With Means For Controlling Operation Responsive To Electromagnetic Radiation, Magnetic Force, Or Sound Waves Received From Source, Or Reflected From Object Or Surface, Located Apart From Vehicle Patents (Class 180/167)
  • Patent number: 11446810
    Abstract: A robotic assistant comprises a plurality of sensors in a compact and unobtrusive form. One or more sensors may be emplaced upon a mast that may be selectively raised and lowered. The mast allows the robotic assistant to acquire images or other sensor data from a greater height, without substantially increasing the bulk of the robotic assistant. For ease of transport from one floor to another or from one building to another, the robotic assistant may deploy a handhold that a human may use to pick up and carry the robotic assistant. Floor characterization sensors may be used to determine characteristics of the floor such as if the floor is wet or dry. The robotic assistant may be used to provide a user with access to network services, to monitor a facility, provide telepresence services, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Albert John Yu Sam Chua, Paul Leland Mandel, Adam Barry Fineberg, Christopher Clive Jones, Stephen Anthony Kitchens, Christopher Lorenzo Dunn, Omar Sze Leung, Carl Philip Taussig, John Edwin Johnston
  • Patent number: 11436923
    Abstract: The technology provided herein relates to a roadside infrastructure sensing system for Intelligent Road Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) and, in particular, to devices, systems, and methods for data fusion and communication that provide proactive sensing support to connected and automated vehicle highway (CAVH) systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: CAVH LLC
    Inventors: Bin Ran, Huachun Tan, Zhen Zhang, Yang Cheng, Xiaotian Li, Tianyi Chen, Shuoxuan Dong, Kunsong Shi
  • Patent number: 11433917
    Abstract: A disclosed vehicle guidance system includes a transceiver receiving information indicative of operating conditions of other vehicles along a roadway and a controller within a primary vehicle. The controller utilizes the received information indicative of operating conditions to determine a recommended vehicle path along the roadway responsive to the operation of the other vehicles, the position of the primary vehicle and a scenario selected based on both the information of operation of other vehicles and the position of the primary vehicle received by the controller. A communication device communicates the recommended vehicle path to the operator of the primary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Autonomous Mobility US, LLC
    Inventors: Ganesh Adireddy, Javier Adolfo Alcazar Olan, Dominik Froehlich, Ibro Muharemovic
  • Patent number: 11427188
    Abstract: An automated valet parking system identifies a node section where a target vehicle is located based on position information on nodes corresponding to passages in a parking place and on a vehicle position, identifies target nodes that are a predetermined number of the nodes including a next-passing node that is one of not-yet-passed nodes of the target vehicle and is the node that the target vehicle will pass next on a target route, acquires node information associated with the target nodes based on the target nodes and parking place map information, and gives an instruction to the target vehicle by sending the node information on driving boundaries and targets associated with the target nodes to the target vehicle based on the results of a node information acquisition unit, a node section identification unit, and a target node identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Sugano
  • Patent number: 11427169
    Abstract: Various examples of a controller, method and system for determining positions of a tractor-trailer vehicle train are disclosed. In one example a tractor controller is manually-initiated or a user-initiated tractor controller and includes an electrical control port for receiving an electrical start signal, and a communications port for receiving data. A processing unit of the tractor controller includes control logic and is in communication with the electrical control port. The control logic is capable of receiving, in response to the electrical start signal, a data signal at the communications port which includes a GPS signal and a unique identification which corresponds to the towed vehicle. At a predetermined response time, the tractor controller determines the position of the towed vehicle in the tractor-trailer vehicle train based on the data received from the towed vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: John V Ripley, Majed M Hamdan
  • Patent number: 11427220
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle is appropriately fielded into a travel route. Provided is an automatic driving vehicle that is controlled by an operation management center, and has an automatic mode to automatically travel along a set travel route. An input to shift to the automatic mode is performed by an operator, a travel start instruction is received from the operation management center, a state of waiting for a start manipulation by the operator is provided, and in the start manipulation waiting state, in a case where the start manipulation is performed and a case where the start manipulation is not performed and a predetermined time elapses, start is performed to start travel in the automatic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirohito Ide, Yuchi Yamanouchi, Kazuhiro Umeda
  • Patent number: 11422566
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence robot cleaner is provided. The artificial intelligence robot cleaner includes a driving unit configured to drive the artificial intelligence robot cleaner, a cleaning unit configured to remove contaminant, a rear camera configured to photograph a rear area of the artificial intelligence robot cleaner, and a processor configured to determine whether cleaning of an already cleaned area is completed by using the image of the rear area of the artificial intelligence robot cleaner, and if the cleaning is not completed, control the driving unit and the cleaning unit to reclean the area where the cleaning is not completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jonghoon Chae
  • Patent number: 11415612
    Abstract: A complex dielectric sensor includes at least two voltage dividers to measure voltage amplitudes in a circuit of at least two impedances connected to a transducer probe. The impedances are configured to reduce amplification of raw error using relatively simple geometric calculations based on mapping the voltage amplitudes as a pair of intersecting circles in a complex admittance space. Instrument sensitivity can be optimized by selecting impedances with moduli in the complex admittance space that are similar in magnitude to the modulus of the sample admittance and by selecting impedances that cause characteristic directions of the voltage dividers (relative to the sample admittance in the complex admittance space) to be oriented as close to perpendicular to each other as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: METER GROUP, INC. USA
    Inventors: Paolo Castiglione, Gaylon S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 11414152
    Abstract: An automatic guided vehicles (AGV) can include: motors, wheels, motor controllers, and batteries coupled to an elongated frame. The two wheels can be mounted on opposite sides of the elongated frame. The wheels can be coupled to motors which can be controlled by motor controllers. The motors and motor controllers can be attached to the frame. The center of gravity can be lower than the axis of rotation of the wheels so that the AGV will passively rotated into an upright position. A connector flange can be mounted on top of a payload holder column mounted to a center portion of the AGV frame. Objects can be mounted on or towed by the connector flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Arrival Limited
    Inventors: Kirill Vladimirovich Krinkin, Leonid Mikchailovich Lesin
  • Patent number: 11393340
    Abstract: An automatic parking system includes a sensor detecting parking areas depending on a size of a subject vehicle and a controller controlling the subject vehicle to be parked in an optimal parking area among the parking areas, in which the sensor may detect the parking areas in consideration of a length and a width of the subject vehicle and detect a spaced distance from surrounding vehicles positioned on a side of the subject vehicle in the optimal parking area and the controller may calculate a moving path between a current position of the subject vehicle and the optimal parking area and compare a predetermined reference distance and the spaced distances to control the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Jin Ho Park, Joo Woong Yang, Jae Hwan Jeon, Kyung Soo Ha, Min Byeong Lee, Seung Wook Park, Jong Ho Lee, In Yong Jung
  • Patent number: 11383110
    Abstract: A smoke and fire source detection system including a flexible printed circuit board with a film substrate and an electrical conductor layer formed on the film substrate, which includes a two-dimensional conductor path pattern. The flexible printed circuit board includes a first end portion with an electronic control device and a data and energy supply interface coupled to the electronic control device, a second end portion with an ground connection, a data and energy supply conductor path formed in the electrical conductor layer between the data and energy supply interface of the first end portion and a ground connection of the second end portion, and one or more sensor module portions which are arranged at different longitudinal extension positions along the flexible printed circuit board between the first end portion and the second end portion and which each include a temperature sensor and/or smoke detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Udo Freitag, Yener Palit
  • Patent number: 11383701
    Abstract: An obstacle avoiding guidance system includes a processing device and a guidance device. The processing device sets a movement range in a certain field. The guidance device is disposed on a vehicle and has a detection module, a positioning module, and a calculation module. The detection module detects the current position of the user. The positioning module detects the current position of the vehicle and generates a position signal. The calculation module compares the position signal with the movement range for controlling the vehicle to follow the user in the movement range. Therefore, the vehicle is prevented from entering an improper area and able to effectively follow the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventor: Ching Meng
  • Patent number: 11377069
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to receive an instruction to revoke an authorization for an operator to operate a vehicle; after receiving the instruction, permit the operator to operate the vehicle until the vehicle is turned off and a condition is met; and upon the vehicle being off and the condition being met, prevent the operator from operating the vehicle. The condition depends on a status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Edwin Hanson, Ali Hassani, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 11373414
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: a possibility determination unit that determines whether there is a possibility that an obstacle is shown in an image acquired by an image acquisition device of a vehicle; a transmitting unit that transmits, from the vehicle, image information of the acquired image if it has been determined that there is a possibility that an obstacle is shown therein; a receiving unit that receives the image information from vehicles; a processing unit that performs image processing to identify an obstacle shown in the acquired image; and a duplication determination unit that determines whether or not an identified obstacle, which has been identified in a previous acquired image, is shown in a subsequent acquired image received by the receiving unit, wherein the processing unit performs the image processing on the subsequent acquired image if the subsequent acquired image has been determined to not show the identified obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryota Okubi
  • Patent number: 11372402
    Abstract: An autonomous grain cart includes a width less than or equal to a distance from an end of the header of an agricultural vehicle to a lateral side of the agricultural vehicle, wherein the end and the lateral side are on a same longitudinal side of a lateral centerline of the agricultural vehicle, wherein the autonomous grain cart is configured to receive grain from the agricultural vehicle. The autonomous grain cart also includes a controller, comprising a processor and a memory. The autonomous grain cart further includes a drive system communicatively coupled to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to instruct the drive system to propel the autonomous grain cart. The autonomous grain cart also includes a steering system communicatively coupled to the controller, wherein the controller is configured to instruct the steering system to steer the autonomous grain cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Pinakin S. Desai, Peter Joseph Zerillo, Stephen Michael Faivre, Nathan Taylor, Kevin David Monk, David W. Larson
  • Patent number: 11364922
    Abstract: A driving assistance device (10) is mounted in a mobile body (100). An abnormality detection unit (22) detects an abnormality in a sensor mounted in a peripheral body moving on a periphery of the mobile body (100). An assistance determination unit (23) reads a control pattern corresponding to a sensing area of a sensor whose abnormality has been detected by the abnormality detection unit (22), from a pattern storage unit (31). A path generation unit (24) generates path data indicating a moving path of the mobile body (100) to correspond to the control pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Hamada
  • Patent number: 11356932
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for performing a channel scan based on a mobility state of a device. The mobility state of a device relative to an access point may be determined using time-of-flight information. A channel scan may be performed based on the mobility state determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Souvik Sen, Anil Gupta, Manfred R. Arndt, Jung Gun Lee
  • Patent number: 11349851
    Abstract: Aspects of validating information sent to and/or received by a computing device, such as a vehicle computing device, are discussed herein. A vehicle may receive information associated with a computing device, the information indicating that the computing device is authorized to provide guidance information to an autonomous vehicle. Further, the vehicle can receive a message comprising the guidance information associated with the autonomous vehicle. The vehicle can determine that the message is associated with the computing device and can evaluate the message based at least in part on configuration data associated with maneuvering the autonomous vehicle or state information associated with the autonomous vehicle. The vehicle can be controlled based at least in part on evaluating the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Gogna, Meredith James Goldman
  • Patent number: 11345366
    Abstract: An in-vehicle processing device includes an offset route generation part configured to generate an offset route by offsetting to an oncoming lane an outbound route in a street on which the host vehicle has previously traveled, a candidate point generation part configured to generate a plurality of candidate points that are candidates for a return route based on the offset route generated by the offset route generation part, a candidate route generation part configured to generate a plurality of candidate routes by connecting the candidate points generated by the candidate point generation part, and a route selection part configured to select the return route based on the plurality of candidate routes generated by the candidate route generation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kaneko, Daiki Kurosawa, Hiroshi Shojima
  • Patent number: 11347240
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for determining a path of a vehicle. The method includes receiving a radio frequency (RF) signal among RF signals predefined corresponding to other vehicles in front of the vehicle, and determining a path of the vehicle based on the received RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do-kwan Oh, Young-wan Seo
  • Patent number: 11341781
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for technology to identify, at a first vehicle, one or more driving factors associated with a potential future action of the first vehicle, determine that the one or more driving factors are to be stored as remotely accessible data and cause the remotely accessible data to be stored to an online storage in association with an identifier of the first vehicle. The technology may further, at a second vehicle, identify the identifier from sensor data, access the remotely accessible data based on the identifier, and one or more of cause at least part of the remotely accessible data to be presented to a user of the second vehicle or modify a driving parameter of the second vehicle based on the remotely accessible data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paxton Williams, Danil Prokhorov, Todd Muck
  • Patent number: 11335300
    Abstract: A projector and a projection method that effectively protect a to-be-protected object existing in a sensing area are provided. The projector includes a first sensor, a second sensor, an optical engine and a processor. The optical engine includes a light source. The first sensor receives a first sensed signal, generates a first signal corresponding to the first sensed signal and transmits the first signal to the processor. The second sensor receives a second sensed signal different from the first sensed signal, generates a second signal corresponding to the second sensed signal and transmits the second signal to the processor. The processor determines whether the first signal and the second signal fall into their respective pre-determined ranges. The processor transmits a light adjusting signal to control a light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Hong, Wen-Hsin Chang, An-Kuo Liu, Yu-Sheng Lee
  • Patent number: 11336510
    Abstract: Provided is a log information generation apparatus and the like that generates log information where log of communication via a communication network are arranged in communication occurrence order. A log information generation apparatus provides time information including a second time in an information processing apparatus to a difference calculation apparatus in accordance with communication start information transmitted to a plurality of information processing apparatuses communicably connecting to a communication network at a start of communication processing via the communication network, the difference calculation apparatus calculating a difference between a input first time and a reference time; and generates log information associating arranged time with a content of communication processing, the arranged time obtained by arranging a time of the communication processing based on the difference calculated for the second time by the difference calculation apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Yamane, Yuki Ashino
  • Patent number: 11318920
    Abstract: A brake controller in a vehicle determines braking profiles that may be exercised while operating the vehicle in autonomous or semi-autonomous conditions to decelerate the vehicle based on received commands or that may be exercised automatically in the event of a failure in a communication network of the vehicle or in other systems or components of the vehicle. The braking profiles decelerate the vehicle according to a deceleration profile. The execution of the deceleration profile may be initiated by a single command message received by the brake controller or it may be determined by the brake controller based on vehicle information. A safe state deceleration profile may be preselected by the controlling devices before the occurrence of a failure or an emergency situation, and then executed by the brake controller upon the occurrence of a failure or emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Broyles, Subashish Sasmal, Thomas S. Miller, Jr., Andrew L. Kennedy, Phillip J. Kasper
  • Patent number: 11305763
    Abstract: The vehicle moving control apparatus executes a following moving control to execute a target acceleration setting process and a following acceleration/deceleration process. The vehicle moving control apparatus corrects a target acceleration set by the target acceleration setting process to increase when the following moving control is executed, the target acceleration larger than zero is set by the target acceleration setting process, and an acceleration of an own vehicle is smaller than a predetermined threshold. The vehicle moving control apparatus stops the following acceleration/deceleration process and starts the steering avoidance control when a steering avoidance condition becomes satisfied as the following moving control is executed. The vehicle moving control apparatus limits the target acceleration to a value smaller than or equal to a predetermined acceleration when the steering avoidance control is stopped, and the following acceleration/deceleration process is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryota Murakami, Yuma Hoshikawa
  • Patent number: 11307040
    Abstract: A map information provision system includes: a road map information database configured to store road map information; a vehicle position determination unit configured to detect and determine a position of a vehicle on a road; a road map information extraction unit configured to extract the road map information around the vehicle from the road map information database, based on the position of the vehicle; and a waypoint map constructor unit configured to determine positions of waypoints and configure a waypoint map that is made up of the plurality of the waypoints, wherein the waypoint map is supplied to a driving support device for the vehicle or a driving control device for the vehicle and is utilized as map information on the planned driving route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, National University Corporation Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, SCHOOL JUDICIAL PERSON IKUTOKU GAKUEN
    Inventors: Kyoichi Tohriyama, Takuma Ito, Satoshi Nakamura, Minoru Kamata, Pongsathorn Raksincharoensak, Tsukasa Shimizu, Hideo Inoue
  • Patent number: 11305688
    Abstract: A method for visualizing a crossing over a road for a road user wanting to cross the road. At least one vehicle driving on the road stops and projects an image pattern onto the road for the road user crossing the road. The vehicle projecting the image pattern communicates with another vehicle driving on the road. The first vehicle projecting the image pattern on a first lane informs the other vehicle in at least one further lane at least indirectly about the road user wanting to cross the road and the image pattern which is projected or still to be projected, and it requests the other vehicle to stop and for its part to project an image pattern onto its lane in addition to the image pattern of the first vehicle or at least indirectly reports back to the first vehicle that it should also take over the projection on its lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: DAIMLER AG
    Inventor: Fridtjof Stein
  • Patent number: 11299189
    Abstract: A motorized cart retriever, which may be a cart pusher or a cart puller, can apply a force to a nest of human-propelled, wheeled carts to facilitate retrieval of the carts. The cart retriever can include a transceiver configured to wirelessly receive cart status information from cart transmitters of the wheeled carts and wirelessly report event data to a control unit. The cart status information may include an identification of the cart transmitter, a location of the cart, a lock or unlock status of a cart wheel, a misuse condition, etc. The event data can include the cart status information, a number of wheeled carts being retrieved, etc. The cart wheel may include a brake. The transceiver may communicate a message to the cart wheel to keep the brake unactuated during retrieval. The control unit may analyze the event data to detect traffic patterns of the carts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Hannah, Scott J. Carter, Jesse M. James
  • Patent number: 11281205
    Abstract: A radio controlled (RC) vehicle includes a receiver configured to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal from a remote control device. The RF signal indicates command data in accordance with a first coordinate system. The command data includes yaw-velocity command data. The RC vehicle includes motion sensors configured to generate motion data. The RC vehicle includes a processor coupled to the motion sensors and to the receiver. The processor is configured to transform the command data into control data based on the motion data and in accordance with a second coordinate system from a perspective of the RC vehicle. The control data includes yaw-velocity control data. The yaw-velocity control data is related to the yaw-velocity command data. The RC vehicle includes control devices coupled to the processor and configured to control motion of the RC vehicle based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: DRONE-CONTROL, LLC
    Inventors: Katherine C. Stuckman, Michael D. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11274933
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are provided for determining routes within a location. Location information for a location may be obtained. The location information may include terrain information for the location. A set of restricted regions within the location may be determined based on the location information. A set of paths within the location may be determined based on the set of restricted regions. An interface through which information describing the set of paths within the location is accessible may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John Carrino, Joseph Kruse, Jasmine Peterson, Leah Anderson, Paul Ryan, Reese Glidden, Andrew Elder, Kevin Ng
  • Patent number: 11260529
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a virtual rail based cruise method as well as an apparatus and a robot using the same. The method includes: obtaining a digital map including a virtual rail; performing a path planning based on the virtual rail, a current position of the robot, and a cruise end point to obtain a cruise path; and obtaining parameter(s) of the robot by calculating through a preset path tracking algorithm based on the cruise path and the current position of the robot, and controlling the robot based on the control parameter(s). In this manner, the problems of the prior art that needs to lay a rail or set an auxiliary device which causes high cost and inconvenience in usage as well as the rail needs to be re-laid or the auxiliary device needs to be reinstalled when the route is to be changed can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP LTD
    Inventors: Jian Zhang, Youjun Xiong, Zhichao Liu, Longbiao Bai, Chenchen Jiang, Simin Zhang, Hongjian Liu, Zhanjia Bi, Yongsheng Zhao, Jianxin Pang
  • Patent number: 11262759
    Abstract: A system and method for localization of an autonomous vehicle based on 3D point cloud are disclosed. The system includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory tangibly storing thereon executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: receive an initial position of a vehicle; receive a data file representative of a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud from a LIDAR scanning subsystem of the vehicle; divide the 3D point cloud into a plurality of tiles and compute a plurality of key points for each tile; generate an estimated low frequency 2D position and yaw angle for the vehicle based on a particle filter process and a dynamically downloaded 2D reference map; and generate a position and orientation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan Ren, Bingbing Liu
  • Patent number: 11248925
    Abstract: An augmented road line display system that includes one or more sensors installed on a vehicle, one or more external databases, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive inputs from the one or more databases, sensors of the vehicle, and a sub-system of the vehicle, build and validate a road line model to detect or predict a road line based on the inputs received, determine environmental conditions based on the inputs from one or more of the databases, and a sub-system of the vehicle, assign weights to the inputs received based on the environmental conditions to generate weighted inputs, and execute the road line model to determine the road line based on the weighted inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC., MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jae Seung Lee, Paul Donald Schmalenberg, Nikola Stevan Subotic
  • Patent number: 11241133
    Abstract: A charging station configured to be attached to a wall includes a main body, a rotatable arm, a restoring member, a charging port and a magnetic member. The main body is configured to be attached to the wall. The rotatable arm is rotatably connected to the main body. The restoring member is connected between the main body and the rotatable arm. The charging port and the magnetic member are disposed on a surface of the rotatable arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: AmTRAN Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Wen Mai, Yi-Nan Lo, Li-Chun Yang
  • Patent number: 11238731
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for detecting the passing of a motor vehicle through a road sign gantry, having the steps: receiving information on the surroundings, detecting road signs in the information on the surroundings, selecting a first road sign and a second road sign which together form a road sign gantry, acquiring position data for the first road sign and for the second road sign from the information on the surroundings, determining a gantry width between the first road sign and the second road sign, determining a first distance of the motor vehicle from the first road sign, determining a second distance of the motor vehicle from the second road sign, and detecting the passing through of the vehicle as a function of the gantry width, the first distance and the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Braeuchle, Christian Jeschke
  • Patent number: 11221628
    Abstract: A robotic work tool (100) comprising a controller (110) and at least one magnetic sensor (170) arranged to sense a magnetic boundary signal emitted by a boundary wire, and a first magnetic guide signal emitted by a first guide wire (261), wherein the controller (110) is configured to: detect an at least partial crossing of the first guide wire (261) from a first work zone to a second work zone, determine an operating status and if the operating status indicates that a crossing is allowed, allow the robotic work tool to cross the first guide wire (261) to the second work zone, and if not, control the operation of the robotic work tool so that the first guide wire (261) is not crossed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Husqvarna AB
    Inventors: Jonas Holgersson, Mattias Kamfors, Stefan Bergström
  • Patent number: 11220264
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for managing scooter fleets based on geolocation boundaries. In certain embodiments, individual scooters of the scooter fleet may be associated with geographical areas in which they are allowed to operate, and such areas may be defined by a geolocation boundary. The geographical areas may be provided to prevent scooters from being used and subsequently left in an undesirable location (for example, at an airport terminal or an area where crime is commonplace).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Sandro Nuesch, Mathew Boesch, Ahsan Qamar, Anita Stoffer, Anthony Tsakiris, Rashmi Hegde
  • Patent number: 11220256
    Abstract: An electronic device including a first device having a spherical housing, and a second device arranged on a surface of the spherical housing, wherein the first device includes a first driving device arranged in the spherical housing and configured to deliver power to the spherical housing, a structure arranged in the spherical housing and configured to arrange the second device on a surface of the spherical housing, a second driving device configured to trigger a movement of the structure, a processor electrically connected with the first driving device and the second driving device, and a memory operatively connected with the processor, wherein the memory is configured to store instructions that, when executed, enable the processor to control the second driving device to, in response to identifying a coupling of the second device with the first device, adjust an arrangement direction of the second device with respect to the first driving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Eunsu Jeong, Woochul Lee, Byunghun Cho, Hyoseok Na, Yongsang Yun, Hochul Hwang
  • Patent number: 11221635
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an aerial vehicle heading control method, to conveniently and effectively adjust a heading of an aerial vehicle. The aerial vehicle heading control method includes: obtaining a heading angle of an aerial vehicle; obtaining a direction angle of a working bench; calculating a heading adjustment angle of the aerial vehicle according to the heading angle of the aerial vehicle and the direction angle of the working bench; and adjusting a heading of the aerial vehicle according to the heading adjustment angle of the aerial vehicle. Therefore, the current heading angle of the aerial vehicle and the current direction angle of the working bench are calculated and the heading of the aircraft is adjusted, so that the aerial vehicle can conveniently adjust the heading based on a current orientation of the working bench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yinhua Feng
  • Patent number: 11203350
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes first and second control apparatus for controlling a vehicle and a power supply. Each apparatus includes a detection unit for detecting a surrounding situation of the vehicle, and a driving control unit for executing automated driving control. The power supply includes a first power supply for supplying power to the first control apparatus, and a second power supply for supplying power to the second control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ochida, Takuji Hiroma, Tadahiko Kanoh, Kanta Tsuji, Takashi Tsujioka, Takuyuki Mukai
  • Patent number: 11197405
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a travel operation unit that is configured to be manually operated and includes a mode operation tool for switching between automatic driving and manual driving, a manual travel control unit that includes a manual travel mode in which manual driving is performed based an operation signal received from the travel operation unit, and an automatic travel control unit that includes an automatic travel mode in which automatic driving is performed, a temporary stop mode in which a vehicle body is temporarily stopped during automatic driving for transitioning from the automatic travel mode to the manual travel mode, and a check mode in which whether a state of the travel operation unit satisfies a manual driving transition condition required for starting manual driving is checked in transition from the temporary stop mode to the manual travel mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Sakaguchi, Tomohiko Sano, Osamu Yoshida, Takashi Nakabayashi, Sotaro Hayashi, Masayuki Horiuchi, Mitsuhiro Seki, Kyosuke Yamaoka, Satoshi Maruo
  • Patent number: 11198430
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining one or more behavior models used by an autonomous vehicle to predict the behavior of detected objects. The autonomous vehicle may collect and record object behavior using one or more sensors. The autonomous vehicle may then communicate the recorded object behavior to a server operative to determine the behavior models. The server may determine the behavior models according to a given object classification, actions of interest performed by the object, and the object's perceived surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, David I. Ferguson, Dmitri A. Dolgov
  • Patent number: 11192417
    Abstract: An arrangement for connecting a link (1) of a chassis to a wheel carrier (2) by way of a ball sleeve joint (3). The link (1) has an link eye (1a), the ball sleeve joint (3) has a ball sleeve (7), and the wheel carrier (2) has two bearing eyes (4, 5). A sensor is located on the link eye (1a) and a signal generator is located on the ball sleeve (7). The sensor and signal generator form an angle measuring device. The ball sleeve (7) is connected to the bearing eyes (4, 5) via a threaded pin (6). An anti-rotation unit (9, 10) is provided between the ball sleeve (7) and the wheel carrier (2) in order to fix a defined angular position of the ball sleeve (7) with respect to the wheel carrier (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Julian Stratmann, Florian Bäumer, Josef Holtheide, Felix Kallass, Thorsten Sander
  • Patent number: 11194343
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-driving-golf-cart driving path central controlling device comprising a self-driving-golf-cart driving path determining module, a self-driving-golf-cart driving path excluding module and a central controlling module, the self-driving-golf-cart driving path central controlling device determines, from a plurality of self-driving-golf-cart driving paths, an individual self-driving-golf-cart driving path for each self-driving-golf-cart and controls each self-driving-golf-cart to drive, in a self-driving manner, on the individual self-driving-golf-cart driving path which is determined for said each self-driving golf-cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SUNRISE RESORT, INC.
    Inventors: Tien-Ya Hsu, You-Peng Jhang, Yu-Yuan Hsieh, Yu-Jun Huang
  • Patent number: 11179966
    Abstract: An eccentric omnidirectional wheel, having a fixed wheel frame having a hollow center, a driving ring, a driving mechanism and at least one slanted rollable barrel evenly distributed around an outer perimeter of the driving ring; the driving ring sleeves onto an outer perimeter of the fixed wheel frame and is rotatably connected with the fixed wheel frame; an eccentric shaft seat is mounted at an inner perimeter of the fixed wheel frame; the driving mechanism is connected with the driving ring to achieve motion transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Shao Xuan Yang
  • Patent number: 11182870
    Abstract: A technique includes providing real-time collective and collaborative navigation for one or more users to navigate to a destination. Each computing device associated with a member includes navigation objects that is pooled in a server and updated on each client device of users as one or more users navigate to a destination. A set of navigation objects may be created and distributed to the members within the group for the session, whereby the navigation objects are data structures that may be managed by a server. Based on a contextual trigger, the navigation object may be created or modified and used to provide a context to the navigation session. Navigation objects may continuously analyze user context and user situations to detect anomalies for one or more members in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventors: Dattatraya Kulkarni, Srikanth Nalluri, Raja Sinha, Susmita Nayak, Krishnapur Venkatasubrahmanyam, Anjan Nayak, Raghuvir Songhela, Bhaavika Panjwani
  • Patent number: 11175672
    Abstract: An autonomous moving body includes: a driven body including a carriage capable of moving autonomously; a battery; a first communication unit capable of communicating with a charging dock; and a first arithmetic processing unit for executing first arithmetic processing related to the drive of the driven body among arithmetic processings of the autonomous moving body. A charging dock includes: a charger for charging the battery; a second communication unit capable of communicating with the autonomous moving body; and a second arithmetic processing unit for executing second arithmetic processing other than the first arithmetic processing among the arithmetic processings of the autonomous moving body. The second communication unit is configured to be able to receive arithmetic data used for the second arithmetic processing from the first communication unit, and to transmit a processing result of the second arithmetic processing executed by the second arithmetic processing unit to the first communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuta Itozawa
  • Patent number: 11167172
    Abstract: During a first time period and for a first user, a second user is automatically selected based on competitive data of the first user and competitive data of the second user, and a workout selection is sent to cause a video of a workout to be displayed during a second time period on a smart mirror of the first user and a smart mirror of the second user. During the second time period, a live stream of the first user exercising is displayed at the smart mirror of the second user, and a live stream of the second user exercising is received and displayed at the smart mirror of the first user. During the second time period, a performance score of the first user and a performance score of the second user is displayed at the smart mirrors of the first user and the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Curiouser Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brynn Putnam, Kristie D'Ambrosio-Correll
  • Patent number: 11169530
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an outdoor robotic work tool (1) adapted for a forward travelling direction (D) and comprising an environmental detection system (19) that comprises a set of outer detector transceivers (2a, 2b) and a set of inner detector transceivers (3a, 3b), where the inner detector transceivers (3a, 3b) are positioned between the outer detector transceivers (2a, 2b). Each detector transceiver (2a, 2b; 3a, 3b) is adapted to transmit signals (4a, 4b; 5a, 5b) and to receive reflected signals (6a, 6b, 9) that have been reflected by an object (10, 11). The outer detector transceivers (2a, 2b) are associated with outer coverage main directions (7a, 7b) that are directed at corresponding outer angles (?a, ?b) to the forward travelling direction (D), and the inner detector transceivers (3a, 3b) are associated with inner coverage main directions (8a, 8b) that are directed at corresponding inner angles (?a, ?b) to the forward travelling direction (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Ulf Ärlig, Jimmy Petersson
  • Patent number: 11156999
    Abstract: A golf cart system for enabling a golf cart to autonomously operate includes a cart main body, a control module, a server, and a terminal. More specifically, when the terminal deviates from its original location where transmission and reception to and from a golf cart are performed or the terminal deviates from a driving restricted area or driving area within a driving area set in the golf cart, the golf cart is automatically stopped. When the terminal enters the driving area again, an accurate location of the terminal is confirmed using a distance value having a minimized error range using a trilateration algorithm, and the golf cart can move rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: TT & G CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bae hee Lee