Of Collision Or Contact With External Object Patents (Class 340/436)
  • Patent number: 10654499
    Abstract: A method and system for identification of obstacles near railways and for providing alarm to an operator of a train if obstacles constitute threat to the train are disclosed. The system comprise IR sensor disposed at the front of the train facing the direction of travel. The IR sensor receives images of the rails in front of the train. The system comprises pre-stored vibration profile of the train's engine that is used to eliminate influence of the engine's vibrations on the accuracy of the received images. Presence of rails in the received frames is detected based on inherent differences of temperature between the rails and the substrate in the rails' background, such as the railway sleepers and the materials underneath it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: RAIL VISION LTD.
    Inventors: Elen Josef Katz, Yuval Isbi, Shahar Hania, Noam Teich
  • Patent number: 10655966
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a vehicle may be provided. The vehicle may include: a sensor configured to sense a marking, wherein the marking is at least substantially not visible to the human eye under a natural lighting condition; and a localization circuit configured to determine a location of the vehicle based on the sensing of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
    Inventor: Erik Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 10643458
    Abstract: An emergency service provision platform may be provided. The platform may be integrated into existing transportation service provision platforms. The platform may be configured to receive pick-up and destination location and track a passenger's route from the pick-up location to the destination. The platform may provide the passenger with an emergency notification button. Upon selection of the emergency notification button, the platform may communicate and alert comprising passenger and driver information to emergency contacts, infrastructure, and personnel. In some embodiments, the alert may be issued upon a detection of deviation from a route between the pick-up location and the destination. The emergency contacts, infrastructure, and personnel that receive the alert may be pre-set or determined dynamically based on the passenger's location at the time of the alert issuance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: William Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 10634920
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for recording and representing measurement points (M1, M2, . . . ) on a body surface, with a pair of smart glasses and a position measurement device. The pair of smart glasses has a head-up display and records one or two coordinates of each measurement point by means of a position sensor unit of the smart glasses, or, provided that one or two coordinates of a measurement point of the smart glasses is or are already known, represents graphically the position of the measurement point on the body surface in accordance with the known coordinate(s) by means of the head-up display. The position measurement device has a laser light source and an optical detector, which can be positioned at the respective measurement point on the body surface and includes a sensor surface for recording impingement points of the laser light of the laser light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PRÜFTECHNIK DIETER BUSCH AG
    Inventor: Holger Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10632913
    Abstract: A method for controlling an operating vehicle includes: (a) determining, via a controller, a confidence level that the light of the other vehicle is ON based on images captured by a camera of the operating vehicle; and (b) controlling, via the controller, an alarm of the operating vehicle based on the confidence level that the light of the other vehicle is ON.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Syed B. Mehdi, Yasen Hu, Upali P. Mudalige
  • Patent number: 10625739
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus accumulates a history of timings of avoidance operations performed by a driver of with respect to objects that are at prescribed distances ahead of a host vehicle, and calculates a distribution of the timings of the avoidance operations. Based on the distribution of the timings of the avoidance operations, the vehicle control apparatus sets the output timing of a warning to the driver such that interference does not occur between the avoidance operation and an avoidance operation that is actually performed by the driver, and furthermore the vehicle control apparatus judges the risk of a collision with the host vehicle, with the judgement based on the position of an object that is ahead of the host vehicle, and changes the output timing of the warning based on results of the judgement of risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kei Tamura, Yosuke Ito, Akitoshi Minemura, Jun Tsuchida, Masayuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10625674
    Abstract: Various aspects of a system and method for generation of a preventive alert are disclosed herein. The system comprises one or more circuits in a vehicle that retrieves sensor data associated with the vehicle and/or obstacle information generated by one or more sensors of the vehicle, along a path of the vehicle. The system further comprises one or more circuits that communicates to a server, a set of data based on the retrieved sensor data and/or the retrieved obstacle information. The generation of an alert to one or more vehicles is controlled by the server, based on the communicated set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nagesh B. T. Shenoy, Pramod Chintalapoodi, Sho Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10618537
    Abstract: An Automous vehicle (“AV”) is configured on a railway system. The AV can be configured among the other vehicles and railway to communicate with a rider on a peer to peer basis to pick up the rider on demand, rather than the rider being held hostage to a fixed railway schedule. The rider can have an application on his/her cell phone, which tracks each of the AVs, and contact them using the application on the cell phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Vinod Khosla
  • Patent number: 10621869
    Abstract: By performing an actual traveling operation after vehicles communicate with each other regarding a safety check by vehicle-to-vehicle communication in advance, the present invention makes it possible to smoothly and safely change lanes or merge when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging by automatic driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10604156
    Abstract: A system for adjusting a road boundary of a two dimensional virtual representation of a road for path planning of an autonomous vehicle includes a retrieval unit to retrieve a measured position and measured heading angle of the vehicle with respect to a reference. The system also includes an uncertainty unit to receive the measured position, the measured heading angle and map data of the road, and to determine a position uncertainty value and a heading angle uncertainty value representing an amount of uncertainty in the vehicle position and heading angle, respectively, on the road based on the input. The system also includes an adjustment unit to adjust a width and a heading angle of a drivable portion of the two dimensional virtual representation of the road, wherein the adjustment of the width and heading angle is based on the position uncertainty value and the heading angle uncertainty value, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joakim Lin Sorstedt, Lars Hammarstrand, Lennart Svensson, Malin Lundgren
  • Patent number: 10607376
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a method and apparatus for adjusting color temperature based upon fuzzy control. The method for adjusting color temperature based upon fuzzy control includes: determining an initial color temperature value of a screen of an terminal device according to an illumination intensity of ambient light when the screen is lightened; obtaining a percentage of eyelid closure over the pupil, over time, PERCLOS of a user, and the illumination intensity of ambient light at a preset periodicity; and determining a target color temperature value corresponding to the current PERCLOS of the user, and the current illumination intensity of ambient light according to a preset fuzzy rule, and adjusting the screen to the target color temperature value, wherein taking the PERCLOS, and the illumination intensity of ambient light as input signals, and the color temperature as an output signal according to the preset fuzzy rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Hefei BOE Display Lighting Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tu Lv, Peina Wang
  • Patent number: 10589673
    Abstract: An in-vehicle alert device includes: an alert object detection device; a display apparatus; and a control device configured to: cause the display apparatus to display a first display when an alert object is detected in a first direction, the first display guiding a line of sight of a driver toward the first direction, cause the display apparatus to display a second display when the alert object is detected in a second direction that is different from the first direction, the second display guiding the line of sight of the driver toward the second direction, and cause the display apparatus to display a third display when the alert object is detected in both the first direction and the second direction, the third display prompting the driver to pay attention over a whole vehicle-width direction in a host vehicle traveling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Takahiko Murano, Teppei Ohta
  • Patent number: 10585439
    Abstract: A system includes a computer that is programmed to receive, from an aerial drone, image data that identifies a vehicle, a vehicle location, and a vehicle status; and based on the received image data, transmit an instruction to the vehicle to actuate a vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Brent Young
  • Patent number: 10569727
    Abstract: A mobile unit control device is installed in a vehicle and includes a user detector that detects a user located within a first predetermined distance from the vehicle; a sight line detector that detects the direction of the sight line of the user detected by the user detector; and a response controller that performs interest response processing of, when the sight line detector detects that the sight line of the user is directed toward the vehicle, actuating an accessory (e.g., headlights, tail lamps) provided in the vehicle to change in a manner recognizable from outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoko Shintani, Hiromitsu Yuhara, Eisuke Soma, Shinichiro Goto
  • Patent number: 10559038
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a computer-implemented method and system for individuals to be non-professional service providers. The methods and systems may include the use of an application on a mobile device that provides telematics information, service provider information to locate the service providers; prioritizes the service providers based on the user preferences, telematics information, and service provider information; and facilitates the service provider request and the electronic payment for the services. The system may provide a performance rating and/or user comments for the service providers. The system may then select a service provider or allows the user to select the service provider. The system can include roadside services, automobile services, home services, and personal services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Ryan M. Briggs
  • Patent number: 10549749
    Abstract: It is determined an ADV is inevitable to collide with at least one of the objects surrounding the ADV based on the relative positions and speeds between the ADV and the objects in view of the physical dimensions of the ADV. An object may be another vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicycle, a static obstacle. For each of the objects, a collision cost between the ADV and the object is calculated using a set of one or more cost functions or cost algorithms. A collision cost represents an amount of potential damage if the collision is to occur. One of the objects is selected whose collision cost is the least amongst the objects. A path or trajectory is planned for the ADV leading or towards to the selected object to minimize the potential damage when the ADV potentially collide with the selected object compared to the remaining objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: BAIDU USA LLC, BAIDU.COM TIMES TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fan Zhu, Qi Kong, Hui Jiang
  • Patent number: 10553115
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for acquiring and analyzing vehicle operation data in conjunction with traffic light information to manage traffic and avoid collisions. A traffic management system determines whether a vehicle is likely to be involved in a collision, based on at least vehicle operation data and the status of traffic lights. If it is determined that a vehicle is likely to be involved in a collision, the traffic management system may issue a notification or warning to the vehicle, e.g., instructing the vehicle to increase or decrease its rate of acceleration, and/or apply its brakes. Where the vehicle does not respond to the notification or warning, the traffic management system may take control of the vehicle, and notify and warn other vehicles and/or systems of its actions. Where the vehicle responds to the notification or warning, the traffic management system may calculate and recommend an insurance benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Alinawaz Ismaili, Brennan Gee, Francis Lowry, Theresa A. Owens
  • Patent number: 10546474
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a mobile device and an anti-theft method thereof, which relates to the technical field of mobile communication. The anti-theft method of the mobile device includes: detecting a motion parameter of the mobile device, when a distance change relationship between the mobile device and a detected target object satisfies a preset rule; comparing the motion parameter of the mobile device with a standard parameter pre-stored in the mobile device, to judge whether the motion parameter exceeds a threshold range; and triggering the mobile device to sound an alarm when the motion parameter exceeds the threshold range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Wen, Jingquan Wang
  • Patent number: 10548173
    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: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Cole Jackson, Caleb Garrett
  • Patent number: 10540882
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving sensor information from at least one sensor, determining that a vehicle was involved in an accident based, at least in part, on the sensor information, determining that an informative notification criteria is satisfied based, at least in part, on the accident, sending an informative notification in response to the determination that the informative notification criteria is satisfied, determining whether a remedial request criteria is satisfied based, at least in part, on the accident and the sensor information, in circumstances where the remedial request criteria is satisfied, sending a remedial request based, at least in part, on the satisfaction of the remedial request criteria, and in circumstances where the remedial request criteria fails to be satisfied, precluding sending of the remedial request based, at least in part, on the failure of satisfaction of the remedial request criteria is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Oliver Stenneth
  • Patent number: 10532696
    Abstract: A method for warning a driver of a vehicle regarding a potentially critical traffic situation, having the steps of: detecting a potentially critical traffic situation for the vehicle, determining a hazard measure of the potentially critical traffic situation for the vehicle, and outputting a warning to the driver of the vehicle if the hazard measure of the potentially critical traffic situation reaches or exceeds a warning threshold. The warning threshold is adjusted as a function of the information of a self-learning map. A corresponding apparatus as well as the use thereof in a vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 10532738
    Abstract: A vehicle that includes a side-view mirror, at least one sensor disposed in the side-view mirror, and configured to transmit a signal to an object, and to receive a signal reflected from the object is provided. The vehicle further includes a controller that generates driving information based on the signal received by the sensor. The controller corrects distortion of the signal generated by the side-view mirror to generate the driving information. Accordingly, space recognition and obstacle detection for the surrounding environment of the vehicle is capable of being performed using the three dimension sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Kyungho Yoo, Tae Kyeong Kang
  • Patent number: 10536830
    Abstract: A wireless apparatus mountable to a vehicle includes a transmission function unit, a detector, an acquirer, and a controller. The detector detects a startup of the vehicle. The acquirer acquires start position information of the vehicle at a start timing at which the detector detects the startup of the vehicle. The controller examines whether a start position indicated by the start position information is within a designated region, and determines whether to activate the transmission function unit based on the examination result. Alternatively, the detector detects an operation end of the vehicle, and a startup subsequent to the operation end. The acquirer acquires position information of the vehicle at timings of detecting the operation end and the startup of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hatayama
  • Patent number: 10529235
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure includes a system for reducing vehicular collisions having: (a) a vehicle comprising sensors, an acceleration system, a braking system, a processor, and memory; and (b) programs operatively coupled to the vehicle including: (1) a marking program configured to mark an outside vehicle as V2X or standard; (2) a reaction program configured to generate a signal in response to the mark, the signal being based on the mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Charles James Miller, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Brad Alan Ignaczak, Adil Nizam Siddiqui, Jonathan Diedrich, Somak Datta Gupta, Haron Abdel-Raziq
  • Patent number: 10514405
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus comprising a detection unit configured to provide measurement tuples, each measurement tuple (T) including a high frequency signal amplitude (a) of a high frequency signal (S); and a coding unit configured to encode the high frequency signal amplitude (a) of each provided measurement tuple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Detlev Liebl
  • Patent number: 10513235
    Abstract: A mobile unit control device is installed in a vehicle and includes a user detector that detects a user located within a first predetermined distance from the vehicle; a sight line detector that detects the direction of the sight line of the user detected by the user detector; and a response controller that performs interest response processing of, when the sight line detector detects that the sight line of the user is directed toward the vehicle, actuating an accessory (e.g., headlights, tail lamps) provided in the vehicle to change in a manner recognizable from outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoko Shintani, Hiromitsu Yuhara, Eisuke Soma, Shinichiro Goto
  • Patent number: 10510256
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is disclosed that includes a forward-facing signal sensor operable to detect transmitted data signals reflecting a presence, relative distance and relative location of a first forward obstruction in front of a vehicle, an on-board vehicle status sensor configured to generate a status signal reflecting the speed of the vehicle, a processor to receive the transmitted data signals the forward obstruction and (2) the status sensor signals and (3) a relay signal receiver adapted to receive a signal from the forward obstruction and originating from a source remote from the forward obstruction, and a signal transmitter adapted to transmit information to a following vehicle, wherein the information includes the status signal and information from said forward facing signal sensor and the relay signal and the processor creates a vehicle control signal in response to a collision avoidance algorithm run by the processor that uses data from said forward facing signal detectors, the status signal a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Brandriff, Kristen Brandriff
  • Patent number: 10506397
    Abstract: A wireless apparatus mountable to a vehicle includes a transmission function unit, a detector, an acquirer, and a controller. The detector detects a startup of the vehicle. The acquirer acquires start position information of the vehicle at a start timing at which the detector detects the startup of the vehicle. The controller examines whether a start position indicated by the start position information is within a designated region, and determines whether to activate the transmission function unit based on the examination result. Alternatively, the detector detects an operation end of the vehicle, and a startup subsequent to the operation end. The acquirer acquires position information of the vehicle at timings of detecting the operation end and the startup of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hatayama
  • Patent number: 10496890
    Abstract: Embodiments for using vehicular collaboration for vehicular blind spot detection by a processor. A collaboration of images, capturing one or more non-visible areas to an occupant of a vehicle, may be received from a plurality of collaborative vehicles in substantially close proximity to the vehicle for aiding in determining an object in the one or more non-visible areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, John E. Moore, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10486701
    Abstract: Provided are a driving control method and device in which an actual driving operation is performed after vehicles communicate with each other regarding a safety check by vehicle-to-vehicle communication in advance, thereby making it possible to smoothly and safely change lanes or merge when a vehicle is changing lanes or merging by automatic driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10489995
    Abstract: A collision diagnosis (12) is generated for a traffic event involving a vehicle, by receiving an output from a self-capacitance sensor (6) having a single electrode comprising at least part of the bodywork of the vehicle (3) and comparing the received output with at least one threshold (8) to generate provisional collision detection data (9). The provisional collision detection data (9) is correlated with further data (11) relating to the traffic event to produce correlation data and the collision diagnosis (12) is generated on the basis of the correlation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: OCTO Telematics S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Capozza
  • Patent number: 10490067
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and a method for traffic redirection upon congestion occurring on a road. The system for redirecting traffic on a road comprises a server and at least one traffic redirection device. Each of the at least one traffic redirection device is disposed along the road and is coupled with the server. The server is configured to receive congestion site information if a congestion occurs on the road, to determine a separation zone covering a location of congestion based on the congestion site information, to determine a redirected traffic pattern, and to send a traffic redirection instruction to the at least one traffic redirection device. The at least one traffic redirection device is configured to respond to the traffic redirection instruction, such that the at least one traffic redirection device together displays the redirected traffic pattern on the road to thereby guide vehicles to bypass the separation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenbo Li
  • Patent number: 10479272
    Abstract: A vehicle driver notification assembly for notifying a driver when to drive forward includes a housing and a control circuit mounted in the housing. A sensor array is mounted on the housing and is electrically coupled to the control circuit. The sensor array detects parameters that indicate when a vehicle may proceed forward. The parameters include when a mass in front of a vehicle moves away from the vehicle and when the sensor array receives a proceed signal from a requisite traffic signaling device. An alert is electrically coupled to the control circuit and is turned on to provide an emission detectable by a person when the sensor array detects the parameters that allow the vehicle to proceed forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Bryce
  • Patent number: 10482768
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are provided and include a receiver module that is configured to receive at least one radar signal. A control module includes a processor that is configured to execute instruction stored in a nontransitory memory. The control module is configured to generate a Fourier transformation based on the at least one radar signal, and the control module is configured to determine a presence of wave interference based on the Fourier transformation. A primary indicator module is configured to, in response to the control module determining the presence of wave interference, generate an indication. The indication corresponds to the presence of wave interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Miki Sato, Ting-Yu Lai, Markos Gerges
  • Patent number: 10474164
    Abstract: A system generates a high definition map for an autonomous vehicle to travel from a source location to a destination location. The system determines a low resolution route and receives high definition map data for a set of geographical regions overlaying the low resolution route. The system uses lane elements within the geographical regions to form a set of potential partial routes. The system calculates the error between the potential partial route and the low resolution route and removes potential partial routes with errors above the threshold. Once completed, the system selects a final route and sends signals to the controls of the autonomous vehicle to follow the final route. The system determines whether surface areas adjacent to a lane that are not part of the road are safe for the vehicle to drive in case of emergency. The system stores information describing navigable surface areas with representations of lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: DeepMap Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Damon Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10474166
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating or avoiding risks due to hazards encountered by platooning vehicles. The system and method involve interrogating, with one or more sensors, a space radially extending from a lead vehicle as the lead vehicle travels over the road surface, perceiving the environment within the space, ascertaining a hazard caused by an object in the space, and causing a following vehicle, operating in a platoon with the lead vehicle, to take a preemptive braking action to avoid or mitigate risks resulting from the hazard caused by the object in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Switkes, Stephen M. Erlien, Lorenz Laubinger
  • Patent number: 10471954
    Abstract: A collision avoidance support device comprises: target detection unit for detecting an target existing in front of a vehicle travelling on a road; target type determination unit for detecting which of a moving object and a stationary object the target detected by the target detection unit is; obstacle determination unit for determining whether or not the target detected by the target detection unit is an obstacle which is likely to collide with the vehicle; and traveling direction automatic control unit. The traveling direction automatic control unit is configured to calculate the selected avoidance path so that the distance margin of when the obstacle determination unit determines that the obstacle is the moving object is larger than the distance margin of when the obstacle determination unit determines that the obstacle is the stationary object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kotaro Saiki
  • Patent number: 10476156
    Abstract: A system for simultaneously driving a plurality of antennas for transmission of an electromagnetic wave includes a first terminal, a second terminal, a first driver coupled to the first terminal, and a second driver coupled to the second terminal. The system includes a circuit configured to generate an indication of a phase difference between a first current through the first terminal and a second current through the second terminal. The system includes a control circuit configured to enable the first driver and the second driver to concurrently drive a first signal through the first terminal and a second signal through the second terminal, respectively, and configured to adjust a delay between the first signal and the second signal based on the indication of the phase difference and a predetermined target phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Jens Fleischhacker
  • Patent number: 10467904
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, the vehicle being guided in a parking facility by remote control in such a way that a predetermined minimum distance to mobile objects in the surroundings of the vehicle is maintained. A device for operating a vehicle, a parking facility system for vehicles, and a computer program are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Nordbruch, Stefan Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10460053
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to identifying surface properties of objects using a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensor. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to scanning a surface of an object using the LIDAR sensor, receiving a reflected waveform as a function of attributes of the surface. The method includes analyzing the reflected waveform according to a surface property model to produce an estimate of the attributes. The surface property model characterizes relationships between reflected waveforms and different surface properties. The method includes providing the estimate as an indication of the surface of the scanned object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin B. Olson, Michael R. James, Ryan M. Eustice
  • Patent number: 10460535
    Abstract: To determine a treatment facility for repairing a damaged vehicle, a display allows a user to select from several treatment facilities assigned to the same treatment complexity level category as the damaged vehicle. The display may be generated by receiving and analyzing sensor data for the damaged vehicle to determine an extent of damage to the vehicle. The extent of damage is then used to determine the treatment complexity level for the vehicle. The display may also include availability information for each treatment facility, an estimated amount of time for completing the treatment, and/or an estimated cost of repair. Once the user selects a treatment facility for performing the treatment, a request to transport the damaged vehicle to the treatment facility may be sent to the selected treatment facility or to a vehicle transporter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: STATE MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Leise
  • Patent number: 10452069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for detecting and responding to cut in vehicles, and for navigating while taking into consideration an altruistic behavior parameter. In one implementation, a vehicle cut in detection and response system for a host vehicle system may include a data interface and at least one processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10452065
    Abstract: An autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) is operated using a human-machine interface (HMI). The web server provides the HMI to a computing device in response to an input received from the computing device. An ADV command is entered into the HMI and passed to an interface of the web server. In response to receiving the ADV command, the web server calls a remote procedure call to a proxy server in a backend server for processing by a perception and control module of the ADV. Results of the ADV command are received by the web server interface and stored in results memory with a unique identifier. The web server interface opens a socket that accesses the results memory. In response to a change in the results memory, the socket reads the results memory and provides the ADV command results to the HMI. Multiple HMIs can simultaneously communicate with the web server interface and socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Xiangquan Xiao, Lei Wang, Jiangtao Hu, Li Gao
  • Patent number: 10444752
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stereo camera-based autonomous driving method and apparatus, the method including estimating a driving situation of a vehicle, determining a parameter to control a stereo camera width of a stereo camera based on the estimated driving situation, controlling a capturer configured to control arrangement between two cameras of the stereo camera for a first direction based on the determined parameter, and measuring a depth of an object located in the first direction based on two images respectively captured by the two cameras with the controlled arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Changhyun Kim, Hyoa Kang, Changwoo Shin, Baek Hwan Cho, Derek Daehyun Ji
  • Patent number: 10443291
    Abstract: A vehicle door control apparatus includes a sensor provided on a door of a vehicle. The vehicle door control apparatus also includes a processor configured to control opening or closing of the door based on information regarding an object sensed through the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jonghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 10435022
    Abstract: A vehicle and an adaptive cruise control system (ACC) is provided. The ACC comprises a steering wheel system with a steering wheel arranged to allow the provision of manual steering input to the steering system of the vehicle and a steering angle sensor, wherein the steering system is configured to identify a specific momentary manual steering wheel actuation by comparing data from the steering angle sensor with predetermined thresholds, and to select a next one of the moving or stationary objects in the surroundings in front of said vehicle to control the speed of said vehicle in relation to, based on the direction of the specific momentary manual steering wheel actuation indicated by the steering angle sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Magnus Brandin
  • Patent number: 10424196
    Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin McEnroe, Sanjiv Singh, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 10424203
    Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle hazard avoidance system. The device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory storing computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the computing device to receive hazard assessment information relating to a vehicle, perform an analysis of the hazard assessment information, and generate a hazard assessment based on the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Pujitha Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 10395332
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle control, routing, and automatic feature adjustment are disclosed. Sensors associated with autonomous operation features may be utilized to search an area for missing persons, stolen vehicles, or similar persons or items of interest. Sensor data associated with the features may be automatically collected and analyzed to passively search for missing persons or vehicles without vehicle operator involvement. Search criteria may be determined by a remote server and communicated to a plurality of vehicles within a search area. In response to which, sensor data may be collected and analyzed by the vehicles. When sensor data generated by a vehicle matches the search criteria, the vehicle may communicate the information to the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10380974
    Abstract: A vehicle auxiliary display device, which includes a display unit and a processor. The display unit is configured to display according to instructions from the processor. The processor is configured to acquire the current driving speed of the vehicle and, according to the current driving speed, match a display effect of a partial display area of the display unit to the current driving speed so as to enhance the display effect of the partial display area relative to the remaining display area of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zifeng Wang