Patents by Inventor Brielle Reiff

Brielle Reiff 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: 10800455
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for detecting a vehicle's turn signal status for collision avoidance during lane-switching maneuvers or otherwise. A method includes detecting, at a first vehicle, a presence of a second vehicle in an adjacent lane. The method includes identifying, in an image of the second vehicle, a sub-portion containing a turn signal indicator of the second vehicle. The method includes processing the sub-portion of the image to determine a state of the turn signal indicator. The method also includes notifying a driver or performing a driving maneuver, at the first vehicle, based on the state of the turn signal indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Patent number: 10665104
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for detecting an animal proximate a vehicle are described. In one implementation, a wearable device carried by an animal is activated when the wearable device is within a predetermined distance of a vehicle. The vehicle receives a signal from the wearable device and determines an approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle. An alert is generated to warn a driver that an animal is near the vehicle. The alert has an intensity level that corresponds to the approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nithika Sivashankar, Scott Vincent Myers, Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier
  • Publication number: 20190370701
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for reserving a vehicle with a desired vehicle characteristic are disclosed herein. A system includes a receiver to receive a request to reserve a vehicle, wherein the request indicates a desired vehicle characteristic. The system includes a controller configured to determine a change to the vehicle that will satisfy the vehicle characteristic, and the system includes an implementation component configured to implement the change to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Lisa SCARIA, Candice XU, Brielle REIFF, Henry Salvatore SAVAGE, Sarah HOUTS, Jinhyong OH, Erick Michael LAVOIE
  • Publication number: 20190362168
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A computer implemented method includes receiving an image of a proximal vehicle in a region near a vehicle. The method includes determining a region of the image that contains a driver of the proximal vehicle, wherein determining the region comprises determining based on a location of one or more windows of the proximal vehicle. The method includes processing image data only in the region of the image that contains the driver of the proximal vehicle to detect a driver's body language.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J. Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 10453256
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus pertaining to generating training data. The method may include executing a simulation process. The simulation process may include traversing one or more virtual sensors over a virtual driving environment defining a plurality of lane markings or virtual objects that are each sensible by the one or more virtual sensors. During the traversing, each of the one or more virtual sensors may be moved with respect to the virtual driving environment as dictated by a vehicle-dynamic model modeling motion of a vehicle driving on a virtual road surface of the virtual driving environment while carrying the one or more virtual sensors. Virtual sensor data characterizing the virtual driving environment may be recorded. The virtual sensor data may correspond to what an actual sensor would produce in a real-world environment that is similar or substantially matching the virtual driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Brielle Reiff, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Patent number: 10423847
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A computer implemented method includes receiving an image of a proximal vehicle in a region near a vehicle. The method includes determining a region of the image that contains a driver of the proximal vehicle, wherein determining the region comprises determining based on a location of one or more windows of the proximal vehicle. The method includes processing image data only in the region of the image that contains the driver of the proximal vehicle to detect a driver's body language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 10410522
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for communicating animal proximity to a vehicle are described. In one implementation, a device implanted in an animal is activated when the device is within a predetermined distance of a vehicle. The vehicle receives a signal from the device and determines an approximate distance between the device and the vehicle. A symbol is flashed to a driver of the vehicle at a frequency that corresponds to the approximate distance between the device and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nithika Sivashankar, Scott Vincent Myers, Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier
  • Publication number: 20190096128
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus pertaining to generating training data. The method may include executing a simulation process. The simulation process may include traversing one or more virtual sensors over a virtual driving environment defining a plurality of lane markings or virtual objects that are each sensible by the one or more virtual sensors. During the traversing, each of the one or more virtual sensors may be moved with respect to the virtual driving environment as dictated by a vehicle-dynamic model modeling motion of a vehicle driving on a virtual road surface of the virtual driving environment while carrying the one or more virtual sensors. Virtual sensor data characterizing the virtual driving environment may be recorded. The virtual sensor data may correspond to what an actual sensor would produce in a real-world environment that is similar or substantially matching the virtual driving environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Brielle Reiff, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Patent number: 10176634
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus pertaining to generating training data. The method may include executing a simulation process. The simulation process may include traversing one or more virtual sensors over a virtual driving environment defining a plurality of lane markings or virtual objects that are each sensible by the one or more virtual sensors. During the traversing, each of the one or more virtual sensors may be moved with respect to the virtual driving environment as dictated by a vehicle-dynamic model modeling motion of a vehicle driving on a virtual road surface of the virtual driving environment while carrying the one or more virtual sensors. Virtual sensor data characterizing the virtual driving environment may be recorded. The virtual sensor data may correspond to what an actual sensor would produce in a real-world environment that is similar or substantially matching the virtual driving environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Brielle Reiff, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Publication number: 20180350240
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for communicating animal proximity to a vehicle are described. In one implementation, a device implanted in an animal is activated when the device is within a predetermined distance of a vehicle. The vehicle receives a signal from the device and determines an approximate distance between the device and the vehicle. A symbol is flashed to a driver of the vehicle at a frequency that corresponds to the approximate distance between the device and the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Nithika Sivashankar, Scott Vincent Myers, Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier
  • Publication number: 20180286243
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for detecting an animal proximate a vehicle are described. In one implementation, a wearable device carried by an animal is activated when the wearable device is within a predetermined distance of a vehicle. The vehicle receives a signal from the wearable device and determines an approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle. An alert is generated to warn a driver that an animal is near the vehicle. The alert has an intensity level that corresponds to the approximate distance between the wearable device and the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Nithika Sivashankar, Scott Vincent Myers, Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier
  • Publication number: 20180239361
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting a driver's intention and future movements of a proximal vehicle, whether an automated vehicle or a human driven vehicle, are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes an intersection component, a camera system, a boundary component, and a prediction component. The intersection component is configured to determine that a parent vehicle is near an intersection. The camera system is configured to capture an image of the proximal vehicle. The boundary component is configured to identify a sub-portion of the image containing a turn signal indicator on the proximal vehicle. The prediction component is configured to predict future movement of the proximal vehicle through the intersection based on a state of the turn signal indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J. Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 10048691
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for distinguishing roadway surface lane markings for a vehicle to follow. Automated driving or driving assist vehicles utilize sensors to help the vehicle navigate on roadways or in parking areas. The sensors can utilize, for example, the painted surface markings to help guide the vehicle on its path. When ambiguity is detected between roadway surface markings, decision making algorithms identify a set of roadway surface markings for a vehicle to abide by. The sensors can also identify the location and trajectory of neighboring vehicles to increase confidence with respect to an identified set of roadway surface markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brielle Reiff, Jinesh J Jain, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Publication number: 20180186369
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives audio signals from one or more microphones and identifies sounds. The controller further identifies an estimated location of the sound origin and the type of sound, i.e. whether the sound is a vehicle and/or the type of vehicle. The controller analyzes map data and attempts to identify a landmark within a tolerance from the estimated location. If a landmark is found corresponding to the estimated location and type of the sound origin, then the certainty is increased that the source of the sound is at that location and is that type of sound source. Collision avoidance is then performed with respect to the location of the sound origin and its type with the certainty as augmented using the map data. Collision avoidance may include automatically actuating brake, steering, and accelerator actuators in order to avoid the location of the sound origin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier, Nithika Sivashankar
  • Patent number: 9983591
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting a driver's intention and future movements of a proximal vehicle, whether an automated vehicle or a human driven vehicle, are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes an intersection component, a camera system, a boundary component, and a prediction component. The intersection component is configured to determine that a parent vehicle is near an intersection. The camera system is configured to capture an image of the proximal vehicle. The boundary component is configured to identify a sub-portion of the image containing a turn signal indicator on the proximal vehicle. The prediction component is configured to predict future movement of the proximal vehicle through the intersection based on a state of the turn signal indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 9937922
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives audio signals from one or more microphones and identifies sounds. The controller further identifies an estimated location of the sound origin and the type of sound, i.e. whether the sound is a vehicle and/or the type of vehicle. The controller analyzes map data and attempts to identify a landmark within a tolerance from the estimated location. If a landmark is found corresponding to the estimated location and type of the sound origin, then the certainty is increased that the source of the sound is at that location and is that type of sound source. Collision avoidance is then performed with respect to the location of the sound origin and its type with the certainty as augmented using the map data. Collision avoidance may include automatically actuating brake, steering, and accelerator actuators in order to avoid the location of the sound origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier, Nithika Sivashankar
  • Patent number: 9881219
    Abstract: A controller for an autonomous vehicle receives an image stream from one or more imaging devices. The controller identifies vehicle images in the image stream. Vehicle images are compared to the color, shape, badging, markings, license plate, and driver of the autonomous vehicle. If the vehicle image is determined to match the autonomous vehicle, then the vehicle image is ignored as a potential obstacle. The location of a reflective surface that generated the vehicle image may be determined and added to a set of potential obstacles. The color and shape of a vehicle in a vehicle image may be evaluated first. Only if the color and shape in the vehicle image match the autonomous vehicle are other factors such as badging, markings, license plate, and driver considered. Vehicle images not matching the autonomous vehicle are included in a set of potential obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brielle Reiff, Madeline Jane Schrier, Nithika Sivashankar
  • Publication number: 20180024560
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for distinguishing roadway surface lane markings for a vehicle to follow. Automated driving or driving assist vehicles utilize sensors to help the vehicle navigate on roadways or in parking areas. The sensors can utilize, for example, the painted surface markings to help guide the vehicle on its path. When ambiguity is detected between roadway surface markings, decision making algorithms identify a set of roadway surface markings for a vehicle to abide by. The sensors can also identify the location and trajectory of neighboring vehicles to increase confidence with respect to an identified set of roadway surface markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Brielle Reiff, Jinesh J. Jain, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Publication number: 20180012093
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A computer implemented method includes receiving an image of a proximal vehicle in a region near a vehicle. The method includes determining a region of the image that contains a driver of the proximal vehicle, wherein determining the region comprises determining based on a location of one or more windows of the proximal vehicle. The method includes processing image data only in the region of the image that contains the driver of the proximal vehicle to detect a driver's body language.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J. Jain, Brielle Reiff
  • Patent number: 9864918
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for predicting driver intent and future movements of a human driven vehicles are disclosed herein. A system for predicting future movements of a vehicle includes a camera system, a boundary component, a body language component, and a prediction component. The camera system is configured to capture an image of a vehicle. The boundary component is configured to identify a sub-portion of the image corresponding to an area where a driver of a vehicle is located. The body language component configured to detect a driver's body language. The prediction component configured to predict future motion of the vehicle based on the driver's body language detected by the body language component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J Jain, Brielle Reiff