Radiation, Force, Or Waves Reflected From External Object Or Surface Patents (Class 180/169)
  • Patent number: 11327478
    Abstract: A program stored in a mobile terminal including a computer, a camera, a display, and a communication device, the program being configured to operate an operation target vehicle from outside with use of the mobile terminal, the operation target vehicle being registered in advance, the program causing the computer to execute: a step of estimating a distance from the mobile terminal to the operation target vehicle based on a size of an image of the operation target vehicle included in a photographed image of the camera; a step of determining whether or not the estimated distance is less than a prescribed threshold; a step of receiving an operation instruction with respect to the operation target vehicle when the estimated distance is less than the threshold; and a step of causing the communication device to output a signal instructing an operation in response to the received operation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jumpei Fuke
  • Patent number: 11322024
    Abstract: A traffic control assembly includes a plurality of motion sensors that is each positioned adjacent to a ramp of a highway. The motion sensors are spaced apart from each other and re distributed along a full length of the ramp. A control unit is in communication with each of the motion sensors and the control unit receives a plurality of inputs of sequentially increasing urgency when the motions sensors senses traffic moving the wrong way on the ramp. A disabling unit is positioned adjacent to the ramp of the highway and the disabling unit is in communication with the control unit. The disabling unit broadcasts an intense burst of electromagnetic energy when the disabling unit is turned on to disable the electrical system of a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Alex Duran
  • Patent number: 11308800
    Abstract: An example operation includes one or more of establishing geolocation boundaries based on decibels associated with an impact involving one or more transports, transmitting, by a communication device, multimedia content related to the impact to one or more other communication devices within the geolocation boundaries, and receiving, by the one or more other communication devices, the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Paul McFarland, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11292516
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-vibration device includes a vibration sensor programmed to detect vibrations and output a vibration signal representing the vibrations detected. The device further includes a motor that vibrates in accordance with a vibration dampening signal, a communication interface programmed to wirelessly transmit the vibration signal to a remote device, and a processor programmed to process the vibration signal and generate the vibration dampening signal to dampen the vibrations detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Christian Castro Guzman, Maria Fernanda Pulido Plauchud, Oswaldo Perez Barrera
  • Patent number: 11260860
    Abstract: A vehicle control device executes a cruise control to let a vehicle travel in such a manner that an acceleration is equal to a predetermined acceleration, when an execution condition becomes satisfied, and starts a vehicle speed upper limit control to let the vehicle travel in such a manner that the vehicle speed does not exceed an upper limit value determined based on a shape of a curve section, when a start condition becomes satisfied. The vehicle control device starts displaying a display element in a first display mode, when the vehicle speed upper limit control is started. At a time point at which the vehicle speed upper limit control is ended, the vehicle control device starts displaying the display element in a second display mode different from the first display mode if the execution condition is not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Hosokawa, Takashi Maeda, Tsunekazu Yasoshima, Soichi Okubo, Yuki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 11256258
    Abstract: A system is described for determining the position of a vehicle on a site and for calculating a trajectory, including at least one vehicle, at least one auxiliary device and at least one reflector element, the at least one reflector element being mounted in the surroundings of the vehicle along a designated route section and the auxiliary device being suitable for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic beams. A method is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Tietze, Simon Weissenmayer
  • Patent number: 11243080
    Abstract: A self-position estimation method includes: detecting a relative position of each target existing around a moving body relative to the moving body; estimating a movement amount of the moving body; correcting the relative position on a basis of the movement amount of the moving body and accumulating the corrected relative position as target position data; detecting a slope amount of a traveling road of the moving body; selecting, from among the accumulated target position data, the target position data of one or more targets in one or more sections having a slope amount less than a threshold value; and collating the selected target position data with map information indicating positions of the targets on a two-dimensional map to estimate a present position of the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takano, Yasuhito Sano, Chikao Tsuchiya, Takuya Nanri
  • Patent number: 11203339
    Abstract: A vehicle controlling apparatus includes a setting unit and an acquiring unit. The setting unit is configured to set a target inter-vehicle distance. The acquiring unit is configured to acquire position information of a temporary stopping location on a traveling route on which an own vehicle travels. The setting unit is configured to, on a condition that the own vehicle travels to follow a preceding vehicle, and that the acquiring unit has acquired the position information of the temporary stopping location, make a setting change to make the target inter-vehicle distance greater than a normal setting value when a distance from the own vehicle to the temporary stopping location reaches a predetermined distance, and make a setting change to bring the target inter-vehicle distance closer to the normal setting value in accordance with the distance until the own vehicle reaches the temporary stopping location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya Kudo
  • Patent number: 11197422
    Abstract: An article such as grass clippings collected by work equipment, such as a lawn mower, and stored in a container is allowed to be transported to an area for discarding such a collected article in an energy efficient and a work efficient way without imposing any undue burden on the operator. A collected article container device provided with a collected article container and capable of traveling autonomously is detachably connected to a work equipment main body that has a work unit such as a cutting blade device and is able to travel, the container device being configured to travel in a detached state to a collected article destination by itself. Further, the container device is provided with a lifting device that moves the rear wheels vertically relative to a device frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Kuriyagawa, Runa Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11198435
    Abstract: The optimum headway distance setting method may include determining whether or not to stop the speed adjustment operation for a vehicle by a driver of the vehicle by a control unit in the state detecting a front vehicle 1F which is traveling in front of the vehicle; determining whether or not to be stabilization of a headway distance between the vehicle and the front vehicle by the control unit when the speed adjustment operation for the vehicle is stopped; setting the optimum headway distance configured to set the stabilized headway distance as an optimum headway distance according to a traveling propensity of the driver by the control unit, and stores the optimum headway distance in the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Jae Yoo, Ja-Chun Han, Chang-Yu Kim, Soo-Lim Han
  • Patent number: 11195026
    Abstract: An object detection and display apparatus for mounting in a moveable body includes a far infrared camera (10), a display device (30), and a controller (22) (processor). The controller (22) detects, from a first image outputted by the far infrared camera (10), an image of a display target object at a distance equal to or greater than the distance reached by light from headlights (5) of the moveable body, and causes the display device (30) to display an image element corresponding to the display target object based on the position of the image of the display target object in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Anil Kumar Samal
  • Patent number: 11192251
    Abstract: A method for controlling the operation of a robot within a system. The system includes the robot and sensors to analyze the concentric environment of the system. The sensors include a contact sensor, a proximity sensor and a vision and location sensor. For each of the axes of the robot, a maximum allowable force value is obtained. If the force on one of the axes of the robot is greater than the maximum value, the robot is stopped in its position. A concentric monitoring space or a security space is obtained as a function of the speed of the robot. The environment of the robot is monitored by the sensors. If the intrusion of an object is detected in the safe space of the robot, the maneuvering speed of the robot is gradually decreased to a safe speed. The process is repeated for the next axis of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE TECHNOLOGIQUE JULES VERNE, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE, UNIVERSITE DE NANTES
    Inventors: Christine Chevallereau, Alexis Girin, Philip Long
  • Patent number: 11181902
    Abstract: A remote operation system for a vehicle includes a plurality of remote operation devices, each of which includes a communication unit configured to communicate with the vehicle and receive information including a remote operation request, a presentation unit configured to present a situation of the vehicle received from the vehicle by the communication unit to a remote operator, a reception unit configured to receive an operation of the remote operator, and a control unit configured to generate control information on the basis of the operation received by the reception unit and transmit the control information to the vehicle using the communication unit. A remote operation device having a good communication environment with respect to the vehicle transmitting the remote operation request among the plurality of remote operation devices executes the remote operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Genta Boda, Shogo Akaba, Kazuyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 11181914
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the use of detected objects for image processing are described. A computing device autonomously controlling a vehicle may receive images of the environment surrounding the vehicle from an image-capture device coupled to the vehicle. In order to process the images, the computing device may receive information indicating characteristics of objects in the images from one or more sources coupled to the vehicle. Examples of sources may include RADAR, LIDAR, a map, sensors, a global positioning system (GPS), or other cameras. The computing device may use the information indicating characteristics of the objects to process received images, including determining the approximate locations of objects within the images. Further, while processing the image, the computing device may use information from sources to determine portions of the image to focus upon that may allow the computing device to determine a control strategy based on portions of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Dave Ferguson, Abhijit Ogale
  • Patent number: 11167736
    Abstract: An apparatus for operating a pedestrian detection and collision mitigation system (PDCMS) of a vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a front detection sensor that detects a pedestrian in a driving lane of the vehicle and a distance and a relative speed between the pedestrian and the vehicle. A vehicle sensor detects a vehicle speed and a controller executes the PDCMS function based on information detected by the front detection sensor and the vehicle sensor. A warning unit then outputs a notification to a driver regarding a collision of the pedestrian with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Seung Wook Park, Min Byeong Lee, Ho Choul Jung, In Yong Jung
  • Patent number: 11167760
    Abstract: A vehicle alarming system is provided to include (i) an inter-vehicle distance detector and (ii) an alarm. The inter-vehicle distance detector is configured to detect an inter-vehicle distance between a host vehicle and a vehicle ahead of the host vehicle. The alarm is configured to issue an alarm signal to a manipulation applied to an in-vehicle device in response to that a driving load including the inter-vehicle distance detected by the inter-vehicle distance detector satisfies an alarming condition of enabling the alarm. An execution state of a cruise control function is excluded from the alarming condition of enabling the alarm. The alarm is enabled in response to determining an override state in which acceleration or deceleration is manipulated forcedly by a driver of the host vehicle under the execution of the cruise control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Youhei Okamoto, Shigeyuki Kato, Hiroshi Morimoto, Ayako Tsunoda, Kaneyoshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 11148293
    Abstract: A robot controlling method includes: obtaining a depth image by a depth camera; receiving the depth image and obtaining an object parameter according to the depth image by a processing circuit; generating an attractive force parameter according to a target trajectory by the processing circuit; generating a repulsive force parameter according to a first vector between the object parameter and a robot by the processing circuit; generating a virtual force parameter according to a second vector between the object parameter and the robot by the processing circuit; and outputting a control signal to the robot to drive the robot according to the attractive force parameter, the repulsive force parameter and the virtual force parameter by the processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kai-Tai Song, Jen-Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 11152814
    Abstract: Presented are mobile charging stations for recharging electrified vehicles, methods for making/using such mobile charging stations, and parking facilities equipped with such mobile charging stations. A mobile charging station includes a frame with multiple drive wheels and a prime mover operable to drive the wheels to propel the charging station. A hydrogen storage container and fuel cell are mounted to the frame. The fuel cell oxidizes hydrogen received from the storage container to generate electrical current. An electrical coupling mechanism connects the fuel cell to a traction battery pack of an electric-drive vehicle. A resident or remote controller is programmed to receive charge requests to recharge vehicles, and responsively determines path plan data for the mobile charging station. The controller commands the prime mover to propel the mobile charging station from the charger's origin to a charger destination, and enables the fuel cell to transmit electrical current to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan B. Martin, Matthew C. Kirklin, Charles E. Freese, V, Margarita M. Mann, William H. Pettit
  • Patent number: 11148679
    Abstract: A method for operating a driver-assistance system of a vehicle includes switching from a distance controller of the driver-assistance system to an adaptive cruise control of the driver-assistance system as a function of a driver input by a driver of the vehicle expressed by an angular position of an accelerator pedal of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Gudehus, Thorsten Schori
  • Patent number: 11124188
    Abstract: The invention concerns an adaptive speed controller for a motor vehicle, with a stop-and-go system for an automatic or driver-confirmed restart following a standstill of the motor vehicle because of a vehicle ahead coming to a standstill and starting again, wherein if the motor vehicle comes to a standstill the stop-and-go system then enters a dynamic standstill state (t0 to t1) from which an automatic dynamic restart is possible, and wherein a preset period of time after the motor vehicle has come to a standstill and remains therein, the stop-and-go system enters a confirmation standstill state (>t4) from which an automatic restart is only possible after a driver's confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Maus, Guido Weitkus
  • Patent number: 11124190
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle-following speed includes: obtaining a speed of a host vehicle, a speed of a vehicle ahead of the host vehicle, and a current distance between the vehicle ahead and the host vehicle; and calculating a target vehicle-following distance according to the speed of the vehicle ahead and the speed of the host vehicle. A first acceleration is calculated according to the current distance, the target vehicle-following distance, the speed of the vehicle ahead, and the speed of the host vehicle; and a target acceleration is determined according to the first acceleration and a smooth-travel requirement. The speed of the host vehicle is controlled according to the target acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Bin Wang
  • Patent number: 11118917
    Abstract: A system and method for generating land maps of a land area. The land maps can include two-dimensional and three-dimensional land maps. The land maps may be efficiently generated based on field data obtained by mobile machines configured to traverse the land area, with the mobile machines associated with one or more sensors. The land maps may be used to accurately and efficiently guide other mobile machines as such mobile machines traverse through or operate within the land area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Grandl, Pitt Oppermann
  • Patent number: 11119499
    Abstract: A marker system (1) including a sensor array (21) for detecting a magnetic marker laid in a road, a tag reader (34) which acquires marker position information indicating a laying position of the magnetic marker, an IMU (22) which estimates a relative position of a vehicle by inertial navigation calculation, and a control unit (32) which performs an arithmetic process for identifying a position of the vehicle based on the laying position of the detected magnetic marker, and also identifies the position of the vehicle after passage over the magnetic marker based on a relative position of the vehicle estimated by the IMU (22), thereby allowing stable identification of its own vehicle position without being affected by surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11106210
    Abstract: Methods for angle correction of a mobile robot in a working area and mobile robots performing the same are disclosed. In one example, a long straight line is obtained at an edge of an obstacle first found by the mobile robot. A right-angle coordinate system is established based on the long straight line. A walking angle of the mobile robot is obtained when the mobile robot finds a long straight line at an edge of an obstacle again. Based on the walking angle and the right-angle coordinate system, the walking angle is corrected to a corresponding axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG BONA ROBOT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haoxin Liu, Kai Yang, Huang Ding, Zhuobin Zheng
  • Patent number: 11099555
    Abstract: Provided are a robot, a remote controller, a robotic system and controlling methods for a robot, including a direction sensor determines a reference direction, a control unit determines a moving direction of the robot by using the reference direction as a reference and remote control instructions received from a remote controller and controls the driving unit to drive the robot to move in the moving direction. Different direction sensors are provided in different surface treatment robots to determine the directional references of the robot to determine the walking directions of a robot to enable the buttons on the remote control to correspond to the walking directions; regardless of the movement state of the robot, the robot will automatically walk in the corresponding direction when any button on the remote control is pressed and released or is pressed and held, thus being easy to operate and improving working efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ECOVACS ROBOTICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jinju Tang
  • Patent number: 11086016
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a method and apparatus for tracking an obstacle. A specific embodiment of the method comprises: acquiring, in response to detecting multiple obstacle laser point clouds in a current laser point cloud frame, multiple historical obstacle laser point cloud sequences; calculating a respective association degree between each detected obstacle laser point cloud in the current laser point cloud frame and each historical obstacle laser point cloud sequence based on association information to obtain multiple association degrees; and searching for a historical obstacle laser point cloud sequence to which each detected obstacle laser point cloud in the current laser point cloud frame belongs based on the multiple association degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Wang, Ye Zhang, Yujiang Hui, Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 11086332
    Abstract: A navigation method includes deploying a plurality of stations about a geographic area, providing the automated guided vehicle in the geographic area, transforming a position of each of the stations into a coordinate in a map, receiving a task command by the automated guided vehicle that includes an end station from one of the plurality of stations to be reached, retrieving a path parameter, identifying a start station as the closest station to the automated guided vehicle, calculating a traveling route connecting the stations by the processor of the automated guided vehicle in an order from the start station to the end station, and determining whether a physically marked line has been detected. If not, controlling the automated guided vehicle to travel along the traveling route and along moving path from one of the stations to one another of the stations with reference to the path parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: Passion Mobility Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung Hsin Lee
  • Patent number: 11072072
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a robot recharge docking method. The method includes: obtaining current radar data of a radar of a robot for a scanned obstacle; obtaining a position of a target object by analyzing the current radar data; controlling the robot to move to a predetermined position around the target object; determining whether infrared carrier data is received by the robot recharge docking apparatus from the target object; determining that the target object is a charging station upon receiving the infrared carrier data from the target object; and docking the robot at the target object to charge if the target object is the charging station. In the above-mentioned manner, the present disclosure can prevent the robot from taking an obstacle similar to a charging station in shape as the charging station to dock at, thereby ensuring the safety of the automatic recharging of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Jiawen Hu, Gaobo Huang, Musen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11066056
    Abstract: A control system of regenerative braking of hybrid vehicle is provided. The system includes a pedal simulator that provides a brake feeling to a driver by generating pedal effort according to a pedal stroke input through a brake pedal. A data detector detects data for pedal simulator control and a controller stores a predetermined value of the pedal effort and operates the pedal simulator according to the predetermined pedal effort value based on the detected data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jeonghwan Park
  • Patent number: 11052773
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle structure of an electric automobile including: a center module having a battery that is accommodated beneath a floor of a vehicle cabin; a front module that is joined to a vehicle front side of the center module; a rear module that is joined to a vehicle rear side of the center module; a driving unit that is provided at one of the front module or the rear module, and that is connected to the battery; and a control unit that is provided at another of the front module or the rear module, and that controls autonomous driving of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Hara, Ayano Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 11029701
    Abstract: Described herein are an apparatus and a method for controlling movement of a vehicle along a transportation path. The method includes receiving, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus, first marker information that is generated based on a first marker being detected by the vehicle, wherein the first marker being one of a plurality of markers located at predetermined positions. The circuitry further determines a second marker of the plurality of markers to which the vehicle is to be moved from the first marker and thereafter generates first control information to control movement of the vehicle from the first marker to the second marker based on the first marker information and pre-determined navigation information associated with the first marker, wherein the predetermined navigation information indicates the location of the second marker relative to the first marker. The circuitry further transmits the first control system station information to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GREY ORANGE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Akash Gupta, Wolfgang Kurt Hoeltgen, Samay Kohli, Gaurav Kejriwal, Srijan Choudhary, Tushar Agrawal, Swarnik
  • Patent number: 11027953
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the travel path of an industrial truck, comprising the steps of: determining a braking distance of the industrial truck on the basis of at least one operating parameter of the industrial truck, adjusting a travel path area monitored by a monitoring device on the basis of the determined braking distance by adjusting the alignment of the monitoring device, decelerating the industrial truck when an obstacle enters the travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oliver Goepner
  • Patent number: 11008956
    Abstract: A variable compression ratio-applied control system using an ADAS and a control method thereof are provided. The system includes a driver assist unit for measuring the distance and the relative speed with a preceding vehicle, and a compression ratio changing unit for changing a compression ratio during traveling, and a neutral control mode for blocking power transfer by a transmission during traveling is implemented, a compression ratio changing unit is operated by using the information acquired through the driver assist unit in a state where the neutral control mode has been implemented, and the compression ratio is changed during inertia traveling during which the neutral control mode has been implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae-Hyeok Song
  • Patent number: 10994713
    Abstract: A brake traction control system for a vehicle a braking input member, a brake modulator and a controller. The braking input member can be manually actuated and controllable to manipulate the vehicle braking system by controlling the pressure. The brake modulator can be controllable to manipulate the vehicle braking system by controlling the pressure. The controller can be configured to control the brake modulator in an obstacle crawl control mode such that the controller controls the brake modulator to adjust the pressure. The controller can perform processing in the obstacle control mode including: performing a first determination to determine whether the acceleration input member is actuated to control the power source assembly to propel the vehicle; performing a second determination to determine whether a speed of the vehicle satisfies predetermined criteria; and controlling the pressure based on the first determination and the second determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Brandon E. Ricketts
  • Patent number: 10974562
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to adjust vehicle suspension damping are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a sensor interface to obtain wheel position information and vehicle speed information from sensors associated with wheels of a vehicle and obtain throttle position information. The apparatus further includes a parameter analyzer to determine a compression damping command based on the wheel position information, the vehicle speed information, and the throttle position information and an instruction generator to adjust a damping system of the vehicle based on the compression damping command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Paiva, Tom Sawarynski, Steven Thompson, Daniel Collins, Geoffrey Bossio, Jason Wallace Michener
  • Patent number: 10967867
    Abstract: A method is provided for efficiently providing occupancy information on the surroundings of a vehicle, which vehicle has sensors for ascertaining the occupancy of the surroundings. The method includes the following steps: receiving sensor measurements of the surroundings of the vehicle; determining the occupancy of the surroundings by obstacles using the sensor measurements; providing a division of the surroundings into regions; for each region of the surroundings, determining the most certainly identified occupancy in the respective region if multiple occupancies of the surroundings have been detected in the respective region; and determining the next occupancy, namely the respective region occupancy for which the shortest distance has been determined according to a distance determination specified for the respective region; and providing the most certainly identified occupancy and the next occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Benoit Vanholme, Michael Manz
  • Patent number: 10950068
    Abstract: A mobile telecommunications device configured to log driving information associated with a vehicle is described. The mobile telecommunications device comprises: a sensor set comprising an image sensor and at least one of an audio sensor, an accelerometer or a positioning module, or a combination thereof; a user interface; a processor; and a memory. The mobile telecommunications device is configured to: determine, based on the inputs received by the user interface and sensor data from the device's sensor set, a start of a driving period during which the mobile device is removably affixed to the vehicle and the vehicle is in use, wherein the start of the driving period is determined without data from sensors of the vehicle; process the sensor data from the sensor set during the driving period to derive driving information associated with how the vehicle is driven; and store a selection of the driving information to the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Andrew William Wright
  • Patent number: 10932409
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for directing an autonomous robotic vehicle such as a lawn mower relative to a work region. In some embodiments, the vehicle travels in a random pattern within a travelling containment zone of a lesser size than the work region. The travelling containment zone may move or travel across the work region such that, over time, the travelling containment zone travels over most all of a working surface of the work region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan Douglas Ingvalson, Jason Thomas Kraft, Alexander Steven Frick
  • Patent number: 10933870
    Abstract: A driving assistance device for the semi-autonomous and fully autonomous guidance of a transportation vehicle, wherein the driving assistance device calculates potential return trajectories for the respective return of a transportation vehicle from an initial condition, which deviates from a predefined target trajectory, to the target trajectory, wherein each return trajectory satisfies a respective predetermined driving dynamics profile which defines a permissible value range of a total acceleration, and to which a respective degree of autonomy is assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Felix Kallmeyer, Jens Hoedt, Samuel Schacher
  • Patent number: 10926761
    Abstract: A vehicle and method for controlling the same are provided. The vehicle includes a speed detector that detects driving speed of the vehicle, a detection sensor that obtains information regarding at least one of a position and a speed of an object around the vehicle, and a yaw rate detector that detects a speed at which a rotation angle of the vehicle's frame is changed while the vehicle is driven. A controller then determines a yaw rate required for the vehicle to steer to avoid the object, applies partial braking on an inner wheel of the vehicle based on the determined yaw rate, and applies partial braking on an outer wheel of the vehicle to reduce a beta value of the vehicle obtained during the steering-based avoidance when the beta value exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jaewoong Choi, TaeYoung Lee, Yonjun Jang
  • Patent number: 10928516
    Abstract: An ultrasonic type object detection apparatus sequentially detects a distance between an ultrasonic sensor and an object in a coverage of a transmission wave at a predetermined detection cycle based on a time taken for the ultrasonic sensor to transmit the transmission wave and then to receive a reflection wave. The apparatus includes: a storage storing the distance to the object; a vehicle information acquisition device acquiring vehicle information for calculating a movement distance; a detection distance predictor predicting a next detected distance to the object based on a past detection result and the vehicle information; and a short range determinator determining whether the object is present in a short range area in which the distance between the object and the ultrasonic sensor is equal to or shorter than a short range threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Nomura, Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Taiki Yoshida, Motonari Ohbayashi, Hironobu Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10919569
    Abstract: A vehicle control system installed on a vehicle executes turning control that controls a turning device configured to turn a wheel of the vehicle. The turning control includes: first turning control that generates a target trajectory and makes the vehicle follow the target trajectory; and second turning control that is executed independently of the first turning control without depending on the target trajectory. When the first turning control and the second turning control are executed simultaneously, the vehicle control system determines whether the first turning control counteracts turning by the second turning control. When the first turning control counteracts the turning by the second turning control, the vehicle control system replans the target trajectory by designating at least one of a current position and a current yaw angle of the vehicle as a starting point of the target trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Go Inoue, Masaki Shiota, Hirotaka Tokoro
  • Patent number: 10922567
    Abstract: Cognitive state-based vehicle manipulation uses near-infrared image processing. Images of a vehicle occupant are obtained using imaging devices within a vehicle. The images include facial data of the vehicle occupant. The images include visible light-based images and near-infrared based images. A classifier is trained based on the visible light content of the images to determine cognitive state data for the vehicle occupant. The classifier is modified based on the near-infrared image content. The modified classifier is deployed for analysis of additional images of the vehicle occupant, where the additional images are near-infrared based images. The additional images are analyzed to determine a cognitive state. The vehicle is manipulated based on the cognitive state that was analyzed. The cognitive state is rendered on a display located within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Rana el Kaliouby, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10902331
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing visual allocation are provided herein that use models to determine states based on visual data and, based thereon, output feedback based on the determined states. Visual data is initially obtained by a visual allocation management system. The visual data includes eye image sequences of a person in a particular state, such as engaging in a task or activity. Visual features can be identified from the visual data, such that glance information including direction and duration can be calculated. The visual data, information derived therefrom, and/or other contextual data is input into the models, which correspond to states, to calculate probabilities that the particular state that the person is engaged in is one of the modeled states. Based on the state identified as having the highest probability, an optimal feedback, such as a warning or instruction, can be output to a connected devices, systems, or objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Andres Mauricio Munoz Delgado, Bryan L. Reimer, Joonbum Lee, Linda Sala Angell, Bobbie Danielle Seppelt, Bruce L. Mehler, Joseph F. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 10895627
    Abstract: A self-position estimation apparatus includes: a light reception unit that receives a light emission signal from a transmission apparatus via a pixel; and a position calculation unit that selects at least one, in accordance with the number of the light emission signals acquired by the light reception unit and which are used for a calculation of a self-position, from a plurality of algorithms in which the self-position is estimated and calculates the self-position by using the selected algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chiaki Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10884121
    Abstract: An inter-vehicle distance control device that achieves inter-vehicle distance control satisfying the driver includes a preceding vehicle velocity computation part that computes a preceding vehicle velocity on the basis of a host vehicle velocity and a relative velocity of the preceding vehicle, a target inter-vehicle setting art that sets a target inter-vehicle distance from the preceding vehicle on the basis of the preceding vehicle velocity, a target track generator that generates a target track and a target track differential, the target track defining a time history lasting until the initial value of the inter-vehicle distance reaches the target inter-vehicle distance, and a feedback controller that computes a feedback acceleration command by multiplying a deviation of the inter-vehicle distance from the target track and a deviation of the relative velocity from the target track differential value by a gain. The feedback acceleration command is output as an acceleration command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Shimizu, Kazuhiro Nishiwaki, Masahiro Iezawa
  • Patent number: 10885352
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method, apparatus, device, and computer readable storage medium for determining a lane line on a road. The method includes: acquiring a first curve as a reference curve, the first curve being obtained by fitting a first set of points selected from sets of points in different areas of the road; iteratively executing operations: selecting a second set of points from the sets of points based on the reference curve; generating a second curve by fitting the second set of points, determining a difference between a fitting degree associated with the reference curve and a fitting degree associated with the second curve, determining whether a convergence condition is met based on the difference, and setting the second curve as the reference curve if not met and determining the lane line of the road based on the second set of points if met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiong Duan, Wang Zhou, Miao Yan, Yifei Zhan, Changjie Ma, Xianpeng Lang, Yonggang Jin
  • Patent number: 10875754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating an industrial truck (10), the industrial truck (10) comprising a lifting mechanism (12), a fork carrier comprising two fork prongs (16) being height-adjustably guided on the lifting mechanism (12), a preferably individual rack bay label (31, 32, 33) provided on a rack bay (F1, F2, F3) of a storage rack (30), particularly a high-bay storage rack, is captured as digital image data by means of a digital camera (18) disposed on a fork prong (16) or on the fork carrier, the digital images being preferably transmitted from the digital camera (18) to a computer unit (22) of the industrial truck (10), wherein the digital image data is analyzed by the computer unit (22) and transmitted after the analysis to a display panel of the industrial truck (10), particularly a display unit (24), and information corresponding to the captured rack bay label (31, 32, 33) of the rack bay (F1, F2, F3), particularly text information and/or symbols, is displayed on the display panel of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Jungheinrich AG
    Inventors: Alexander Pautz, Lars Dohrmann, Sebastian Rockel
  • Patent number: 10857999
    Abstract: A vehicle device applied to a vehicle is provided. The vehicle is equipped with obstacle sensors that, respectively, detect obstacles, the obstacle sensors have respective detection ranges spreading toward at least one of a right lateral side or a left lateral side of the vehicle, and the detection ranges are arranged in an anteroposterior direction of the vehicle. The vehicle device includes a determination unit configured to successively determine a movement state of one of the obstacles relative to the vehicle based on a transition of one of the obstacle sensors which detects the one of the obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10860035
    Abstract: A method of storing a travel history uses a controller to store the travel history of a vehicle in a storage device for each link of a traveling path. The method includes determining that one or more travel histories in a link are one type or two or more types of travel histories on the basis of a predetermined determination condition and storing the two or more types of travel histories in the link in the storage device so as to be sorted for the determined two or more types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takano, Motonobu Aoki, Naoki Kojo