Highway Information (e.g., Weather, Speed Limits, Etc.) Patents (Class 340/905)
  • Patent number: 10319224
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adaptive road management in a communication network comprising a complex array of both static and moving communication nodes (e.g., a network of moving things, which may be a vehicle network, a network of or including autonomous vehicles, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VENIAM, INC.
    Inventors: João Pedro Coelho de Azevedo, Filipe Manuel Almeida Neves, Rui Miguel Correia e Costa
  • Patent number: 10319347
    Abstract: An industrial vehicle management system includes: a receiving unit that acquires operational information specifying a position and an operational state of each of a plurality of industrial vehicles; a symbol combining unit that, based on the operational information received by the receiving unit, superimposes and combines upon a map symbols showing the position of each of the industrial vehicles; a display control unit that displays upon a display device a map image that has been superimposed and combined by the symbol combining unit; and a symbol processing unit that changes display formats of the symbols according to the operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Zaizen, Hiroyuki Adachi, Jyunji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10311652
    Abstract: A method for updating a driving assistance system of a motor vehicle includes operating a central communications platform to receive data transmitted wirelessly from the vehicle, the data logged onboard the vehicle during operation of the driving assistance system and relating to driving conditions existing when a driver of the vehicle makes a control input that is counter to vehicle control directed by the driving assistance system. The method may include determining a modified configuration for the driving assistance system based on the data, and transmitting the modified configuration from the central communications platform to the driving assistance system, the modified configuration being used to update decision logic of the driving assistance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stefan, Uwe Gussen, Thomas Rambow, Christoph Arndt
  • Patent number: 10311724
    Abstract: A driver safety system includes traffic signals communicating with a municipal controller via a first network and user devices communicating with a third party controller via a second network. Communications from the first network are provided to the second network via a repeater server providing one-way communications to avoid the possibility of hacking devices on the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: CONNECTED SIGNALS, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Ginsberg, Johnny C. Norris, II
  • Patent number: 10314001
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing adaptive location sampling in mobile devices. The approach involves determining one or more maneuvers from among a plurality of one or more links representing a localized area of a transportation network. Each of the one or more maneuvers is a combination of two or more adjacent links of the one or more links. The approach also involves determining a road length and a speed attribute for each link in said each maneuver. The approach further involves calculating a travel time for said each maneuver based on the road length and the speed attribute of said each link. The approach further involves calculating a sampling interval for the mobile device traveling in the localized area based on the travel time. The mobile device is configured to collect probe data using one or more sensors at the sampling interval while traveling in the localized area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jane Macfarlane, Bo Xu
  • Patent number: 10303176
    Abstract: A vehicle computing device includes a data storage medium and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is programmed to receive from the data storage medium, a vehicle characteristic associated with an autonomous vehicle, receive historical data associated with the vehicle characteristic at a first road segment, determine a correction factor for the autonomous vehicle based at least in part on the historical data, and apply the correction factor to the vehicle characteristic to operate the autonomous vehicle in accordance with the historical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10302445
    Abstract: Embodiments include a method for providing navigation guidance to a vehicle using roadside infrastructure communicatively coupled to a wireless network, the method comprising receiving, from a first vehicle, a request for navigation guidance to a destination; determining a first maneuver for navigating towards the destination from an initial location; and transmitting the first maneuver to the first vehicle. Embodiments also include a vehicle comprising a wireless transceiver for communicating with roadside infrastructure forming a wireless network, and a processor configured to: select a first unit included in the roadside infrastructure based on proximity to an initial location of the vehicle; send, to the first unit, a user-entered request for navigation guidance to a destination; and receive, from the first unit, a first maneuver for navigating towards the destination from the initial location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10297151
    Abstract: Data is received from each of a plurality of vehicles proximate to an intersection indicating a kinetic energy and a time to the intersection. An optimized timing of a traffic light is determined based on an aggregation of the kinetic energies and times to intersection. A timing of the traffic is modified according to the optimized timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Daniel Mark Schaffer
  • Patent number: 10296794
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to artificial intelligence based systems and method for determination of traffic violations. The present disclosure provides systems and methods that use deep convolutional neural networks and machine vision based algorithms to perform a task of detection and recognition to provide complete solution to safe, legal and comfortable parking, driving and riding for commuters on the roadways. Roadway stewardship systems, Parking management systems when made on-demand and crowdsourced, can play a very strong role in regulating driving conditions in cities and highways. By allowing the on-demand, crowdsourced, roadway stewardship system to be automated, through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) sub-systems, users can be trained to recognize and be educated as well in the laws & regulations around the use of roadways; can help the process through an interactive console/game-play, which can also be used for monetization for individuals to earn money for their contribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jayant Ratti
  • Patent number: 10282981
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for improving vehicle awareness and safety by generating and transmitting alerts in response to detecting a hazard in the environment omnidirectional to a vehicle awareness system. Omnidirectional environment data, representing kinematic information pertaining to one or more physically detectable elements omnidirectional to the primary vehicle, is acquired by one or more sensors communicatively coupled to a vehicle. The system analyzes the omnidirectional environment data to detect if one or more hazards in the omnidirectional environment data, representing a change in the kinetic behavior of the one or more physically detectable elements omnidirectional to the vehicle awareness system, has occurred. When the system detects one or more hazards in the omnidirectional environment data, the system generates and transmits an alert to vehicles, vehicle operators, mobile devices, or pedestrians at risk from the hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Leo Nelson Chan, Steven C. Cielocha, Roxane Lyons, Matthew S. Megyese, William J. Leise, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Jennifer L. Crawford, Jeremy Myers, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Rajiv C. Shah
  • Patent number: 10282985
    Abstract: A method performed by a sign pertinence receiving system is disclosed for enabling a first vehicle to discard non-pertinent road sign information. The first vehicle is configured to present extracted sign information within the vehicle and/or adapt a vehicle function based on detected sign information. The system captures detected sign information from a road sign, and receives a most likely supplementary information estimate indicating supplementary information deemed to pertain to the road sign, which estimate is based on detected supplementary information captured by a second vehicle from supplementary sign information assigned to the road sign, wherein a correctness confidence value associated with the estimate exceeds a minimum correctness confidence threshold. The system determines whether the estimate pertains to the first vehicle, and refrains from presenting extracted sign information and/or from adapting a vehicle function, provided the estimate is determined to not pertain to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Henrik Bjersing
  • Patent number: 10284764
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of imaging sensors disposed at a vehicle and having respective exterior fields of view, each of the imaging sensors capturing respective image data. A control is disposed at the vehicle and includes a data processor. The imaging sensors are connected to the control via respective ones of a plurality of single core coaxial cables. Each single core coaxial cable commonly carries (i) image data from the respective imaging sensor to the control for processing at the data processor and (ii) power to the respective imaging sensor. The vehicular vision system utilizes at least one of (i) an ETHERNET communication protocol, (ii) a Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) protocol and (iii) a FPD-Link III protocol. Each of the single core coaxial cables provides bidirectional communication between the control and the respective imaging sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joern Ihlenburg, Jens Steigerwald, Michael Dominik Schöppner
  • Patent number: 10272926
    Abstract: When an accept operation for permitting a speed limit to be set as a target speed has been detected, a driving support ECU gradually increases the current target speed toward the current speed limit. The target speed is displayed in a gradual-change display screen on a display apparatus. A driver performs a correcting operation at the time at which the driver recognizes that the displayed target speed exceeds the speed limit. The driving support ECU corrects the target speed based on the correcting operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Keiji Yamashita, Takeshi Inoguchi
  • Patent number: 10275844
    Abstract: A citation system may receive data, including an image, from a handheld photo enforcement unit and issue a citation based on the image with minimal officer input. The citation system manipulates photos to identify license plate numbers involved in an event. The citation system requests identification from a driver database, issues a citation, and forwards the citation according to information from the driver database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Young, Scott C. Smith
  • Patent number: 10266177
    Abstract: A vehicle warning system includes a warning tripod and a portable electronic device able to communicate with the warning tripod. Based on a location of a stationary vehicle or other road obstacle, the portable electronic device controls the warning tripod to automatically move to a position to warn other vehicles, and after the warning function is carried out, the portable electronic device controls the warning tripod to automatically move back to the stationary vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HONGFUJIN PRECISION ELECTRONICS(TIANJIN)CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ling-Chieh Tai, Po-Cheng Chen, Kuang-Yu Liu
  • Patent number: 10261170
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle includes a radar detector configured to detect a police radar signal and a receiver configured to receive information about an image of an environment of the vehicle. A controller in communication with the radar detector and the receiver is configured to change at least one operating characteristic of the radar detector based on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Valentine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Negussu, Richard L. Dickerson, Gary E. Carrelli, John D. Hiers
  • Patent number: 10252669
    Abstract: A warning device for a vehicle includes a warning vibration wave generator and a vibration applying device. For each of a plurality of vehicle conditions, the warning vibration wave generator generates a warning vibration wave having a frequency that varies with the vehicle speed detected by a vehicle speed sensor, and that differs for each vehicle condition at the same vehicle speed. Based on the warning vibration wave generated by the warning vibration wave generator, the vibration applying device applies a warning vibration corresponding to the warning vibration wave to a steering member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Miura, Yuji Kariatsumari, Kohei Moriki
  • Patent number: 10255367
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vessel traffic service system and a method for extracting accident data, and more particularly, to a technique that search and extracts possible event traffic data automatically from data of a concerned area without knowing exact time when a marine accident occurs. The vessel traffic service system includes: an input unit receiving conditional information for extracting accident occurrence data from a user; a storage unit storing at least one of an automatic identification system (AIS) signal, a radar signal, and a camera image signal; and a control unit extracting an event occurrence part from at least one of the AIS signal, the radar signal, and the camera image signal of a point and a time at which an accident occurs in accordance with the conditional information to generate an accident candidate list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Byung Gil Lee, Byung Doo Kim, Do Hyeung Kim, Kwan Tae Cho, Ju Young Kim, Joong Yong Choi, Dae Hee Seo, Seung Hee Oh, Jung Chan Na, Hyun Sook Cho
  • Patent number: 10255806
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: an information acquisition unit that acquires traveling area information of the vehicle; an entry determination unit that determines whether the vehicle has entered a specific range; an area information storage unit that stores the traveling area information when the vehicle has entered the specific range; a reception unit that receives a stop signal including information on a stop position of a different vehicle different from the vehicle when the different vehicle stops traveling or is in a state difficult to continue normally traveling; a relation determination unit that determines a positional relationship between the different vehicle and the vehicle, based on the information on the stop position and the traveling area information; and a processing execution unit that executes a predetermined process in accordance with a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Haruhiko Sogabe
  • Patent number: 10247569
    Abstract: A non-scaled, linearly compressed pictographic mapping system is provided for the visual display of information in a navigational aid. Unlike today's road maps which use a point-arc-polygon paradigm, the new mapping uses a non-scaled, linearly-compressed pictographic design that shows roads as linear pictograms. The display has a columnar layout, whereby the descriptive elements are grouped together by type, and displayed one above the other in columns. The maps may also contain icons representing points of interest. In this manner, the mapping paradigm also serves to increase traveler safety, provide navigation assistance during address-less trips, create valuable advertising space and new promotional opportunities, and dramatically increases the travelers' communications and entertainment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nytell Software LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 10249186
    Abstract: An system, method, and non-transitory computer readable medium are provided. The system includes a traffic control signal, a wireless interface, a mast, a support base, a wireless control device, and a base station for communicating between the wireless interface and the wireless control device. The method involves receiving input from the wireless control device, generating a control signal for operating the traffic control signals, and transmitting the control signal to the traffic control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SITE 2020 INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Cole Benjamin Campbell, Mitchell Alexander Hollohan
  • Patent number: 10232848
    Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to operate relative to oncoming objects. The vehicle can sense to external environment of the vehicle. An oncoming object approaching the vehicle from an opposite direction can be detected. It can be determined whether the oncoming object intends to execute a left turn across the path of the vehicle. Such a determination can be performed in various ways. Responsive to determining that the oncoming object intends to execute a left turn across the path of the vehicle, a driving maneuver to avoid a collision with the oncoming object can be determined. The vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rini Sherony
  • Patent number: 10229462
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for mitigating the risks associated with driving by assigning risk values to road segments and using those risk values to select less risky travel routes. Various approaches to helping users mitigate risk are presented. A computing device is configured to generate a database of risk values. That device may receive accident information, geographic information, vehicle information, and other information from one or more data sources and calculate a risk value for the associated road segment. Subsequently, the computing device may provide the associated risk value to other devices. Furthermore, a personal navigation device may receive travel route information and use that information to retrieve risk values for the road segments in the travel route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jason Brian Bogovich, Julie A. Jordan Peters
  • Patent number: 10220782
    Abstract: An image analysis apparatus is applied to an on-vehicle camera that captures an image of a predetermined monitoring region oriented in a predetermined direction referenced to a vehicle, to analyze an image captured by the on-vehicle camera. The image analysis apparatus includes (i) a storage section that stores a feature quantity of a monitoring region image obtained when an image of the monitoring region is captured by the on-vehicle camera, (ii) an extraction section that acquires an image captured by the on-vehicle camera and extracts a feature quantity of the image captured by the on-vehicle camera, and (iii) a notification section that compares the feature quantity of the image captured by the on-vehicle camera against the feature quantity of the monitoring region image to perform determination whether the on-vehicle camera is mounted in an abnormal position, and notifies a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shusaku Shigemura
  • Patent number: 10223835
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an augmented reality alignment system and method are disclosed. An exemplary alignment system and method therefor may correct for image misalignment, distortion, and image deflection of graphic images that are projected within an operator's field of view. The alignment system may be configured to consider a number of dynamic and static error factor inputs in real time such that when a graphic image is projected, the graphic image is substantially aligned with the real-world target it is intended to overlay and the graphic image is displayed substantially free of distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: N.S. International, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Cashen, Emily Robb
  • Patent number: 10210752
    Abstract: A method for interleaving time slots in a multi-antenna system for communication with RFID tags is disclosed. An example is shown for an eight antenna system. A first four antennas arranged side-by-side are sequentially energized to interrogate RFID transponders. A second set of four antennas arranged side-by-side, the first of which is adjacent to the last of the first set of antennas. A four-antenna sequence is performed for the first four antennas and a second four antenna sequence is performed for the second set of antennas. The first and second four antenna sequences are offset by only a marginal amount, sufficient to ensure that a transponder signal received four antennas away from an active antenna is not acknowledged because the receive window for the non-active antenna is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Michael Melville, Karl Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10210751
    Abstract: A device can receive a data model that has been trained on base map data and summary statistics data associated with a first geographic region. The device can obtain additional base map data associated with a second geographic region and additional summary statistics data for a set of junctions within the second geographic region. The device can determine traffic control mechanisms associated with the set of junctions by providing the additional base map data and the additional summary statistics data as input for the data model. The device can generate, using output of the data model, a base map that includes information indicating whether the set of junctions include traffic control mechanisms. The device can, after generating the base map, perform one or more actions associated with improving vehicle navigation or traffic management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Eno, Tristan Storz, John P. O'Dwyer, Lindy Williams, Zeehasham Rasheed, Kevin Brackney
  • Patent number: 10207707
    Abstract: There is provided a driving assistance device configured to be equipped in a subject vehicle. An imaging unit is configured to acquire an image of a preceding vehicle running in front of the subject vehicle equipped with the driving assistance device. A cargo-falling predicting unit is configured to predict whether a cargo loaded on a loading platform of the preceding vehicle will fall off, from change with time in an image of the cargo or an image of an accompanying object of the cargo on the basis of the image acquired by the imaging unit. An information providing unit is configured to provide information on falling of the cargo if the cargo-falling predicting unit predicts that the cargo will fall off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Kurata
  • Patent number: 10204515
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for determining malfunctioning traffic signals and lights. A traffic signal pattern is identified. Probe reports are received from a device. A path is generated including the road intersection for the device using location data in the two or more probe reports. The path is compared to a traffic signal. An abnormal crossing is determined from the comparison. A malfunction of the traffic signal is determined based on the abnormal crossing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Omer Mubarek, Bruce Bernhardt, Jingwei Xu
  • Patent number: 10198009
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises obtaining inputs pertaining to one or more conditions of route planned for a vehicle having autonomous operation capability; predicting, via a processor, a future level of engagement for an operator of the vehicle, using the inputs; and providing, for the operator, information pertaining to the future level of engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Peggy Wang, Roy J. Mathieu, Joseph F. Szczerba, Gary P. Bertollini
  • Patent number: 10180569
    Abstract: A display device for displaying a virtual image within the visual field of a driver, said display device including an image generation device, and at least one light sensor, said image generation device being configured for producing with said light sensor a measurement of the ambient light intensity within an area, referred to as ambient background, located in the direction where said image is formed in order to allow the brightness of said image to be adapted to said ambient background. An image generation device for such a display device, said device comprising said sensor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Etudes Electroniques
    Inventor: Stéphane Dalmayrac
  • Patent number: 10180331
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a map application that identifies a transit route that includes one or more transit legs between a starting location and a destination location. In response to a request to start navigating the identified transit route, the map application of some embodiments provides a first display area for displaying a set of navigation instructions, each of which describes a transit maneuver that is associated with a transit leg of the transit route. The map application also provides a second display area for displaying a map region presentation associated with the navigation instruction that is displayed in the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Marcel van Os, Brian Andrich, Ian Leighton, Justin O'Beirne, David Hodge, Eleanor Cady Wachsman, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Aaron A. Reiner, Christine B. McGavran, Wesley Yue, Eric L. Grundstrom
  • Patent number: 10176467
    Abstract: A system for managing and processing a consumer transaction is provided, comprising a gas fuel pump, a high-definition video display topper affixed to the gas fuel pump, a consumer interface screen affixed to the gas fuel pump, wherein the interface screen is in electronic communication with the video display topper, prompts the consumer to engage in a consumer transaction or opportunity, and receives input from said consumer when the consumer engages in said transaction or opportunity. The system may include a fuel media network, the network providing campaign, retailer, advertiser, affiliate, and manager functions and interfaces. The system may also include a media display unit with a storage device for media, a transmitter, a cooling system, and a back-up battery; wherein the media display unit is adapted to provide media distribution and content deliver to one or more high-definition video display toppers affixed to one or more gas fuel pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Werlien Prosperie, III
  • Patent number: 10169986
    Abstract: Integration of personalized traffic information is provided. Contextual information for a client device is collected. Based, at least in part, on the contextual information, traffic information is received. The traffic information is received from one or more broadcast stations to which the traffic information has been mapped based, at least in part, on classification of the traffic information. A communications device is caused to communicate the traffic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ya Bin Dang, Feng Li, Qi Cheng Li, Shao Chun Li, Guang Tai Liang, Xin Zhou
  • Patent number: 10157422
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, systems and apparatuses for determining a road segment safety rating are provided. In some arrangements, the road segment safety rating may be based on historical data associated with the road segment (e.g., accident history data, traffic volume data, etc.). In other examples, the road segment safety rating may be based on historical data as well as driving behavior data of the operator of the vehicle. In some arrangements, the determined road segment safety rating may be compared to a threshold. If the road segment safety rating is below the threshold, the system may generate one or more alternate road segments or route for the driver to consider. In some examples, the road segment safety rating may be used to determine an insurance premium or one or more insurance incentives to provide to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Julie A. Jordan Peters, Dana Ferguson, Regina Madigan, Thomas McKenna
  • Patent number: 10157321
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting vehicle events and classifying them based on contextual vehicle information. The method includes detecting a vehicle event using vehicle movement data, and then obtaining and analyzing contextual vehicle information associated with the vehicle event. The contextual vehicle information may be indicative of an external condition that led to the vehicle event, such as an object in the vehicle's path, that helps classify the vehicle event for purposes of insurance risk assessment. Another disclosed method involves comparing the vehicle movement data with the vehicle performance requirements for each of the plurality of insurance carrier plans, and notifying a vehicle operator when the vehicle data satisfies the vehicle performance requirements for any one of the insurance carrier plans. Example systems may include a telematics unit installed to a vehicle that is configured to collect vehicle movement data and contextual vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Tyson Becker, Gregory A. Ross, Ryan Olejniczak, Esteban Camacho, Alexander X. Cermak
  • Patent number: 10154777
    Abstract: Computerized information acquisition and processing apparatus and methods. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a sensor and processor with associate storage device(s). In one variant, the apparatus includes data relating to one or more templates associated with various physiological artifacts. The apparatus is configured in this variant to utilize the data to evaluate data collected by the sensor to enable, for example, filtering of data for transmission over a wireless interface of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: WEST VIEW RESEARCH, LLC
    Inventor: Robert F. Gazdzinski
  • Patent number: 10150416
    Abstract: The automobile proximity sensor and warning display is mounted on an outside rear view mirror of a vehicle. A flat base plate, adhered to the outside mirror, coacts with a removable body on a front side of the base. The battery powered system includes a proximity detector, responsive to approaching vehicles, generating an alarm signal sent to a lighted display. The body may have a removable mirror. The body may be coupled to the base by complementary coupling sub-systems or an insertable body portion coacting with a shelf on the base wherein a depressible tab is sized to fit within a shelf orifice. As a power saver, an accelerometer detects motion and a timeout circuit turns OFF system power when no motion is detected for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Alexilex 770, LLC
    Inventor: Alejandro Masckauchan
  • Patent number: 10140856
    Abstract: A plurality of instances of probe data are received. Each instance is received from a probe apparatus of a plurality of probe apparatuses each comprising a plurality of sensors and being onboard a vehicle. An instance comprises location information indicating a location of the corresponding probe apparatus. For each of one or more instances, a distance parameter is determined based on the location information and a road segment corresponding to the location. A set of distance parameters is defined based on the distance parameter determined for each of the one or more instances. The set of distance parameters is analyzed to identify clusters of probe data. The number of clusters identified is determined and compared to a historical number of clusters. If the number of clusters identified is less than the historical number of clusters, it is determined that there is a lane closure corresponding to the road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Bruce Bernhardt, James Fowe, Filippo Pellolio
  • Patent number: 10139425
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for graphically displaying wind information comprising: receiving weather information comprising wind information from a weather information source, wherein said wind information comprises wind speed and wind direction: displaying the wind speed and wind direction over a user selected geographic region on a handheld device display wherein the wind speed and wind direction are represented on the display by one or more concentric circles; and displaying the changes in the wind speed and direction over the user selected geographic region over a time period, wherein the changes in the future wind speed and direction are depicted on the display changing the appearance of one of more of the concentric circles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TERRASTRIDE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: C. Lanford Holloway, James P. Cleveland, Christian Blake Baxley, Marianna Simina, Sanjeev Kumar Singh
  • Patent number: 10140599
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for performing an electronic transaction using a payment computer coupled to a database is provided. The transaction includes an item purchased in association with a vehicle and initiated by a cardholder with a merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Dexter Edward Bryant, II
  • Patent number: 10140864
    Abstract: A parking server is queried for parking data descriptive of locations of available on-street parking spots. On a map indicating a current location of a vehicle and an upcoming intersection to be traversed by the vehicle, a depiction of parking availability is overlaid, indicating, for each leg of the intersection, a number of on-street parking spots available down the respective leg according to the parking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Andrea Bowes Chowanic
  • Patent number: 10137834
    Abstract: Specifically programmed, integrated motor vehicle dangerous driving warning and control system and methods comprising at least one specialized communication computer machine including electronic artificial intelligence expert system decision making capability further comprising one or more motor vehicle electronic sensors for monitoring the motor vehicle and for monitoring activities of the driver and/or passengers including activities related to the use of cellular telephones and/or other wireless communication devices and further comprising electronic communications transceiver assemblies for communications with external sensor networks for monitoring dangerous driving situations, weather conditions, roadway conditions, pedestrian congestion and motor vehicle traffic congestion conditions to derive warning and/or control signals for warning the driver of dangerous driving situations and/or for controlling the motor vehicle driver use of a cellular telephone and/or other wireless communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 10134277
    Abstract: A method for prompting traffic condition information, comprising: a server obtaining traffic condition information about a road network (101); a client determining a candidate driving route and sending to the server a traffic condition information request aiming at the candidate driving route, and the server receiving the traffic condition information request, extracting traffic condition information about the candidate driving route from the traffic condition information about the road network, and sending to the client the traffic condition information about the candidate driving route; alternatively, the server actively sending to the client the traffic condition information about the road network (102); and the client displaying the traffic condition information provided by the server (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Chunying Liu
  • Patent number: 10133274
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for interacting with a plurality of autonomous vehicles. In one implementation, a system may include at least one processor. The at least one processor may be programmed to receive from each of the plurality of autonomous vehicles navigational situation information associated with an occurrence of an adjustment to a determined navigational maneuver, analyze the navigational situation information, determine, based on the analysis of the navigational situation information, whether the adjustment to the determined navigational maneuver was due to a transient condition, and update the predetermined model representative of the at least one road segment if the adjustment to the determined navigational maneuver was not due to a transient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Amnon Shashua, Yoram Gdalyahu, Ofer Springer, Yoav Taieb
  • Patent number: 10134278
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating between autonomous vehicles are described herein. Such communication may be performed for signaling, collision avoidance, path coordination, and/or autonomous control. A computing device may receive data for the same road segment from autonomous vehicles, including (i) an indication of a location within the road segment, and (ii) an indication of a condition of the road segment. The computing device may generate, from the data for the same road segment, an overall indication of the condition of the road segment, which may include a recommendation to vehicles approaching the road segment. Additionally, the computing device may receive a request from a computing device within a vehicle approaching the road segment to display vehicle data. The overall indication for the road segment may then be displayed on a user interface of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory L. Hayward, Scott Farris
  • Patent number: 10133530
    Abstract: Electronic digital display systems, including roadside display devices, vehicle-based devices, personal mobile devices, intermediary servers, advertising servers, and/or additional external data sources may operate individually or in combination to identify one or more vehicle locations, driving routes, driver and passenger characteristics, and the like. Vehicle and individual characteristics may be determined based on data received from traffic cameras, vehicle-based devices, personal mobile devices, and/or other data sources. Based on the vehicle characteristics, individual characteristics, driving data and driving patterns, and the like, digital content may be determined for electronic roadside displays to be viewable by the approaching vehicles, and/or other digital display devices to be viewable by associated individuals via other display devices and at other times. Various techniques may be used to determine customized digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Robert Wasserman
  • Patent number: 10127797
    Abstract: A security system including a wireless alarm sensor that detects a threat within a secured geographic area, a cloud application that monitors the alarm sensor and reports threats detected by the alarm sensor within the secured area to a human user of the secured area and a wireless publically accessible communication system defined by a plurality of relatively low power communication devices and a local base station, the alarm sensor detects a nearby one of the plurality of low power communication devices and wirelessly connects to the cloud application through the nearby one low power communication device and local base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Robert John Probin, Laurent Legris
  • Patent number: 10127816
    Abstract: A method and system alert a driver of a driven vehicle about an unsafe traffic condition. The method detects, by one or more of a radar detector, a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) detector, or a camera, a braking event of a nearby vehicle. The method stores, in a storage device, the braking event of the nearby vehicle. The method communicates a signal indicative of the braking event of the nearby vehicle to a brake system of the driven vehicle. The method also alerts the driver, by one or more of a user display alert or an audible alert, of the braking event of the nearby vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blanding Hovenweep, LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10119831
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a mapping application that has a novel way of displaying traffic congestion along roads in the map. The mapping application in some embodiments defines a traffic congestion representation to run parallel to its corresponding road portion when the map is viewed at a particular zoom level, and defines a traffic congestion representation to be placed over its corresponding road portion when the map is viewed at another zoom level. The mapping application in some embodiments differentiates the appearance of the traffic congestion representation that signifies heavy traffic congestion from the appearance of the traffic congestion representation that signifies moderate traffic congestion. In some of these embodiments, the mapping application does not generate a traffic congestion representation for areas along a road that are not congested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Moore, Aroon Pahwa, Yaohua Hu