Patents by Inventor Michael H. Laur

Michael H. Laur 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: 20210078580
    Abstract: An illustrative example embodiment of a system for controlling a vehicle includes at least one sensor configured to detect at least one localization reference and at least one processor configured to determine a location of the vehicle with a first precision based on an indication from the at least one sensor while the vehicle is traveling in a first lane of a roadway. The processor is configured to determine that at least one characteristic of the first precision is below a threshold and, based on the at least one characteristic being below the threshold, maneuver the vehicle to a second lane of the roadway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20210072032
    Abstract: A system for gathering perception-data includes a transceiver and a controller-circuit. The transceiver is for installation on a host-vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive perception-data from a perception-sensor installed on an assisting-vehicle proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the transceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Publication number: 20210041247
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10896514
    Abstract: A system for operating a vehicle includes an object-detector and a controller-circuit. The object-detector is used to track an object traveling on a roadway traveled by a host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the object-detector. The controller-circuit is configured to track a position of the object, and determine a classification of the object in accordance with a signal received from the object-detector. The classification includes a car and a bicycle. The controller-circuit is configured to track the car a first-distance after the car turns off the roadway, track the bicycle a second-distance after the bicycle turns off the roadway, where the second-distance is greater than the first-distance, and operate the host-vehicle in accordance with the position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Nandita Mangal, Divya Balachandran
  • Patent number: 10895459
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system includes a camera and a controller. The camera is configured to render an image of a host-vehicle in a field-of-view of the camera. The camera located remote from the host-vehicle. The controller is installed on the host-vehicle. The controller is configured to receive the image and determine a vehicle-coordinate of the host-vehicle in accordance with a position of the host-vehicle in the image. The camera may be configured to superimpose gridlines on the image, and the controller may be configured to determine the position in accordance with the gridlines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Keerthi Raj Nagaraja, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10890920
    Abstract: A map-data collection system for mapping an area includes a first sensor, a receiver, and a controller-circuit. The first-sensor is for installation on a first-vehicle. The first-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of an area from a first-perspective. The receiver is for installation on the first-vehicle. The receiver is configured to receive perception-data gathered by a second-sensor mounted on a second-vehicle proximate to the first-vehicle. The second-sensor is configured to gather perception-data of the area from a second-perspective different from the first-perspective. The controller-circuit is in communication with the first-sensor and the receiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine composite-data in accordance with the perception-data from the first-sensor on the first-vehicle and the perception-data from the second-sensor on the second-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10884418
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a receiver and a controller-circuit. The receiver is configured to receive a report of a control-event at a location. The control-event is characterized as an other-vehicle changing operation from an automated-mode of operation. The controller-circuit is in communication with the receiver. The controller-circuit is configured to, in response to receiving the report of the control-event at the location, plan a route for a host-vehicle in accordance with the location of the control-event, and operate the host-vehicle in accordance with the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10866103
    Abstract: A system for gathering perception-data includes a transceiver and a controller-circuit. The transceiver is for installation on a host-vehicle. The transceiver is configured to receive perception-data from a perception-sensor installed on an assisting-vehicle proximate to the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the transceiver. The controller-circuit is configured to determine a preferred-perspective for gathering perception-data by the perception-sensor of the assisting-vehicle, and operate the transceiver to transmit a path-request to the assisting-vehicle that changes a planned-path of the assisting-vehicle to move the perception-sensor of the assisting-vehicle to the preferred-perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand
  • Patent number: 10843700
    Abstract: A system for operating a vehicle includes a perception sensor, vehicle controls, a controller circuit, and a leveling actuator. The perception sensor is operable to determine a slope of an area within an operable range of a vehicle. The vehicle controls are operable to control movement of the vehicle. The controller circuit is in communication with the perception sensor, the vehicle controls, and the leveling actuator. The controller circuit is configured to determine, using the perception sensor, a first slope of a first site within the area to stop the vehicle, and compare the first slope to a slope threshold. In response to a determination that the first slope is steeper than the slope threshold, the controller circuit is configured to access a digital map that indicates a plurality of slopes coinciding with a plurality of locations at least comprising a second site characterized by a second slope that is not steeper than the slope threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Michael H. Laur, Nandita Mangal, Colton Gorman Stearns, Nilesh Gupta
  • Patent number: 10818171
    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: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Brian R. Hilnbrand, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10783732
    Abstract: A system for an automated vehicle includes an exterior-camera, a database, and a controller. The exterior-camera is used to detect an identification-feature of a person proximate to a host-vehicle. The database includes a customer-profile of the person. The controller-circuit is in communication with the exterior-camera and the database. The controller-circuit is configured to determine an identity of the person in accordance with the identification-feature, recall from the database the customer-profile of the person based on the identity, and operate the host-vehicle to either select or reject the person as a passenger in accordance with the customer-profile of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20200284607
    Abstract: A method of operating as object indicator module includes capturing at least one image, said captured image covers at least a portion of an environment of a subject, determining a location of an object relative to the environment of the subject, in response to determining the location of the object, determining modifications of the at least one captured image to generate a modified image that indicates the location of the object relative to the environment, and causing the modified image to be presented on at least one display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20200273345
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to techniques for identifying a plurality of pedestrians traveling on a path; determining a count of the plurality of pedestrians traveling on the path; comparing the count to a count threshold value; and in response to the count exceeding the count threshold value, identify a crowd condition; and in response to identifying the crowd condition, causing a vehicle to go to the path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10726716
    Abstract: A system for operating an automated vehicle includes an output-device, a perception-device and a controller-circuit. The output-device is configured to convey a message from a host-vehicle to a person. The perception-device is configured to detect a reaction to the message by the person. The controller-circuit is in communication with the output-device and the perception-device. The controller-circuit is configured to operate the output-device in accordance with a first-interaction-mode to convey the message, determine that the reaction corresponds to hesitation by the person, and in response to hesitation by the person, operate the output-device in accordance with a second-interaction-mode to convey the message in accordance with a second-interaction-mode, said second-interaction-mode characterized as different from the first-interaction-mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10720002
    Abstract: A system for an automated vehicle includes an exterior-camera, a database, and a controller. The exterior-camera is used to detect an identification-feature of a person proximate to a host-vehicle. The database includes a customer-profile of the person. The controller-circuit is in communication with the exterior-camera and the database. The controller-circuit is configured to determine an identity of the person in accordance with the identification-feature, recall from the database the customer-profile of the person based on the identity, and operate the host-vehicle to either select or reject the person as a passenger in accordance with the customer-profile of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20200226889
    Abstract: A system for an automated-taxi includes a display and a controller. The display is viewable by one or more of a plurality of clients of an automated-taxi. The controller-circuit is in communication with the display. The controller is configured to determine a seating-arrangement of the plurality of clients transported by the automated-taxi. The seating-arrangement is determined in accordance with destinations of the plurality of clients. The controller is also configured to operate the display to show the seating-arrangement to one or more of the plurality of clients. A method of operating an automated-taxi includes receiving destinations of a plurality of clients to transported by an automated-taxi; determining a seating-arrangement of the plurality of clients in accordance with the destinations; and operating a display viewable by one or more of a plurality of clients of an automated-taxi to show the seating-arrangement to one or more of the plurality of clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Publication number: 20200184748
    Abstract: A system for an automated vehicle includes an exterior-camera, a database, and a controller. The exterior-camera is used to detect an identification-feature of a person proximate to a host-vehicle. The database includes a customer-profile of the person. The controller-circuit is in communication with the exterior-camera and the database. The controller-circuit is configured to determine an identity of the person in accordance with the identification-feature, recall from the database the customer-profile of the person based on the identity, and operate the host-vehicle to either select or reject the person as a passenger in accordance with the customer-profile of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10676103
    Abstract: A system for operating an automated vehicle includes a perception-sensor, a display, and a controller-circuit. The perception-sensor is used to determine a rendering of an area proximate to a host-vehicle. The display is operable to convey to an operator of the host-vehicle a position of an object present in the area in accordance with the rendering. The controller-circuit is in communication with the perception-sensor and the display. The controller-circuit is configured to operate the host-vehicle in an autonomous-mode, and operate the display to convey to the operator a history of the position of the object in accordance with the rendering. The history is conveyed in response to initiating a transition of operation of the host-vehicle from the autonomous-mode to a manual-mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10656647
    Abstract: A system for operating a vehicle includes an object-detector, and operator-monitor, and a controller. The object-detector is used to detect one or more targets proximate to a host-vehicle, said host-vehicle operable in an autonomous-mode and a manual-mode. The operator-monitor is used to detect a gaze-direction of an operator of the host-vehicle. The controller-circuit is in communication with the object-detector and the operator-monitor. The controller-circuit is configured to determine a classification of each target detected by the object-detector. The classification includes a primary-target and an ignored-target. The controller-circuit is further configured to determine that a hand-over of operation of the host-vehicle from the autonomous-mode to the manual-mode is recommended, perform a verification that the operator has gazed at each primary-target more recently than a primary-time, and in response to the verification, execute the hand-over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10642267
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an automated vehicle includes providing a detector and a controller-circuit. The detector is configured to detect construction-objects. The controller-circuit is configured to, in accordance with a detection of a construction-object by the detector, determine that a host-vehicle is proximate to a construction-zone. The controller-circuit and the method is also configured to, in accordance with a determination that the host-vehicle is proximate the construction-zone, change control of the host-vehicle from an automated-mode characterized by the controller-circuit steering the host-vehicle to a manual-mode characterized by an occupant of the host-vehicle steering the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Divya Agarwal, Michael H. Laur, Brian R. Hilnbrand