Relative Distence Between Vehicles (e.g., Collision Alert) Patents (Class 340/903)
  • Patent number: 11364900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lane change assistance system in a vehicle (21), wherein the lane change assistance system has a sensor arrangement for detecting the current surrounding area of the vehicle in each case and is designed to generate a warning signal and/or steering intervention when an imminent lane change by the vehicle is identified, depending on a second vehicle (25) being detected by the sensor arrangement in the vehicle's surrounding area. In this case the lane change assistance system is designed to suppress generation of the warning signal and/or the steering intervention based on map data (15), particularly when the change of lane by the vehicle is to a newly opening lane (23) of a multiple lane road (22) which is branching off (e.g. of a corresponding motorway exit) and the second vehicle is located in another lane (24) of the road (22) which is branching off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Franziskus Bauer, Andreas Stahl, Christian Marquardt
  • Patent number: 11361199
    Abstract: A traveling environment recognition apparatus includes a first detector that detects an object in a first region outside a vehicle, a second detector that detects an object in a second search region that at least partly overlaps with the first region, a determiner that determines whether two objects respectively detected by the two detectors are a same object, in an overlapping region of the search regions; and a recognizer that integrates the detected objects, and to recognize the detected objects as one fusion object. The recognizer compares a threshold with a parameter based on distances from the vehicle to the detected objects, to recognize the fusion object using a worst value of detection results of the detected objects when the detected objects are near the vehicle, and recognize the fusion object using a mean value of the detection results when the detected objects are far from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Mizoguchi
  • Patent number: 11352091
    Abstract: Presented here is a system and method for creating easy-to-understand notifications of the vehicle state. The notification can be visual or can be auditory and can indicate to the user the vehicle state even when the user's attention is directed elsewhere. The indication can serve to attract the user's attention before more involved information is presented to the user, such as text, or the indication can serve to communicate to the user the vehicle state in an easy-to-understand way such as using color-coded displays or audio indications. The intensity of the indication can be adjusted based on the likelihood that indication will be perceived by the user by, for example, measuring ambient light and/or ambient noise. Reducing the intensity of the indication conserves energy of an energy source associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Neutron Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry W. Bradlow, Hung Yui Lo, Houchang Lu, Yang Song, Meng Xie, Peter Chang, Xiaoxiao Hou, Punit Nitin Shah, Siwei Wang
  • Patent number: 11340624
    Abstract: A computer, including a processor and a memory, the memory including instructions to be executed by the processor to generate a first color image of a road environment, determine one or more value decompositions of one or more of the red, green, and blue channels of the first color image, obtain one or more modified singular value decompositions by modifying respective ones of the singular value decompositions by a non-linear equation and reconstruct a second color image based on the modified one or more singular value decompositions. The instructions can include further instructions to train a deep neural network based on the second color image and operate a vehicle based on the deep neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Francois Charette, Jose Enrique Solomon
  • Patent number: 11338727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dynamic signaling system of the evolution of the braking maneuver that has visual proportionality with respect to the loss of speed of the vehicle, with fixed or programmed response sensitivity of the system in each braking maneuver, which enables visual proportionality and dynamic unambiguous representation of the variation of speed of the vehicle during braking. It can be applied with advantages to any type of vehicle, with an electric or hybrid combustion engine, with manual or automatic transmission. The system can be applied to both brake lights and the third brake light (high-mount brake light) indistinctly or jointly, further reinforcing the dynamic effect of attention and the transmission of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: María José Herrero Alvarez, Manuel De La Morena De Castro, Alberto De La Morena De Castro
  • Patent number: 11333767
    Abstract: An avoidance modifier system may be configured to modify operation of a collision avoidance system associated with a machine. The avoidance modifier system may include at least one inclination sensor and a modifier system controller configured to be in communication with the collision avoidance system. The modifier system controller may be configured to receive an inclination signal from the inclination sensor and determine an inclination angle at which the machine is operating relative to level operation. The modifier system controller may be configured to determine an adjusted ground plane angle indicative of a virtual ground plane on which the machine is operating, and communicate with the collision avoidance system, such that the collision avoidance system does not activate a braking device of the machine in response to an object sensor generating an object signal indicative of detection of an object between an actual ground plane and the virtual ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Mei
  • Patent number: 11325613
    Abstract: An automatic driving system allows a vehicle to travel by automatic driving. The system includes first and second detectors and first and second determiners. The first detector is disposed on a movable part of the vehicle and detects an object located around the vehicle. The second detector is disposed on the vehicle and has an object detection region that partially overlaps a detection region of the first detector. The first determiner determines whether a detection state of the first detector based on a position of the object detected by the second detector and behavior of the object estimated from a detection position of the first detector and a traveling state of the vehicle. The automatic driving availability determiner determines availability of the automatic driving according to the detection state of the first detector and disables the automatic driving when the first detector is not in a regular detection state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hajime Oyama
  • Patent number: 11304032
    Abstract: Provided herein are system, methods and computer readable storage media in facilitating the determination of a location of at least one mobile device. In providing such functionality, the system may be configured to, for example, receive contextual data corresponding to a contextual state of a mobile device, determine the location of a mobile device, and transmit the location of the mobile device to at least one other mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey H. Woo, Jonathan R. Zhang, Jonathan D. Chang
  • Patent number: 11292559
    Abstract: A method and system for positioning a vehicle in relation to each moving target of an ordered set of moving targets. Each of the moving targets moves from an initial position at a constant velocity. Embodiments can compute an estimated time for the vehicle to be positioned within a predetermined proximity of one of the moving targets; compute an estimated location of the moving target at the estimated time, based on a current position of the moving target and the constant velocity of the moving target, and compute a required velocity for the vehicle to move from its current position to reach the estimated location by the estimated time. If the required velocity is less than or equal to a maximum velocity of the vehicle, outputting the estimated time and the estimated location for use in positioning the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS PLC
    Inventors: John Paterson Bookless, Markus Deittert
  • Patent number: 11287525
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for identifying a short cut-in vehicle, and a vehicle using the same are disclosed. The apparatus includes a signal conversion unit configured to receive and signal-process a plurality of sensing signals, a computation unit configured to compute state information of a surrounding vehicle detected from the signal-processed signal, a sensor fusion track output unit configured to output a sensor fusion track based on the computed state information of the surrounding vehicle, an occupancy distance map (ODM) output unit configured to output ODM information including a grid map corresponding to a vehicle detection region and an ODM object including a plurality of detection points based on the computed state information of the surrounding vehicle, and a cut-in vehicle identification unit configured to identify a cut-in vehicle based on the output sensor fusion track and ODM information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, APTIV KOREA LLC
    Inventors: Hoon Lee, Ji Eun Won, Dong Gu Lee, Sang Bok Won, Min Kyun Yoo, Jae Pil Hwang, Hyung Sun Jang, Uk Il Yang, Hyok Jin Chong, Kyoung Jun Lee, Woo Young Lee, Seul Ki Han, Bo Young Yun, Su Min Jo, Seung Joon Lee, Byung Gi Hong, Soo Bin Jeon, Min Ho Park, Gi Hyun Seo, Kyu Ho Park, Jun Kwon Jee
  • Patent number: 11281210
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include power machines such as loaders, and systems used on power machines, configured to detect the presence of an object in a zone adjacent the rear or sides of the power machine and to responsively control the power machine to stop or slow work functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: John Pfaff
  • Patent number: 11269420
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include techniques for detecting an acknowledgement from a driver of a vehicle. A driver state and reaction tracking system determines that a detected condition exceeds a threshold hazard potential with the vehicle. The driver state and reaction tracking system detects a gesture, by a driver, associated with the detected condition. The driver state and reaction tracking system, in response to detecting the gesture, reduces an urgency level for alerting the driver of the detected condition to generate a reduced urgency level. The driver state and reaction tracking system determines whether to issue an alert to the driver based on the reduced urgency level. The driver state and reaction tracking system may transmit an acknowledgement to other systems associated with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, semiautonomous vehicles, manually driven vehicles and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Priya Seshadri, Joseph Verbeke, Evgeny Burmistrov
  • Patent number: 11255961
    Abstract: A school bus radar system includes a main unit mounted in the school bus, and two radars protrudingly arranged on the bus body of the school bus in a tilted manner and respectively electrically connected to the main unit. When the main unit is switched to a monitoring mode, the main unit generates a radar activation signal to activate the radars in generating a signal, making the signals generated by the monitoring sources of the radars form an intersection network. The monitoring source of each radar defines a normal line. Accordingly, the intersection type three-dimensional spatial monitoring network of the radar system of the present invention is proposed for individual warnings to facilitate the driver making good judgments or stopping the running school bus in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CUB ELECPARTS INC.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Shyh-Jong Chung, Hong-Lun Chen, Yu-Wang Hu
  • Patent number: 11247695
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling an autonomous vehicle detection process is provided. The method includes detecting a sensor reading, of a sensor integrated with an autonomous vehicle, exceeding a specified threshold value. Additional sensor reading from additional vehicles located within a specified distance of the autonomous vehicle are received and compared to the original sensor reading. In response, a fault condition associated with the sensor is determined and an associated notification is presented to an occupant of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Kyndryl, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo, Gregory J. Boss, David Jaramillo, Romelia H. Flores
  • Patent number: 11231494
    Abstract: A radar system having a vehicle assist function with a field of view greater than 160 degrees is provided. The radar system includes antenna boards and a processing unit. The antenna board includes multiple antennas disposed thereon and transmitting a detection signal to detect an obstacle outside the vehicle, and then receiving a reflected signal, generated by the detection signal reflected by the obstacle. Therefore, the single radar system is enough for the vehicle assist function, and the transmitting and receiving antennas are disposed on the antenna board. The processing unit can directly analyze the reflected signal to determine a distance between the obstacle and the vehicle, and perform different vehicle assist functions having different warning distances, and when the distance between the obstacle and the vehicle is lower than one of the warning distances, the processing unit outputs a warning message to warn a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Royaltek Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hung Tsai, Chun-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 11225153
    Abstract: A method for operating an advanced driver assistance (ADAS) system of a motor vehicle includes a vehicle controller receiving, from side and end cameras mounted to the vehicle, camera signals indicative of real-time images of outboard-facing side and end views of the vehicle. The controller determines a region of interest (ROI) inset within each end/side view within which is expected foreign objects and/or hazards. These ROIs are analyzed to detect if a foreign object/hazard is present in the vehicle's end and/or side views. Responsive to detecting the foreign object/hazard, movement of the foreign object/hazard is tracked to determine if the foreign object/hazard moves towards or away from the vehicle's underbody region. If the foreign object/hazard moves to the underbody region, control signals are transmitted to the vehicle's propulsion and/or steering system to automate preventative action that prevents collision of the vehicle with and/or removes the foreign object/hazard from the underbody.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Rashmi Prasad, Chandra S. Namuduri, Sai Vishnu Aluru, Christopher A. Stanek
  • Patent number: 11225265
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for controlling a vehicle by recognizing an object near the vehicle. The method may include: obtaining first sensing data regarding the object near the vehicle, from a first sensor; obtaining second sensing data regarding the object, from a second sensor; obtaining a first object recognition possibility of a driver regarding the object and a second object recognition possibility regarding the object, based on the first sensing data, the second sensing data, and characteristics of the first sensor and the second sensor; obtaining a degree of risk of the object, based on the first object recognition possibility and the second object recognition possibility; and performing a certain function of the vehicle, based on the degree of risk of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: Myung-sik Kim, Mi-young Kim, Bo-seok Moon
  • Patent number: 11222534
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with a vehicle and with a communication device. The communication device can transmit a first vehicle mode signal and a subsequent signal. The device includes a processing component, an indicator component, a transmitting component and a receiving component. The processing component can operate in a vehicle mode and can operate in a second mode. The indicator component can provide a vehicle mode indication signal when the processing component is operating in the vehicle mode. The transmitting component can transmit a second vehicle mode signal based on the vehicle mode indication signal. The receiving component can receive the first vehicle mode signal and can receive the subsequent signal. The processing component can further perform a function while in the vehicle mode and based on the first vehicle mode signal and the subsequent signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Sfara, Inc.
    Inventor: Sascha Simon
  • Patent number: 11214194
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door, an inside door handle, and a door opening warning system having an object sensor that detects an object outside the vehicle in a door collision risk zone, a touchless sensor that detects if a part of a user is positioned in an opening zone at the inside door handle and a touch sensor that detects if the user touches the inside door handle, and a control unit. The control unit triggers a first alarm if the object sensor detects an object in the risk zone and the touchless sensor detects a part of the user in the opening zone at the inside door handle, and triggers a second alarm if the object sensor detects an object in the risk zone and the touch sensor detects that the user is touching the inside door handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO.
    Inventors: Mats Thorngren, Max Olle Cavallin
  • Patent number: 11210952
    Abstract: An edge device may receive, from a first device in a first vehicle moving towards an intersection, first-vehicle-provided-tracking information and, from a first sensor device at the intersection, sensor-provided-first-vehicle-tracking information. The edge device may receive, from a second device in a second vehicle moving towards the intersection, second-vehicle-provided-tracking information and, from a second sensor device at the intersection, sensor-provided-second-vehicle-tracking information. The edge device may determine whether vehicle-provided-tracking information matches the sensor-provided-tracking information for the first vehicle and/or the second vehicle. The edge device may determine whether the first vehicle and the second vehicle are predicted to collide and may provide, to one or more traffic control devices, one or more instructions to provide signals to the first vehicle and/or the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Diego Mondragon, Adrian Abellanoza, Seth Allyn Johnston, John Gregory Bosque
  • Patent number: 11210951
    Abstract: Systems and methods limit communication of redundant telematics data in V2X systems. A communications management device receives telematics data from multiple sources in a service area and calculates a trajectory each of the objects identified by the telematics data. The communications management device selects high vulnerability trajectories based on the calculated trajectories and identifies when the telematics data from different sources, of the multiple sources, corresponds to a same vehicle. When duplicate sources are determined to provide tracking data corresponding to the same vehicle, the communications management device reports (to a collision avoidance system) the tracking data from only the most accurate of the duplicate sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Mourad B. Takla
  • Patent number: 11212490
    Abstract: A vehicular control system includes a plurality of cameras, a plurality of sensors and a central electronic control unit. Image data captured by at least one of the cameras and sensor data sensed by at least one of the sensors is provided to and processed at the central electronic control unit. Data relevant to a current geographical location of the vehicle is provided to and processed at the central electronic control unit. The central electronic control unit is operable to at least partially control the vehicle. The central electronic control unit may include a threat recognizer and a risk assessor. Responsive at least in part to threat recognition/evaluation by the threat recognizer and risk assessment by the risk assessor, the central electronic control unit may control at least one selected from the group consisting of (i) braking of the equipped vehicle and (ii) steering of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Nikolaus Dellantoni, Bernhard Schinkowitsch, André Schoenekaes, Axel Nix, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 11198432
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system of a vehicle includes a sensor configured to be disposed at a vehicle for sensing exterior and forwardly of the vehicle. A processor is operable to process sensor data captured by the sensor to determine the presence of a pedestrian ahead of the vehicle and at or moving towards a path of travel of the vehicle. The processor determines a time to intersection of projected paths of travel of the vehicle and pedestrian based on a determined distance to the pedestrian and determined speed of the pedestrian and speed of the vehicle. The system adjusts the speed of the vehicle so that the pedestrian will not be in the projected path of travel of the vehicle when the vehicle arrives where the projected path of travel of the vehicle intersects the projected path of travel of the pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Manuel Edo Ros
  • Patent number: 11198494
    Abstract: A propulsion control system for a marine vessel includes a plurality of propulsion devices steerable to propel the marine vessel, at least one proximity sensor that determines a relative position of the marine vessel with respect to an object, wherein the at least one proximity sensor has a field of view (FOV). A controller is configured to identify a trigger condition for expanding the FOV of the at least one proximity sensor and control thrust and/or steering position of at least one of the plurality of propulsion devices to expand the FOV of the at least one proximity sensor by inducing a roll movement or a pitch movement of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Derginer, Aaron J. Ward, Travis C. Malouf
  • Patent number: 11186280
    Abstract: A method for controlling a distance of a vehicle to a preceding vehicle, characterized in that, in a step of limiting, the distance is limited to a preselected distance target value and, in a step of setting, the distance target value is set using a change of an accelerator pedal angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Baier, Thorsten Schori
  • Patent number: 11180148
    Abstract: A system for assisting in aligning a vehicle for hitching with a trailer includes a vehicle steering system, a detection system outputting a signal including object position information of an area to a rear of the vehicle, and a controller. The controller receiving the object position data and identifying a targeted trailer and at least one additional object within the area to the rear of the vehicle and controlling the vehicle steering system to maneuver the vehicle during reversing to align a hitch ball mounted on the vehicle to a coupler of the targeted trailer. Upon aligning the hitch ball with the coupler, the controller presents an indication, if it is determined that the at least one additional object is within a threshold distance of a side of the targeted trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Robert Bell, Roger Trombley, Douglas Rogan, Nikhil Nagraj Rao
  • Patent number: 11180081
    Abstract: A rear-side alarm device and a rear-side alarm method thereof. The rear-side alarm device includes a sensor and a controller. The sensor monitors a rear area or a rear-side area of a vehicle. If a trailer connected to the vehicle is detected, the controller sets a system deactivation area and a system activation area, based on status information of the trailer, and controls an alarm operation to be performed by judging whether or not another vehicle has entered into the system activation area. The rear-side alarm device can operate normally even in the case in which a trailer is connected to a vehicle, thereby providing driving safety to a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Tae Bong Noh
  • Patent number: 11173904
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a travel control device including: determining whether a lane change request from an adjacent vehicle for a lane change is detected; determining whether a safety condition is met with regard to an expected relationship between the adjacent vehicle and a subject vehicle; determining whether an acceptance condition is met; generating a target motion for the subject vehicle to allow the lane change by the adjacent vehicle to satisfy the safety condition; and executing a reception control that is a travel control of the automated driving in accordance with the target motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shohei Hattori, Masashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11176826
    Abstract: An information providing system includes a server and an onboard device configured to transmit and receive information to and from the server. The onboard device includes an imaging unit configured to image a nearby vehicle and a first transmission unit configured to transmit nearby vehicle information including a captured image of the nearby vehicle or dangerous vehicle information including a position of a dangerous vehicle which is detected from the nearby vehicle information and position information of the onboard device to the server. The server includes a warning unit configured to generate warning information including the position of the dangerous vehicle for a vehicle near the dangerous vehicle and a second transmission unit configured to transmit the warning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakurada, Jun Okamoto, Josuke Yamane, Risako Yamamoto, Kazuki Sugie, Masatoshi Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11170525
    Abstract: The present application provides autonomous vehicle based position detection method and apparatus, a device and a medium, where the method includes: identifying an obtained first visual perception image according to an underlying neural network layer in a slender convolution kernel neural network model to determine feature information of the target linear object image, and identifying the feature information of the target linear object image by using a high-level neural network layer in the slender convolution kernel neural network model to determine size information of the target linear object image; further, matching the size information of the target linear object image with preset coordinate system map information to determine a position of the autonomous vehicle. Embodiments of the present application can accurately determine the position of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiajia Chen, Ji Wan, Tian Xia
  • Patent number: 11150343
    Abstract: An object detection system includes plural first object detection apparatuses each including a transmitting portion configured to transmit a first wave motion of a first frequency included in plural first frequencies, the transmitting portion transmitting the first wave motion of the first frequency which is different from the other first object detection apparatus concurrently with the other first object detection apparatus. The system includes a receiving portion configured to receive a reception wave, a determination portion configured to determine a correspondence relationship between one or more second frequency of one or more second wave motion included in the reception wave and the plural first frequencies, and a detection portion configured to detect information related to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ippei Sugae, Hisashi Inaba
  • Patent number: 11127294
    Abstract: A vehicle and a control method of the vehicle obtains information on a target object in a blind spot based on a result of object detection by the vehicle itself and a result of object detection received from another vehicle. In particular, to the vehicle performs a safe driving control based on the obtained information on the target object. The method of controlling the vehicle may include: setting a blind spot around the vehicle based on the detection result of the object around the vehicle, and performing the safe driving control of the vehicle based on the degree of risk of the target object in the blind spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hongbum Kim
  • Patent number: 11120689
    Abstract: Systems and methods for connected vehicle and mobile device communications are provided herein. An example method includes determining a distracted condition for at least one of a driver or a pedestrian by evaluating actions occurring within in a vehicle of the driver or on a mobile device of the pedestrian; determining a distraction level for either the driver or the pedestrian based on the actions occurring within in the vehicle or on the mobile device; and providing an alert message to the mobile device or a human machine interface of the vehicle based on the distraction level, the alert message warning of a distracted condition of the pedestrian or the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Syed Amaar Ahmad, Ivan Vukovic, John Walpuck, Jayanthi Rao, Gopichandra Surnilla, Jovan Zagajac
  • Patent number: 11112504
    Abstract: An acquisition unit acquires laser measurement data every time a laser measurement is performed. Based on the acquired laser measurement data, a first detection unit detects an attention angle, which is an irradiation angle corresponding to a measurement distance not included in a standard distance range. A second detection unit detects a warning angle, which is an irradiation angle matching the attention angle for a time longer than an allowable time. A warning unit issues a warning when the warning angle is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsunobu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11104285
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of predicting a crash are provided. The method includes detecting coordinates of a target obstacle based on first coordinate information of a radar sensor and second coordinate information of an ultrasonic sensor, translating the second coordinate information to the coordinate system of the first coordinate information and generating translated coordinate information, estimating a position, speed, and acceleration of a vehicle if the vehicle is a predetermined distance from the target obstacle based on the translated coordinate information, determining a potential crash type between the vehicle and the target obstacle based on the estimated position, speed and acceleration of the vehicle, determining a three-dimensional movement trajectory based on the estimated position, speed and acceleration of the vehicle and the determined crash type, and predicting a crash point of the vehicle, a crash point of the target object and a crash time based on the three-dimensional movement trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Keunwoo Lee, Kihong Park
  • Patent number: 11084422
    Abstract: A collision avoidance and/or pedestrian detection system for a large passenger vehicle such as commuter bus, which includes one or more exterior and/or interior sensing devices positioned strategically around the exterior and interior of the vehicle for recording data, method for avoiding collisions and/or detecting pedestrians, and features/articles of manufacture for improving same, is described herein in various embodiments. The sensing devices may be responsive to one or more situational sensors, and may be connected to one or more interior and/or exterior warning systems configured to alert a driver inside the vehicle and/or a pedestrian outside the vehicle that a collision may be possible and/or imminent based on a path of the vehicle and/or a position of the pedestrian as detected by one or more sensing devices and/or situational sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ROSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Englander, Julian Serer
  • Patent number: 11089205
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring a position of a window. A window position monitoring system comprises a display screen, a camera configured to capture an image for display on the display screen, and a controller including a processor and a memory. The memory includes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: determine a position of the window; determine at least one of a camera setting of a camera and a display screen setting of the display screen based on the determined position of the window; capture, using the camera, at least one frame of a video of a real-world environment; and display, on the display screen, based on the at least one of the camera setting and the display screen setting, the at least one frame of the video of the real-world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Varun J. Prabhakar
  • Patent number: 11087624
    Abstract: A safe-to-proceed system (10) for operating an automated vehicle proximate to an intersection (14) includes an intersection-detector (18), a vehicle-detector (20), and a controller (24). The intersection-detector (18) is suitable for use on a host-vehicle (12). The intersection-detector (18) is used to determine when a host-vehicle (12) is proximate to an intersection (14). The vehicle-detector (20) is also suitable for use on the host-vehicle (12). The vehicle-detector (20) is used to estimate a stopping-distance (22) of an other-vehicle (16) approaching the intersection (14). The controller (24) is in communication with the intersection-detector (18) and the vehicle-detector (20). The controller (24) is configured to prevent the host-vehicle (12) from entering the intersection (14) when the stopping-distance (22) indicates that the other-vehicle (16) will enter the intersection (14) before stopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Junqing Wei, Gaurav Bhatia, Wenda Xu
  • Patent number: 11072307
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body having two pillars spaced from each other. The body includes a rocker extending from one pillar to the other pillar. An airbag is fixed to the rocker and inflatable to an inflated position. The airbag extends outboard of the rocker in the inflated position. The airbag includes a first chamber and a second chamber substantially fluidly separated from each other. The first chamber extends farther outboard of the rocker in the inflated position than the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed Ridha Baccouche, Rahul Arora, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Robert William McCoy
  • Patent number: 11069245
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments of a lane change timing indicator for a connected vehicle. In some embodiments, a method includes determining a time and a path for an ego vehicle to change lanes. In some embodiments, the method includes displaying, on an electronic display device of the ego vehicle, one or more graphics that depict the time and the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventors: BaekGyu Kim, Shinichi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 11069243
    Abstract: A method for warning a vulnerable road user. The method includes: receiving surroundings signals, which represent a surroundings of the road user and the road user, receiving communication address signals, which represent a communication address of a mobile communication device, which the road user is carrying, ascertaining on the basis of the surroundings signals whether there is an imminent danger to the road user, in the event of an imminent danger to a road user, generating communication message signals, which represent a communication message for the mobile communication device that is to be transmitted to the communication address of the mobile communication device, the communication message comprising a warning to the road user, outputting the generated communication message signals in order to transmit the communication message to the communication address of the mobile communication device. A device, a computer program, and a machine-readable storage medium, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 11062606
    Abstract: A method and a system for vehicle-to-pedestrian collision avoidance system, the system comprising participants consisting of Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-capable user equipment (UE) terminals physically linked to at least one vehicle and at least one pedestrian; wherein a spatiotemporal positioning of the terminals is determined from Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular radio signals mediated by Long-Term Evolution (LTE) cellular base stations (BS) and a Location Service Client (LCS) server including an embedded Artificial Intelligence algorithm comprising a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) algorithm and analyzes the spatiotemporal positioning of the terminals and determines the likely future trajectory and communicates the likely future trajectory of the participants to the terminals physically linked to the pedestrian; the terminals physically linked to the pedestrian include an embedded Artificial Intelligence algorithm comprising a Conditional Random Fields (CRFs) algorithm to determine if the likely future traj
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventor: Bastien Beauchamp
  • Patent number: 11062159
    Abstract: An emotion estimation apparatus includes a recording section that records one or more events that cause a change in an emotion of a person and prediction information for predicting, for each event, an occurrence of the event; an event predicting section that predicts the occurrence of the event, based on detection of the prediction information; and a frequency setting section that sets a frequency with which an estimation of the emotion is performed. If the occurrence of the event is predicted by the event predicting section, the frequency setting section sets the frequency to be higher than in a case where the occurrence of the event is not predicted, and also sets the frequency based on the content of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Okuma, Takashi Okada, Kota Saito, Seungho Choi, Yoshikazu Matsuo, Naoki Kikuchi, Katsuya Ikenobu
  • Patent number: 11054519
    Abstract: A vehicle driving controller includes a determination device that identifies a change in location of a reference interval. The reference interval has a certain magnitude value in power spectrum data received from a radar sensor, which detects a preceding vehicle in front of a host vehicle and determines whether there occurs an altitude difference between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle based on the change in the location of the reference interval. The driving controller includes a correction device that corrects a power spectrum using a virtual layer when it is determined that the altitude difference exists between the host vehicle and the preceding vehicle. The driving controller includes a controller that controls the driving of the host vehicle based on the corrected spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jeong Seog Yang
  • Patent number: 11043133
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling access to restricted sectors in airspace is disclosed. The method includes creating a multi-dimensional map of airspace, overlaying a sector having boundaries onto the map, wherein the sector contains a restricted flight zone and a buffer zone monitoring the flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), sending a command to the UAV if the UAV enters the buffer zone; and generating a response if the UAV does not leave the sector based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 11029409
    Abstract: A map of an area is generated from first sensor data of a first field of view including a blocked area and second sensor data of a second field of view having an unblocked view of the blocked area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Codrin Cionca, Mostafa Parchami, Zhen Zhao, Juan Enrique Castorena Martinez
  • Patent number: 11027653
    Abstract: The present disclosure is provided to a collision avoidance apparatus, system and method, configured to calculate a velocity vector of a following vehicle located behind the vehicle in the driving lane in which the vehicle is driving based on at least one of the image data and the sensing data, calculate a collision risk range between the vehicle with the following vehicle based on the driving data and the velocity vector, calculate a time to collision within the collision risk range, and output a warning based on the time to collision. According to the present disclosure, warning and control may be performed according to the collision risk range and the time to collision calculated using the velocity vector of the following vehicle, thereby preventing collision with an adjacent following vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tak Gen Kim, Jae Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 11024051
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an object detection device which is capable of accurately estimating the height of a road surface and is capable of reliably detecting an object present on the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Felipe Gomezcaballero, Masayuki Takemura, Shinichi Nonaka
  • Patent number: 11023780
    Abstract: A method for training an auto labeling device capable of performing automatic verification by using uncertainty scores of labels is provided. The method includes steps of: a learning device (a) inputting unlabeled training images into a trained object detection network and a trained convolution network to generate bounding boxes for training and feature maps for training; and (b) (i) instructing an ROI pooling layer to generate pooled feature maps for training, (ii) at least one of (ii-1) inputting the pooled feature maps for training into a first classifier to generate first class scores for training and first box uncertainty scores for training, and (ii-2) inputting the pooled feature maps for training into a second classifier to generate second class scores for training and second box uncertainty scores for training, and (iii) training one of the first classifier using first class losses and the second classifier using second class losses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SUPERB AI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kye-Hyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11012815
    Abstract: A system, computer program product, and method for displaying a warning graphic for traffic congestion is provided. The method begins with determining a mobile device approaching a zone comprising traffic congestion. Next a first warning graphic of the traffic congestion is displayed to the at least one mobile device approaching that zone, the warning graphic displayed on the one mobile device. A location of the mobile device is tracked overtime approaching that zone. The mobile device approaching is updated that zone regarding a progress of the traffic congestion indicated in the first warning graphic by displaying at least one follow-up warning graphic on the at least one mobile device, provided prior to the traffic congestion being cleared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wormald, Arcangelo Loberto, Raymond Reddy