Patents by Inventor Brian Smartt

Brian Smartt 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: 20200135033
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing the efficiency of vehicle platooning systems are described. In one aspect, data associated with two or more vehicles is received by a system. The data received by the system may be used by a system to track and analyze fleet locations, activities, and fuel efficiency among other attributes. In some examples, fleets management systems may provide users with granular information regarding hundreds of vehicles and information about their platooning systems. Systems and methods described herein also indicated how fleet management and analysis systems can be used to create safer and more fuel-efficient trips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Applicant: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P Switkes, Brian Smartt, Joyce Tam, Oliver Bayley, Marc Ryan Mazonni, Wayne Wright
  • Publication number: 20200057453
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for automated following behind a lead vehicle. The lead vehicle navigates a path from a starting point to a destination. The lead vehicle and the following vehicle are connected via V2V communication, allowing one or more following vehicles to detect the path taken by the lead vehicle. A computerized control system on the following vehicle (a Follow-the-Leader, or FTL, system) allows the following vehicle to mimic the behavior of the lead vehicle, with the FTL system controlling steering to guide the following vehicle along the path previously navigated by the lead vehicle. In some embodiments, the lead vehicle and following vehicle may both use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) position coordinates. In some embodiments, the following vehicle may also have a system of sensors to maintain a gap between the following and lead vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shad Laws, Joshua Switkes, Art Gavrysh, Marc Tange, Mark Herbert, Colleen Twitty, Dean Hogle, Andrew Tamoney, Eric Monsler, Carlos Rosario, Oliver Bayley, Richard Pallo, Louis Donayre, Laurenz Laubinger, Brian Smartt, Joyce Tam, Brian Silverman, Tabitha Jarvis, Murad Bharwani, Steven Erlein, Austin Schuh, Mark Luckevich
  • Patent number: 8566021
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Publication number: 20130060465
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventor: Brian SMARTT
  • Patent number: 8306777
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level. The system and method may thus be used to identify points of departure from, or points of merging onto, a road described by the map database or a path identified as described herein, but not described by the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Patent number: 8271190
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Dash Navigation Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Publication number: 20110264708
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Publication number: 20110196611
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level. The system and method may thus be used to identify points of departure from, or points of merging onto, a road described by the map database or a path identified as described herein, but not described by the map database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: DASH NAVIGATION INC.
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Patent number: 7957893
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Patent number: 7949491
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level. The system and method may thus be used to identify points of departure from, or points of merging onto, a road described by the map database or a path identified as described herein, but not described by the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Publication number: 20090228212
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level. The system and method may thus be used to identify points of departure from, or points of merging onto, a road described by the map database or a path identified as described herein, but not described by the map database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Patent number: 7516041
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level. The system and method may thus be used to identify points of departure from, or points of merging onto, a road described by the map database or a path identified as described herein, but not described by the map database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Dash Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Publication number: 20070129892
    Abstract: A system and method identifies road features that may not appear on a map database, such as paths not described as roads on the map database, and whether all the roads at a crossing cross at the same grade level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Publication date: June 7, 2007
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Craig Weisenfluh
  • Publication number: 20060229802
    Abstract: A user interface for use in a vehicle navigation and traffic information device. Various adaptable menu commands and intuitive UI elements are provided to ease user navigation of the interface and to minimize driver distraction while providing information in an optimized manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Publication date: October 12, 2006
    Inventors: Laurie Vertelney, Daniel Kohn, Steve Wollenberg, Brian Smartt, Paul Lima, Eric Wels
  • Publication number: 20060184519
    Abstract: A method and system for storing and retrieving spatial data objects from a spatial database is discussed. The system stores multi-dimensional objects within the database by determining their position in a multi-tiered coordinate system. One each object has been assigned to a particular coordinate, the object is further assigned to one of many overlapping sections within the coordinate system. Each object is assigned to a particular section of the coordinate system depending on its overall size and position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Publication date: August 17, 2006
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Publication number: 20060155464
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating, deriving, and enhancing drivable road databases are provided. A baseline road in a road network is defined and position and/or trajectory data collected by vehicles traveling the baseline road are compiled and compared to a representation of the baseline road in an existing database. Identity and/or other property information about the road are assigned form the existing database to the new database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventor: Brian Smartt
  • Publication number: 20050171691
    Abstract: Specified streets or intersections that are within a specified distance of a specified city can be found by a search, even when they are not actually in that city. For computational efficiency, some addresses are included in search results even when they exceed the specified distance from the specified city by a small amount (“false positives”). The search method guarantees that no instance of the street name within the specified distance of the specified city is erroneously missed (“false negatives”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Publication date: August 4, 2005
    Inventors: Brian Smartt, Richard Poppen, Linnea Dunn