Highway Information (e.g., Weather, Speed Limits, Etc.) Patents (Class 340/905)
  • Patent number: 11120645
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring an autonomous vehicle and a method using the same is disclosed. The system includes a filtering unit, a message converting unit, and an abnormality analyzing module. The filtering unit retrieves the raw vehicle-body data of the on-board system information and filters out the raw vehicle-body data unsatisfying with a threshold value to generate vehicle-parameter information. The message converting unit receives the vehicle-parameter information and estimates vehicle-body environment information based on the vehicle-parameter information. The abnormality analyzing module receives the vehicle-parameter information and the vehicle-body environment information, incorporates the vehicle-parameter information and the vehicle-body environment information into a comparison condition to generate a comparison result, generates an abnormality warning signal corresponding to the comparison result, and transmits the abnormality warning signal to a far-end server to display it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Yu-Chi Shiue, Kuang-Jen Chang, Chin-Shao Tu
  • Patent number: 11104346
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle may include a driver monitoring device that generates driver monitoring information while driving in an autonomous driving mode, a perception-response feature learning device that measures a perception response time of a driver for each warning notification type based on the driver monitoring information and learns perception response features of the driver based on the measured perception response time of the driver for each warning notification type, a warning notification scenario determining device that determines a customized warning notification scenario for the driver based on of the learned perception response features, and a driver notification providing device that outputs a warning notification based on an output corresponding to each warning notification type, and an autonomous driving information recording device that stores autonomous driving information collected during driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Eun Young Choi, Min Sang Yu, Dong Il Yang
  • Patent number: 11105644
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for identifying a closed road section. The systems may obtain a first heat map representing a first density of tracked vehicles in a target area over a first time period and a second heat map representing a second density of tracked vehicles in the target area over a second time period; determine a difference map between the first heat map and the second heat map; determine one or more candidate regions based on the difference map; identify one or more candidate links associated with the one or more candidate regions in a road network map; determine one or more confidence levels associated with the one or more candidate links based on the one or more candidate regions; and identify one or more closed road sections based on the one or more confidence levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaiqiang An, Guoping Liu
  • Patent number: 11100680
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for providing augmented graphical data on a user device. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving, by the user device, a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) wireless message transmitted by a ride share vehicle and including V2X data describing the ride share vehicle. The method includes generating augmented graphical data based on the V2X data, where the augmented graphical data describes an augmented version of an image captured by the user device and depicting a real-life environment that includes the ride share vehicle, where the augmented version highlights a position of the ride share vehicle within the real-life environment. The method includes presenting the augmented graphical data on the user device so that the ride share vehicle is more easily located in the real-life environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: John Kenney, Gaurav Bansal, Hongsheng Lu
  • Patent number: 11099272
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an intelligent roadside unit. The intelligent roadside unit includes: a radar, configured to detect an obstacle within a first preset range of the intelligent roadside unit; a camera, configured to capture an image within a second preset range of the intelligent roadside unit; a radar-signal processor, coupled to the radar and configured to generate an obstacle detection signal according to obstacle information detected by the radar; an image-signal processor, coupled to the camera and configured to generate an image detection signal according to the image captured by the camera; and a general control processor, coupled to the radar-signal processor and the image-signal processor and generating a point cloud image according to the obstacle detection signal and the image detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Fang, Haisong Wang, Xing Hu, Sheng Tao
  • Patent number: 11094201
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, a method and an apparatus for vehicle positioning. The method includes: acquiring positioning information pre-stored in a roadside device while a vehicle is moving, the positioning information including direction information and/or position information associated with a position of the roadside device; determining a current position of the vehicle based on position information determined by a vehicle-mounted positioning device and the positioning information acquired from the roadside device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11094192
    Abstract: An infrastructure edge device is configured to generate and broadcast a proxy safety message regarding a moving object. A method for a subject vehicle to process the proxy safety message includes determining whether data provided in the proxy safety message is valid based on sensor data from one or more sensors disposed about the subject vehicle, content of the proxy safety message, or a combination thereof. The method further discards the proxy safety message in response to the proxy safety message including invalid data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar Malhan, Joseph Lull
  • Patent number: 11089432
    Abstract: Systems and methods for localizing and tracking mobile objects are provided. The method includes determining an initial location of a node based on multi-lateration from an unmanned aerial vehicle and determining a velocity vector associated with the node based on multi-lateration. The method also includes detecting when the node turns. An adaptive aperture is applied to address a non-uniform velocity of the node based on the turn and the velocity vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Sundaresan, Ayon Chakraborty, Sampath Rangarajan, Ashutosh Dhekne
  • Patent number: 11084487
    Abstract: An impairment analysis (“IA”) computer system for detecting a driver or vehicle impairment to facilitate vehicle collision avoidance is provided. The IA computer system is associated with a host vehicle, and includes at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device. The at least one processor is programmed to: (i) interrogate a target vehicle via the plurality of sensors by scanning at least one of the target vehicle and a target driver of the target vehicle; (ii) receive sensor data including at least one of target driver data and target vehicle condition data; (iii) analyze the sensor data by determining at least one outlier within the sensor data; (iv) detect an impairment of at least one of the target driver and the target vehicle based upon the analysis; and/or (v) direct corrective action based upon the detected impairment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas L. Dewey, Jon Hodel, Steve F. Roberson
  • Patent number: 11086469
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter provides a digital sign with a video camera. The digital sign and video camera are connected via a communications medium to a central computer. The central computer provides a way of changing the images displayed on the digital sign and of disseminating the video from the video camera either through real time forwarding/viewing or recording the real time video stream and playing back the recorded video to a user. The central computer also provides a user interface where an authorized user, which would normally include an authorized governmental entity, can view the video stream and unilaterally interrupt the normally displayed image (or series of images) with an emergency notification message that would display on the digital sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Emergency Network, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis E. Ford, Drew Cartwright
  • Patent number: 11077859
    Abstract: A state determination device to determine that a driver driving a vehicle is in a driving difficult state detects an abnormality in a state of the driver, and detects at least one of an abnormality in a driving operation input by the driver or an abnormality in a traveling state of the vehicle. In response to detecting the abnormality in the state of the driver alone, the state determination device does not determine that the driver is in the driving difficult state but determines that the driver is in the driving difficult state in response to detecting the abnormality in the state of the driver and additionally detecting the at least one of the abnormality in the driving operation input by the driver or the abnormality in the traveling state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukiyasu Yoshimura, Hiroshi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11070721
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides perception system for a vehicle that includes a plurality of imaging devices for producing images of an environment of the vehicle; a perception filter for receiving the images produced by the imaging devices, wherein the perception filter determines compute resource priority instructions based on an intent of the vehicle and a current state of the vehicle; and a compute module for receiving the compute resource priority instructions from the perception filter and allocating compute resources among the imaging devices in accordance with the compute resource priority instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Pranay Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11060253
    Abstract: A magnetic marker (1), laid in or on a road so as be detectable by a magnetic sensor (2) attached to a bottom surface side of a vehicle (5), that is used for vehicle-side drive assist control for assisting driving is an isotropic ferrite plastic magnet, molded into a columnar shape, that contains a magnetic powder of iron oxide, i.e. a powder of a magnetic material, dispersed in a polymer material. In a marker system (1S) including this magnetic marker (1), magnetic markers (1) accommodated in holes (530) bored in a road surface (53) are arranged along the center of a lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11062594
    Abstract: A method for traffic characterization associated with a vehicle including collecting a movement dataset sampled at least at one of a location sensor and a motion sensor associated with the vehicle, during a driving session associated with movement of the vehicle; extracting a set of features from the movement dataset associated with movement of the vehicle during the driving session; and determining one or more traffic-related characteristics associated with the vehicle based on the set of features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matus, Pankaj Risbood
  • Patent number: 11055995
    Abstract: A system and method relate to adapting traffic light assist applications of connected road vehicles to queue lengths at intersections having connected traffic lights. Each vehicle is arranged to: communicate to back-end logic a position thereof; and determine, using sensor data from sensors thereof, if a vehicle is located within, or if it is the last vehicle (Vn) in the queue (11). If the vehicle is in the que, the length (lqv) of the queue (11) from that vehicle (3) up to the traffic light (6) is determined. If the vehicle is the last vehicle (Vn) in the queue, traffic light assist applications of vehicles approaching that traffic light are adapted to the determined length (lqtot) of the entire queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Erik Israelsson
  • Patent number: 11057511
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a safe return to a vehicle that include determining at least one safety feature setting associated with at least one vehicle based safety response that is related to a travel plan. The system and method also include determining if the user departs from the designated location to return to the vehicle and determining if there is a deviation from the travel plan that pertains to the user safely returning to the vehicle from the designated location. The system and method further include controlling at least one component of the vehicle to operate based on the at least one safety feature setting to execute the at least one vehicle based safety response when it is determined that there is deviation from the travel plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katherine M. Graham
  • Patent number: 11047697
    Abstract: User behavior data and/or driver questionnaire data is received. Navigation information comprising point of interest data, entity of interest data, and/or roadway data is received. The navigation information is analyzed based on the user behavior data and/or driver questionnaire data to identify a navigation scenario that is expected to cause a user to have an increased cognitive load when navigating the navigation scenario. Scenario information for the navigation scenario is generated. The scenario information comprises scenario identifying information configured for identifying portions of a route that match the navigation scenario and/or information for generating familiarization information for a portion of a route matching the navigation scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Arun Balakrishna
  • Patent number: 11049389
    Abstract: Aspects provide a roadway management device having a processor configured to collect roadway attribute data associated with accidents within accident data and assign positive correlation values to roadway attributes that match the accident data. Aspects cluster subsets of the accidents that share common values of subset of the roadway attributes assigned positive correlation values; select a corrective action to obviate a one of the clustered roadway attributes; determine whether implementation of the selected corrective action has reduced occurrences of accidents matching common accident data of the clustered accidents on a relevant roadway; and increase a selection weighting value of the selected corrective action in response to determining that implementation has reduced accident occurrences. The selection weighting value is used to bias selection for implementation to obviate a roadway attributes with respect to other clustered accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hari H. Madduri, Cesar Augusto Rodriguez Bravo, Michael Starkey
  • Patent number: 11049327
    Abstract: Provided is a control method of an electronic apparatus. The control method of an electronic apparatus includes: calculating an average speed of a vehicle when a specific event occurs; generating an object indicating a relationship between the calculated average speed and an event speed corresponding to the specific event; and outputting the generated object through augmented reality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: THINKWARE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Suk Pil Ko
  • Patent number: 11043122
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for managing a flow of traffic through an intersection. In some embodiments, a method for a roadside device proximate to the intersection of a roadway includes retrieving twin data describing one or more digital behavioral twins of a vehicle present in a vicinity of the intersection. The method includes retrieving sensor data describing a driving context of the vehicle. The method includes modifying an operation of an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) of the vehicle to achieve managing the flow of traffic including the vehicle through the intersection based on the driving context and the one or more digital behavioral twins of the vehicle to improve safety and traffic efficiency within an intersection range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Chung-Wei Lin, Zhihao Jiang
  • Patent number: 11043117
    Abstract: An approach is provided for next token prediction based on previously observed tokens. The approach involves receiving an observed time series of tokens, wherein each of the tokens represents an observed data pattern. The approach also involves adding a most recent token from the observed time series of tokens into a variable token set. The approach further involves processing a historical token set to determine a historical token sequence comprising the variable token set followed by a next token. The approach further involves recursively adding a next most recent token from the observed time series of tokens into the variable token set for processing until the next token following the variable token set in the determined historical token sequence is unique or meets a target number of possible predictions. The approach further involves presenting the next token as a predicted next token of the observed time series of tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Davide Pietrobon, Andrew Lewis, Jane MacFarlane, Robert Berry
  • Patent number: 11037000
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides perception system for a vehicle that includes a plurality of imaging devices for producing images of an environment of the vehicle; a perception filter for receiving the images produced by the imaging devices, wherein the perception filter crops and filters the received images based on an intent of the vehicle and a current state of the vehicle; and a perception module for receiving at least one of the cropped and filtered images from the perception filter and perceiving the environment of the vehicle based on the received at least one of the cropped and filtered images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Pranay Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11037001
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a perception system for a vehicle. The perception system includes a number of imaging devices associated with the vehicle and a perception filter for determining a region of interest (“ROI”) for the vehicle based on an intent of the vehicle and a current state of the vehicle. The ROI is used to select images of an environment of the vehicle produced by the imaging devices and the perception filter receives and processes the images produced by the imaging device. The perception system further includes a perception module for receiving the processed images from the perception filter and perceiving the environment of the vehicle based at least in part on the received images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Pranay Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11030889
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for dynamic traffic lane management. Example methods may include receiving traffic information associated with vehicles travelling on a portion of a multilane road; designating at least one lane of the multilane road as a managed lane based on the traffic information; transmitting, via a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications protocol, a message to the vehicles, the message indicative of the designation of the lane as the managed lane; and receiving a confirmation message from a vehicle, the confirmation message indicative of the vehicle's acceptance of travelling on the managed lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan, Oliver Lei, Joseph C. Jira, Frank Thomas Brown, Alan Hejl, Amy Robertson
  • Patent number: 11027743
    Abstract: A system configured to determine candidate sets of values for enforceable parameters for a physical system, and for each candidate set of values, determine a performance measurement for the physical system and generate a data point having an input portion indicative of the candidate set of values and an output portion indicative of the determined performance measurement. The system is further arranged to augment each data point to include an additional dimension comprising a bias value; project each augmented data point onto a surface of a unit hypersphere of the first number of dimensions; determine, using the projected augmented data points, a set of parameter values for a sparse variational Gaussian process, GP, on said unit hypersphere; and determine, using the sparse variational GP with the determined set of parameter values, a further set of values for the set of enforceable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SECONDMIND LIMITED
    Inventors: Vincent Dutordoir, James Hensman, Nicolas Durrande
  • Patent number: 11030629
    Abstract: Methods, devices and apparatuses pertaining to identifying the candidate road segments for autonomous operations are described. A method may involve obtaining data of a first plurality of road segments that are permitted for one or more autonomous operations. The method may further include generating a road segment template based on the data of the first plurality of road segments, and reconstructing a second plurality of road segments based on the road segment template to obtain a plurality of reconstructed road segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Levine, Jinesh J Jain
  • Patent number: 11032664
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment is directed to modifying audio content using location specific spatial impulse responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Walker, John Usher, John P Keady
  • Patent number: 11030901
    Abstract: A method for providing traffic information for a traffic participant, in particular for a road user such as a vehicle includes determining an information region for the traffic participant, providing traffic information for the information region of the traffic participant from one or more communications partners associated with the information region. In addition, the method includes sending reference information relating to the one or more communications partners to the traffic participant which the traffic participant may use to obtain traffic information from the one or more communication partners associated with the information region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Harhurin, Reinhard Jurk, Rene Molle
  • Patent number: 11022457
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating lane-level route guidance. Methods may include generating a first lane-level maneuver pattern between an origin and a destination based on a database of historical probe data points, each probe data point received from a probe apparatus of a plurality of probe apparatuses, where the lane-level maneuver pattern includes a recommended lane of travel along the route between the origin and the destination based on at least one of relative safety, relative popularity, or relative efficiency of the lane-level maneuver pattern; receiving a plurality of real-time or near real-time probe data points; generating an updated lane-level maneuver pattern between the origin and the destination based on the first lane-level maneuver pattern and the plurality of real-time or near real-time probe data points; and providing for route guidance of a vehicle based on the updated lane-level maneuver pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventor: James Fowe
  • Patent number: 11024157
    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 ta 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: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Leo Chan, Steven C. Cielocha, Roxane Lyons, Matthew S. Megyese, William J. Leise, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Jennifer L. Crawford, Rajiv C. Shah, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Jeremy Myers
  • Patent number: 11017615
    Abstract: An information processing server comprises: a receiver that receives, from a vehicle chargeable from an outside, predetermined information of the vehicle; a memory; and at least one processor or circuit which functions as: an estimation unit configured to estimate, based on the predetermined information received from each of a plurality of vehicles, a position of a charging station used to charge the vehicle; and a providing unit configured to provide information of the estimated position of the charging station such that the estimated position of the charging station is reflected on map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11015944
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive an instruction to avoid a user-identified route-portion. The processor is also configured to send the route-portion to a remote server. The processor is further configured to receive an updated recommendation relating to a size of the route-portion, responsive to the sending, and calculate a route avoiding the route-portion updated by the recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Caroline Elizabeth Michaels
  • Patent number: 11010907
    Abstract: Techniques to train a model with machine learning and use the trained model to select a bounding box that represents an object are described. For example, a system may implement various techniques to generate multiple bounding boxes for an object in an environment. Each bounding box may be slightly different based on the technique and data used. To select a bounding box that most closely represents an object (or is best used for tracking the object), a model may be trained. The model may be trained by processing sensor data that has been annotated with bounding boxes that represent ground truth bounding boxes. The model may be implemented to select a most appropriate bounding box for a situation (e.g., a given velocity, acceleration, distance, location, etc.). The selected bounding box may be used to track an object, generate a trajectory, or otherwise control a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventor: Carden Taylor Bagwell
  • Patent number: 11009368
    Abstract: An action support device includes a controller and a notification unit. The controller is configured to acquire action information of a user, the action information being extracted based on an action history of the user, and including a route having a start point and an end point, and a departure time at the start point, acquire traffic information, and determine whether or not a road obstacle or an operation obstacle indicated in the traffic information acquired before the departure time occurs on the route indicated in the action information. The notification unit is configured to, when the controller determines that the road obstacle or the operation obstacle indicated in the traffic information acquired before the departure time occurs on the route indicated in the action information, notify the user of information relating to the traffic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuji Yamada, Takeshi Fujiki
  • Patent number: 10996469
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of providing driving information of a vehicle, including tracking and recognizing driver gaze of the vehicle, checking whether the driver gaze is directed toward a display of the vehicle, upon checking that the driver gaze is directed toward the display of the vehicle, checking coordinates of an actual position corresponding to a point on the display, toward which the driver gaze is directed, acquiring an image corresponding to the checked coordinates, and displaying the acquired image using an augmented reality provision unit included in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dong Pil Huh
  • Patent number: 10997856
    Abstract: A system including a plurality of warning devices (100) each with a radio transmitter (111) and a positioning system (109). Each warning device is arranged to communicate with at least one other of the warning devices so that at least one of the plurality of warning devices can determine the mutual positions of the plurality of warning devices, determine a pattern from the mutual positions and transmit a specific message corresponding to the pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Q-Free ASA
    Inventors: Ola Martin Lykkja, Knut Inge Evensen
  • Patent number: 10996679
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system generates a plurality of trajectory candidates for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) from a starting point to an end point of a particular driving scenario. The system generates a reference trajectory corresponding to the driving scenario based on a current state of the ADV associated with the starting point and an end state of the ADV associated with the end point, where the reference trajectory is associated with an objective. For each of the trajectory candidates, the system compares the trajectory candidate with the reference trajectory to generate an objective cost representing a similarity between the trajectory candidate and the reference trajectory. The system selects one of the trajectory candidates as a target trajectory for driving the ADV based on objective costs of the trajectory candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Yajia Zhang, Kecheng Xu
  • Patent number: 10997664
    Abstract: A system may include one or more sensors that acquire location information associated with the one or more sensors. The system may also include a processor that receives a first set of data comprising environmental information associated with a location, receives the location information from the one or more sensors, and determines whether a risk of damage to property associated with at least one of the one or more sensors is greater then a threshold based on the location information and the environmental information. When the risk is greater than the threshold, the processor may send a notification including the risk of damage to the property to a computing device that may provide an audio or visual indication of the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Richard McAlister, Susan Dunham, Randall Yarbrough, Anthony Bishop
  • Patent number: 10994768
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle capable of operating in an automated driving mode for automatically controlling at least the accelerating/decelerating control of the steering control and the accelerating/decelerating control of a vehicle includes: a route information acquisition unit; and an automated driving control unit that decides an action plan on a basis of map information, the action plan includes a target vehicle speed sequence that defines a target vehicle speed at the respective predetermined points at least on a road along which the vehicle will travel next, and the automated driving control unit calculates requested braking force that is braking force for decelerating the vehicle to target vehicle speed when the target vehicle speed is achieved by deceleration, calculates a predicted temperature of a brake device when the requested braking force is achieved, and decides a utilization proportion of the brake device for the requested braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Adachi, Masayuki Sadakiyo, Tomoyuki Noguchi, Hisashi Ishikawa, Kentaro Arai
  • Patent number: 10991247
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle, such as an autonomous vehicle, includes the steps of receiving a message from roadside infrastructure via an electronic receiver and providing, by a computer system in communication with said electronic receiver, instructions based on the message to automatically implement countermeasure behavior by a vehicle system. Additionally or alternatively, the method may include the steps of receiving a message from another vehicle via an electronic receiver and providing, by a computer system in communication with said electronic receiver, instructions based on the message to automatically implement countermeasure behavior by a vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Craig A. Baldwin, Robert James Myers
  • Patent number: 10991181
    Abstract: Systems and methods for control systems for facilitating situational awareness of a vehicle are provided. Sensors located around a stationary vehicle may detect moving objects that pose potentially dangerous situations for the vehicle occupants and for the object. This can cause the doors to lock automatically in order to make the situation safer. Additionally, electromagnetic radiation sensors located around the vehicle may detect the lights and sounds of emergency vehicles. If the electromagnetic data from the electromagnetic radiation sensors match a known pattern of electromagnetic data emitted by emergency vehicles stored in a library an alarm may be sounded through the speakers of the vehicle in order to alert the vehicle occupants of an emergency vehicle in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Leo N. 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: 10988960
    Abstract: An automatic alarm system for a vehicle includes a sensor adapted to detect electromagnetic data, a computer system, and an automatic alarm mechanism. The computer system receives data from the sensor. A computer processor compares the electromagnetic data detected by the sensor with known patterns of electromagnetic data emitted by emergency vehicles that are stored in a library. The automatic alarm mechanism activates in response to the processor determining that the comparison matches a known pattern of electromagnetic data for an emergency vehicle resulting in the computer processor sending a first signal to activate an alarm of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Leo N. Chan, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Roxane Lyons, William J. Leise, John A. Nepomuceno, Rajiv C. Shah, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Steven C. Cielocha, Jeremy Myers, Matthew S. Megyese, Jennifer L. Crawford
  • Patent number: 10990703
    Abstract: A processor of a vehicle is programmed to send a message to a mobile device connected to the processor to request an application permissions update for the vehicle from a remote server, responsive to the vehicle lacking application permissions for a vehicle-enabled mobile application executed by a mobile device. The processor is further programmed to receive, from the server, the application permissions update including both the application permissions and a diagnostic request to receive data from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Rocci, Christian Krozal, Mark Anthony Rockwell, David Randolph Roberts
  • Patent number: 10992755
    Abstract: Smart car operations are detailed including capturing a point cloud from a vehicle street view and converting the point cloud to a 3D model; applying a trained neural network to detect street signs, cross walks, obstacles, or bike lanes; and updating a high definition (HD) map with the neural network output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Ha Tran
  • Patent number: 10984652
    Abstract: A method and system for modeling and processing vehicular traffic data and information, comprising: (a) transforming a spatial representation of a road network into a network of spatially interdependent and interrelated oriented road sections, for forming an oriented road section network; (b) acquiring a variety of the vehicular traffic data and information associated with the oriented road section network, from a variety of sources; (c) prioritizing, filtering, and controlling, the vehicular traffic data and information acquired from each of the variety of sources; (d) calculating a mean normalized travel time (NTT) value for each oriented road section of said oriented road section network using the prioritized, filtered, and controlled, vehicular traffic data and information associated with each source, for forming a partial current vehicular traffic situation picture associated with each source; (e) fusing the partial current traffic situation picture associated with each source, for generating a single co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: INRIX, Inc.
    Inventors: Israel Feldman, Arie Trinker, Yochai Meltzer, Allon Eshpar, Amnon Lotem
  • Patent number: 10981580
    Abstract: A vehicle control apparatus includes: an information acquisition unit acquiring feature information indicating a feature regarding vehicle driving of an occupant of a vehicle; and a control unit changing at least one property included in a driving property or a manipulation property in the vehicle. Further, the control unit changes at least one property included in the driving property or the manipulation property of the vehicle, from a basic property of the vehicle to a property reflecting the feature information, based on the feature information, and brings the changed property close to the basic property of the vehicle in accordance with at least one of an integrated value of boarding hours, an integrated value of running distances, and the number of boardings of the vehicle of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kodera, Takahito Endo, Kensei Hata, Katsuya Iwazaki, Yushi Seki
  • Patent number: 10970902
    Abstract: Global position system tagging the movement of an object and extrapolating its direction and speed can be used for various services including emergency-based services. Location data can be computed using edge computing nodes. The extrapolation system can account for feedback from responding user devices and utilize the user device's location at the time of reporting to facilitate determining the direction, location, and/or speed of a moving object. This data can then be utilized to generate augmented reality displays for mobile devices and/or vehicles that utilize the system. The ability to calculate directional information with edge computing nodes can comprise an ability to add enriched data by predicting an object's whereabouts, route, and/or final destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Zhi Cui
  • Patent number: 10970756
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for charging toll fees. One of the computer-implemented methods includes obtaining information of a vehicle traveling on a road, where the vehicle is associated with a user account on a payment platform. In response to determining that a distance the vehicle is driven on the road reaches a predetermined distance, initiating a toll fee charging request for the vehicle to the payment platform to charge a toll fee corresponding to the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guofei Jiang
  • Patent number: 10961670
    Abstract: Provided are a magnetic marker and a magnetic marker detection system with a reduced magnetic force. The magnetic marker detection system (1S) in which magnetism generated from the magnetic marker (1) laid on a road surface (53) is detected by a magnetic sensor (2) attached to a vehicle's body floor (50) of a vehicle (5) is a system with the magnetic marker (1) and the magnetic sensor (2) in combination, the magnetic marker having a magnetism reach ratio Gh/Gs, which is a ratio of a magnetic flux density Gh at a position at a height of 250 mm with respect to a magnetic flux density Gs of a surface, being equal to or larger than 0.5% and the magnetic sensor using a magneto-impedance element including a magneto-sensitive body with impedance changing in accordance with an external magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: AICHI STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michiharu Yamamoto, Tomohiko Nagao, Hitoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 10963969
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining risk associated with operation of autonomous vehicles using autonomous communication are provided. According to certain aspects, autonomous operation features associated with a vehicle may be determined, including features associated with autonomous communication between vehicles or with infrastructure. This information may be used to determine risk levels for a plurality of features, which may be based upon test data regarding the features or actual loss data. Expected use levels and autonomous communication levels may further be determined and used with the risk levels to determine a total risk level associated with operation of the vehicle. The autonomous communication levels may indicate the types of communications, the levels of communication with other vehicles or infrastructure, or the frequency of autonomous communication. The total risk level may be used to determine or adjust aspects of an insurance policy associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Blake Konrardy, Scott T. Christensen, Gregory Hayward, Scott Farris