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).

  • Publication number: 20180341273
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for autonomous driving vehicles or driving assistance systems and more particularly relates to vehicle radar perception and location. The vehicle driving system disclosed may include a storage media, a radar system, a location component and a driver controller. The storage media stores a map of roadways. The radar system is configured to generate perception information from a region near the vehicle. The location component is configured to determine a location of the vehicle on the map based on the radar perception information and other navigation related data. The drive controller is configured to control driving of the vehicle based on the map and the determined location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20180341265
    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: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Joshua Scott Smith
  • Patent number: 10139827
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting physical threats approaching a vehicle. External sensors on a vehicle capture the environment around the vehicle. Approaching targets detected by the external sensors can be fed into a neural network to recognize and/or classify approaching targets as potential threats. Tracking mechanisms (e.g., Kalman filters, Particle filters, etc.) can leverage temporal information to determine if a threat is approaching a vehicle. When an approaching threat is detected, a vehicle can activate one or more counter measures to deter the threat. When a vehicle includes autonomous driving capabilities, counter measures can include automatically attempting to drive away from an approaching threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Francois Charette, Scott Vincent Myers, Lisa Scaria, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Patent number: 10095229
    Abstract: Example passenger validation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives, at a vehicle, a transport request indicating a passenger and a pick-up location. The vehicle drives to the pick-up location and authenticates the passenger at the pick-up location. If the passenger is successfully authenticated, the method unlocks the vehicle doors to allow access to the vehicle, determines a number of people entering the vehicle, and confirms that the number of people entering the vehicle matches a number of passengers associated with the transport request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Praveen Narayanan, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Mark Crawford, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, David Silver
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10086830
    Abstract: Example accident attenuation systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method determines a speed of a second vehicle approaching from behind a first vehicle and determines a distance between the first and second vehicles. The method also determines whether the second vehicle can stop before colliding with the first vehicle. If the second vehicle cannot stop before colliding with the first vehicle, the method takes action to attenuate the potential collision by applying full brake force, tightening seat belts, and/or turning the front wheels of the first vehicle to direct the first vehicle away from oncoming traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Mohamed Ahmad, Nikhil Nagraj Rao
  • Patent number: 10082797
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to methods, systems, and apparatuses for autonomous driving vehicles or driving assistance systems and more particularly relates to vehicle radar perception and location. The vehicle driving system disclosed may include a storage media, a radar system, a location component and a driver controller. The storage media stores a map of roadways. The radar system is configured to generate perception information from a region near the vehicle. The location component is configured to determine a location of the vehicle on the map based on the radar perception information and other navigation related data. The drive controller is configured to control driving of the vehicle based on the map and the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20180251091
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors. Vehicle sensors (e.g., rear viewing cameras) can be used to detect and classify traffic, for example, as pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, wheel chair, etc., approaching on the side of a vehicle. When there is a possibility of a vehicle occupant opening a door into approaching traffic, a warning can be issued in the vehicle cabin to alert vehicle occupants of the approaching traffic. In one aspect, a vehicle prevents a door from opening if opening the door would likely cause an accident.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Scott Vincent Myers, Mohamed Ahmad, Lisa Scaria
  • Publication number: 20180236975
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a pair of cameras disposed on the vehicle and oriented to view an entrance to the vehicle. The vehicle also includes a processor configured to compare a profile image of a passenger's facial feature from one of the pair with a frontal image of the passenger's facial feature from the other of the pair. The processor is configured to lock the entrance to the vehicle in response to the facial features being different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Parsa Mahmoudieh, Maryam Moosaei, Madeline J. Goh
  • Patent number: 10055652
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for pedestrian detection are disclosed herein. A method includes receiving one or more images from a rear-facing camera on a vehicle. The method further includes determining that a pedestrian is present in the one or more images, predicting future motion of the pedestrian, and notifying a driver-assistance or automated driving system when a conflict exists between forward motion of the vehicle and the predicted future motion of the pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Madeline Jane Goh
  • Publication number: 20180224859
    Abstract: Example tornado detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from a sensor mounted to a vehicle and analyzes the received data using a deep neural network. The method determines whether a tornado is identified in the received data based on the analysis of the received data. If a tornado is identified in the received data, the method determines a trajectory of the tornado.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander Brudner, Scott Vincent Myers, Iman Soltani Bozchalooi
  • Publication number: 20180210447
    Abstract: Example wind detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives data from a vehicle-mounted sensor and determines whether airborne particles are identified in the received data. If airborne particles are identified in the received data, the method determines a wind speed and a wind direction based on movement of the airborne particles and determines a best action to avoid or mitigate the impact of the wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Parsa Mahmoudieh, Ashok E. Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20180208185
    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: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Lisa Scaria, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Publication number: 20180201254
    Abstract: Example ride control systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives a request to initiate a drive session to help a baby fall asleep in a vehicle. The method identifies a driving route for the drive session and implements the drive session by following the driving route. One or more vehicle-mounted sensors determine whether the baby in the vehicle has fallen asleep during the drive session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Mohamed Ahmad, Jinesh J. Jain, Lisa Scaria
  • Patent number: 10000172
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting hazards in anticipation of opening vehicle doors. Vehicle sensors (e.g., rear viewing cameras) can be used to detect and classify traffic, for example, as pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, wheel chair, etc., approaching on the side of a vehicle. When there is a possibility of a vehicle occupant opening a door into approaching traffic, a warning can be issued in the vehicle cabin to alert vehicle occupants of the approaching traffic. In one aspect, a vehicle prevents a door from opening if opening the door would likely cause an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Scott Vincent Myers, Mohamed Ahmad, Lisa Scaria
  • Publication number: 20180143631
    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: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Parsa Mahmoudieh
  • Patent number: 9975547
    Abstract: A method for automatically detecting and safely traversing an accumulation of ice on an impending bridge. The method automatically identifies, by the vehicle, impending approach of the vehicle to a bridge and senses an accumulation of ice on the bridge. The method then calculates a speed of the vehicle needed to prevent longitudinal slip between the vehicle and the bridge, and automatically slows the vehicle at a rate sufficient to enable the vehicle to reach the calculated speed by the time it reaches the bridge. A corresponding system is also disclosed and claimed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Sneha Kadetotad, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Publication number: 20180137756
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting and responding to emergency vehicles in a roadway. Aspects of the invention can be used to detect emergency vehicles and properly yield to emergency vehicles depending on roadway configuration. A vehicle includes a plurality of sensors. The vehicle also includes vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities and has access to map data. Sensor data from the plurality of sensors along with map data is provided as input to a neural network (either in the vehicle or in the cloud). Based on sensor data, the neural network detects when one or more emergency vehicles are approaching the vehicle. From a roadway configuration, a vehicle can use the plurality of sensors to automatically (and safely) yield to detected emergency vehicle(s). Automatically yielding can include one or more of: slowing down, changing lanes, stopping, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Maryam Moosaei, Parsa Mahmoudieh, Scott Vincent Myers, Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar
  • Publication number: 20180114079
    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: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandro Walsh, Francois Charette, Lisa Scaria
  • Publication number: 20180105009
    Abstract: A method for improving the safety and comfort of a vehicle driving over a railroad track, cattle guard, or the like. The method may include receiving, by a computer system, one or more inputs corresponding to one or more forward looking sensors. The computer system may also receive data characterizing a motion of the vehicle. The computer system may estimate, based on the one or more inputs and the data, a motion of a vehicle with respect to a railroad track, cattle guard, or the like extending across a road ahead of the vehicle. Accordingly, the computer system may change a suspension setting, steering setting, or the like of the vehicle to more safely or comfortably drive over the railroad track, cattle guard, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad