Patents by Inventor Charles J. Jacobus

Charles J. Jacobus 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: 20220326717
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles are capable of executing missions that abide by on-street rules or regulations, while also being able to seamlessly transition to and from “zones,” including off-street zones, with their our set(s) of rules or regulations. An on-board memory stores roadgraph information. An on-board computer is operative to execute commanded driving missions using the roadgraph information, including missions with one or more zones, each zone being defined by a sub-roadgraph with its own set of zone-specific driving rules and parameters. A mission may be coordinated with one or more payload operations, including zone with “free drive paths” as in a warehouse facility with loading and unloading zones to pick up payloads and place them down, or zone staging or entry points to one or more points of payload acquisition or placement. The vehicle may be a warehousing vehicle such as a forklift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe
  • Patent number: 11372425
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicles are capable of executing missions that abide by on-street rules or regulations, while also being able to seamlessly transition to and from “zones,” including off-street zones, with their our set(s) of rules or regulations. An on-board memory stores roadgraph information. An on-board computer is operative to execute commanded driving missions using the roadgraph information, including missions with one or more zones, each zone being defined by a sub-roadgraph with its own set of zone-specific driving rules and parameters. A mission may be coordinated with one or more payload operations, including zone with “free drive paths” as in a warehouse facility with loading and unloading zones to pick up payloads and place them down, or zone staging or entry points to one or more points of payload acquisition or placement. The vehicle may be a warehousing vehicle such as a forklift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe
  • Patent number: 11367043
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe
  • Publication number: 20210326800
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210278184
    Abstract: A fully automated, integrated, end-to-end synchronized and compact manufacturing system produces polymer or metal case ammunition. Manufacturing stations support case assembly, sealing (gluing/welding), final product inspection, cartridge packaging or binning, and loading. Station modularity facilitates rapid changeover to accommodate ammunition of differing calibers. Sensors and apparatus may be provided to place a manufacturing cell in a wait state until all components or materials are received in a preferred orientation for proper assembly. The system may join and use multipart cases, each including a lower portion with a head end attached thereto and at least one upper portion having a necked-down transition to the open top end. Elevator feeders, vibratory bowl feeders, and robotic pick-and-place feeders may be used to deliver components for assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2020
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn J. Beach, James Burkowski, Amanda Christiana, Trevor Davey, Charles J. Jacobus, Joseph Long, Gary Moody, Gary Siebert
  • Publication number: 20210248915
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Patent number: 11073835
    Abstract: Autonomously driven vehicles operate in rain, snow and other adverse weather conditions. An on-board vehicle sensor has a beam with a diameter that is only intermittently blocked by rain, snow, dust or other obscurant particles. This allows an obstacle detection processor is to tell the difference between obstacles, terrain variations and obscurant particles, thereby enabling the vehicle driving control unit to disregard the presence of obscurant particles along the route taken by the vehicle. The sensor may form part of a LADAR or RADAR system or a video camera. The obstacle detection processor may receive time-spaced frames divided into cells or pixels, whereby groups of connected cells or pixels and/or cells or pixels that persist over longer periods of time are interpreted to be obstacles or terrain variations. The system may further including an input for receiving weather-specific configuration parameters to adjust the operation of the obstacle detection processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa
  • Publication number: 20210208587
    Abstract: Autonomously driven vehicles operate in rain, snow and other adverse weather conditions. An on-board vehicle sensor has a beam with a diameter that is only intermittently blocked by rain, snow, dustor other obscurant particles. This allows an obstacle detection processor is to tell the difference between obstacles, terrain variations and obscurant particles, thereby enabling the vehicle driving control unit to disregard the presence of obscurant particles along the route taken by the vehicle. The sensor may form part of a LADAR or RADAR system or a video camera. The obstacle detection processor may receive time-spaced frames divided into cells or pixels, whereby groups of connected cells or pixels and/or cells or pixels that persist over longer periods of time are interpreted to be obstacles or terrain variations. The system may further including an input for receiving weather-specific configuration parameters to adjust the operation of the obstacle detection processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210110726
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Publication number: 20210104165
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Publication number: 20210095972
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system for generating precise, lane-level road map data includes a GPS receiver operative to acquire positional information associated with a track along a road path. An inertial sensor provides time local measurement of acceleration and turn rate along the track, and a camera acquires image data of the road path along the track. A processor is operative to receive the local measurement from the inertial sensor and image data from the camera over time in conjunction with multiple tracks along the road path, and improve the accuracy of the GPS receiver through curve fitting. One or all of the GPS receiver, inertial sensor and camera are disposed in a smartphone. The road map data may be uploaded to a central data repository for post processing when the vehicle passes through a WiFi cloud to generate the precise road map data, which may include data collected from multiple drivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2020
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210082296
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Publication number: 20210082297
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Publication number: 20210056499
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210049543
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210035056
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210035057
    Abstract: Automated inventory management and material (or container) handling removes the requirement to operate fully automatically or all-manual using conventional task dedicated vertical storage and retrieval (S&R) machines. Inventory requests Automated vehicles plan their own movements to execute missions over a container yard, warehouse aisles or roadways, sharing this space with manually driven trucks. Automated units drive to planned speed limits, manage their loads (stability control), stop, go, and merge at intersections according human driving rules, use on-board sensors to identify static and dynamic obstacles, and human traffic, and either avoid them or stop until potential collision risk is removed. They identify, localize, and either pick-up loads (pallets, container, etc.) or drop them at the correctly demined locations. Systems without full automation can also implement partially automated operations (for instance load pick-up and drop), and can assure inherently safe manually operated vehicles (i.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen
  • Patent number: 10907943
    Abstract: A fully automated, integrated, end-to-end synchronized and compact manufacturing system produces polymer or metal case ammunition. Manufacturing stations support case assembly, sealing (gluing/welding), final product inspection, cartridge packaging or binning, and loading. Station modularity facilitates rapid changeover to accommodate ammunition of differing calibers. Sensors and apparatus may be provided to place a manufacturing cell in a wait state until all components or materials are received in a preferred orientation for proper assembly. The system may join and use multipart cases, each including a lower portion with a head end attached thereto and at least one upper portion having a necked-down transition to the open top end. Elevator feeders, vibratory bowl feeders, and robotic pick-and-place feeders may be used to deliver components for assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn J. Beach, James Burkowski, Amanda Christiana, Trevor Davey, Charles J. Jacobus, Joseph Long, Gary Moody, Gary Siebert
  • Patent number: 10909866
    Abstract: Autonomous and manually operated vehicles are integrated into a cohesive, interactive environment, with communications to each other and to their surroundings, to improve traffic flow while reducing accidents and other incidents. All vehicles send/receive messages to/from each other, and from infrastructure devices, enabling the vehicles to determine their status, traffic conditions and infrastructure. The vehicles store and operate in accordance with a common set of rules based upon the messages received and other inputs from sensors, databases, and so forth, to avoid obstacles and collisions based upon current and, in some cases, future or predicted behavior. Shared vehicle control interfaces enable the AVs to conform to driving activities that are legal, safe, and allowable on roadways. Such activities enable each AV to drive within safety margins, speed limits, on allowed or legal driving lanes and through allowed turns, intersections, mergers, lane changes, stops/starts, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Patent number: 10895460
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system for generating precise, lane-level road map data includes a GPS receiver operative to acquire positional information associated with a track along a road path. An inertial sensor provides time local measurement of acceleration and turn rate along the track, and a camera acquires image data of the road path along the track. A processor is operative to receive the local measurement from the inertial sensor and image data from the camera over time in conjunction with multiple tracks along the road path, and improve the accuracy of the GPS receiver through curve fitting. One or all of the GPS receiver, inertial sensor and camera are disposed in a smartphone. The road map data may be uploaded to a central data repository for post processing when the vehicle passes through a WiFi cloud to generate the precise road map data, which may include data collected from multiple drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Douglas Haanpaa