Of Collision Or Contact With External Object Patents (Class 340/436)
  • Patent number: 11364842
    Abstract: A notification device includes a calculation unit calculating, based on a speed of a vehicle, a vehicle stoppage distance by which the vehicle travels until the vehicle enters a stopped state while performing autonomous driving, a notification unit performing notification about information with respect to an outside of the vehicle, and a notification controller causing the notification unit not to perform notification about information indicating that the vehicle is in the middle of deceleration until the vehicle passes by a first soon-to-cross pedestrian and to cause the notification unit to perform notification about the information after the vehicle passes by the first soon-to-cross pedestrian when a distance between the vehicle and the first soon-to-cross pedestrian is smaller than the vehicle stoppage distance and a distance between the vehicle and a second soon-to-cross pedestrian is equal to or greater than the vehicle stoppage distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Morimura
  • Patent number: 11364910
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises: receiving ambient sound; determining if the ambient sound includes a siren; in accordance with determining that the ambient sound includes a siren, determining a first location associated with the siren; receiving a camera image; determining if the camera image includes a flashing light; in accordance with determining that the camera image includes a flashing light, determining a second location associated with the flashing light; 3D data; determining if the 3D data includes an object; in accordance with determining that the 3D data includes an object, determining a third location associated with the object; determining a presence of an emergency vehicle based on the siren, detected flashing light and detected object; determining an estimated location of the emergency vehicle based on the first, second and third locations; and initiating an action related to the vehicle based on the determined presence and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Paul Schmitt, Jugal Buddhadev, Alex Hunter Lang
  • Patent number: 11362809
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to systems and methods for using a blockchain or shared ledger to record information regarding a vehicle identified by a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or other vehicle identifier. The blockchain may be used to handle vehicles after vehicle collisions based upon sensor data regarding the collision and the vehicle stored on-chain. An indication that a vehicle has been involved in a collision is received including sensor data collected at substantially the time of the vehicle collision. A transaction is broadcast to the blockchain to reflect the sensor data of the vehicle. Since the chain is searchable by VIN, any future searches for the vehicle by VIN include the sensor data collected substantially at the time of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas A. Graff, Stacie A. McCullough, Shawn M. Call, Eric Bellas, Jaime Skaggs, Jacob J. Alt, Eric R. Moore, Vicki King
  • Patent number: 11353545
    Abstract: A sensor apparatus for a vehicle includes a protector, a holder, and a sensor. The protector is inserted into an insertion hole of a deck of the vehicle. The protector includes protector hooks formed thereon. The holder is inserted into the insertion hole and coupled to the protector so as to be constrained by the protector hooks. The holder includes holder hooks formed so as to be hooked to an inner surface of the deck. The sensor is coupled to the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Hee Bae
  • Patent number: 11353577
    Abstract: Techniques are discussed for generating a spatial grid based on radar sensor data. The spatial grid may include cells, which may be designated as being occupied, occluded, and/or free space. A cell may be designated as being occupied if radar sensor data is associated with a region of an environment associated with the cell. A field may be designated as being occluded if a region of the environment associated with the cell is obstructed, relative to a radar sensor, by a cell that is designated as being occupied. In some instances, objects may be detected and/or tracked in occluded regions. A cell may be designated as being free space if a region associated with the cell is within a field of view of a radar sensor and is unoccupied and un-occluded. In some instances, the spatial grid may be used to control a vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Liu, Chuang Wang, Joshua Kriser Cohen
  • Patent number: 11356822
    Abstract: Provided is a driving assistance system capable of providing more pieces of information to a vehicle side by using magnetic markers. A driving assistance system (1A) is a system including magnetic markers (1) laid on a travelling road so as to be magnetically detectable and also be able to provide code information to a vehicle side, a vehicle (5) configured to be able to magnetically detect the magnetic markers (1) and also read the code information, and a base station (6) configured to make a reply with corresponding information when receiving the code information from the vehicle (5) reading the code information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11338812
    Abstract: The vehicle control device recognizes an object around an own-vehicle and acquires information related to a road shape ahead of the own-vehicle. The vehicle control device detects, when a road shape prompting cut-in to an own-lane is acquired, a monitoring target vehicle likely to be prompted to cut into the own-lane among the recognized objects. The vehicle control device executes an evasive preparation for cut-in of the monitoring target vehicle when the monitoring target vehicle is detected. The vehicle control device executes an evasive action to avoid interference between the monitoring target vehicle and the own-vehicle when a predetermined motion from which cut-in of the monitoring target vehicle to the own-lane is expected is sensed after the evasive preparation is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Katsura, Yoshinori Watanabe, Takaaki Tanaka, Tadashi Omachi
  • Patent number: 11332073
    Abstract: A proximity alert system for a vehicle having a mobility access device that is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position may include a control system, a sensor system, and an annunciator system. The control system operates the sensor system to detect a presence of an object within a defined sensing region exterior to the vehicle when the mobility access device is in the stowed position. The control system operates the annunciator system when the sensor system detects the presence of the object within the defined sensing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Vantage Mobility International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Charles Miller, Jeffrey Powell Butler, Kelly Eugene Stephenson
  • Patent number: 11302176
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided in which instant emergency alerts can be sent to programmed personal electronic devices by government officials either by a 911 call center or from a government vehicle. The apparatus and method is designed to warn people in imminent danger of a situation that may be occurring within a given geographic area. Such events include high speed police pursuits, emergency response, and fire response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: Timothy E Morgan, Hobey Tam
  • Patent number: 11302181
    Abstract: A method for enhancing data access capabilities of vehicles is provided. The method includes obtaining, by a first vehicle having a first level of autonomy, data in a first format, receiving, from a second vehicle having a second level of autonomy, a request for the data, converting the data from a first format to a second format based on the second level of autonomy, and transmitting the data in the second format to the second vehicle. The data in the second format is compatible with the second level of autonomy. The second level of autonomy is lower than the first level of autonomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Randall M. Harris
  • Patent number: 11302196
    Abstract: The present technology relates to an information processing apparatus and an information processing method enabling a vehicle to readily pass an oncoming vehicle in a narrow road or the like. The information processing apparatus includes a map generating section generating map data associated with a circumference of a vehicle, and updating the map data in conformity with a movement of the vehicle, and a waiting space detecting section detecting a waiting space enabling the vehicle to wait on the basis of the map data, and generating waiting space information as information associated with the detected waiting space and used in setting of an escaping route on which the vehicle is escaped in order to pass an oncoming vehicle. The present technology, for example, can be applied to a vehicle controlling system which performs control of automatic driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 11295544
    Abstract: A vehicle exterior environment recognition apparatus includes an image acquisition unit and a paired light source identification unit. The image acquisition unit acquires first and second luminance images. The paired light source identification unit extracts light sources from the first luminance image, to identify, as paired light sources, a pair of light sources out of the light sources extracted from the first luminance image, on the basis of positional relation of the light sources extracted. The paired light source identification unit extracts light sources from the second luminance image on the condition that the light sources extracted from the first luminance image are devoid of the paired light sources, to identify, as the paired light sources, one of the light sources extracted from the first luminance image and one of the light sources extracted from the second luminance image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11294392
    Abstract: A road line determination method and apparatus is provided. The method includes: performing detection of two road lines of a lane in which the vehicle is driving from a driving image; determining whether at least one road line of the two road lines is not detected; if it is determined that the at least one road line is not detected, determining at least one road line for the at least one undetected road line based on first information about a drivable road area comprising the road; and controlling driving of the vehicle based on the at least one determined road line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-hyun Ji, Won-ju Lee, Cheol-hun Jang, Do-kwan Oh, Yoon-suk Hyun
  • Patent number: 11297661
    Abstract: A self-assembling network is configured to automatically and dynamically connect devices used in operations carried out on or near roads bearing vehicle and pedestrian traffic. An automatic, ad hoc network connecting existing and new devices can be used to enhance safety by gathering and exchanging safety critical information. In some cases, existing equipment can be augmented with a network controller and radio frequency communications to permit the devices to join a wireless local network and exchange information over the network. New devices, including wearable devices, can be configured to act as nodes on the wireless local network. Establishing the relative position of vehicles, sensors, wearables, and other nodes on the disclosed ad hoc wireless network allows the coordination of functions based on position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Cole Jackson, Caleb Garrett
  • Patent number: 11288521
    Abstract: Systems, devices, products, apparatuses, and/or methods for generating a road edge boundary for an edge of a road in an AV map for controlling an autonomous vehicle on a roadway by obtaining map data associated with a map of a geographic location including a roadway associated with one or more locations of one or more vehicles in the roadway during one or more traversals of the roadway, determining one or more prediction scores based on the map data, including one or more predictions of whether the plurality of elements include road edge boundary locations, and generating in the map a road edge boundary based on the one or more prediction scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Sean David Vig
  • Patent number: 11288520
    Abstract: A method includes receiving sensor data, with one or more sensor of a vehicle, wherein the sensor data is associated with an environment of the vehicle, detecting an object based on the sensor data, determining pixel coordinates of the object based on the sensor data, converting the pixel coordinates of the object to world coordinates of the object, extracting a set of features associated with the object, and transmitting the set of features and the world coordinates to a remote computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Qiang Liu, Baekgyu Kim, Rui Guo
  • Patent number: 11282383
    Abstract: Constructing a noise pollution map for an area includes a first subset of users performing initial noise recordings in the area using audio devices, using machine learning to provide classification of noises in the initial noise recordings, a second subset of users, larger than the first subset of users, capturing noise in the area using audio devices, creating summaries of noises using the classification to classify noises captured by the second subset of users, and aggregating the summaries to construct the noise pollution map of the area. The audio devices may include headsets, smart speakers, smart television sets, and/or computers. The summaries of noises may be created using software that is installed locally on devices of the second subset of users. The summaries may include source information, amplitude and frequency characteristics, duration, parameters of a corresponding one of the audio devices, user location, surroundings, and/or user movement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: All Turtles Corporation
    Inventor: Phil Libin
  • Patent number: 11279404
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a two-track vehicle may include a steering handle, in the case of whose rotary actuation the steerable vehicle wheels can be turned by a wheel steering angle, and a control device to electrically actuate a steering actuator for setting the wheel steering angle was a function of driving operational parameters and independently of the steering handle and a clutch that provides a releasable mechanical steering connection between the steering handle and the steerable vehicle wheels. An automatic avoidance manoeuvre may be carried out in the case of a risk of collision, in which the control device fully releases the clutch, and the control device actuates the steering actuator such that the vehicle briefly leaves its driving lane and is then brought back into the driving lane. The control device also actuates a braking of the steering handle during the collision avoidance manoeuvre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: AUDI AG, THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Loos, Daniel Kreutz, Arne Schacht
  • Patent number: 11268825
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for integrating a non-autonomous vehicle into a transit environment populated with autonomous vehicles. An autonomous vehicle network integration apparatus is disclosed which collects data over a wireless network regarding a vehicle's route and surroundings, including nearby fully and partially autonomous vehicles. The apparatus is configured to analyze data and dynamically determine a range of influence, within which it communicates with vehicles to suggest driver actions and inform self-driving vehicle behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Autoligence Inc.
    Inventor: William Collins White, III
  • Patent number: 11269324
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling an autonomous vehicle are provided according to the embodiments of the disclosure. The method includes: sending, in response to determining that a pedestrian is in a first target area, behavior prompt information representing prompting the pedestrian to make a corresponding behavior; determining whether a deceleration condition matching the behavior prompt information is satisfied based on acquired behavior information of the pedestrian; and sending control information for reducing a moving speed of the autonomous vehicle, in response to determining that the deceleration condition is satisfied and determining that a speed of the autonomous vehicle is greater than a preset deceleration threshold. According to the embodiments, deceleration control of the autonomous vehicle is achieved based on the response of the pedestrian to the behavior prompt information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mengmeng Tang, Wanqi Chai, Junping Wang, Fan Yang, Xiaohua Yang, Jing Li, Chen Chen, Shi Hu, Xuan Huang, Yan Feng, Wenlong Rao, Haifeng Li, Gao Yu, Ning Yu, Shuang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11242088
    Abstract: A lane departure avoidance system disables start of steering control or terminate running steering control upon determination that a value of a at least one selected variation, which is selected from a first variation, a second variation, a third variation, and a fourth variation, is equal to or more than a corresponding threshold. The first variation is a variation of a lateral position of an own vehicle relative to lane marking lines recognized by a recognition unit, and the second variation is a variation of a yaw angle of the own vehicle relative to the recognized lane marking lines. The third variation is a variation of a curvature of the recognized lane marking lines, and the fourth variation is a variation of a pitch angle of the own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Nakahara
  • Patent number: 11242054
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicle interactive decision making may include identifying two or more traffic participants and gaps between the traffic participants, selecting a gap and identifying a traffic participant based on a coarse probability of a successful merge between the autonomous vehicle and a corresponding traffic participant, generating an intention prediction associated with the identified traffic participant based on vehicle dynamics of the identified traffic participant, predicted behavior of the identified traffic participant in the absence of the autonomous vehicle, and predicted behavior of the identified traffic participant in the presence of the autonomous vehicle making a maneuver creating an interaction between the identified traffic participant and the autonomous vehicle, generating an intention prediction associated with the autonomous vehicle, calculating an updated probability of a successful interaction between the identified traffic participant and the autonomous vehicle based on the intention pr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: David Francis Isele
  • Patent number: 11242068
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display apparatus for vehicle comprising: a display unit; an interface unit; and a processor configured to receive information on a first object and a second object positioned outside a vehicle through the interface unit, and control the display unit to display a graphic object corresponding to the first object, when the second object is positioned between the vehicle and the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunghwan Choi, Jaeho Lee, Ilwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11238678
    Abstract: A method for generating data regarding a vehicle crash includes receiving initial sensor data, determining that the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating a crash has occurred, receiving additional sensor data; and generating combined sensor data. A computing device for generating data regarding a vehicle crash includes a processor and a memory including instructions that when executed cause the processor to receive initial sensor data, determine that the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating that a crash has occurred, receive additional sensor data; and generate combined sensor data. A computer readable storage medium includes non-transitory computer readable instructions stored thereon for generating data regarding a crash, wherein the instructions when executed cause a processor to receive initial sensor data; receive additional sensor data, determine that the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating that a crash has occurred; and generate combined sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric Bellas, Shawn M. Call, Gregory D. Carter, Ronald R. Duehr, Jeffrey David Hevrin, Sara Elizabeth Collins
  • Patent number: 11225404
    Abstract: A system collects information related to a lockout event that occurs on an industrial vehicle. A lockout condition associated with an industrial vehicle is detected by a processor executing on the industrial vehicle. Responsive thereto, the industrial vehicle operator is locked out so that the industrial vehicle cannot be driven from its locked location. A message is wirelessly communicated to a server application that indicates that the industrial vehicle has been locked. When the processor executing on the industrial vehicle receives a command to unlock the industrial vehicle, the industrial vehicle is unlocked and the identity is stored, of the person who unlocked the industrial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron H. Harshbarger, David K. Tinnerman, Timothy A. Wellman, Jeffrey C. Whitford, Dean E. Winner
  • Patent number: 11227242
    Abstract: A method includes determining, based at least in part on sensor data about a worksite, first and second conditions associated with a location at the worksite. The method also includes determining, based at least in part on the first condition and the second condition, a first risk factor associated with a first portion of the worksite, the first portion including the location and area proximate the location and determining a second risk factor associated with a second portion of the worksite adjacent the first portion. The method may also include generating a graphical user interface comprising a graphical representation of the first portion of the worksite and the second portion of the worksite and visual indications of the risk factors. Further aspects may include controlling machines and/or electronic devices at the worksite when a value associated with the risk factors is greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Graham Smith, David James Edwards, Michael K. Hatfield, Elisa Beth Begner
  • Patent number: 11221405
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, apparatus, and system for vehicle-to-vehicle communication based on radar communication is disclosed. The operations comprise: detecting, with at least one sensor deployed at a first vehicle, a first obstacle; receiving, at the first vehicle, a radar signal from a second vehicle, wherein an unobstructed line-of-sight exists between the first vehicle and the second vehicle; and transmitting, from the first vehicle, and in response to the radar signal from the second vehicle, a first information relating to the first obstacle to the second vehicle, wherein the transmission is received by a second radar deployed at the second vehicle, and wherein an unobstructed line-of-sight does not exist between the second vehicle and the first obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Karam Noujeim
  • Patent number: 11220259
    Abstract: A controller receives outputs from a plurality of sensors such as a camera, LIDAR sensor, RADAR sensor, and ultrasound sensor, which may be rearward facing. A probability is updated each time a feature in a sensor output indicates presence of an object. The probability may be updated as a function of a variance of the sensor providing the output and a distance to the feature. Where the variance of a sensor is directional, directional probabilities may be updated according to these variances and the distance to the feature. If the probability meets a threshold condition, actions may be taken such as a perceptible alert or automatic braking. The probability may be decayed in the absence of detection of objects. Increasing or decreasing trends in the probability may be amplified by further increasing or decreasing the probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sneha Kadetotad, Jinesh J Jain, Vidya Nariyambut Murali, Dongran Liu, Marcos Paul Gerardo Castro, Adil Nizam Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 11221619
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system installed on a vehicle includes: an information acquisition device configured to acquire driving environment information indicating driving environment for the vehicle; and an autonomous driving control device configured to control autonomous driving of the vehicle based on the driving environment information. The driving environment information includes: map information; and size information indicating a size of a routing object that moves integrally with the vehicle. The autonomous driving control device refers to the map information and the size information to determine a travel route through which the routing object can pass without protruding from a roadway as a target travel route to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Udagawa, Mitsutaka Tanimoto, Masateru Amano
  • Patent number: 11214244
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a vehicle collision avoidance control device including: at least one first sensor configured to sense a first direction of a driver vehicle and to sense a first target vehicle in the first direction of the driver vehicle; at least one second sensor configured to sense a second direction that is opposite to the first direction of the driver vehicle and to sense a second target vehicle in the second direction of the driver vehicle; and a controller configured to output a vehicle control signal at least partially on the basis of processing of the first sensor and the second sensor, wherein the controller is configured to generate a primary vehicle control signal for avoiding a primary collision when a primary collision with the first target vehicle is predicted according to a first direction sensing result by the at least one first sensor, to modify the primary vehicle control signal into a secondary vehicle control signal on the basis of a result of sensing the second target vehi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Young Ju Kwon
  • Patent number: 11208066
    Abstract: A device for triggering at least one external protection function for a motor vehicle for the protection of external road users in particular need of protection, in particular for the protection of pedestrians, includes a control unit for evaluating sensor data from a first sensor system for sensing collision objects and for outputting a first trigger signal for the at least one external protection function, as well as an auxiliary control unit for evaluating sensor data from a second sensor system for sensing collision objects and for directly outputting a second trigger signal for the at least one external protection function if a collision object was detected, the auxiliary control unit being adapted such that the control unit is bypassed when the second trigger signal is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Josef Kolatschek
  • Patent number: 11205298
    Abstract: There is provided a method for creating a voxel occupancy model. The voxel occupancy model is representative of a region of space which can be described using a three-dimensional voxel array. The region of space contains at least part of an object. The method comprises receiving first image data, the first image data being representative of a first view of the at least part of an object and comprising first image location data, and receiving second image data, the second image data being representative of a second view of the at least part of an object and comprising second image location data. The method also comprises determining a first descriptor, the first descriptor describing a property of a projection of a first voxel of the voxel array in the first image data, and determining a second descriptor, the second descriptor describing a property of a projection of the first voxel in the second image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BLUE VISION LABS UK LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Ondruska, Lukas Platinsky
  • Patent number: 11204607
    Abstract: A trajectory setting device that sets a trajectory of a host vehicle includes a first path generation unit configured to generate a first path by assuming all obstacles around the host vehicle to be stationary obstacles, a second path generation unit configured to generate a second path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move independently, a third path generation unit configured to generate a third path when the moving obstacle is assumed to move while interacting with at least one of the other obstacles or the host vehicle, a reliability calculation unit configured to calculate reliability of the second path and reliability of the third path, and a trajectory setting unit configured to set the trajectory for traveling from the first path, the second path, and the third path based on the reliability of the second path and the reliability of the third path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 11188076
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system installed on a vehicle includes: an information acquisition device configured to acquire driving environment information indicating driving environment for the vehicle; and an autonomous driving control device configured to control autonomous driving of the vehicle based on the driving environment information. The driving environment information includes: map information; and size information indicating a size of a routing object that moves integrally with the vehicle. The autonomous driving control device refers to the map information and the size information to determine a travel route through which the routing object can pass without protruding from a roadway as a target travel route to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Udagawa, Mitsutaka Tanimoto, Masateru Amano
  • Patent number: 11190529
    Abstract: A system, method and computer readable and executable media for detecting, alerting, managing and optionally mitigating cyber security events on an aircraft's networks using an on-board cyber security appliance and applications that monitors and detects cyber security events in real time. A software selectable cyber security agent within the cyber security appliance mitigates (if enabled) the effects of a cyber security events and/or anomalies on the aircrafts networks while the aircraft is in-flight and/or on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Eric Edward Stuck
  • Patent number: 11173910
    Abstract: A lane change controller, a system including the same, and a method thereof are provided. The lane change controller includes a processor configured to determine whether it is possible for a vehicle to perform a lane change depending on a road condition, based on information about surrounding circumstances, a storage storing the result of determining whether it is possible to perform the lane change, the result being determined by the processor, and a display device configured to display the result of determining whether it is possible to perform the lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Soo Kim, Jin Su Jeong, Jae Yong Jeon
  • Patent number: 11169537
    Abstract: A subject vehicle includes: a communication device communicating with an external device; a detection unit detecting a state of the surroundings of a subject vehicle; a driving support control unit executing driving support of automatically executing at least a part of speed control or steering control of the subject vehicle on the basis of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; an extraction unit extracting environment information causing a change in control in the driving support from information of the state of the surroundings of the subject vehicle detected by the detection unit; and a communication control unit transmitting the environment information extracted by the extraction unit to an external device using the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunimichi Hatano, Masahiko Asakura, Naoto Sen, Masaaki Abe
  • Patent number: 11172170
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus according to the present invention includes an image-data acquiring unit that sequentially acquires image data obtained by imaging a periphery of a vehicle, an event-signal acquiring unit that acquires an event signal indicating occurrence of a predetermined event to the vehicle, a condition detecting unit that detects, when the event-signal acquiring unit acquires the event signal, whether a positional relation of another vehicle with the vehicle satisfies a predetermined condition, and a writing controller that writes the image data in a memory in a ring buffer format, or writes, when the event-signal acquiring unit acquires the event signal, the image data including a period from when the event signal has been acquired until the condition detecting unit has detected that the condition is satisfied in the memory so that the image data is not overwritten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Yamada, Toshitaka Murata, Keita Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11164447
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a storage medium for evacuating a person around an autonomous vehicle are proposed. The method includes: obtaining data about surrounding of the autonomous vehicle during the driving of the autonomous vehicle; recognizing a person with onlooker intention within a predetermined range around the autonomous vehicle according to the data obtained; evacuating the person with onlooker intention in a predetermined manner. The technical solution may be applied to ensure normal driving of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING BAIDU NETCOM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ning Yu, Chengfa Wang, Fan Yang
  • Patent number: 11155261
    Abstract: A vehicle control device receives a collision detection signal indicating that a vehicle collides with an object from a collision detection device. The vehicle control device measures a distance that the vehicle moves from a collision point when the collision detection signal is received. The vehicle control device limits a running of the vehicle when the movement distance from the collision point exceeds a predetermined threshold value, and does not limit the running of the vehicle when the movement distance from the collision point is the predetermined value or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Okabe
  • Patent number: 11158192
    Abstract: A method and a system (100) for detecting parking spaces (32) suitable for a vehicle (1). In order to determine a parking space (32), radar signals (11) are directed to a plurality of vehicles (301, 302, . . . 30M) parked in a parking area (13) and also to surrounding elements (34). The radar signals (12) reflected by the parked vehicles (301, 302, . . . 30M) and also the surrounding elements (34) are processed in a computing unit (15). A gap (29) in a calculated periodicity (51) of a projection profile (24) is determined with an autoregressive prediction filter (53). A prediction error function (26) has the highest value (55) at the location of a parking space (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Christopher Unverdorben, Andreas Schmid, Christian Pfaffenzeller, Uwe Siart
  • Patent number: 11150335
    Abstract: A processing unit includes: an acquisition section that acquires forward environment information corresponding to output of a forward environment detector; a recognition section that recognizes the target on the basis of the forward environment information; and a control section that controls the forward environment detector. During travel of the motorcycle, the acquisition section acquires posture information related to a bank angle of the motorcycle, and the control section changes a detection angle range for forward detection of the motorcycle by the forward environment detector in accordance with the posture information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Pfau, S N Prashanth
  • Patent number: 11148666
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle control apparatus least a partial automatic control over the travel of the host vehicle. A following variable generating unit (96) calculates a predicted position of an other vehicle at a predicted time point ahead of the present time point, sets a target position which is short of the predicted position by a target intervehicle distance, and determines a first following variable for causing the host vehicle to reach the target position at the predicted time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Oguro, Daichi Kato
  • Patent number: 11143757
    Abstract: An environment detection method includes the following steps is provided. Firstly, an ultrasonic wave is emitted to a first reflecting cone by an ultrasonic transmitter, wherein the ultrasonic wave is reflected to the environment by the first reflecting cone in a full circumferential direction. Then, the ultrasonic waves reflected back from a second reflecting cone is received by an ultrasonic receiver. Then, a received signal waveform received by the ultrasonic receiver is recorded by a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Chien-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 11142215
    Abstract: The invention obtains a processing unit and a processing method capable of improving a rider's safety. The invention also obtains an inter-vehicular distance warning system that includes the processing unit. The invention further obtains a motorcycle that includes the inter-vehicular distance warning system. A processing unit (20) includes: an acquisition section (21) that acquires environment information corresponding to output of an environment detector (11); a determination section (22) that determines sufficiency or insufficiency of an inter-vehicular distance on the basis of the environment information; and a control section (23) that makes a warning device (30) output a warning in the case where the determination section (22) determines that the inter-vehicular distance is insufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Lars Pfau
  • Patent number: 11136036
    Abstract: A lane change controller, a system including the same, and a method thereof are provided. The lane change controller includes a processor configured to determine whether it is possible for a vehicle to perform a lane change depending on a road condition, based on information about surrounding circumstances, a storage storing the result of determining whether it is possible to perform the lane change, the result being determined by the processor, and a display device configured to display the result of determining whether it is possible to perform the lane change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Soo Kim, Jin Su Jeong, Jae Yong Jeon
  • Patent number: 11138884
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining that an adverse driving event is likely to occur and utilizing accident calculus algorithms to determine and cause vehicle driving actions necessary to mitigate consequences of the adverse driving event. After determining that an adverse driving event is likely to occur, a computing device my forecast consequences of the driving event. The computing device may determine potential evasive maneuvers that may be taken responsive to the adverse driving event. Additionally, the computing device may determine consequences associated with the potential evasive maneuvers and assign a weight relative to the consequence. The computing device may compare the potential driving maneuvers based on the weighted consequences to determine a driving maneuver to take.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Sunil Chintakindi, Regina Madigan, Mark V. Slusar, Timothy W. Gibson
  • Patent number: 11127072
    Abstract: A system and method according to which goods and services are provided during vehicular travel. In an exemplary embodiment, the vehicle is an airplane operated by a commercial airline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventor: Hyder Alkasimi
  • Patent number: 11124207
    Abstract: A method for optically examining a route such as a track includes obtaining one or more images of a segment of a track from a camera mounted to a rail vehicle while the rail vehicle is moving along the track and selecting a benchmark visual profile of the segment of the track. The benchmark visual profile represents a designated layout of the track. The method also can include comparing the one or more images of the segment of the track with the benchmark visual profile of the track and identifying one or more differences between the one or more images and the benchmark visual profile as a misaligned segment of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Nidhi Naithani, Dattaraj Jagdish Rao, Anju Bind, Sreyashi Dey Chaki
  • Patent number: 11126917
    Abstract: A system for predicting injuries includes a plurality of sensors configured to generate sensor data and an apparatus having an input-output interface and a processor coupled to the input-output interface and wherein the processor is coupled to a memory, the memory having stored thereon executable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to effectuate operations including receiving the sensor data, applying analytics to the sensor data, based on the applying step, predicting a likely injury, and transmitting a report based on the predicting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Zerick, William Cottrill, Sheldon Meredith, Ravishankar Doejode