Drive Capability Patents (Class 340/576)
  • Patent number: 11518382
    Abstract: A method is provided for danger prediction. The method includes generating fully-annotated simulated training data for a machine learning model responsive to receiving a set of computer-selected simulator-adjusting parameters. The method further includes training the machine learning model using reinforcement learning on the fully-annotated simulated training data. The method also includes measuring an accuracy of the trained machine learning model relative to learning a discriminative function for a given task. The discriminative function predicts a given label for a given image from the fully-annotated simulated training data. The method additionally includes adjusting the computer-selected simulator-adjusting parameters and repeating said training and measuring steps responsive to the accuracy being below a threshold accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Samuel Schulter, Nataniel Ruiz, Manmohan Chandraker
  • Patent number: 11518373
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a driver assistance system; an accelerator configured to perform acceleration of the vehicle; a braking device configured to perform deceleration of the vehicle; a velocity sensor configured to detect a current velocity of the vehicle; a driver status sensor configured to acquire a driver's behavioral data; and a controller. The controller is configured to identify a carelessness status of the driver based on the driver's behavioral data and to activate a velocity control mode when the carelessness status of the driver is detected in the activation status of the driver assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: KyoungJun Lee, Daeyoung Kim, Seungjoon Lee, Donggu Lee
  • Patent number: 11518392
    Abstract: A distracted driving analysis system for identifying distracted driving events is provided. The system includes a processor in communication with a memory device programmed to: (i) receive driving event records including phone usage by a user that occurred within a time period of a driving event, (ii) divide the driving event records into at least two clusters based at least in part upon common features of one or more driving event records of the plurality of driving event records by processing the driving event records using an unsupervised machine learning algorithm, (iii) generate a trained model based at least in part upon the at least two clusters including cluster labels, (iv) process a new driving event using the trained model, (v) assign the new driving event to one of the at least two clusters using the trained model, and (vi) based at least in part upon the cluster labels for the assigned cluster, determine whether the new driving event is an actual distracted driving event or a passenger event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: BlueOwl, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11513760
    Abstract: A machine is configured to identify a media file that, when played to a user, is likely to modify an emotional or physical state of the user to or towards a target emotional or physical state. The machine accesses play counts that quantify playbacks of media files for the user. The playbacks may be locally performed or detected by the machine from ambient sound. The machine accesses arousal scores of the media files and determines a distribution of the play counts over the arousal scores. The machine uses one or more relative maxima in the distribution in selecting a target arousal score for the user based on contextual data that describes an activity of the user. The machine selects one or more media files based on the target arousal score. The machine may then cause the selected media file to be played to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: GRACENOTE, INC.
    Inventors: Aneesh Vartakavi, Peter C. DiMaria, Michael Gubman, Markus K. Cremer, Cameron Aubrey Summers, Gregoire Tronel
  • Patent number: 11514688
    Abstract: A machine-implemented method for automated detection of drowsiness, which includes receiving from an imaging device directed at the face of an operator a series of images of the face of the operator onto processing hardware, on the processor detecting facial landmarks of the operator from the series of images to determine the level of talking by the operator, the level of yawning of the operator, the PERCLOS of the operator, on the processor detecting the facial pose of the operator from the series of images to determine the level of gaze fixation by the operator, on the processor calculating the level of drowsiness of the operator by ensembling the level of talking by the operator, the level of yawning of the operator, the PERCLOS of the operator and the level of gaze fixation by the operator, and generating an alarm when the calculated level of drowsiness of the operator exceeds a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: 5DT, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaco Cronje, Johann Ephraim Hough
  • Patent number: 11516295
    Abstract: A technique is provided for determining a loss risk assessment score for a vehicle trip. The technique includes, at a vehicle, a computing device receiving first information indicative of operation of the vehicle. The technique also includes, at the vehicle, the computing device receiving second information indicative of an environment at a particular location and time. The computing device correlates the first information and the second information to generate a data set. The technique also includes determining a score for the vehicle trip based at least in part upon the generated data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Krishna Nemmani, Zebediah Robert Black, Corey Casmedes, Hoang Dang, Yuncheng Gao, Tyler Hargreaves, John Steven Kirtzic, Zongzhe Li, Einar Longva, Victor Mao, Trac Nguyen, Sivarama Kirshna Panguluri, Dalton Sherer, Edward Yang
  • Patent number: 11507086
    Abstract: Vehicles may have the capability to navigate according to various levels of autonomous capabilities, the vehicle having a different set of autonomous competencies at each level. In certain situations, the vehicle may shift from one level of autonomous capability to another. The shift may require more or less driving responsibility from a human operator. Sensors inside the vehicle collect human operator parameters to determine an alertness level of the human operator. An alertness level is determined based on the human operator parameters and other data including historical data or human operator-specific data. Notifications are presented to the user based on the determined alertness level that are more or less intrusive based on the alertness level of the human operator and on the urgency of an impending change to autonomous capabilities. Notifications may be tailored to specific human operators based on human operator preference and historical performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Leo Nelson Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Aaron Williams
  • Patent number: 11503468
    Abstract: A method for operating a system to continuously validating and authenticating a host and sensor pair involves defining a sensor-host pairing and context metadata. The system receives a plurality of sensor spatiotemporal sighting events of a sensor-host pair from a plurality of collection devices. The system records the identifier, signal strength, location and time of the sighting events as sensor spatiotemporal sighting events in a controlled memory data structure. The system collects a plurality of application events related to each sensor-host pair and stores the events in the controlled memory data structure. The system constructs a behavioral model from the sensor spatiotemporal sighting events through operation of spatiotemporal tracking logic. The system receives real time sighting events and compares it to the behavioral model to identify inconsistent behavior through operation of a behavior comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SYGNALI LLC
    Inventors: Todd Asher, Henry H. Hair, IV, Pete Richardson, Paul I. Kirk, Darren Peterson
  • Patent number: 11498573
    Abstract: A pacification method based on emotion recognition, includes: acquiring at least one of a voice and an image of a user; determining whether the user has abnormal emotion, according to the at least one of the voice and the image of a user; and in response to the user having abnormal emotion, determining a pacification manner according to the emotion of the user, and performing emotional pacification on the user. An apparatus, a device and a storage medium are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING BOE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiangdong Yang
  • Patent number: 11491993
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a vehicle and an information processing device configured to transmit and receive information to and from the vehicle. The vehicle is configured to acquire information on an occupant in a cabin of the vehicle, and operate to affect a perception of the occupant. The information processing device is configured to store a cause of an accident caused by a passenger of the vehicle and control information for operating the operating unit to eliminate the cause of the accident, and transmit the control information to the operating unit of the vehicle when determination is made that the cause of the accident occurs based on the information on the occupant. The vehicle is configured to operate to eliminate the cause of the accident when the control information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kana Hamagami, Takuya Maekawa, Yosuke Nakayama, Akitoshi Jikumaru, Tae Sugimura, Takao Hishikawa, Shinichi Adachi
  • Patent number: 11491994
    Abstract: This technology relates to dynamically detecting, managing and mitigating driver fatigue in autonomous systems. For instance, interactions of a driver in a vehicle may be monitored to determine a distance or time when primary tasks associated with operation of the vehicle or secondary tasks issued by the vehicle computing were last performed. If primary tasks or secondary tasks are not performed within given distance thresholds or time limits, then one or more secondary tasks are initiated by the computing device of the vehicle. In another instance, potential driver fatigue, driver distraction or overreliance on an automated driving system is detected based on gaze direction or pattern of a driver. For example, a detected gaze direction or pattern may be compared to an expected gaze direction or pattern given the surrounding environment in a vicinity of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Keith Hutchings, Julien Mercay, Philip Nemec, Hans-olav CaveLie, Saswat Panigrahi, Renaud-Roland Hubert, Johan Engstrom
  • Patent number: 11485367
    Abstract: A driver monitoring system includes an automated driving controller that allows hands-off operation in which a driver releases hands from a steering wheel of a vehicle, and controls an automated steering driving in which the vehicle is automatically steered, and a request notification controller that notifies a hands-on request for prompting the driver of the vehicle to perform a hands-on operation to hold the steering wheel, or a surrounding confirmation request for prompting the driver to perform a surrounding confirmation operation to confirm a surrounding condition. During the automated steering driving, the request notification controller is configured to notify the hands-on request or the surrounding confirmation request again when an elapsed time from notification of the hands-on request or the surrounding confirmation request exceeds a criterion time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yoshida, Takanori Kusakabe, Kenichiroh Hara, Naoki Nishimura, Shunichiroh Sawai
  • Patent number: 11479149
    Abstract: An occupant posture control method is provided that can suppress motion sickness. The occupant posture control method predicts a vehicle motion based on information relating to the vehicle motion, and imparts a stimulus that generates a muscle tension such that the occupant assumes a posture corresponding to the vehicle motion, when a predicted vehicle motion occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kusayanagi, Tomohiro Yamamura, Mitsuhiro Makita
  • Patent number: 11482100
    Abstract: Technologies for monitoring vehicle traffic include a traffic analysis server that receives infrastructure data from infrastructure sensors positioned along a road segment of a road and vehicle data from one or more vehicles travelling along the road segment. The traffic analysis server determines whether anomalies are present in the traffic data through the road segment based on an expected traffic behavior for the road segment. The traffic analysis server determines the expected traffic behavior for the road segment in a particular time window based on a historical traffic pattern associated with the road segment, based on historical vehicle data and historical infrastructure data captured during a prior time window corresponding to the particular time window for that road segment. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventors: Igor Tatourian, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Simon Hunt, Hong Li
  • Patent number: 11464435
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring a vehicle driver having at least one sensor for measuring pressure and/or humidity. The sensor includes at least one capacitor having at least two electrodes, which may be arranged horizontally on a flexible support material. At least one dielectric layer may be arranged between the electrodes. At least one electrode, and/or the dielectric layer, and at least one, at least partially liquid-permeable and/or liquid-absorbing moisture layer may be arranged on a side facing away from a support material. At least one electrode and/or the dielectric layer may be arranged transversely between the support material and the moisture layer. A capacitance may be changed by liquid on the dielectric layer, and a processing unit measures and/or stores values from the sensor, creating a capacitive humidity sensor. The processing unit may send the to a central CPU, wherein this data may be processed by the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Mohammad Kabany
  • Patent number: 11458889
    Abstract: The Vehicle Alert System has an RF transmitter system which is activated by a steering wheel switch which in turn signals matching receivers in other nearby vehicles. Upon activation, multiple receivers on other so equipped vehicles will detect the originating direction of the alert. A single board computer (SBC) will then activate a respective speaker on the interior of the receiving vehicle to indicate the direction of the alert. A dash mounted panel with LED indicators may also be provided. The device is also capable of disabling any audio entertainment systems in the receiving vehicle thereby ensuring that the warning signal is heard. A bright front mounted purple light would alert pedestrians to potential danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Curdy F. Angrand, Je-Andy Angrand, Pascal Louis Andre Anglade
  • Patent number: 11458478
    Abstract: An integrated stage for holding rapid test reagent cards includes two U-shaped sidewalls opposite to each other, a first receiving space, a second receiving space, and an elastic sheet. The U-shaped sidewalls cooperatively define the first receiving space. The second receiving space is formed in the first receiving space and is lower than the first receiving space. The elastic sheet is arranged on a short side of the first receiving space. The first receiving space is used for allowing the integrated stage to hold a first rapid test reagent card. The second receiving space is used for allowing the integrated stage to hold a second rapid test reagent card. The integrated stage utilizes the elastic sheet to hold and fix the first rapid test reagent card or the second rapid test reagent card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yu-Cheng Lin, Wei-Chien Weng, Kai-Wen Lin
  • Patent number: 11453414
    Abstract: A method for adapting a driving strategy of a transportation vehicle driving in at least semi-automated state, wherein the adapting takes place based on at least one occupant condition, captured by at least one sensor system, of an occupant, wherein a sleep phase is determined by the at least one sensor system during a sleeping condition of the occupant, wherein the driving strategy is adapted by a control device based on the determined sleep phase. An apparatus for adapting a driving strategy of a transportation vehicle driving in at least semi-automated state having at least one sensor system for capturing an occupant condition of an occupant, and a control device for adapting the driving strategy, wherein the at least one sensor system determines a sleep phase during a sleeping condition of the occupant, and wherein the control device adapts a driving strategy based on the determined sleep phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Viktor Bader
  • Patent number: 11447140
    Abstract: A driver monitor method and system for mitigating cognitive tunneling in a vehicle includes in-cabin video cameras, a heart rate monitor, an audio-visual device, and processing circuitry that detects eye gaze direction, eye lid position, and head position using images from the in-cabin video cameras, and measures heart rate variability using the heart rate monitor. A machine learning device uses the eye gaze direction, eye lid position, head position, and heart rate variability to predict whether a driver is transitioning into a cognitive tunneling state or a fatigue state. The audio-visual device outputs one audio-visual cue to mitigate the cognitive tunneling state and outputs a different cue to mitigate the fatigue state. The machine learning device learns by performing a reinforcement learning algorithm in which the audio-video device outputs a verification request and receives a response to the verification request that is fed back to the machine learning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin P. Austin, John K. Lenneman, Joshua E. Domeyer
  • Patent number: 11433906
    Abstract: A driver monitoring system for a vehicle includes a camera and an ECU. The camera is disposed at an interior of the vehicle so as to view the face of a driver of the vehicle. The camera captures image data and the captured image data includes image data representative of the face of the driver. The ECU includes electronic circuitry and associated software, with the electronic circuitry including an image processor that processes image data captured by the camera. The ECU, responsive to processing by the image processor of image data captured by the camera, determines a heart rate of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 11433916
    Abstract: A system to generate an alert to wake a driver of a vehicle comprises at least one camera configured to sense EEG signals from the driver and a processing module, connected to the at least one camera, to process the EEG signals and to generate alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Mirza Faizan
  • Patent number: 11426096
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a breath tester. The breath tester includes a sensor for sensing a mind-altering substance in breath from a blower (i.e., person blowing and providing a sample). A breath guide is provided for guiding the breath so that it is not returned to the blower. Advantageously, the guide guides the breath so that it is not returned to the blower to thereby minimise the likelihood of spread of infectious disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: ALCOLIZER PTY LTD
    Inventors: Roger Alan Hunt, James John Brown
  • Patent number: 11430231
    Abstract: A facial information detecting unit detects facial information related to facial features of a driver of a vehicle. A physical information detecting unit detects physical information related to physical features of the driver. A driving capability estimating unit estimates a driving capability of the driver on the basis of the facial information and the physical information. A facial expression estimating unit estimates the facial expression of the driver on the basis of the facial information. An emotion estimating unit estimates the emotion of the driver represented by the degree of comfort and the degree of activeness on the basis of temporal changes in the driving capability of the driver and the facial expression of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Shusaku Takamoto
  • Patent number: 11430229
    Abstract: Systems and methods monitor driver behavior for vehicular fleet management in a fleet of vehicles using driver-facing imaging device. The systems and methods herein relate generally to vehicular fleet management for enhancing safety of the fleet and improving the performance of the fleet drivers, and further relate to monitoring the operation of fleet vehicles using one or more driver-facing imaging devices disposed in the fleet vehicles for recording activities of the fleet drivers and their passengers, storing information relating to the monitored activities, selectively generating warnings related to the monitored activities, and reporting the monitored activities to a central fleet management system for use in enhancing the safety of the vehicles of the fleet and for helping to improve the performance of the fleet drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Andreas U. Kuehnle, Zheng Li, Hans M. Molin, Cathy L. Boon
  • Patent number: 11423676
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting an on-duty state of a driver, a device, and a computer storage medium are provided. The method includes: determining that a vehicle-mounted image acquisition device is not blocked; extracting a face image from an image acquired by the vehicle-mounted image acquisition device when a vehicle is in a starting state, where the vehicle-mounted image acquisition device is mounted on the vehicle and is at least configured to acquire an image of a driving position region of the vehicle; and in response to the case that no face image is extracted from the acquired image, determining that the driver is off duty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SENSETIME TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jie Xiang, Shaopeng Yin
  • Patent number: 11422551
    Abstract: Technologies for providing a cognitive capacity test for autonomous driving include a compute device. The compute device includes circuitry that is configured to display content to a user, prompt a message to the user to turn user's attention to another activity that needs situational awareness, receive a user response, and analyze the user response to determine an accuracy of the user response and a response time, wherein the accuracy and response time are indicative of a cognitive capacity of the user to assume control of an autonomous vehicle when the autonomous vehicle encounters a situation that the vehicle is unable to navigate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Johanna Swan, Shahrnaz Azizi, Rajashree Baskaran, Melissa Ortiz, Fatema Adenwala, Mengjie Yu
  • Patent number: 11414094
    Abstract: A vehicle system is provided. The vehicle system includes a first driving input device, a second driving input device, and an autonomous vehicle control module. The autonomous vehicle control module is configured to monitor a driving behavior of a first driver operating the first driving input and to automatically transfer vehicle control of a vehicle from the first driver to the second driver when one or more requirements are met based on the driving behavior of the first driver. The autonomous vehicle control module is further configured to analyze switching of vehicle control between the first driver and the second driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen G. McGill
  • Patent number: 11400953
    Abstract: A number of illustrative variations may include a method or product for alerting or refocusing an inattentive driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc., Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Clinton L. Schumann
  • Patent number: 11392131
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driving. A driving data set for each of plurality of human-driven vehicles is determined. For each driving data set, exterior scene features of an exterior scene of the respective vehicle are extracted from the exterior image data. A driving response model is trained based on the exterior scene features and the vehicle control inputs from the selected driving data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Nauto, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Kumar Satzoda, Suchitra Sathyanarayana, Ludmila Levkova, Stefan Heck
  • Patent number: 11383600
    Abstract: A power consumption of a screen can be lowered while a motor vehicle is traveling, based on a line of vision of a user of the motor vehicle. An image of a surrounding area of the motor vehicle is captured, and a line of vision of the user of the motor vehicle is determined. The screen is switched to a normal mode of operation or a power-saving mode based on the determined line of vision. The power consumption of the screen in the power-saving mode is less than a power consumption of the screen in the normal mode of operation. The image of the surrounding area is displayed by use of the screen, at least while the screen is operated in the normal mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Lerzer, Andreas Prücklmeier
  • Patent number: 11386679
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a driving state analysis method. The driving state analysis method includes: performing fatigue state detection and distraction state detection for a driver on a driver image to obtain a fatigue state detection result and a distraction state detection result; in response to one of the fatigue state detection result and the distraction state detection result satisfying a predetermined alarm condition, outputting alarm information of a corresponding detection result that satisfies the predetermined alarm condition; and/or, in response to both the fatigue state detection result and the distraction state detection result satisfying the predetermined alarm condition, outputting alarm information of the fatigue state detection result that satisfies the predetermined alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Shanghai SenseTime Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Renbo Qin, Daqian Yang
  • Patent number: 11377094
    Abstract: Methods of assessing driver behavior include monitoring vehicle systems and driver monitoring systems to accommodate for a driver's slow reaction time, attention lapse and/or alertness. When it is determined that a driver is drowsy, for example, the response system may modify the operation of one or more vehicle systems. The systems that may be modified include: visual devices, audio devices, tactile devices, antilock brake systems, automatic brake prefill systems, brake assist systems, auto cruise control systems, electronic stability control systems, collision warning systems, lane keep assist systems, blind spot indicator systems, electronic pretensioning systems and climate control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kin C. Fung, Timothy J. Dick
  • Patent number: 11370326
    Abstract: A detection system may include a first sleeve shaped to receive and retain a buckle of a child safety seat. The first sleeve may include a first body portion shaped to receive and retain the buckle, a male connector portion integrally formed with the first body portion, and a transmitter electrically coupled to the male connector portion. The detection system may include a second sleeve shaped to receive and retain a buckle connector. The second sleeve may include a second body portion shaped to receive and retain the buckle connector, a female connector portion connected to the second body portion, and a battery electrically coupled to the female connector portion and configured to provide energy to the transmitter when the male connector portion communicates with the female connector portion. The transmitter may generate a signal, indicating a presence of a child, when the transmitter receives energy from the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ketan Shridhar Adkar, Charles Forbes Stickels, John Gregory Bosque, Diego Mondragon, Joseph Richard Cantrell
  • Patent number: 11373502
    Abstract: A vehicle alert apparatus includes: a drowse detector that detects drowse of a driver; an inattention detector that detects inattention of the driver; a vehicle speed detector that detects the vehicle speed; a notification portion that executes alert for the driver; and an alert controller that controls the alert executed by the notification portion based on a detection result of the drowse of the driver, a detection result of the inattention of the driver, or a detection result of the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsushi Noro
  • Patent number: 11364844
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying whether vehicle operators are paying attention are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: generate output signals conveying information related to a first vehicle operator; make a first type of determination of at least one of an object on which attention of the first vehicle operator is focused and/or a direction in which attention of the first vehicle operator is focused; make a second type of determination regarding fatigue of the first vehicle operator; make a third type of determination of at least one of a distraction level of the first vehicle operator and/or a fatigue level of the first vehicle operator; and effectuate a notification regarding the third type of determination to at least one of the first vehicle operator and/or a remote computing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Mauricia, Daniel Andrew Deninger, Reza Ghanbari, Mark Freitas, Jeffrey Griswold, David Forney, Nicholas Shayne Brookins, Jason Palmer
  • Patent number: 11365975
    Abstract: A system for visual awareness confirmation may include an image capture device, a global positioning system, a processor, and an input/output device. The image capture device may capture an image of an operating environment through which a vehicle is travelling. The GPS may determine an associated position of the vehicle and an orientation of the image capture device, and associate the position of the vehicle with the image captured by the image capture device. The processor may identify a feature of the operating environment and formulate a question related to the feature. The I/O device may present the question to an occupant of the vehicle and receive a response to the question from the occupant of the vehicle. The processor may cross-reference data associated with the feature and the response and update an object recognition database based on the cross-referencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dennis Patrick Clark
  • Patent number: 11360472
    Abstract: A method of controlling an aircraft includes tracking, using at least one sensor, one of an input by a pilot or a biometric parameter of a first pilot during flight of the aircraft. The method also includes determining a lack of attention by the pilot or a depth of sleep of the pilot based on the biometric parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 11360552
    Abstract: A structured light assurance system for a head tracking system is disclosed. In embodiments, the structured lighting system includes structured light projectors mountable in an aircraft cockpit or other mobile platform, the projectors oriented toward a pilot or operator of the mobile platform for capturing three-dimensional (3D) imagery of the pilot (e.g., via offset imaging sensors) and determining from the captured 3D imagery a position and orientation (pose) of the pilot's head relative to the mobile platform and independent of the main headtracking system. The structured lighting system verifies the determined head pose (and may also self-calibrate) by identifying within the captured imagery static fiducial markers fixed to the cockpit in known locations. The structured lighting system forwards the determined head pose to the main headtracker for drift correction or initial head pose updating by the latter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlo L. Tiana
  • Patent number: 11354462
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for determining coping capability boundary information of an unmanned vehicle and an electronic device. A set of indicator combination for evaluating a coping capability of an unmanned vehicle to be tested in a preset driving scenario is obtained, where the indicator combination includes at least one indicator item and an expected value range of the indicator item; historical driving behavior information of the unmanned vehicle to be tested is obtained according to a scenario feature corresponding to the preset driving scenario and the indicator item; and coping capability boundary information corresponding to the indicator combination of the unmanned vehicle to be tested in the preset driving scenario is obtained according to the historical driving behavior information, which realizes the coping capability boundary of the unmanned vehicle corresponding to the indicator combination that need to be tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Simin Sui, Tian Gao
  • Patent number: 11352013
    Abstract: A vehicle device may execute one or more neural networks (and/or other artificial intelligence), such as based on input from one or more of the cameras and/or other sensors associated with the dash cam, to intelligently detect safety events in real-time. The vehicle device may further pass the input to a backend server for further analysis and the backend server can detect safety events based on the input. The vehicle device may analyze the output of the vehicle device and the output of the backend server to determine whether the output of the vehicle device is correct. If the output of the vehicle device is incorrect, the vehicle device can adjust how the vehicle device identifies safety events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Sharan Srinivasan, Brian Tuan, John Bicket, Jing Wang, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Abner Ayala Acevedo, Bruce Kellerman, Vincent Shieh
  • Patent number: 11352014
    Abstract: A vehicle device may execute one or more neural networks (and/or other artificial intelligence), based on input from one or more of the cameras and/or other sensors, to intelligently detect safety events in real-time. The one or more neural networks may be an ensemble neural network that includes neural networks for detecting a head and hand of a user, neural networks for detecting hand actions of the user, neural networks for detecting the head pose of the user, neural networks for predicting an occurrence of an event, and neural networks for predicting a start time and end time of the event. Further, the neural networks can be segmented into a modular neural network based on metadata. The segmentation of the neural network can define a thin layer of the modular neural network to enable independent tuning of the thin layer of the modular neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Samsara Inc.
    Inventors: Sharan Srinivasan, Brian Tuan, John Bicket, Jing Wang, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Abner Ayala Acevedo, Bruce Kellerman, Vincent Shieh
  • Patent number: 11348348
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a driving state analysis method. The driving state analysis method includes: performing fatigue state detection and distraction state detection for a driver on a driver image to obtain a fatigue state detection result and a distraction state detection result; in response to one of the fatigue state detection result and the distraction state detection result satisfying a predetermined alarm condition, outputting alarm information of a corresponding detection result that satisfies the predetermined alarm condition; and/or, in response to both the fatigue state detection result and the distraction state detection result satisfying the predetermined alarm condition, outputting alarm information of the fatigue state detection result that satisfies the predetermined alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Shanghai SenseTime Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Renbo Qin, Daqian Yang
  • Patent number: 11341525
    Abstract: A telematics data marketplace (TDM) computing device including a processor in communication with a memory device is provided. The processor may be configured to: (i) receive registration data from a provider, wherein the registration data includes desired user data sets and an associated purchase price, (ii) retrieve, from the memory device, user data associated with a plurality of users, wherein the user data includes at least telematics data, (iii) match the provider to one or more users of the plurality of users based upon the user data associated with the users matching the desired user data sets of the provider, (iv) prompt the matched users to allow the provider access to the user data for the purchase price, (v) transmit the user data of the matched users to the provider, and (vi) provide the matched users with a reward corresponding to the purchase price of the desired user data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth Jason Sanchez
  • Patent number: 11332148
    Abstract: A driver abnormality detection device detects an abnormality in a driver of a vehicle. A first notification is performed in response to detecting the abnormality. It is determined whether a first input by the driver has been detected in a first input period set after a start of the first notification. A second notification is performed in response to determining that the first input has been detected in the first input period. It is determined whether a second input by the driver has been detected in a second input period set after a start of the second notification. A first abnormality condition process is executed in response to determining that the first input has not been detected in the first input period. A second abnormality condition process is executed in response to determining that the second input has not been detected in the second input period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Morimoto, Yukiyasu Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 11307409
    Abstract: A method of tracking a gaze of an eye includes tracking the gaze of the eye in a first tracking mode. Glint data of at least one glint of the eye is obtained during at least a portion of tracking the gaze of the eye in the first tracking mode. The glint data is in a time domain and includes a time series of a spatial descriptor associated with the at least one glint. The glint data is transformed into a frequency domain to generate a glint frequency spectrum. A stability of the at least one glint is determined based on the glint frequency spectrum. If the at least one glint is determined to be unstable, tracking of the gaze of the eye is switched from the first tracking mode to a second tracking mode that is different from the first tracking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Idris S. Aleem
  • Patent number: 11295218
    Abstract: Telematics and external data relating to the real-time driving of a population of drivers vehicle may be collected and used to calculate a driving pattern map. The driving pattern map is used to determine a driving quotient for individual drivers wherein the driving quotient is a relative score. The driving quotient may be displayed to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ALLSTATE SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Anil Kumar Pandurangarao
  • Patent number: 11294485
    Abstract: Logic of a handheld controller can implement sensor fusion algorithms based on force data provided by a force sensing resistor (FSR) in combination with touch data or proximity data provided by a touch sensor or an array of proximity sensors, respectively. An example sensor fusion algorithm can be used to re-calibrate the FSR when an object contacts an associated control, as detected by the touch sensor. Another example sensor fusion algorithm can be used to ignore spurious inputs detected by the FSR when an object is in contact with an adjacent control. Another example sensor fusion algorithm can be used to detect a hand size of a hand grasping a handle of the controller, as detected by the array of proximity sensors, and to adjust the threshold force to register a FSR input event at the FSR according to the hand size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Dalton, Jeffrey Peter Bellinghausen, Scott Douglas Nietfeld, Jeffrey George Leinbaugh, Ian Campbell, Cheang Tad Yoo, Lawrence Yang, Jeffrey Walter Mucha
  • Patent number: 11285963
    Abstract: A method that includes (a) monitoring a physiological state of a driver to provide physiological state information; (b) receiving or generating an indication about a dangerous event; (c) searching for a predicting physiological parameter that is associated with a predicting pattern that was indicative of an occurrence of the dangerous event; and (d) responding to the when finding of the predicting physiological parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CARTICA AI LTD.
    Inventor: Igal Raichelgauz
  • Patent number: 11279391
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes: a hub; a rim connected to the hub through a plurality of spokes; and a first steering wheel remote control and a second steering wheel remote control arranged on sides of the hub, respectively, in a symmetric manner. A biological parameter measuring apparatus includes: a first conductive bezel arranged around the first steering wheel remote control; a second conductive bezel arranged around the second steering wheel remote control; and a signal processor, which is electrically connected to the first and second conductive bezels, configured to process and calculate a biological parameter based on a signal detected by at least one of the first conductive bezel or the second conductive bezels. The first conductive bezel is spaced apart from the second conductive bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dae Yun An, Eung Hwan Kim, Gyun Ha Kim, Jin Young Koh, Won Lee
  • Patent number: 11281919
    Abstract: A system for detecting a classifying objects in a vehicle can comprise one or more sensors for detecting the presence of an object, other than a passenger, on the vehicle. The system can classify the object as, for example, a personal object or trash. The system can provide a series of escalating reminders for the passenger to take the object with them when they exit the vehicle. When a personal object is left in the vehicle after the passenger has exited the vehicle, the system can communicate with a computing device of a central control or the passenger using additional communication channels such as, for example, e-mail, text, or the Internet. When trash is left in the vehicle, the vehicle can automatically contact, or return to, a maintenance facility for servicing. This can prevent the use of unclean vehicles for new passengers, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher John Stoffel, Timothy David Kentley-Klay