Radiation, Force, Or Waves Reflected From External Object Or Surface Patents (Class 180/169)
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10858000
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to systems and methods for operating or controlling an ADAS mechanism. A first sensor of an ADAS mechanism can determine a potential obstacle to a vehicle, and a position of the potential obstacle relative to the first sensor. A second sensor can determine a gaze angle of a user of the vehicle. An activation engine in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor can determine a proximity of the gaze angle of the user to the determined position of the potential obstacle. The activation engine can control, in response to the determined proximity, an operation of the ADAS mechanism for responding to the potential obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Keith J. Hanna
  • 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: 10850958
    Abstract: A method for automatically aligning an industrial truck in a warehouse, the method comprising the steps of: confirming that a pick has been executed by an operator and issuing a pick signal indicative thereof; determining a pick position and a next pick position and issuing pick position signals indicative of each; determining a side orientation of the industrial truck relative to a shelf side of a shelf aisle of the warehouse by the warehouse administration system in response to at least one of the pick position signals; and issuing a control command signal to the industrial truck such that the side orientation is automatically assumed for at least one of the pick positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Oliver Göpner
  • Patent number: 10852389
    Abstract: A frequency hopping continuous wave (FHCW) radar system which utilizes a one-coincidence sequence to create a form of FH multiplexing to allow discerning returning signals from interference. An EHC code generator sends codes to an FH waveform generator coupled to a transmitter. A receiver outputs a received signal to a correlator which correlates received signal with a delayed transmitted signal, and sends results for digital signal processing to determine target range and velocity. Use of the one-coincidence sequence provides for the interference level to be well managed and below the radar return signal; assuring that the returning radar signals can be discerned from interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Mau-Chung Chang, Yu-Hsiu Wu
  • Patent number: 10843685
    Abstract: A method and system for preventing a following vehicle from driving up on a vehicle driving directly in front. The following vehicle detects a behavior of the vehicle driving directly in front by sensor information and a behavior of at least one vehicle driving in front by vehicle-to-X information. The vehicle-to-x information requests an intervention in the steering of the following vehicle by a steering angle to be set and/or an intervention in the braking of the following vehicle by a deceleration to be set in order to prevent driving up on the vehicle, and wherein the steering angle and/or the deceleration requested by the vehicle-to-X information is greater than a steering angle and/or a requested deceleration requested by the sensor information and/or driver inputs. The intervention is only carried out if the steering angle and/or the deceleration is confirmed by sensor information and/or driver inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10843680
    Abstract: In one aspect, a vehicle includes an engine, a battery, a processor, and storage accessible to the processor. The storage bears instructions executable by the processor to identify a road feature and, at least in part based on the identification, apportion power between the engine and the battery to propel the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Arnold S. Weksler, Russell Speight VanBlon, John Carl Mese
  • Patent number: 10836380
    Abstract: A safety device for a vehicle includes a sensor system and an evaluation and control unit that is coupled to the sensor system via an interface and that evaluates information from the sensor system in order to detect objects in the area ahead of the vehicle, calculates, on the basis of the information from the sensor system, a likely impact point of a detected object and/or a likely amount of overlap of the detected object and the vehicle, brings the vehicle into a defined slide-off position by way of a targeted intervention into the vehicle dynamics when the calculated likely impact point and/or the calculated amount of overlap satisfies at least one predefined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Moennich, Thomas Lieh
  • Patent number: 10836353
    Abstract: A vehicle can include one or more movably mounted cameras that are able to move to adjust a viewing angle of the camera(s) relative to a body of the vehicle. The camera(s) may be movable by virtue of being coupled to a movable side mirror, such that movement of the side mirror changes a field of view of the camera coupled to the side mirror. For example, the side mirror can be rotated about a rotational axis between a first position in which a field of view of the camera is directed in a first direction (e.g. toward a ground proximate the vehicle), and a second position in which the field of view of the camera is directed in a second direction, different than the first direction (e.g., outward from the vehicle or toward a door of the vehicle).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FotoNation Limited
    Inventor: Corneliu Zaharia
  • Patent number: 10839689
    Abstract: A traveling control apparatus of vehicle includes a traveling controller, a position detector, and a steering torque detector. Where a steering torque, upon operation of a steering wheel to orient a vehicle in a first direction parallel to a width direction of a first lane, is a positive value, and the steering torque, upon operation of the steering wheel to orient the vehicle in a second direction opposite to the first direction, is a negative value, a lane change controller of the traveling controller stops a lane change control when the steering torque is equal to or greater than a positive first threshold or is equal to or less than a negative second threshold. The traveling controller varies the first and the second thresholds in accordance with a deviation that is an amount in which the vehicle is shifted from an imaginary curve related to a target course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 10830874
    Abstract: A vehicle-based method to determine the suitability of an object in the vicinity of a vehicle as a suitable positional landmark, comprising the steps of: a) emitting a plurality of radar signals from a vehicle; b) detecting the radar returns from said emitted radar signals reflected by said object; c) analyzing at least one parameter of at least one radar return to determine the extent to which said object is a stationary object; d) analyzing at least one parameter of at least one radar return to determine the extent to which said object is a single scatterer; e) analyzing at least one parameter of a plurality of radar returns to determine the extent to which said parameter varies with the azimuthal angle between said vehicle and said object, f) determining the suitability of said landmark for the results of steps c), d) and e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Alexander Ioffe, Wolfgang Doerr, Uri Iurgel, Konstantin Statnikov, Honghui Yan
  • Patent number: 10818031
    Abstract: A system for locating a mobile container within a facility comprises an optical sensor system with an optical sensor fixed to a frame of the container. The optical sensor is pointed away from the container in a direction facing a region of the facility (e.g., ceiling or floor) where one or more distinctive physical features are expected to be found. Each distinctive physical feature of the facility is associated with a location in the facility. The optical sensor is adapted to capture an image of that region of the facility. A computing system includes a processor configured to receive the image from the optical sensor, to determine that a physical feature found in the image matches one of the distinctive physical features of the facility, and to identify the container as being at the location in the facility associated with the matching distinctive physical feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Allegra A. McNeally, M. Alamgir Tamoori, Daniel Shahzad Kirmani, Gabriel Shahzad Kirmani
  • Patent number: 10809726
    Abstract: A set of driving scenarios are determined for different types of vehicles. Each driving scenario corresponds to a specific movement of a particular type of autonomous vehicles. For each of the driving scenarios of each type of autonomous vehicles, a set of driving statistics is obtained, including driving parameters used to control and drive the vehicle, a driving condition at the point in time, and a sideslip caused by the driving parameters and the driving condition under the driving scenario. A driving scenario/sideslip mapping table or database is constructed. The scenario/sideslip mapping table includes a number of mapping entries. Each mapping entry maps a particular driving scenario to a sideslip that is calculated based on the driving statistics. The scenario/sideslip mapping table is utilized subsequently to predict the sideslip under the similar driving environment, such that the driving planning and control can be compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10802106
    Abstract: A vehicle communication control device used for a vehicle includes a nearby vehicle information acquirer, a subject vehicle information generator, an assistance information generator, a difference calculator, and a cycle changer. The nearby vehicle information acquirer successively acquires nearby vehicle information representing running condition of a nearby vehicle and generation time of the nearby vehicle information. The subject vehicle information generator cyclically generates subject vehicle information representing running condition of a subject vehicle. The assistance information generator generates assistance information for driving assistance of the subject vehicle by using the nearby vehicle information and the subject vehicle information. The difference calculator calculates a difference between generation time of the most recent subject vehicle information and generation time of the most recent nearby vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruhiko Sogabe
  • Patent number: 10802497
    Abstract: A system and method for diagnosing and recovering from faults in a robot includes providing markers affixed to a floor surface, where each marker has a positional indicia thereon, navigating an area by the robot using the markers, acquiring the positional indicia on at least one marker, processing the acquired positional indicia to determine a position and angle of the at least one marker, computing a position offset and angle offset of markers with respect to a reference position and angle, adjusting the reference position and angle when the computed position offset and angle offset meets a first predetermined criteria, and alerting an external entity when the computed position offset and angle offset does not meet the first predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GREY ORANGE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Akash Gupta, Samay Kohli, Wolfgang Kurt Hoeltgen, Gaurav Kejriwal
  • Patent number: 10795005
    Abstract: An optical proximity detector includes a driver, light detector, analog front-end and digital back end. The driver drives the light source to emit light. The light detector produces a light detection signal indicative of a magnitude and a phase of a portion of the emitted light that reflects off an object and is incident on the light detector. The analog front-end includes amplification circuitry, and one or more analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that output a digital light detection signal, or digital in-phase and quadrature-phase signals indicative thereof. The digital back-end includes a distance calculator and a precision estimator. The distance calculator produces a digital distance value in dependence on the digital light detection signal, or the digital in-phase and quadrature-phase signals, output by the ADC(s) of the analog front-end. The precision estimator produces a precision value indicative of a precision of the digital distance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventor: Itaru Hiromi
  • Patent number: 10793136
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle behavior control device capable of improving responsivity of a vehicle behavior and a linear feeling with respect to a steering wheel operation without causing a driver to experience a strong feeling of intervention of the control and, at the same time, capable of controlling behavior of a vehicle in such a manner as to also improve stability of the vehicle attitude and riding comfort. In a vehicle behavior control device applied to a vehicle having steerable front road wheels, the vehicle behavior control device includes a PCM which acquires a steering speed of the vehicle, and generates a deceleration jerk which is a rearward jerk in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle when the steering speed becomes equal to or greater than a given threshold TS1 which is greater than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Yoshioka, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Yasunori Takahara, Masaki Chiba
  • Patent number: 10787170
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes a timing setter that sets an activation timing indicative of whether to activate the safety device based on a comparison between the activation timing and a time to collision, and a determination zone setter setting determination zones located diagonally ahead of the own vehicle in the travelling direction and separated in the lateral direction. The apparatus includes a corrector that performs, based on a zone-to-zone movement history of the recognized target object among the determination zones, a correction task including at least one of a first changing task of changing the width of an activation region, and a second changing task of changing the activation timing. The apparatus includes an activation determiner that activates a safety device upon determining that a position of the recognized target object is within the activation region and that the time to collision is smaller than the activation timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akitoshi Minemura
  • Patent number: 10782701
    Abstract: Provided is a method including monitoring an event occurring on a path along which an autonomous vehicle is currently travelling by using information obtained while the autonomous vehicle is travelling and determining whether to travel along a detour path when the event is detected. In particular, the method includes determining whether to travel along the detour path according to a cost incurred when the autonomous vehicle travels along the detour path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Cronin, Dylan Jonathan Wilson
  • Patent number: 10780867
    Abstract: An automatic brake assist device for an electric two-wheeled vehicle, the electric two-wheeled vehicle includes a main control module, having: a radar sensor module, used to measure a distance from a pair of objects; a control module, connected to the radar sensor module and the main control module, when the distance is changed from greater than a first braking distance to less than the first braking distance, transmitting a first brake braking mode signal to the main control module to decelerate the electric two-wheeled vehicle; when the distance is changed from greater than a second braking distance to less than the second braking distance, transmitting a second brake braking mode signal to the main control module to decelerate the electric two-wheeled vehicle; when the distance is changed from greater than a third braking distance to less than the third braking distance, transmitting a third brake braking mode signal to the main control module to decelerate the electric two-wheeled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KUNSHAN JUNLEI ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Huang, Zhen Kai Wen
  • Patent number: 10765284
    Abstract: A cleaning robot includes a main body, a traveling part provided at a lower portion of the main body to enable the main body to move along a floor surface, a suction part provided at the main body to suck foreign materials from the floor surface, a cover provided on an exterior of the main body, and a recessed part recessed at a predetermined position of the cover, wherein the cover includes a first cover positioned above the recessed part, and a second cover which is positioned below the recessed part and has a greater width than the first cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunsup Song, Hanshin Kim
  • Patent number: 10766490
    Abstract: A driving assistance method of causing a host vehicle to travel by following a preceding vehicle includes: determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is present or absent and, upon determining that the preceding vehicle is present, performing a preceding vehicle type determination of determining whether the preceding vehicle of the host vehicle is a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler; upon the preceding vehicle being a four-wheeler, performing both a control of inter-vehicle distance to the four-wheeler and a route following based on the four-wheeler; and upon the preceding vehicle being a two-wheeler, performing a control of inter-vehicle distance to the two-wheeler without performing a route following based on the two-wheeler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Naoki Kojo, Hiroyuki Takano
  • Patent number: 10760952
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a photoelectric sensor that reliably guides light by a light guide member and is easy to be assembled. A light projecting side light guide part of a light guide member extends in the front-and-rear direction. A light receiving side light guide part extends with at least a part thereof inclined with respect to the front-and-rear direction. A light shielding member includes a fitting part, into which the light projecting side light guide part fits in the front-and-rear direction, and a contact part that is in contact with a base board in the front-and-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Jumpei Nakamura, Hiroyuki Mizusaki, Motoki Tanaka, Yasuhito Uetsuji, Takahiro Okuda
  • Patent number: 10754018
    Abstract: A method for using a radar assembly to sense an environment includes a radar system that has an antenna assembly secured for 360-degree rotation, the antenna assembly having mounted thereon at least one transmit antenna, and a first set of three or more separate fixed receive antennas, with the antenna assembly having a greater width than height so as to create a fanbeam. In the method of the present invention, the antenna assembly is rotated to a first azimuth position, and then an FMCW waveform is transmitted within the fanbeam, and reflections are received from targets in the environment while in the first azimuth position. Based on the received reflections, data is processed and stored. These steps are repeated for all other azimuths until an azimuth sweep has been completed. At that time, a full environmental data set is compiled for the environment, where the data set comprises azimuth data, range data, elevation data and RCS data. The data set is gathered and delivered to a controller for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: David Slemp
  • Patent number: 10752166
    Abstract: A determination unit determines whether a driving behavior of a vehicle is performed by automatic driving control or manual driving control. A generation unit generates presentation instructing information for presenting the driving behavior by the automatic driving control externally from the vehicle when the determination unit determines that the driving behavior of the vehicle is performed by the automatic driving control, and generates presentation instructing information for presenting the driving behavior by the manual driving control externally from the vehicle when the determination unit determines that the driving behavior of the vehicle is performed by the manual driving control. An output unit outputs presentation instructing information generated by the generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuko Arai, Koji Arata
  • Patent number: 10745867
    Abstract: A paving machine comprises a material bunker for receiving a construction material, a chassis, an operator stand which is arranged behind the material bunker when seen in the construction direction, a paving screed which can be leveled for assembling the construction material onto a substrate, a material conveying unit which is configured to transport the construction material from the material bunker to the paving screed, and at least one optical projector which is configured to generate at least one projection in the visible spectrum on the substrate laterally and/or in front of the chassis of the paving machine when seen in the construction direction. The projection is visible to an operator of the paving machine from the operator stand when seen in the construction direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventors: Stefan Weber, Bernhard Erdtmann
  • Patent number: 10747227
    Abstract: A system is described for presenting information relating to lifting and moving a load object with a vehicle. Upon the lifting, a dimensioner determines a size and a shape of the load object, computes a corresponding spatial representation, and generates a corresponding video signal. During the moving, an imager observes a scene in front of the vehicle, relative to its forward motion direction, and generates a video signal corresponding to the observed scene. The imager has at least one element moveable vertically, relative to the lifting. A display renders a real time visual representation of the scene observed in front of the vehicle based on the corresponding video signal and superimposes a representation of the computed spatial representation of the load object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Xavier Houle, Jeffrey Mark Hunt
  • Patent number: 10730492
    Abstract: A speed control system operable to control a motor vehicle to operate in accordance with a set-speed value, the control means being operable to allow a user to adjust the set-speed value by user actuation of a vehicle brake control or a vehicle accelerator control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Fairgrieve, Daniel Woolliscroft, James Kelly, Adam Southgate
  • Patent number: 10705530
    Abstract: A travel control for a vehicle includes specifying a pedestrian crosswalk through which a subject vehicle is expected to pass as a first pedestrian crosswalk, estimating a position on the first pedestrian crosswalk through which the subject vehicle passes as a crossing position in the length direction of the first pedestrian crosswalk, specifying another pedestrian crosswalk located within a predetermined distance from the crossing position and located close to the first pedestrian crosswalk as a second pedestrian crosswalk, setting an area including the first pedestrian crosswalk and the second pedestrian crosswalk as a detection area of a detector detecting an object around the subject vehicle, detecting a moving object in the detection area using the detector, and controlling travel of the subject vehicle on the basis of a detection result of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motonobu Aoki, Susumu Fujita, Yohei Mishina
  • Patent number: 10703347
    Abstract: A method for operating a brake installation of a vehicle. A first electrically controllable pressure provision device provides brake pressure for actuating hydraulically actuatable brakes. A first electronic open-loop and closed-loop control unit, and a first pressure detection device, measures brake pressure provided by a primary brake system. A secondary brake system between the primary system and a part of the wheel brakes has a second electrically controllable pressure provision device provides brake pressure for actuating at least the part of the brakes. A second electronic open-loop and closed-loop control unit, and at least one second pressure detection device, the signals of which are processed in the second electronic open-loop and closed-loop control unit. The secondary system monitors the primary system based on signals from the second pressure detection device and on a predefined brake pressure demand to build up a brake pressure corresponding to the predefined brake pressure demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Marco Besier, Georg Roll, Sascha Gröger, Andreas Neu, Cristiano Hoffmann, Paul Linhoff
  • Patent number: 10705533
    Abstract: A semi-autonomous or autonomous mowing vehicle with a sensor that detects the boundary between a first, relatively higher surface, such as the un-mowed vegetation and a second, a relatively lower surface, such as the mowed vegetation, and a controller for steering the semi-autonomous or autonomous vehicle along detected boundary. The detected boundary is based on height differential between the two surfaces and two methods are discussed. For one, the boundary between the two surfaces is detected using a plurality of non-contact distance measuring sensors aligned in same direction, and processes these distance measuring sensors for determining the distance sensors that measure said first relatively higher surface and the distance sensors that measure the second relatively lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Anthony Bishel, G. Gregory Wilson
  • Patent number: 10677925
    Abstract: A LIDAR sensor for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a set of mirrors and a set of lasers outputting laser beams via the set of mirrors. The LIDAR sensor can further include one or more mirror actuators to adjust the set of mirrors, in response to AV feedback from the AV, to reconfigure a beam pattern of the outputted lasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Boehmke
  • Patent number: 10678251
    Abstract: A method of operating a robotic cleaning device over a surface to be cleaned, the method being performed by the robotic cleaning device. The method includes: following a boundary of a first object while registering path markers including positional information at intervals on the surface; tracing previously registered path markers at an offset upon encountering one or more of the previously registered path markers; and switching from tracing the previously registered path markers to following an edge of a second object upon detection of the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux
    Inventors: Anders Haegermarck, Magnus Lindhé
  • Patent number: 10661728
    Abstract: A license plate support mechanism is equipped with an attachment portion to which a license plate can be attached, a fixation portion fixating the attachment portion to a vehicle body, and a switching mechanism. The switching mechanism couples the attachment portion to the fixation portion such that the attachment portion is capable of displacing relative to the fixation portion. The switching mechanism also enables the attachment portion to switch between a storage position, in which the attachment portion is stored on a left/right direction inward side of a left/right pair of rear wheel fenders, and a display position, in which the attachment portion is positioned on the left/right direction outward side of the left/right pair of rear wheel fenders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Tsuji, Shigeo Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10655586
    Abstract: A running control apparatus for improving fuel efficiency by enabling automatic engine stop includes: a moving object detection unit for detecting a moving object moving in a direction crossing a direction of travel of own vehicle on the basis of an acquired image acquired from an image pickup apparatus; an acceleration calculation unit for calculating acceleration of the moving object; a moving object crossing intention determination unit for determining, on the basis of the acceleration of the moving object, whether or not the moving object intends to cross an intersection ahead of the own vehicle in the direction crossing the direction of the travel of the own vehicle before the own vehicle crosses the intersection; and automatic engine stop decision unit for deciding whether the own vehicle automatically stops an engine during running on the basis of a result of determination of the moving object crossing intention determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10654458
    Abstract: An electronic brake system for a braking system of a utility vehicle having a brake encoder with at least one sensor for detecting positions of a brake pedal that is actuated by the driver of the utility vehicle and at least one valve that is mechanically actuated via the brake pedal, and which, as a result of the mechanical actuation, is moved from a pressure reduction position into at least one pressure-maintaining or pressure increase position, in which the valve admits at least one fluid flow for the actuation of at least one operating brake of the braking system, wherein the valve is assigned at least one control element that is different from the brake pedal, by which the valve is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Bastian Witte
  • Patent number: 10656651
    Abstract: A control device includes an electronic control unit executes steering control for avoiding a collision with an object that has a possibility of colliding with a host vehicle. The electronic control unit sets a timing when the host vehicle is predicted to pass the object as an end timing of the steering control when the steering control is performed. The electronic control unit determines whether or not a deviation possibility is present when the electronic control unit assumes that the steering control ends at the end timing. The deviation possibility is a possibility of the host vehicle deviating from a current traveling lane accompanying an end of the steering control. The electronic control unit performs reduction processing that reduces the deviation possibility when the electronic control unit determines that the deviation possibility is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Jun Ozawa, Minami Sato, Shinichi Nagata, Hiroshi Izumi
  • Patent number: 10641871
    Abstract: An area sensor includes: a sensor unit that emits measurement light with which a monitoring area is scanned, and detects reflected light of the measurement light; and a system controller that controls the sensor unit to output sensor information to an external device, the sensor information including object information in the monitoring area obtained based on an output signal from the sensor unit, the system controller including: a memory interface to which a portable external storage device is connectable, a sensor controller that controls the sensor unit, and a memory controller that accesses the external storage device; and a start processing unit which operates the memory controller in priority to the system controller, when the external storage device is connected to the memory interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HOKUYO AUTOMATIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiya Higashi, Santosh Wagle
  • Patent number: 10625731
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle behavior control device capable of improving responsivity of a vehicle behavior and a linear feeling with respect to a steering wheel operation without causing a driver to experience a strong feeling of intervention of the control, and capable of controlling behavior in such a manner as to improve stability of the vehicle attitude and riding comfort. The device includes a PCM which acquires a steering speed relating to a jerk in a width direction of the vehicle, sets a torque reduction flag, indicative of whether or not a condition for allowing reduction of an output torque of an engine is satisfied, based on the steering speed, and starts to reduce a torque when the torque reduction flag is set to True indicative of a state in which the condition for allowing reduction of the torque is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru Yoshioka, Daisuke Umetsu, Osamu Sunahara, Yasunori Takahara, Masaki Chiba
  • Patent number: 10627812
    Abstract: An automotive driver assistance for a vehicle with an improved capability to handle obstructed sensor coverage includes steps of acquiring sensor data on an environment of the vehicle from at least one sensor, of generating an environment representation based on the acquired sensor data and of predicting at least one behavior of the vehicle. The method determines at least one area in the environment of the vehicle wherein for the at least one area either a confidence for the sensor data is below a threshold or no sensor data is available and generates at least one virtual traffic entity in the at least one determined area, wherein the virtual traffic entity is adapted to interact with the at least one predicted behavior of the vehicle. A risk measure for each combination of the at least one virtual traffic entity and the predicted behavior of the vehicle is estimated, the calculated risk measure is evaluated and a controlling action for the vehicle is executed based on the evaluated risk measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA RESEARCH INSTITUTE EUROPE GMBH
    Inventors: Julian Eggert, Tim Puphal, Tsukasa Sugino, Florian Damerow
  • Patent number: 10626821
    Abstract: A method and system improving vehicle operation is presented. In one example, the vehicle data is transmitted between a vehicle and a cloud computer. The cloud computer adjusts engine control parameters and the vehicle is operated based on the adjusted engine control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joe F. Stanek, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Tony Lockwood, Sam Hashemi
  • Patent number: 10618503
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for controlling a braking force of a platooning vehicle. The apparatus includes a braking distance predicting unit configured to predict a predicted braking distance of a host vehicle, a braking restriction determining unit configured to determine whether a braking distance of the host vehicle is to be restricted, by comparing the predicted braking distance of the host vehicle with predicted braking distances of following vehicles. The apparatus further includes a braking restriction degree determining unit configured to determine a braking restriction degree of the braking distance of the host vehicle in the case in which it is necessary to restrict the braking distance of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Su Lim
  • Patent number: 10619482
    Abstract: An open cut mine includes an area to be mined bounded by a perimeter. The area to be mined includes (a) a manned zone within the perimeter in which manned resources operate to the exclusion of unmanned resources, (b) an unmanned zone within the perimeter in which unmanned resources operate to the exclusion of manned resources, (c) a first manned resource access location in the perimeter including a roadway through which manned resources move into and from the manned zone, and (d) a separate second unmanned resource access location in the perimeter including a roadway through which unmanned resources move into and from the unmanned zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty. Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Stokes
  • Patent number: 10593060
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a visual positioning and navigation device, comprising: a motion module, configured to drive a robot accordingly, and acquire a current pose information of the robot in real time; a camera module, configured to capture an environmental image during the movement of the robot; an image processing module, configured to perform the feature extraction and the feature description for the environmental image; and a pose estimation module, configured to match the feature point description of the environmental image, build a feature database, calculate the pose correction of the robot, and obtain the corrected robot pose based on the robot current pose and the pose correction. The visual positioning and navigation device and method thereof can build the scene map by detecting and tracking the feature information of the ORB feature points of the indoor ceiling, so as to achieve the accurate positioning and navigation of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TwoAntz, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi-Min Huang, Cheng Huang
  • Patent number: 10593211
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling platooning of vehicles includes: a manipulation portion configured to input an operation command when a lane change is needed during the platooning; a detector portion configured to recognize Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) information regarding the plurality of vehicles; and a controller configured to perform the lane change using the BCW information according to the operation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: SangJun Kim
  • Patent number: 10579064
    Abstract: An electrical charging station for charging an autonomous robot having a battery. The charging station includes a first charging member configured to receive a second charging member on the autonomous robot when the autonomous robot is docked with the charging station. There is a communications device configured to receive from the autonomous robot an identifier indicative of a type of battery on the autonomous robot. There is a power supply, electrically connected to the first charging member, configured to charge the autonomous robot according to a charging profile. The charging profile is selected based at least in part on the identifier received from the autonomous robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Sussman, Aron Klair Insinga
  • Patent number: RE48154
    Abstract: A guidance and vehicle control system for automatically steering a vehicle, such as an agricultural vehicle or a tractor, through a field. The system includes a GNSS receiver and antenna for determining the vehicle's instantaneous position, a guidance CPU, and an automatic steering subsystem integrated with the vehicle's electrical power system. The automatic steering subsystem can be interfaced with the steering column of the vehicle, and mechanically activates the steering column, thereby steering the vehicle according to instructions received from the CPU based upon the vehicle's position and a predetermined path. An interrupt element, such as a wheel movement sensor or a slip gear, may be interfaced with the automatic steering subsystem to allow for manual steering override of the automatic steering control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AGJUNCTION LLC
    Inventor: John A. McClure