Patents by Inventor Douglas Haanpaa

Douglas Haanpaa 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
  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10861219
    Abstract: A system for performing object identification combines pose determination, EO/IR sensor data, and novel computer graphics rendering techniques. A first module extracts the orientation and distance of a target in a truth chip given that the target type is known. A second is a module identifies the vehicle within a truth chip given the known distance and elevation angle from camera to target. Image matching is based on synthetic image and truth chip image comparison, where the synthetic image is rotated and moved through a 3-Dimensional space. To limit the search space, it is assumed that the object is positioned on relatively flat ground and that the camera roll angle stays near zero. This leaves three dimensions of motion (distance, heading, and pitch angle) to define the space in which the synthetic target is moved. A graphical user interface (GUI) front end allows the user to manually adjust the orientation of the target within the synthetic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach, Charles J. Jacobus
  • Publication number: 20200057452
    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: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: Cybernet Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe
  • Patent number: 10459453
    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: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe
  • Publication number: 20190137284
    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: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Glenn J. Beach, Douglas Haanpaa
  • Publication number: 20190088148
    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 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa, Eugene Foulk, Pritpaul Mahal, Steve Rowe, Charles J. Cohen, Glenn J. Beach
  • Publication number: 20180253099
    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: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa
  • Patent number: 9989967
    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: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventors: Charles J. Jacobus, Douglas Haanpaa
  • Publication number: 20180129220
    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: November 8, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Glenn Beach, Douglas Haanpaa, Charles J. Jacobus, Steven Rowe