Patents by Inventor Scott Vincent Myers

Scott Vincent Myers 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: 10832067
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that includes systems for adjusting the transmittance of one or more windows of the vehicle. The vehicle may include a camera outputting images taken of an occupant within the vehicle. The vehicle may also include an artificial neural network running on computer hardware carried on-board the vehicle. The artificial neural network may be trained to classify the occupant of the vehicle using the images captured by the camera as input. The vehicle may further include a controller controlling transmittance of the one or more windows based on classifications made by the artificial neural network. For example, if the artificial neural network classifies the occupant as squinting or shading his or her eyes with a hand, the controller may reduce the transmittance of a windshield, side window, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandro Walsh, Francois Charette, Lisa Scaria
  • Patent number: 10817736
    Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more laterally mounted microphones and a controller programmed to detect a signature of an unoccupied position adjacent the vehicle in outputs of the microphones. The signature may be identified using a machine learning algorithm. In response to detecting an unoccupied position, the controller may invoke autonomous parking, store the location of the unoccupied position for later use, and/or report the unoccupied position to a server, which then informs other vehicles of the available parking. The unoccupied position may be verified by evaluating whether map data indicates legal parking at that location. The unoccupied position may also be confirmed with one or more other sensors, such as a camera, LIDAR, RADAR, SONAR, or other type of sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Harpreestsingh Banvait, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Jinesh J. Jain, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Patent number: 10762358
    Abstract: A method for determining lane information includes receiving perception data from at least two sensors, the at least two sensors including a rear facing camera of a vehicle. The method includes determining, based on the perception data, a number of lanes on a roadway within a field of view captured by the perception data using a neural network. The method includes providing an indication of the number of lanes to an automated driving system or driving assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandro Walsh
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10635912
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for virtual sensor data generation and more particularly relates to generation of virtual sensor data for training and testing models or algorithms to detect objects or obstacles. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating, using one or more processors, a three-dimensional (3D) environment comprising one or more virtual objects. The method includes generating, using one or more processors, virtual sensor data for a plurality of positions of one or more sensors within the 3D environment. The method includes determining, using one or more processors, virtual ground truth corresponding to each of the plurality of positions, wherein the ground truth comprises a dimension or parameter of the one or more virtual objects. The method includes storing and associating the virtual sensor data and the virtual ground truth using one or more processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20200017218
    Abstract: A UAV includes a fork lift system and a length component. The forklift system includes one or more elongated members extending at least partially in a horizontal direction. The forklift system also includes an extension mechanism configured to selectively retract and extend the one or more elongated members relative to an opposing surface. For example, the elongated members may include the tines of the fork or supporting member of the forklift system. The length component is configured to control the extension mechanism to adjust a distance between the opposing surface and the one or more elongated members to accommodate a payload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Mohamed AHMAD, Scott Vincent MYERS
  • Patent number: 10508485
    Abstract: Methods and systems for opening an access point of a vehicle. A system and a method may involve receiving wirelessly a signal from a remote controller carried by a user. The system and the method may further involve receiving audio or video data indicating the user approaching the vehicle. The system and the method may also involve determining an intention of the user to access an interior of the vehicle based on the audio or video data. The system and the method may also involve opening an access point of the vehicle responsive to the determining of the intention of the user to access the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Publication number: 20190337532
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for using an autonomous vehicle to teach a student how to drive. The method may include generating, by the autonomous vehicle during a training session, a plan for navigating a section of road. During the training session, the autonomous vehicle may receive control instructions from the student regarding how the student would like to navigate the section of road. If the autonomous vehicle determines that implementing the instructions would be safe and legal, it may implement those instructions. However, if the autonomous vehicle determines that implementing the instructions would not be safe and legal, it may execute the plan. During a training session, an autonomous vehicle may provide on a head-up display to the student certain visual feedback regarding a driving performance of the student.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Vincent MYERS, Parsa MAHMOUDIEH, Jinesh J. JAIN, Connie ZENG, Maryam MOOSAEI, Mohamed AHMAD
  • Publication number: 20190329767
    Abstract: Techniques pertaining to vehicle occupancy indication and utilization thereof are described. A method may involve determining occupancy information regarding a number of occupants in a vehicle. The method may also involve indicating the occupancy information in either or both of a human-perceivable way and a machine-perceivable way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Lisa Scaria, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Patent number: 10452072
    Abstract: Techniques and examples pertaining to vehicle water wading safety are described. A processor implementable to a vehicle approaching a waterbody may receive data related to the waterbody from one or more above-water or under-water sensors. The processor may determine a top surface and a bottom profile of the waterbody, and calculate one or more critical trajectories of water-sensitive components of the vehicle if the vehicle is to wade through the waterbody by traversing the bottom profile. The processor may then determine the wading safety based on the critical trajectories and the top surface of the waterbody. The processor may further determine a wading route, and autonomously drive the vehicle to wade the waterbody via the optimal wading route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Joshua Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10444763
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes determining a most probable path for a vehicle. The method includes obtaining attributed predicted path attributes based on a map and obtaining drive history path attributes based on a drive history. The method further includes generating combined path attributes based on the path attributes from the attributed predicted path and the path attributes from the drive history. The method also includes providing the combined path attributes to one or more controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Shane Elwart, David A Herman
  • Patent number: 10427645
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that uses data from different types of on-board sensors to determine whether meteorological precipitation is failing near the vehicle. The vehicle may include an on-board camera capturing image data and an on-board accelerometer capturing accelerometer data. The image data may characterize an area in front of or behind the vehicle. The accelerometer data may characterize vibrations of a windshield of the vehicle. An artificial neural network may run on computer hardware carried on-board the vehicle. The artificial neural network may be trained to classify meteorological precipitation in an environment of the vehicle using the image data and the accelerometer data as inputs. The classifications of the artificial neural network may be used to control one or more functions of the vehicle such as windshield-wiper speed, traction-control settings, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Francois Charette
  • Patent number: 10408937
    Abstract: Example metal bridge detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives LIDAR data from a LIDAR system mounted to a vehicle and receives camera data from a camera system mounted to the vehicle. The method analyzes the received LIDAR data and the camera data to identify a metal bridge proximate the vehicle. If a metal bridge is identified, the method adjusts vehicle operations to improve vehicle control as it drives across the metal bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • 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: 20190266422
    Abstract: A vehicle includes one or more laterally mounted microphones and a controller programmed to detect a signature of an unoccupied position adjacent the vehicle in outputs of the microphones. The signature may be identified using a machine learning algorithm. In response to detecting an unoccupied position, the controller may invoke autonomous parking, store the location of the unoccupied position for later use, and/or report the unoccupied position to a server, which then informs other vehicles of the available parking. The unoccupied position may be verified by evaluating whether map data indicates legal parking at that location. The unoccupied position may also be confirmed with one or more other sensors, such as a camera, LIDAR, RADAR, SONAR, or other type of sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Harpreestsingh Banvait, Ashley Elizabeth MICKS, Jinesh J. JAIN, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20190266715
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to inspect autonomous vehicles. An autonomous vehicle carries a UAV (or “drone”) in a protected area, for example, in a glove compartment, trunk, etc. Between rides, the UAV can be deployed to inspect the autonomous vehicle. Images from the UAV can be sent to other components for image analysis. When an inspection is completed, the UAV can return to the protected area. The UAV can inspect both the interior and exterior of an autonomous vehicle. When an inspection is passed, the autonomous vehicle can begin a new ride. When an inspection is failed, the autonomous vehicle can report for repairs or summon a tow vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Vincent MYERS, Mark CRAWFORD, Harpreetsingh BANVAIT, Alexandru Mihai GURGHIAN, Nikhil NAGRAJ RAO, Alexandro WALSH, Lisa SCARIA
  • Patent number: 10392011
    Abstract: Techniques pertaining to vehicle occupancy indication and utilization thereof are described. A method may involve determining occupancy information regarding a number of occupants in a vehicle. The method may also involve indicating the occupancy information in either or both of a human-perceivable way and a machine-perceivable way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Lisa Scaria, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Patent number: 10394237
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for perceiving roadway conditions from fused sensor data. Aspects of the invention use a combination of different types of cameras mounted to a vehicle to achieve visual perception for autonomous driving of the vehicle. Each camera in the combination of cameras generates sensor data by sensing at least part of the environment around the vehicle. The sensor data form each camera is fused together into a view of the environment around the vehicle. Sensor data from each camera (and, when appropriate, each other type of sensor) is fed into a central sensor perception chip. The central sensor perception chip uses a sensor fusion algorithm to fuse the sensor data into a view of the environment around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Patent number: 10372128
    Abstract: Example sinkhole detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from multiple sensors mounted to a vehicle and analyzes the received data to identify a sinkhole in a roadway ahead of the vehicle. If a sinkhole is identified, the method adjusts vehicle operations and reports the sinkhole to a shared database and/or another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Parsa Mahmoudieh
  • Patent number: 10369994
    Abstract: A method for detecting stubs or intersecting roadways includes receiving perception data from at least two sensors. The at least two sensors include a rear facing camera of a vehicle and another sensor. The perception data includes information for a current roadway on which the vehicle is located. The method includes detecting, based on the perception data, an intersecting roadway connecting with the current roadway. The method also includes storing an indication of a location and a direction of the intersecting roadway with respect to the current roadway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandro Walsh