract: A traffic control system includes a detector and controller-circuits. The detector is configured to detect a traffic-state characterized as inhibiting traffic-flow. A first-controller-circuit is configured to communicate with the detector and a traffic-signal. The traffic-signal is configured to control traffic-flow through an intersection, wherein the first-controller-circuit sends a request to the traffic-signal to operate to a signal-state that changes the traffic-state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20190001900
    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: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Ronald J. Szabo
  • Publication number: 20180364055
    Abstract: A navigation system for a restricted-use automated-vehicle includes a digital-map, a location-detector, and a controller. The digital-map characterizes roadways on the digital-map with a usage-rating. The usage-rating is indicative of a minimum-value of a vehicle-rating of a vehicle allowed to use each of the roadways. The location-detector indicates a location of a host-vehicle on the digital-map. The controller is in communication with the digital-map and the location-detector. The controller receives a destination of the host-vehicle, and determines a route from the location to the destination that avoids roadways with usage-ratings greater than the vehicle-rating of the host-vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Divya Agarwal
  • Publication number: 20180348762
    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: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Paul Robert
  • Patent number: 10025316
    Abstract: A safe-stop-zone identification system suitable for use on an automated-vehicle includes a digital-map, a transceiver, and a controller. The digital-map indicates a travel-path suitable for travel by a host-vehicle, wherein the digital-map also indicates a safe-stop-zone proximate to the travel-path. The transceiver is operable to broadcast information about the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the digital-map and the transceiver. The controller navigates the host-vehicle into the safe-stop-zone when an emergency-situation occurs, and then operates the transceiver to broadcast that the safe-stop-zone is occupied by the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur, Divya Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9944318
    Abstract: A rear-wheel steering system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes an object-detector, and actuator, and a controller. The object-detector is used to detect an object proximate to a host-vehicle. The actuator is used to adjust a rear-steering-angle of rear-wheels of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the object-detector and the actuator. The controller is configured to determine a location of the object relative to the host-vehicle based on information from the object-detector, and operate the actuator to avoid the object when the host-vehicle moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Ludong Sun
  • Patent number: 9927810
    Abstract: A safe-stop-zone mapping system suitable for use on an automated-vehicle includes a digital-map and a controller. The digital-map indicates a travel-path suitable for travel by a host-vehicle. The digital-map also indicates a safe-stop-zone proximate to the travel-path. The controller is in communication with the digital-map. The controller is configured to navigate the host-vehicle into the safe-stop-zone when an emergency-situation occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Ronald J. Szabo, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20180081358
    Abstract: A safe-stop-zone mapping system suitable for use on an automated-vehicle includes a digital-map and a controller. The digital-map indicates a travel-path suitable for travel by a host-vehicle. The digital-map also indicates a safe-stop-zone proximate to the travel-path. The controller is in communication with the digital-map. The controller is configured to navigate the host-vehicle into the safe-stop-zone when an emergency-situation occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Ronald J. Szabo, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20180072344
    Abstract: A rear-wheel steering system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes an object-detector, and actuator, and a controller. The object-detector is used to detect an object proximate to a host-vehicle. The actuator is used to adjust a rear-steering-angle of rear-wheels of the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the object-detector and the actuator. The controller is configured to determine a location of the object relative to the host-vehicle based on information from the object-detector, and operate the actuator to avoid the object when the host-vehicle moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Ludong Sun
  • Patent number: 9864374
    Abstract: A redundant-controls system suitable for use an automated vehicle includes a primary-control-device, a secondary-control-device, an occupant-detection-device, and a controller. The primary-control-device is installed in a vehicle. The primary-control-device is selectively enabled to allow operation from an operator-seat of the vehicle by an operator of the vehicle to control movement of the vehicle. The secondary-control-device is installed in the vehicle. The secondary-control-device is selectively enabled to allow operation from a passenger-seat of the vehicle by a passenger of the vehicle to control movement of the vehicle. The occupant-detection-device is used to determine an operator-state-of-awareness of the operator and a passenger-state-of-awareness of the passenger. The controller is in communication with the primary-control-device, the secondary-control-device, and the operator-detection-device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nandita Mangal, Nathan A. Pendleton, Jonathan L. Wieskamp, Uday Pitambare
  • Publication number: 20170322552
    Abstract: A redundant-controls system suitable for use an automated vehicle includes a primary-control-device, a secondary-control-device, an occupant-detection-device, and a controller. The primary-control-device is installed in a vehicle. The primary-control-device is selectively enabled to allow operation from an operator-seat of the vehicle by an operator of the vehicle to control movement of the vehicle. The secondary-control-device is installed in the vehicle. The secondary-control-device is selectively enabled to allow operation from a passenger-seat of the vehicle by a passenger of the vehicle to control movement of the vehicle. The occupant-detection-device is used to determine an operator-state-of-awareness of the operator and a passenger-state-of-awareness of the passenger. The controller is in communication with the primary-control-device, the secondary-control-device, and the operator-detection-device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nandita Mangal, Nathan A. Pendleton, Jonathan L. Wieskamp, Uday Pitambare
  • Patent number: 9764741
    Abstract: A skill-scoring system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes an accelerometer and a controller. The accelerometer is used to determine an acceleration-value experienced by an operator of a host-vehicle while the operator operates the host-vehicle in a manual-mode along a travel-path. The controller is in communication with the accelerometer. The controller is configured to determine a skill-score based on a comparison of the acceleration-value to an expected-acceleration that the operator would experience when the host-vehicle is operated in an automated-mode along the travel-path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Wieskamp, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nathan A. Pendleton, Nandita Mangal
  • Publication number: 20170210388
    Abstract: A skill-scoring system suitable for use on an automated vehicle includes an accelerometer and a controller. The accelerometer is used to determine an acceleration-value experienced by an operator of a host-vehicle while the operator operates the host-vehicle in a manual-mode along a travel-path. The controller is in communication with the accelerometer. The controller is configured to determine a skill-score based on a comparison of the acceleration-value to an expected-acceleration that the operator would experience when the host-vehicle is operated in an automated-mode along the travel-path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Wieskamp, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Nathan A. Pendleton, Nandita Mangal