Of Collision Or Contact With External Object Patents (Class 340/436)
  • Patent number: 11912198
    Abstract: A display device includes a light collector including a camera unit having a camera and a window unit having a window, an optical unit that controls a path of light received from the window unit, and a transparent display panel including at least one pixel area that displays an image based on an image captured by the camera unit and at least one transmissive area that displays an image received from the optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hae Kwan Seo
  • Patent number: 11912196
    Abstract: An apparatus for outputting a virtual engine sound includes: an output device that outputs the virtual engine sound; a bumper beam connected to a rear surface of the output device; and a bumper foam connected to the output device and the bumper beam while opening left and right side surfaces of the output device. The apparatus for outputting a virtual engine sound may improve a virtual engine sound output efficiency by utilizing a sound pressure radiated from a side surface of the virtual engine sound output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keun Jin Kim, Young Beom Kim
  • Patent number: 11915591
    Abstract: A vehicle collision avoidance method includes receiving host vehicle driving information, receiving remote vehicle driving information, generating a host vehicle position function and a remote vehicle position function, setting a transformation coordinate system, calculating a rotation angle, transforming the host vehicle position function and the remote vehicle position function to a transformed host vehicle position function and a transformed remote vehicle position function, respectively, using the rotation angle, determining a collision possibility between the host vehicle and the remote vehicle using the transformed host vehicle position function and the transformed remote vehicle position function, and controlling the host vehicle depending on the collision possibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: CHEMTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Cha, Seung Hyun Jang, Tae Jeong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11906969
    Abstract: An embodiment mobility guidance system includes a sensor provided in a mobility and configured to capture a driving video or an image to transmit the driving video or the image, a memory configured to store a danger zone image, a detector configured to compare the driving video or the image captured by the sensor with the danger zone image stored in the memory to detect an existence of a danger zone on a driving path of the mobility, and a guide configured to set a guide zone in response to the detector detecting the existence of the danger zone and a change in a speed or an acceleration of the mobility, and to provide the guide zone to a second mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventor: Byoung Il Choi
  • Patent number: 11897463
    Abstract: Implementations a method using a collision detection device associated with a user to detect a moving object in an environment and provide an alert to the user are provided. In some implementations the environment comprises at least one transmitter of opportunity. In some implementations, the collision detection device comprises a receiver and a processor. In some implementations, the method comprises receiving at the collision detection device Wi-Fi signals reflected from the moving object where the Wi-Fi signals originate from a Wi-Fi source not associated with the moving object. The method further comprises detecting, measuring, and tracking the Doppler effect of the Wi-Fi signals at the collision detection device to track velocity vector relative to the collision detection device. The method further comprises calculating the time of arrival of the moving object based on the velocity vector relative to the location of the collision detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Miles Shugerman Denson, Jared Adam Denson, Michael Craig Schexnayder, Richard T. Garcia
  • Patent number: 11897499
    Abstract: An autonomous driving vehicle information presentation device includes a traffic congestion information acquisition unit that acquires information on traffic congestion ahead in a traveling direction of an own vehicle, a traveling lane identification unit that identifies a lane where the own vehicle is currently located, a stop position prediction unit that acquires a traveling state of a preceding vehicle based on an external environment information and the traffic congestion information, and to predict a stop position related to the preceding vehicle based on the acquired traveling state, an action plan generation unit that generates an action plan of the own vehicle based on the stop position and the currently located lane, and an information presentation unit that presents information including the generated action plan through using an external display device provided at a rear portion of a vehicle interior of the own vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Mimura, Yuki Kizumi, Takashi Oshima, Yuji Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11897498
    Abstract: A control method for a host vehicle (100), comprising a) acquiring a speed (Vx) of the host vehicle, a relative speed (Vr) and distance (Dr) between a preceding vehicle (200) and the host vehicle (100); b) calculating a perceived risk level (PRL) as a function of said speed Vx of the host vehicle, said relative speed Vr, said relative distance Dr, and at least one of variables Vx*Vr and Vx2; and c) controlling at least one vehicle device (32, 34, 36, 38) of the host vehicle as a function of the perceived risk level (PRL). A computer program, a non-transitory computer-readable medium, and an automated driving system for implementing the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE
    Inventor: Niels Ferson
  • Patent number: 11900798
    Abstract: The invention relates to mobile surveillance and, more particularly, to systems and methods for policing traffic violations, such as illegal cell phone use while driving. The surveillance system may include a mobile unit and an imaging device configured to monitor, detect, and record vehicles moving in the same direction or in an opposite direction of the mobile unit. The imaging device may capture license plate information and other data, such as characteristics corresponding to the driver of the vehicle. Advantageously, the surveillance system can record, analyze, detect, and communicate distracted driver violations effectively and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: VIG Vehicle Intelligence Group LLC
    Inventor: Greg Horn
  • Patent number: 11890939
    Abstract: A driver assistance system includes a first sensor installed in a vehicle to have a front view of a vehicle, and configured to obtain front image data; a second sensor installed in the vehicle to have a front detection field of view of the vehicle and selected from a group consisting of a radar sensor and a LiDAR sensor, configured to obtain front detection data; a third sensor installed in the vehicle to have a side detection field of view of the vehicle and selected from a group consisting of the radar sensor and the LiDAR sensor, and configured to obtain side detection data; and a controller including a processor configured to process at least one of the front image data, the front detection data, and the side detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HL KLEMOVE CORP.
    Inventor: Jiyeol Park
  • Patent number: 11891082
    Abstract: A blind spot warning system is provided for a motor vehicle having a longitudinal axis and a steering shaft. The system includes a steering angle sensor (SAS), which is coupled to the steering shaft and generates a steering signal associated with a wheel angle in response to the steering shaft rotating. The system further includes a computer having one or more processors and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instructions. The processor is programmed to determine a blind spot region extending from a sideview mirror of the motor vehicle and based on the wheel angle. The processor is further programmed to generate an actuation signal associated with the blind spot region. The system further includes one or more light projectors that project a light onto a roadway adjacent to the motor vehicle to indicate a current size and a current location of the blind spot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Zhiqiang Deng
  • Patent number: 11884266
    Abstract: An obstacle-avoidance method includes detecting an obstacle in a vicinity of a motor vehicle and planning an obstacle-avoidance path for avoiding the obstacle; and commanding steering and differential braking systems to handle the avoidance path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: RENAULT s. a. s., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Anh Lam Do
  • Patent number: 11879968
    Abstract: A radar system comprises a set of transmitters and a processor coupled to the set of transmitters. The processor is configured to modulate a first portion of a chirp in a chirp frame according to a first phase. The processor is further configured to modulate a second portion of the chirp in the chirp frame according to a second phase and configured to combine the first and second portions of the chirp to produce a phase-modified chirp. The processor is further configured to instruct the set of transmitters to transmit the phase-modified chirp by applying time division multiple access (TDMA) and by directing radio frequency energy according to a target angle and a target gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Dan Wang, Sandeep Rao, Adeel Ahmad
  • Patent number: 11879745
    Abstract: The disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for facilitating travel over a last leg of a journey. In one example embodiment, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) captures an image of an area to be traversed by an individual during the final leg of the journey. The image is evaluated to identify a hindrance that may be encountered by the individual in the area. A pre-emptive action may be taken to address the hindrance before reaching the area. The pre-emptive action, may, for example, include using the UAV and/or a terrestrial robot to assist the individual traverse the area. The assistance may be provided in various ways such as by use of the terrestrial robot to transport the individual and/or a personal item of the individual through the area, and/or by use of the UAV to provide instructions to guide the individual through the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Fling Finn Tseng
  • Patent number: 11878705
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for generating a test case (TC) for dynamic verification of an autonomous driving system are provided. The method includes receiving an input signal and generating a temporary TC based on the input signal. A confirmed TC is determined based on a first output signal corresponding to the input signal and a second output signal corresponding to the temporary TC. A final TC is determined by re-arranging the confirmed TC and the final TC is transmitted to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation, Hyundai Autoever Corp.
    Inventors: Hong Yeol Lim, Bong Ju Kim
  • Patent number: 11873671
    Abstract: A method of controlling the movements of at least one controllable door of a motor vehicle and a motor vehicle component. A control device and a sensor arrangement are assigned to the door, and the door has a controllable motion influencing device. A motion of a door wing of the door can be controlled and influenced by way of the motion influencing device in between a closed position and an open position. The sensor arrangement includes a distance sensor in the movable door wing that captures distance data during the motion, and obtains from the distance data captured with the distance sensor in different angular positions, the position of at least one object in the surrounding area of the door wing, by way of triangulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: INVENTUS Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Battlogg
  • Patent number: 11869282
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a vehicle telematics system including a telematics device and a remote server system, wherein the telematics device obtains sensor data from at least one sensor installed in a vehicle, calculates peak resultant data based on the sensor data, generates crash score data based on the peak resultant data and a set of crash curve data for the vehicle, and provides the obtained sensor data when the crash score data exceeds a crash threshold to the remote server system and the remote server system obtains vehicle sensor data and vehicle identification data from the vehicle telematics device, calculates resultant change data and absolute speed change data based on the obtained sensor data and/or the vehicle identification data, and generates crash occurred data when the resultant change data exceeds a first threshold value and when the absolute speed change data is below a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventors: Jeff Jenkins, Greg Bayley, Peter Byrne, Gallin Chen
  • Patent number: 11865997
    Abstract: An actuator of an airbag device includes a main body portion, which is attached to an attachment base, and a cap including a fitting protruding portion that is inserted into a fitting recessed portion of the main body portion. The fitting protruding portion has a holding portion, which is inserted into a holding hole of a coupling member when fitted to the main body portion and holds a leading end portion of the coupling member, and a movement permitting unit that, when a ceiling portion of the cap is subjected to pressure of a combustion gas of a squib, causes the ceiling portion to move, and causes the holding portion to move from a holding position, wherein the holding portion is inserted into the holding hole of the coupling member, to a holding released position, wherein the holding portion is removed from the holding hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kawamura, Keigo Kimura, Koji Kawamura, Hajime Kitte, Yoshio Ono
  • Patent number: 11860629
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods that apply neural networks such as, for example, convolutional neural networks, to sparse imagery in an improved manner. For example, the systems and methods of the present disclosure can be included in or otherwise leveraged by an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a computing system can extract one or more relevant portions from imagery, where the relevant portions are less than an entirety of the imagery. The computing system can provide the relevant portions of the imagery to a machine-learned convolutional neural network and receive at least one prediction from the machine-learned convolutional neural network based at least in part on the one or more relevant portions of the imagery. Thus, the computing system can skip performing convolutions over regions of the imagery where the imagery is sparse and/or regions of the imagery that are not relevant to the prediction being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Raquel Urtasun, Mengye Ren, Andrei Pokrovsky, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 11858528
    Abstract: Provided are a driving assistance system and method. The driving assistance system is for interfacing with an individual vehicle and includes: a camera system that generates image information about the surroundings of the vehicle; a vehicle controller that generates driving information about the vehicle; and a communication port. The driving assistance system includes a driving assistance terminal and/or mobile device that are/is connected to the communication port, acquire(s) image information and/or driving information by using the communication port, and execute(s) at least a portion of a travel program for the driving assistance terminal and/or mobile device on the basis of an image and/or driving information for controlling the vehicle with respect to one or more of auxiliary travels and/or autonomous operations of the vehicle through a control signal generated by the driving assistance terminal or the mobile device and provided to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Tae Lee, Joon-Seok Chae, Young-Ki Lee
  • Patent number: 11858501
    Abstract: An emergency braking function control method of a vehicle includes detecting an obstacle ahead of the vehicle, the vehicle being in a state of being travelable in a forward direction using power of a power source, in response to the detecting, determining a first steering angle and a second steering angle, the first steering angle being a maximum steering angle at which the vehicle collides with the obstacle and the second steering angle being a steering angle at which the vehicle turns while maintaining a minimum safe distance from the obstacle, the first and second steering angles being determined based on a distance to the obstacle, a heading of the obstacle, and an input steering angle, and determining whether to change an emergency braking function based on the input steering angle, the first steering angle, or the second steering angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Kyeom Cho, Yeon Bok Kim, Hui Un Son, Tae Wook Park, Seong Wook Moon
  • Patent number: 11854400
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product are provided for predicting events in which drivers fail to see curbs while the drivers are maneuvering vehicles. In one example, the apparatus receives vehicle attribute data associated with a first vehicle, map data indicating one or more attributes of a road portion including a first curb, and sensor data indicating an orientation of a first driver within the first vehicle. The apparatus causes a machine learning model to render an output as a function of the vehicle attribute data, the map data, and the sensor data. The output indicates a likelihood of which the first driver will not be able to see the first curb at the road portion when the first driver is maneuvering the first vehicle. The machine learning model is trained to predict the output based on historical data indicating events in which second drivers maneuvered second vehicles to encounter the first curb or one or more second curbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Stenneth, Jerome Beaurepaire, Jeremy Michael Young
  • Patent number: 11851091
    Abstract: Embodiments for operational envelope detection (OED) with situational assessment are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method comprises: determining at least one current or future constraint for a trajectory of a vehicle in an environment that is associated with the vehicle becoming immobile for an extended period of time; determining a stopping-reason for immobility of the vehicle based on determining the at least one current or future constraint for the trajectory of the vehicle in the environment; identifying a timeout threshold based on the stopping-reason, wherein the timeout threshold is an amount of time a planning system of the vehicle will wait before initiating at least one remedial action to address the immobility; identifying that the timeout threshold is satisfied; and initiating the at least one remedial action for the vehicle based on the identifying that the timeout threshold is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Pendleton, Zhiliang Chen, You Hong Eng, James Guo Ming Fu
  • Patent number: 11846514
    Abstract: Techniques for assisting a passenger to identify a vehicle and for assisting a vehicle to identify a passenger are discussed herein. Also discussed herein are techniques for capturing data via sensors on a vehicle or user device and for presenting such data in various formats. For example, in the context of a ride hailing service using autonomous vehicles, the techniques discussed herein can be used to identify a passenger of the autonomous vehicle at the start of a trip, and can be used to assist a passenger to identify an autonomous vehicle that has been dispatched for that particular passenger. Additionally, data captured by sensors of the vehicle and/or by sensors of a user device can be used to initiate a ride, determine a pickup location, orient a user within an environment, and/or provide visualizations or augmented reality elements to provide information and/or enrich a user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Duncan John Curtis, Donovan Anton Bass, Michael Moshe Kohen, Auver Cedric Austria
  • Patent number: 11835643
    Abstract: A work machine control method includes: acquiring a detection position of a landmark detected by a non-contact sensor provided in a work machine in traveling of the work machine traveling on a traveling path; calculating a first relative distance between the non-contact sensor and the landmark on a basis of the detection position of the landmark; calculating a second relative distance between the non-contact sensor and the landmark on a basis of a registration position of the landmark; calculating a correction value relating to a relative distance between the non-contact sensor and the landmark on a basis of the first relative distance and the second relative distance; correcting the first relative distance on a basis of the correction value to calculate a corrected relative distance between the non-contact sensor and the landmark; and controlling a traveling state of the work machine on a basis of the corrected relative distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Tanaka, Tatsuya Shiga
  • Patent number: 11838302
    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: October 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Inventor: Eric Edward Stuck
  • Patent number: 11827166
    Abstract: Systems and methods for impact detection in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vehicle impact detection system includes an acceleration sensor, a storage device storing an impact detection application, and a processor, where the impact detection application directs the processor to receive acceleration information using the acceleration sensor, filter the acceleration information to attenuate noise, determine an occurrence of an impact by detecting an acceleration from the acceleration information that exceeds a threshold for a time period, detect an angle of the impact with respect to a forward direction using the acceleration information, and trigger an impact detector signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: CalAmp Corp.
    Inventor: Alexandre Dlagnekov
  • Patent number: 11826115
    Abstract: A method performed by a surgical robotic system that includes a seat that is arranged for a user to sit and a display column that includes at least one display for displaying a three-dimensional (3D) surgical presentation. The method includes receiving an indication that the user has manually adjusted the seat and in response, determining, while the user is sitting on the seat, a position of the user's eyes, determining a configuration for the display column based on the determined position of the user's eyes, and adjusting the display column by actuating one or more actuators of the display column according to the determined configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Verb Surgical Inc.
    Inventors: Anette Lia Freiin Von Kapri, Joan Savall, Denise Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 11814816
    Abstract: A method of controlling a mobile work machine on a worksite including receiving an indication of an object detected on the worksite, determining a location of the object relative to the mobile work machine, receiving an image of the worksite, correlating the determined location of the object to a portion of the image, and generating a control signal that controls a display device to display a representation of the image with a visual object indicator that represents the detected object on the portion of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael G. Kean, Drew F. Harwell, Cale Darling
  • Patent number: 11816903
    Abstract: A method for determining a type of parking space for a motor vehicle includes detecting a target, evaluating an orientation of the target relative to a road, and determining a type of parking space on the basis of the evaluated orientation. The detecting the target is implemented by a frontal camera of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignees: RENAULT s.a.s., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mathieu Guerpillon
  • Patent number: 11815594
    Abstract: A vehicular forward-sensing system includes a radar sensor and a forward viewing image sensor disposed within a windshield electronics module that is removably installed within an interior cabin at a windshield of a vehicle. A control is responsive to outputs of the radar sensor and of the image sensor. The image sensor captures image data for an automatic headlamp control system of the vehicle and for a lane departure warning system of the vehicle. The image sensor views and the radar sensor senses an object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle. The control determines that the object is an object of interest based at least in part on the image sensor viewing the object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle and the radar sensor sensing the object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 11814063
    Abstract: A method for measuring an inter-vehicle distance using a processor is provided. The method includes acquiring a driving image photographed by a photographing device of a first vehicle; detecting a second vehicle from the driving image and calculating a ratio between an image width of the detected second vehicle and an image width of a lane in which the second vehicle is located; determining a size class of the second vehicle among a plurality of size classes based on the calculated ratio; determining a width of the second vehicle based on the determined size class of the second vehicle; and calculating a distance from the photographing device to the second vehicle based on the determined width of the second vehicle, a focal length of the photographing device, and the image width of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shin Hyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 11813990
    Abstract: A virtual visor system is disclosed that includes a visor having a plurality of independently operable pixels that are selectively operated with a variable opacity. A camera captures images of the face of a driver or other passenger and, based on the captured images, a controller operates the visor to automatically and selectively darken a limited portion thereof to block the sun or other illumination source from striking the eyes of the driver, while leaving the remainder of the visor transparent. The virtual visor system advantageously updates the optical state with blocker patterns that including padding in excess of what is strictly necessary to block the sunlight. This padding advantageously provides robustness against errors, allows for a more relaxed response time, and minimizes frequent small changes to the position of the blocker in the optical state of the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ryan Todd, Jason Zink, Andy Woodrich
  • Patent number: 11810460
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for automatically generating a virtual pedestrian for inclusion in a digital simulation. Some embodiments of a method may include automatically generating a virtual pedestrian based on a path specification and a behavior specification. The method may include executing a digital simulation that includes the virtual pedestrian crossing an intersection and a virtual vehicle responding to the virtual pedestrian crossing the intersection, wherein the digital simulation is operable to measure a performance of a virtual Advanced Driver Assistance System (virtualized “ADAS system”) included in the virtual vehicle to protect the virtual pedestrian when responding to the virtual pedestrian crossing the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventors: Baekgyu Kim, Nikhil Bagul, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 11807247
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems enable controlling an autonomous vehicle by identifying a vehicle that is within a threshold distance of the autonomous vehicle, determining an autonomous capability metric (ACM) the identified vehicle, determining whether the ACM of the identified vehicle is greater than a first threshold, determining whether the ACM of the identified vehicle is less than a second threshold, and adjusting a driving parameter of the autonomous vehicle so that the autonomous vehicle is more or less reliant on the capabilities of the identified vehicle based on whether the ACM of the identified vehicle exceeds the thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: John Anthony Dougherty, Jordan Scott Burklund, Kristen Wagner Cerase, Stephen Marc Chaves, Ross Eric Kessler, Paul Daniel Martin, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III, Michael Joshua Shomin
  • Patent number: 11800996
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for performing physical activity monitoring and fall detection of a subject using a wearable sensor including at least one audio sensor and at least one of an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetometer. The method includes monitoring activities of the subject using the at least one of the accelerometer, the gyroscope and the magnetometer, and identifying a characteristic motion pattern based on the monitored activities; detecting an apparent fall experienced by the subject based on the identified at least one characteristic motion pattern; monitoring sounds provided by the at least one audio sensor following the detected apparent fall; determining whether the detected apparent fall is an actual fall experienced by the subject based on the monitored sounds; and communicating an indication of the actual fall to a monitoring system, enabling commencement of responsive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Saman Parvaneh, Ali Akbar Ahmad Samadani
  • Patent number: 11804058
    Abstract: A system for detecting occupancy of a vehicle travelling in a direction of travel along a road. The system includes a roadside imaging device positioned on a roadside, and a first roadside light emitter, and a roadside vehicle detector. A processor is configured to receive a signal from the roadside vehicle detector, command the first roadside light emitter to emit light according to a first pattern for a first duration, command the roadside imaging device to capture images of the side of the vehicle, and compute a vehicle occupancy, in each of the captured images by determining one or more regions of interest in each of the captured images, and determining a number of visible occupants in the one or more regions of interest. The processor determines a most likely number of occupants based on each determined vehicle occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: INVISION AI, INC.
    Inventors: Karim Ali, Zhijie Wang, Seydi Zorlu, Arash Mohtat, Carlos Becker
  • Patent number: 11796337
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for generating a virtual navigation route, by obtaining multiple navigation points each with a flag data; identifying at least two lanes from a front video data; creating a navigation characteristic image according to the flag data, the navigation points, the front video data, and the at least two lanes, wherein the navigation characteristic image has multiple dotted grids; calculating a probability of a navigation route passing through each dotted grid, and setting the dotted grid with the highest probability calculated in each row of the navigation characteristic image as a first default value; and fitting curves for the grids with the first default value as the navigation route; the navigation route is generated in real time and projected over the front video data using an augmented reality (AR) method, achieving AR effects and navigating with better representation of the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Feng Chia University
    Inventors: Yu-Chen Lin, Yu-Ching Chan, Ming-Chih Lin
  • Patent number: 11794775
    Abstract: The subject matter described in this specification is generally directed control architectures for an autonomous vehicle. In one example, a reference trajectory, a set of lateral constraints, and a set of speed constraints are received using a control circuit. The control circuit determines a set of steering commands based at least in part on the reference trajectory and the set of lateral constraints and a set of speed commands based at least in part on the set of speed constraints. The vehicle is navigated, using the control circuit, according to the set of steering commands and the set of speed commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Juraj Kabzan, Hans Andersen, Lixun Lin, Ning Wu, Yiming Zhao, Xiyuan Liu, Qian Wang, Zachary Batts, Jesse Adam Miller, Boaz Cornelis Floor, Marc Dominik Heim
  • Patent number: 11790662
    Abstract: A method for determining a motion state of an object in the surroundings of a vehicle. The vehicle includes at least one vehicle camera for providing image data that represent the surroundings. Movability measures and pieces of quality information that are generated by processing the image data, are read in. The movability measures include generated continuous measured values for detecting moving object pixels, using correspondences, recognized using a correspondence algorithm, between pixels in successive images represented by the image data. Pixel-specific pieces of quality information are generated using the read-in pieces of quality information. The pixel-specific pieces of quality information indicate for each pixel the quality of the correspondences. A dynamic object probability is determined for each pixel, using the movability measures and the pixel-specific pieces of quality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Oliver Lange
  • Patent number: 11790782
    Abstract: To improve road safety, a method for warning about a hazardous situation in road traffic is specified, wherein the hazardous situation is identified by means of a vehicle guidance system and a warning system is to used to determine whether a road user is within an effective range in surroundings of a motor vehicle. Depending on the identified hazardous situation, the warning system is used to transmit a warning signal to the road user before an automatic reaction to the hazardous situation is initiated or prepared by means of the electronic vehicle guidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Matthias Klawitter, Onno Sundermann, Eduard Seib
  • Patent number: 11780436
    Abstract: An on-board sensor system includes: a first sensor configured to detect a situation around a vehicle; a second sensor having a higher angular resolution than the first sensor; an acquisition unit configured to acquire a detection result of the first sensor; and a range decision unit configured to decide, based on the detection result, an observation range to be observed by the second sensor around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamakawa, Yasuo Uehara, Osamu Komeda, Kazuki Hiramoto, Kazuhiro Miyazato, Masamu Chiba, Naohide Uchida, Hideaki Sawada, Masaki Ikai
  • Patent number: 11774570
    Abstract: A method for operating an angle resolving radar device for automotive applications comprises: routing at least a first and second antenna signal between a radar circuit and an antenna device, wherein the first and second antenna signals are routed via a common signal port of the radar circuit; transducing between the first antenna signal and a first radiation field, the first radiation field having a first phase center, and between the second antenna signal and a second radiation field, the second radiation field having a second phase center, wherein a location of the second phase center is shifted with respect to a location of the first phase center; constructing at least one angle resolving virtual antenna array using the location of the first phase center as a first antenna position and the location of the second phase center of the second radiation field as a second antenna position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Dennis Vollbracht, Alexander Ioffe
  • Patent number: 11772647
    Abstract: A control system (10, 19, 185C) for a vehicle (100), the system comprising a processing means (10, 19) arranged to receive, from terrain data capture means (185C) arranged to capture data in respect of terrain ahead of the vehicle by means of one or more sensors, terrain information indicative of the topography of an area extending ahead of the vehicle (100), wherein the terrain information comprises data defining at least one 2D image of the terrain ahead of the vehicle, wherein the processing means (10, 19) is configured to: perform a segmentation operation on image data defining one said at least one 2D image and identify in the image data edges of a predicted path of the vehicle; calculate a 3D point cloud dataset in respect of the terrain ahead of the vehicle based on the terrain information; determine the 3D coordinates of lateral edges of the predicted path of the vehicle by reference to the point cloud dataset, based on the coordinates of edges of the predicted path identified in the 2D image, to dete
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Hongshi Yan, Andrew Fairgrieve, Paul King
  • Patent number: 11774567
    Abstract: A graphical ultrasonic module and driver assistance system are provided. The graphical ultrasonic module includes an ultrasonic sensor array and an ultrasonic transmitter array. The ultrasonic sensor array includes three or more ultrasonic sensors, and the ultrasonic sensors form a virtual plane. The ultrasonic transmitter array includes a plurality of ultrasonic transmitters. The geometric center of the ultrasonic transmitter array is substantially the same as the geometric center of the ultrasonic sensor array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: LUXSHARE-ICT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wang-Ting Tsai, Ta-Yu Lin, Chen-Yu Chung, Shr-Min Chen
  • Patent number: 11776390
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for extracting roadway features from Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) data to build a map having an improved accuracy. In some embodiments, a method for a connected vehicle includes transmitting, via a communication unit of the connected vehicle, a V2X message that includes V2X data. The method includes receiving, via the communication unit, map data describing a map that depicts one or more roadway features in a roadway region of the connected vehicle. The one or more roadway features are generated through a vehicle clustering analysis based on an aggregation of the V2X data in the roadway region so that an accuracy of the map is improved. The method includes modifying an operation of a vehicle control system of the connected vehicle based on the map data to improve the operation of the connected vehicle by reducing a risk of a collision involving the connected vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Inventor: Ahmed Sakr
  • Patent number: 11769409
    Abstract: Automated parking lot digital map generation and use thereof is disclosed. Imagery of a parking lot is received from a video camera, the imagery depicting lines that define a plurality of parking spots. A parking lot digital map comprising data that defines a location and dimensions of each parking spot is generated. The parking lot digital map is stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Hany A. Heikal, Hossam H. Hmimy, Mohamed Daoud
  • Patent number: 11769405
    Abstract: An object is to share information of detected obstacles on a road among communication devices, using efficient communication. A communication device according to the present disclosure includes: a wireless receiving unit for receiving wireless information including first obstacle information of a first obstacle which is at least one obstacle, from outside; a first obstacle extraction unit for extracting the first obstacle information from the wireless information; a second obstacle detection unit for detecting second obstacle information of a second obstacle which is at least one obstacle present in an own surrounding area by a sensor; and an overlap information removing unit which, if there is overlap obstacle information between the first obstacle information and the second obstacle information, removes the overlap obstacle information from the second obstacle information, to generate difference obstacle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Maeda
  • Patent number: 11768493
    Abstract: A vehicle computing system may identify an obstruction along a route of travel and may connect to a service computing device for guidance. The service computing device may include a guidance system configured to receive waypoint and/or orientation input from an operator. The operator may evaluate the scenario and determine one or more waypoints and/or associated orientations for the vehicle to navigate the scenario. In some examples, the guidance system may validate the waypoint(s) and/or associated orientation(s). The service computing device may send the waypoint(s) and/or associated orientation(s) to the vehicle computing system. The vehicle computing system may validate the waypoint(s) and/or associated orientation(s) and, based on the validation, control the vehicle according to the input. Based on a determination that the vehicle has navigated the scenario, the guidance system may release vehicle guidance back to the vehicle computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Caldwell, Ravi Gogna, Meredith James Goldman, Frank Reinaldo Ramirez, Matthew Miller Young, Rick Zhang
  • Patent number: 11760319
    Abstract: Vehicles according to at least some embodiments of the disclosure include a sensor, and a computing device comprising at least one hardware processing unit. The computing device is programmed to perform operations comprising capturing an image with the sensor, identifying an object in the image, and in response to an accuracy of the identification meeting a first criterion, pre-loading a braking system of the autonomous vehicle. In some aspects, the computing device may predict that an object not currently within a path of the vehicle has a probability of entering the path of the vehicle that meets a second criterion. When the probability of entering the path meets the second criterion, some of the disclosed embodiments may pre-load the braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Calleija, Eyal Cohen, Kenneth James Jensen, Randol Aikin, Brian Neil
  • Patent number: 11763573
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a central control module vehicle, a plurality of vehicular cameras disposed at a vehicle and viewing exterior of the vehicle, and a plurality of radar sensors disposed at the vehicle and sensing exterior of the vehicle. The central control module receives vehicle data relating to operation of the vehicle. The central control module is operable to process (i) vehicle data, (ii) image data and (iii) radar data. The central control module at least in part controls at least one driver assistance system of the vehicle responsive to (i) processing at the central control module of vehicle data, (ii) processing at the central control module of image data captured by at least the forward-viewing vehicular camera and (iii) processing at the central control module of radar data captured by at least a front radar sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Axel Nix