Radiation, Force, Or Waves Reflected From External Object Or Surface Patents (Class 180/169)
  • Patent number: 10353394
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes a driving situation acquisition unit that acquires driving situations of vehicles that may collide with each other, a driving characteristics acquisition unit that acquires driving characteristics of drivers of the vehicles, a driving action determination unit that determines driving actions that allow the vehicles to avoid collision with each other in the driving situation acquired by the driving situation acquisition unit and that match the driving characteristics acquired by the driving characteristics acquisition unit, and a driving action instruction unit that instructs the vehicles about the driving actions determined by the driving action determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, National University Corporation Nagoya University
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takada, Yousuke Watanabe, Kentaro Takaki, Takayuki Morikawa, Yoshiki Ninomiya, Shigeharu Teshima
  • Patent number: 10345809
    Abstract: An event is detected that impairs a confidence level of the autonomous vehicle in progressing through a current route. In response to detecting the event, the autonomous vehicle communicates information about the event to a remote source of guidance. The autonomous vehicle can receive instructions from the remote source of guidance on how to handle the event. The autonomous vehicle can then implement the instructions to handle the event while it operates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ross, John Bares, David LaRose, Matthew Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10338225
    Abstract: A laser imaging, detection and ranging (LIDAR) system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a LIDAR sensor comprising a plurality of configurable parameters, and a sensor controller. The sensor controller can execute sensor configuration logic to adjust one or more of the plurality of configurable parameters of the LIDAR sensor in response to AV feedback from a control system of the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Boehmke
  • Patent number: 10339815
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for controlling lamps of platooning vehicles including a leading vehicle and a plurality of following vehicles, may include a memory configured to store information related to the following vehicles; and a controller configured to collectively control lamps of the leading vehicle and following vehicles in a response to events occurring in the leading vehicle and following vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Geun Ok Sin
  • Patent number: 10332403
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a host vehicle in a platoon of vehicles. The method includes receiving speed data of a leading vehicle from the leading vehicle via a vehicle communication network, and receiving speed data of a preceding vehicle from a sensor system of the host vehicle. The preceding vehicle is positioned immediately ahead of the host vehicle. The leading vehicle is positioned ahead of the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle. The method includes calculating a transfer function between the leading vehicle and the host vehicle and determining a string stability level of the platoon of vehicles based on the transfer function. The string stability level indicates a speed variation of the platoon of vehicles. Further, the method includes calculating a traffic congestion level based on the string stability level, and controlling a vehicle system of the host vehicle based on the traffic congestion level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigenobu Saigusa
  • Patent number: 10324366
    Abstract: A motor vehicle license plate mount having a modular license plate frame including a base section and two side mounts for securing license plates of varying widths and heights to the vehicle and a camera housing including a lens and with the base section forming a slot for receiving an exterior edge of the license plate. Electrical cables connect at least one side mount to the base section providing power to the camera unit via a local solar cell disposed on at least one side mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Batten
  • Patent number: 10317907
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. A path planning method for a vehicle includes establishing a first path for a first vehicle, then receiving, at the first vehicle, sensor data associated with a behavior of one or more leading vehicles observed in the vicinity of the first vehicle. The method further includes establishing a modified path that diverges from the first path based on the sensor data, then classifying, with a processor, an obstacle observed by the first vehicle as it travels along the modified path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Constandi J. Shami
  • Patent number: 10308282
    Abstract: A vehicle steering arrangement for a vehicle comprises a rack a position sensor, a steering column, a steering wheel, a torque sensor arranged to sense a torque applied onto the steering wheel and arranged to provide a torque signal representative thereof, an electronic control unit provided with a virtual steering model, a rack-mounted electromechanical actuator, and a force obtaining arrangement configured to obtain forces of steered wheels acting on the rack. The electronic control unit is configured to provide a virtual rack position based on the virtual steering model and at least a combination of the obtained forces and the torque signal, and is arranged to control the rack-mounted electromechanical actuator such that the current position of the rack is controlled towards the virtual rack position. The present disclosure also relates to an autonomous vehicle steering arrangement, a vehicle and a method of steering a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Diomidis Katzourakis, Caspar Hanselaar, Mathias Lidberg
  • Patent number: 10307909
    Abstract: Methods, robots, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for selectively uploading operational data generated by a robot to a remote computing system. In various implementations, a robot may classify a plurality of operational data points generated by the robot with a plurality of operational data types. The robot may also identify one or more attributes of a physical communication link between the robot and a remote computing system. Based on the one or more attributes of the physical communication link, the robot may identify a plurality of strategies for uploading operational data from the robot to the remote computing system. Each strategy may govern how operational data points of at least one of the plurality of operational data types is uploaded. The robot may then selectively upload the plurality of classified operational data points to the remote computing system pursuant to the plurality of strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Rohit Ramesh Saboo
  • Patent number: 10310076
    Abstract: A driving lane detection device of the present disclosure includes: an object detector, a vehicle detector, and a driving lane detector. The object detector generates object data relating to a distance and direction from the vehicle to an object and a movement direction of the object based on one or more reflection waves that are a radar signal transmitted by a radar device and reflected by the one or more object. The vehicle detector detects each object as at least one of a parallel-running vehicle running in a same direction as the vehicle or an oncoming vehicle running in an opposite direction to the vehicle, based on the object data. The driving lane detector detects a driving lane based on the distance and direction from the vehicle to at least one of the detected parallel-running and the detected oncoming vehicles and lane information on at least one of lane widths and a number of lanes of a road on which the vehicle is running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohito Mukai, Tomohiro Yui, Yoshinao Kawai
  • Patent number: 10303177
    Abstract: A method for operating a control device for the autonomous guidance of a motor vehicle, wherein a nominal speed is predetermined as a driving speed to be set by the control device and another vehicle driving in front more slowly than the nominal speed is detected by a detection device of the control device, wherein a speed difference of a driving speed of the other vehicle with respect to the nominal speed is greater than zero but smaller than a predetermined maximum value. In this case, an accumulator value is set to a starting value and a current speed value of the speed difference is detected and depending on the speed value, an advantage value is formed and the advantage value is added to the accumulator value. If the accumulator value meets a predetermined overtaking criterion, an overtaking signal is generated for allowing an overtaking maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Simon Ulbrich, Simon Gro├čjohann, Christian Appelt, Kai Homeier
  • Patent number: 10293824
    Abstract: A dust resuspension system for a vehicle includes one or more dust sensors mounted to a roof, the dust sensors being configured to observe a part of a roadway surface situated ahead of the vehicle in a direction of travel and provide data of a magnitude of a road dust load of the roadway surface based on type of road surface. The system also includes a device configured to, in response to the data indicating that the magnitude of the road dust load being above a predefined threshold, implement a dust resuspension measure, wherein the measure activates a brake system to impose a forced speed restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcel Mathissen, Volker Scheer, Rainer Vogt
  • Patent number: 10295668
    Abstract: A light source includes a laser configured to emit a ranging pulse including a sequence of fast pulses. A lidar system uses one or more properties of the sequence of fast pulses to determine a signature of the ranging pulse. A receiver includes a detector element configured to detect a light signal and a signature detection circuitry configured to determine whether the detected light signal corresponds to the signature of the emitted ranging pulse. The lidar system is configured to generate a pixel value based on the detected light signal if the detected light signal corresponds to the signature of the emitted ranging pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph G. LaChapelle, Jason M. Eichenholz, Laurance S. Lingvay
  • Patent number: 10288528
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for manufacturing road surface covering elements that can be mounted on rollers of chassis dynamometers, including detection of a surface contour of a road surface covering within an essentially strip-shaped section. The method also includes production of a digital image of the detected section and manufacturing of the road surface covering element according to the digital image by means of a three-dimensional manufacturing technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MAHA-AIP GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Anton Knestel, Christian Hartmann, Thomas Becherer
  • Patent number: 10286936
    Abstract: A device for detecting obstacles for a rail vehicle includes a pilot bar, which is retained on the bogie frame of the rail vehicle in front of the wheelset that is positioned first in the direction of travel via a mounting retainer, wherein the mounting retainer is formed by vertically arranged spring elements, in particular leaf springs, where each leaf spring is fastened at an upper end to the bogie frame and at a lower end to the pilot bar, where each leaf spring includes a stress-strain converter which is arranged between the upper end and the lower end on a broad surface of a leaf spring, and where each stress-strain converter is connected to an on-board evaluator via a signal-conducting connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens AG ├ľsterreich
    Inventor: Andreas Koller
  • Patent number: 10286906
    Abstract: Systems and methods for slowing (and stopping) a subject vehicle in response to detection of an emergency vehicle with activated emergency lights, or a school bus with activated stop lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Williams, Bo Sun
  • Patent number: 10279739
    Abstract: A personal safety system detects imminent danger or other event of interest and then modifies a sound panorama to focus a user's attention towards the direction of the danger or other event of interest. The personal safety system may isolate sounds originating from the direction of the danger or other event of interest, collapse the sound panorama towards the direction of the danger or other event of interest, or compress the sound panorama to align with the direction of the danger or other event of interest. The personal safety system may be integrated into an automobile or a wearable system physically attached to the user. Advantageously, the attention of the user may be drawn towards imminent danger or other events of interest without introducing additional sensory information to the user, thereby reducing the likelihood of startling or distracting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Davide Di Censo, Stefan Marti, Ajay Juneja
  • Patent number: 10277837
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a driver of a vehicle is provided. The system includes an infrared flash to beam an infrared light at the driver; an infrared camera to capture the reflection from the beam; and a reflective infrared film adhered to a windshield of the vehicle. A method for implementing a driver monitoring system is provided. The method includes installation of an infrared reflective layer on a vehicle; installing an infrared camera and an infrared flash in a dashboard of the vehicle; and orientating either the infrared camera or the infrared flash in a direction facing the infrared reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinu Petre Madau, Matthew Mark Mikolajczak, Paul Morris
  • Patent number: 10274597
    Abstract: A driving lane detection device of the present disclosure includes: an object detector, a vehicle detector, and a driving lane detector. The object detector generates object data relating to a distance and direction from the vehicle to an object and a movement direction of the object based on one or more reflection waves that are a radar signal transmitted by a radar device and reflected by the one or more object. The vehicle detector detects each object as at least one of a parallel-running vehicle running in a same direction as the vehicle or an oncoming vehicle running in an opposite direction to the vehicle, based on the object data. The driving lane detector detects a driving lane based on the distance and direction from the vehicle to at least one of the detected parallel-running and the detected oncoming vehicles and lane information on at least one of lane widths and a number of lanes of a road on which the vehicle is running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohito Mukai, Tomohiro Yui, Yoshinao Kawai
  • Patent number: 10260890
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to generating roadmaps are provided. A layout of an environment can be displayed on a display. Input data indicative of a plurality of shapes placed on the layout can be received, where each shape corresponds to an aisle of a plurality of aisles. For each aisle, lanes can be generated based on a width of the aisle, and the lanes extend along the aisle such that a robotic device can traverse each lane. An intersection between a first shape and second shape can be identified, where the first and second shape correspond to a first and second aisle. Responsive to identifying the intersection and based on a swept space of the robotic device, a curve that connects a first lane of the first aisle to a second lane of the second aisle can be generated. Then, a roadmap that comprises the aisles and curve can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Alex Jose, Daniel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10261516
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a map database and at least one electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to calculate a reference arrival position based on a target time or a target distance. The at least one electronic control unit is configured to determine, according to the map information or the external situation at the reference arrival position, as a target arrival position, a position where the vehicle arrives on the potential route in a time different from the target time or over a distance different from the target distance. The at least one electronic control unit is configured to calculate a transition route from the road position to the target arrival position, and generate the target route by connecting the transition route and the potential route following the target arrival position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kunihito Sato, Kentaro Ichikawa, Maiko Hirano, Bunyo Okumura
  • Patent number: 10259445
    Abstract: In an aspect of the invention there is provided a speed control system for a hybrid electric vehicle, the vehicle having at least one engine and at least one electric machine, the system being operable to allow a driver to set a target vehicle speed, the system being operable in first and second speed control modes to control the vehicle to maintain the target vehicle speed, in the first speed control mode the system being configured to limit operation of the vehicle to an electric vehicle (EV) mode, in the second speed control mode the system being configured not to limit operation of the vehicle to the EV mode, wherein when the control system is in the first mode and at least one of a prescribed one or more conditions is met, e.g. a rate of acceleration demanded by the driver or a difference between a target vehicle speed and a current vehicle speed exceeds a respective prescribed threshold value, the system is operable to not limit operation of the vehicle to the EV mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Clement Dextreit, Mark Ellis, Matt Hancock
  • Patent number: 10252704
    Abstract: A vehicle reverse assistant includes a rear side sensor, a towed object detector, and a stop determination threshold distance setter. The rear side sensor is provided at a rear portion of an own vehicle. The rear side sensor senses a rear side sensing region. The towed object detector detects whether a towed object is connected to the rear portion of the own vehicle. The stop determination threshold distance setter sets one end of a stop determination threshold distance at a position spaced apart at a constant distance from a rear end of the towed object on a basis of a sensing signal supplied from the rear side sensor when the towed object detector detects connection of the towed object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayuki Murakoshi, Keiko Kabe, Kanto Itabashi
  • Patent number: 10252726
    Abstract: The driving assistance device acquires, from an autonomous driving controller that determines an action of a vehicle during autonomous driving of the vehicle, action information indicating a first action that the vehicle is caused to execute. The driving assistance device acquires, from a detector that detects a surrounding situation and a travel state of the vehicle, detection information indicating a detection result. The driving assistance device determines a second action which is executable in place of the first action, based on the detection information. The driving assistance device generates a first image representing the first action and a second image representing the second action. The driving assistance device outputs the first image and the second image to a notification device such that the first image and the second image are displayed within a fixed field of view of a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Emura, Masanaga Tsuji, Toshiya Mori, Wataru Nakai
  • Patent number: 10251011
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may provide away to render augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR) sensory enhancements using ray tracing. More particularly, systems, apparatuses and methods may provide a way to normalize environment information captured by multiple capture devices, and calculate, for an observer, the sound sources or sensed events vector paths. The systems, apparatuses and methods may detect and/or manage one or more capture devices and assign one or more the capture devices based on one or more conditions to provide observer an immersive VR/AR experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Joydeep Ray, Travis T. Schluessler, Prasoonkumar Surti, John H. Feit, Nikos Kaburlasos, Jacek Kwiatkowski, Abhishek R. Appu, James M. Holland, Jeffery S. Boles, Jonathan Kennedy, Louis Feng, Atsuo Kuwahara, Barnan Das, Narayan Biswal, Stanley J. Baran, Gokcen Cilingir, Nilesh V. Shah, Archie Sharma, Mayuresh M. Varerkar
  • Patent number: 10246089
    Abstract: A collision avoidance assist apparatus includes: an object detection part configured to detect a second moving object that crosses ahead in a travel direction of a first moving object; an estimation part configured to estimate a relationship between a future location of the first moving object and a future location of the second moving object based on a location of the detected second moving object; and a determination part configured to determine that there is a possibility that the first moving object and the second moving object will collide with each other in a case where the second moving object is capable of passing the first moving object without colliding with the first moving object based on the estimated relationship and a relationship between the first moving object and the second moving object when the second moving object passes the first moving object satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoji Sasabuchi
  • Patent number: 10248118
    Abstract: A computing device operating as a controller can obtain image data from a camera component. The computing device can determine a location of the self-propelled device relative to the camera based on the image data. A virtual content may be generated on the computing device based at least in part on the location of the self-propelled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Jonathan Carroll, Fabrizio Polo
  • Patent number: 10242475
    Abstract: A driving support device according to an embodiment includes an estimation unit, a rendering unit, and an erasing unit. The estimation unit estimates a running state of a movable body based on an image taken on the movable body. The rendering unit produces a prediction line that indicates a predicted direction of travel of the movable body based on the running state estimated by the estimation unit, and superimposes and renders the prediction line on the taken image. The erasing unit erases the prediction line rendered by the rendering unit in a case where the estimation unit estimates that the movable body is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN Limited
    Inventors: Akihide Fujio, Hiroki Murasumi, Yuuki Matsumoto, Shigeto Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10240384
    Abstract: A method of controlling a tailgate using a rear-view camera in a vehicle includes: supplying power to an electric device or an accessory of the vehicle, switching the rear-view camera to a switch mode if the vehicle is in a predetermined state, confirming whether or not brightness of an image captured by the rear-view camera becomes lower than a predetermined range for a predetermined time, confirming a change of brightness of the image using at least one tail lamp or another lamp installed adjacent to the rear-view camera if the brightness of the image becomes lower than the predetermined range for the predetermined time, and opening the tailgate if there is no change of brightness of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Don Hyoung Lee, Gi Won Park, Ji Won Kwon, Jong Il Yu
  • Patent number: 10239528
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a processor configured to calculate a direction in which the vehicle is to move in order to overtake a preceding vehicle and calculate a distance to the preceding vehicle when it is determined that the preceding vehicle is travelling abnormally; a distance sensor configured to recognize a lane located in the calculated direction in which the vehicle is to move based on the calculated distance to the preceding vehicle; and a driving apparatus configured to control driving of the vehicle in a manner which keeps the vehicle at or near the calculated distance to the preceding vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Youngchul Oh, Kicheol Shin, Byungyong You, MyungSeon Heo
  • Patent number: 10234871
    Abstract: Controllers, control architectures, systems and methods are described for controlling a host vehicle's participation in a platoon. In some embodiments, a vehicle control system includes a vehicle controller configured to determine vehicle control commands for at least partially automatically controlling the host vehicle based at least in part on sensor information. The vehicle control commands are arranged to be directly or indirectly utilized by one or more host vehicle control units resident on the host vehicle. The vehicle control system also includes one or more safety monitoring algorithms that, during at least partially automated driving, verify that selected vehicle control commands received from the vehicle controller meet selected safety criteria. At least some of the safety algorithms utilize sensor data in the verification of the commands received from the vehicle controller. The sensor data used by the safety algorithms may come from the host vehicle and/or a second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Klaus, Colleen Kelly Twitty, Stephen Michael Erlien, John Connelly Kegelman, Charles A. Price, Austin Bennett Schuh, Joshua Philip Switkes
  • Patent number: 10233679
    Abstract: Systems and methods for control systems for facilitating situational awareness of a vehicle are provided. Sensors located around a stationary vehicle may detect moving objects that pose potentially dangerous situations for the vehicle occupants and for the object. This can cause the doors to lock automatically in order to make the situation safer. Additionally, electromagnetic radiation sensors located around the vehicle may detect the lights and sounds of emergency vehicles. If the electromagnetic data from the electromagnetic radiation sensors match a known pattern of electromagnetic data emitted by emergency vehicles stored in a library an alarm may be sounded through the speakers of the vehicle in order to alert the vehicle occupants of an emergency vehicle in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Leo Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Roxane Lyons, William J. Leise, John A. Nepomuceno, Rajiv C. Shah, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Steven C. Cielocha, Jeremy Myers, Matthew S. Megyese, Jennifer L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10216195
    Abstract: Various applications for use of mass estimations of a vehicle, including to control operation of the vehicle, sharing the mass estimation with other vehicles and/or a Network Operations Center (NOC), organizing vehicles operating in a platoon and/or partially controlling the operation of one or more vehicles operating in a platoon based on the relative mass estimations between the platooning vehicles. When vehicles are operating in a platoon, the relative mass between a lead and a following vehicle may be used to scale torque and/or brake commands generated by the lead vehicle and sent to the following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Philip Switkes, Stephen M. Erlien, Austin B. Schuh
  • Patent number: 10210640
    Abstract: A driving support device according to an embodiment includes an estimation unit, a rendering unit, and an erasing unit. The estimation unit estimates a running state of a movable body based on an image taken on the movable body. The rendering unit produces a prediction line that indicates a predicted direction of travel of the movable body based on the running state estimated by the estimation unit, and superimposes and renders the prediction line on the taken image. The erasing unit erases the prediction line rendered by the rendering unit in a case where the estimation unit estimates that the movable body is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU TEN Limited
    Inventors: Akihide Fujio, Hiroki Murasumi, Yuuki Matsumoto, Shigeto Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10209708
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product of controlling driver interaction with an autonomous vehicle (AV) system for a vehicle are provided. In an embodiment, a signal indicating a present state of the driver is received. A signal indicating a past state of the driver is received. A present effectiveness of the driver is determined based on the received signals. A target level of engagement of the driver with the AV system is determined based on the present effectiveness of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Hoye
  • Patent number: 10210980
    Abstract: A vehicle headliner assembly includes a roof structure having an electromagnet disposed thereon. The vehicle headliner assembly further includes a headliner having at least one permanent magnet disposed thereon. The headliner is secured to the roof structure such that the permanent magnet is adjacent and opposite the electromagnet of the roof structure. The vehicle headliner assembly further includes a controller configured to energize the electromagnet to generate an electromagnetic field to attract or repel the permanent magnet of the headliner relative to the electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Fabricio Villacres Mesias, Guillermo Cesar Cervantes Guaraneros, Jorge Adolfo Miranda Nieto, Pablo Isaac Villalva Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10203408
    Abstract: A system for vehicular detection and ranging fault detection, notification, and recovery is provided. The system may include at least one detection and ranging device, at least one camera, and at least one physical processing unit configured with program instructions. The processing unit may be configured to analyze detection and ranging data of an object from the detection and ranging device, analyze image data received of the object from the at least one camera and, based on a comparison, detect a detection and ranging fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Xinghui Sun
  • Patent number: 10198805
    Abstract: A method for detecting objects in a warehouse and/or for spatial orientation in a warehouse includes: acquiring image data with a 3-D camera which is fastened to an industrial truck so that a viewing direction of the 3-D camera has a defined horizontal angle, wherein the 3-D camera has an image sensor with sensor elements arranged matrix-like and the image data comprises a plurality of pixels, wherein distance information is assigned to each pixel, calculating angle information for a plurality of image elements, which each specify an angle between a surface represented by the image element and a vertical reference plane, determining a predominant direction based on the frequency of the calculated angle information, calculating the positions of the of the acquired pixels along the predominant direction, detecting at least one main plane of the warehouse based on a frequency distribution of the calculated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JUNGHEINRICH AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Philipp Halata
  • Patent number: 10189474
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to methods for driving control of a given vehicle in motion. An object detecting transducer that is fixed to the given vehicle is driven in order to detect an object in a detection area at a detection distance away from the given vehicle. A notification message is communicated from the given vehicle to the object in the detection area. The notification message is sent when the object is detected at a too close distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Schraga
  • Patent number: 10181085
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for imaging a region of interest. A structured light source is configured to provide a substantially two-dimensional light curtain within a field of view of the camera formed by at least one projected laser beam at a wavelength detectable by the camera. An image analysis component is configured to detect objects within the region of interest from at least a position of the at least one projected laser beam within the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Gregory G. Schamp
  • Patent number: 10173667
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an occupant monitoring system and a processing circuit coupled to the occupant monitoring system. The occupant monitoring system is configured to acquire occupant data regarding an occupant of the vehicle. The processing circuit is configured to receive the occupant data; determine a vehicle operation command based on the occupant data, the vehicle operation command configured to affect operation of the vehicle while the vehicle is in a robotic driving mode; and provide the vehicle operation command to a vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Tom Driscoll, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, David R. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 10173673
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to autonomous vehicle having a vehicle control system. The vehicle control system includes a processing system that receives input values that indicate attributes of an object within a threshold distance of the autonomous vehicle and variance values indicating uncertainty associated with the input values. The processing system also provides a plurality of outcomes that are associated with combinations of split decisions. A given split decision indicates whether a particular input value is above or below a threshold value associated with the given split decision. The processing system further determines (i) a probability that the particular input value is above a threshold value and (ii) a probability that the particular input is below the threshold value for a given split decision. Additionally, the processing system determines one or more likelihoods associated with a given outcome. Further, the processing system provides instructions to control the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David Ian Franklin Ferguson, Abhijit Ogale
  • Patent number: 10172555
    Abstract: Provided is a device for placement on a human subject to detect impacts on the human subject. The device includes a base member, one or more engagement sensors to detect whether the device is properly placed on the human subject, and one or more motion sensors to detect the kinematics of the human subject. The device also includes a processing unit that includes methodology to detect false positives such as chewing, dropping, and throwing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Bruce Cam, David B. Camarillo, Lyndia Chun Wu
  • Patent number: 10160459
    Abstract: A roadway lane direction is identified based on vehicle sensor data of a traffic sign, a direction of a parked vehicle, and a marking on a surface of the roadway lane. A trajectory of a vehicle is determined to differ from the roadway lane direction, and a vehicle component is then actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Oswaldo Perez Barrera, Alvaro Jimenez Hernandez, Francisco Javier Ferreira
  • Patent number: 10160283
    Abstract: A relative velocity between a sprung mass and an unsprung mass of a vehicle is calculated by differentiating a stroke amount of an electromagnetic damper with respect to time. The relative velocity is compared with a predetermined value that is set in advance, and a determination is made whether or not the relative velocity is the predetermined value or higher. In a case where the relative velocity is lower than the predetermined value (relative velocity<predetermined value), a normal filter is selected, and a gain G of only an unsprung resonance frequency range is increased. On the other hand, in a case where the relative velocity is the predetermined value or higher (relative velocity?predetermined value), a delay inhibition filter is selected, and a gain of a high frequency range is increased compared to the normal filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Toyohira, Takafumi Kato, Satoshi Ohno, Atsuhiko Yoneda
  • Patent number: 10144410
    Abstract: A hybrid construction machine is disclosed, which comprises an engine, a generator, the generator connected to the engine, a converter connected to the generator, and an ESS (Energy Storage System) connected to the converter. The hybrid construction machine further comprises a converter current detector positioned either between the converter and the generator or between the converter and the ESS to detect the current flowing between the converter and the generator, an ESS current detector positioned between the converter and the ESS to detect the current flowing between the converter and the ESS, a processing unit receiving the current detected from the converter current detector and the ESS current detector and calculating the operation time of the respective component, and a display unit displaying the operation time of the respective component. Since the hybrid construction machine calculates the operation time of the respective component and displays the same to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventor: Dong-Uk Choi
  • Patent number: 10146228
    Abstract: A work vehicle control system controls a work vehicle having a braking device. The work vehicle control system includes a location information generating unit that obtains and outputs a location of the work vehicle, and a control unit that controls the braking device based on location information of the work vehicle obtained from the location information generating unit. The control unit determines braking force that controls the braking device based on first accuracy that is accuracy of the location information of the work vehicle obtained from the location information generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Sakai, Tatsuya Shiga, Ryuuen Kou
  • Patent number: 10144474
    Abstract: Bicycle collision systems, apparatus, and methods may include, or use, one or more various sensing apparatus to detect vehicles or other objects that may collide, or potentially collide, with a bicycle. The sensing apparatus may include at least one of side sensing apparatus, rear sensing apparatus, and front sensing apparatus. Further, alert apparatus may be used to alert not only the cyclist but also the driver of a vehicle of an imminent collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    Inventors: Rajesh Rajamani, Woongsun Jeon
  • Patent number: 10133930
    Abstract: A method for controlling a robot cleaner configured to project light of a predetermined pattern to a floor of an area in front thereof in a specific direction and to acquire an image of the area to which the light is projected, according to the present disclosure, includes: (a) acquiring a front view image of the robot cleaner; (b) detecting the pattern from the image acquired in (a); and (c) discriminating a pattern formed by reflected light from a pattern formed by light directly projected from the robot cleaner, from among patterns indicated in the acquired image, on the basis of geometrical characteristics defined by a projection direction of the light and the direction of an optical axis in which the image is acquired when two or more patterns are detected from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongki Noh, Yeonsoo Kim, Seungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 10134287
    Abstract: An automatic following control execution unit recognizes a preceding vehicle of the own vehicle and performs automatic following control of causing the own vehicle to automatically follow the preceding vehicle. A start-command acquisition unit acquires a start command to initiate the automatic following control. An automatic following control starting unit starts the automatic following control, when the brake is switched from on to off after satisfaction of a first to fifth conditions. The first condition is that the own vehicle is not under the automatic following control. The second condition is that a brake of the own vehicle is in an on state. The third condition is that the own vehicle is at rest. The fourth condition is that the preceding vehicle has been recognized. The fifth condition is that the start command acquisition means has acquired the start command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Niino, Masayoshi Ooishi, Hiroshi Ishikawa