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: 20180106631
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes receiving drive history data for a future driving path of the vehicle, wherein the drive history data comprises a first data format. The method includes generating a message for a controller comprising path attributes from the drive history data according to a subscription list, wherein the message comprises a controller data format based on an indication by the subscription list. The method further includes providing one or more data packets comprising the message to the controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, David A. Herman
  • Publication number: 20180099646
    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: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Francois Charette
  • Publication number: 20180079424
    Abstract: Example ice and snow detection systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method activates an ice and snow detection system in response to receiving weather data indicating a likelihood of ice or snow on a roadway near a vehicle. The method receives data from multiple vehicle sensors and analyzes the received data to identify ice or snow on the roadway. If ice or snow is identified on the roadway, the method adjusts vehicle operations and reports the ice or snow condition to a shared database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Ashok E. Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20180081057
    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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad, Harpreetsingh Banvait
  • Publication number: 20180075565
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Mark Crawford, Lisa Scaria, Nikhil Nagraj Rao
  • Publication number: 20180074494
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Mark Crawford, Lisa Scaria, Nikhil Nagraj Rao
  • Publication number: 20180074495
    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: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Praveen Narayanan, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Mark Crawford, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, David Silver
  • Publication number: 20180067487
    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: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Wei Xu, Fazal Urrahman Syed, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Scott Vincent Myers
  • Publication number: 20180058871
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes managing a subscription list that indicates what type of messages or data to which each of a plurality of controllers of a vehicle are subscribed. The method includes determining a future driving path for the vehicle and determining forward path attributes for the future driving path based on a drive history. The method includes selecting one or more controllers from the plurality of controllers to receive each of the forward path attributes based on the subscription list. The method includes providing each of the forward path attributes to the selected one or more controllers. The forward path attributes are provided using a common protocol for each of the plurality of controllers and two or more of the plurality of controllers receive a specific path attribute via a single message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Shane Elwart, David A. Herman
  • Patent number: 9889716
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Scott Vincent Myers, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Publication number: 20180037221
    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: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Sneha Kadetotad, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Harpreetsignh Banvait
  • Publication number: 20180025234
    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: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandro Walsh
  • Publication number: 20180022347
    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: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Alexandro Walsh
  • Publication number: 20180009378
    Abstract: Techniques and implementations pertaining to detection of moving objects, such as pedestrians, when a vehicle moves in a rearward direction are described. A method may involve identifying a region of interest when a vehicle moves in a rearward direction. The method may involve detecting a moving object in the region of interest. The method may also involve determining whether a collision with the moving object by the vehicle moving in the rearward direction is likely. The method may further involve providing a human-perceivable signal responsive to a determination that the collision is likely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar
  • Publication number: 20180011953
    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, such as bollard receivers. A method for generating virtual sensor data includes simulating a 3-dimensional (3D) environment that includes one or more objects, such as bollard receivers. The method includes generating virtual sensor data for a plurality of positions of one or more sensors within the 3D environment. The method includes determining virtual ground truth corresponding to each of the plurality of positions. The ground truth includes information about at least one bollard receiver within the sensor data. For example, the ground truth may include a height of the at least one of the parking barriers. The method also includes storing and associating the virtual sensor data and the virtual ground truth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Ashley Elizabeth Micks, Scott Vincent Myers, Harpreetsingh Banvait, Sneha Kadetotad
  • Publication number: 20180011954
    Abstract: A method for generating training data is disclosed. The method may include executing a simulation process. The simulation process may include traversing a virtual, forward-looking sensor over a virtual road surface defining at least one virtual railroad crossing. During the traversing, the virtual sensor may be moved with respect to the virtual road surface as dictated by a vehicle-motion model modeling motion of a vehicle driving on the virtual road surface while carrying the virtual sensor. Virtual sensor data characterizing the virtual road surface may be recorded. The virtual sensor data may correspond to what a real sensor would have output had it sensed the road surface in the real world.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: ASHLEY ELIZABETH MICKS, SCOTT VINCENT MYERS, HARPREETSINGH BANVAIT, SNEHA KADETOTAD
  • Publication number: 20180002972
    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: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Publication number: 20170371339
    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: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Francois Charette, Scott Vincent Myers, Lisa Scaria, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Publication number: 20170369016
    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: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Alexandru Mihai Gurghian, Scott Vincent Myers, Mohamed Ahmad, Lisa Scaria
  • Patent number: 9846050
    Abstract: A method for providing path attributes to controllers in a vehicle includes determining a location of a vehicle and a future driving path for the vehicle. The method includes determining, based on a drive history for the vehicle or a driver of the vehicle, drive history path attributes for the future driving path. The method also includes providing the drive history path attributes to a plurality of controllers via a controller bus, wherein the drive history path attributes are provided to the plurality of controllers using a common protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Shane Elwart, David A Herman