Highway Information (e.g., Weather, Speed Limits, Etc.) Patents (Class 340/905)
  • Patent number: 11449075
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling platooning of a vehicle includes a processor configured to share platoon line information between platooning groups, determine whether it is necessary to overtake a forward platooning group, calculate an expected time taken to overtake, and adjust and share vehicle speeds of the forward platooning group to be overtaken and a platooning group to overtake, based on the expected time taken to overtake and a storage storing the platoon line information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Dong Hyuk Kim
  • Patent number: 11449908
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for determining a transport service fee. The method may include: obtaining a service request transmitted from a passenger terminal, wherein the service request includes starting point information and destination information; determining an estimated transport service fee based on the service request; obtaining a price adjustment condition based on the service request, wherein the price adjustment condition is related to the starting point or historical information of the passenger terminal or a driver terminal; determining an amount of the price adjustment based on the price adjustment condition; determining an estimated transport service fee after the price adjustment based on the amount of the price adjustment and the estimated transport service fee; and sending the estimated transport service fee after the price adjustment to the passenger terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qi Song, Beibei Zhang, Zhangxun Liu, Ziyuan Yan
  • Patent number: 11440466
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a position estimation part calculating an estimated position of a mobile at a scheduled time to project a message image, based on movement information of the mobile, a reference image signal output part deciding a reference area being an area to project a reference image, based on a relative positional relation between the mobile at the estimated position and the projection area, and outputting a reference image signal being a signal of the reference image, a test image signal acquisition part acquiring a test image signal being a signal of an image obtained by imaging the reference area with the reference image projected thereon, and an image adjustment part adjusting the message image signal, based on the reference image signal and the test image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Kawaguchi, Koji Yasuda, Akihide Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11433894
    Abstract: A driving assistance method includes: detecting a first other vehicle entering an intersection on a first route where a host vehicle is traveling from a second route; predicting whether or not the first other vehicle will stop in the intersection, and predicting a stop position of the first other vehicle; calculating a minimum distance of a first gap between a vehicle body of the first other vehicle and a surrounding object around the first other vehicle or between the vehicle body of the first other vehicle and a road edge of a travel lane of the first other vehicle when the first other vehicle stops at the predicted stop position; and predicting according to the calculated minimum distance whether or not a second other vehicle, which is a following vehicle behind the first other vehicle, may slip through the first gap from behind the first other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shotaro Yamaguchi, Fang Fang, Takuya Nanri
  • Patent number: 11436921
    Abstract: Provided are a vehicle/road interaction signal control method and apparatus, including: expanding the range of an intersection, extending to an upstream intersection along each approaching vehicle direction, and determining signal phases according to traffic flow conditions; acquiring the current speed and the current position of each moving target in each phase; according to the current speed and the current position of each moving target in each phase, calculating the time for each moving target to reach the intersection; according to the time for each moving target to reach the intersection, obtaining a time sequence of the moving targets in each phase for reaching the intersection; according to the time sequence of the moving targets in each phase for reaching the intersection, determining a release order and a release duration for each phase; sending information to onboard terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: IE-CHENG TECHNOLOGY (TIANJIN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chunming Li
  • Patent number: 11423668
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a vehicle and a method of controlling a vehicle, and an object thereof is to provide a user with rapid and accurate recognition of traffic information around a road while a vehicle travels. To this end, the method of controlling a vehicle according to the present disclosure includes detecting a display content of a traffic sign located around a vehicle, and displaying a detection result of the traffic sign on a display unit in the vehicle before the vehicle passes the traffic sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Mando Mobility Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Dai Chang Ro
  • Patent number: 11422552
    Abstract: A driving-mode switch control system determines whether an arousal level of a driver of a vehicle is a level at which a manual driving is possible, acquires, as operation amount information, an operation amount that is input by the driver into an operation device, sets an operation guide amount to be input into the operation device with respect to the driver determined to have the arousal level at which the manual driving is possible, and determines whether to permit a switching from an automatic driving to the manual driving based on a comparison between the operation amount acquired as the operation amount information and the operation guide amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Soshi Horii, Ichiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11397093
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and machine-readable media to facilitate intuitive comparison and selection of calculated navigation routes are disclosed. An electronic device for navigation includes a touch-sensitive screen and a processing module for displaying a map, calculating a number or navigation routes simultaneously on the touch-sensitive screen, and receiving a selection of a route. Callouts, or markers for presenting key information about each route, are also displayed discretely on the map. Navigation tiles including key route information and route pictorials can also be created and displayed for each calculated route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford Moore, Christopher Blumenberg, Marcel Van Os, Graham Gyatt
  • Patent number: 11380193
    Abstract: A method for improving vehicular traffic-related communications between devices including: collecting a first movement dataset corresponding to a sensor of a device arranged within a vehicle; collecting a supplementary dataset from the device; transmitting the movement dataset and supplementary dataset from the device to a remote computing system; determining a traffic-related event based upon processing the movement dataset and supplementary dataset with a traffic event model; and transmitting a traffic-related communication from the remote computing system to a second device associated with a second user arranged in a second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Matus, Pankaj Risbood
  • Patent number: 11377101
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus that includes a vehicle recognition unit that performs recognition of a vehicle in a second lane that is adjacent to a first lane in which an own vehicle is traveling, and has a same traveling direction as the first lane, and a flow detection unit that detects a first difference between a number of vehicles in the second lane by which the own vehicle has been caught up with, and a number of vehicles in the second lane that the own vehicle has caught up with, or a second difference between a number of vehicles in the second lane by which the own vehicle has been overtaken, and a number of vehicles in the second lane that the own vehicle has overtaken on the basis of a recognition result of the vehicle in the second lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11370391
    Abstract: Autonomous vehicle methods and systems are described herein for communicating with an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to remotely control operation of the vehicle, to detect and remove unauthorized passengers, to deliver loads, to receive registration information for the vehicle, to provide accessibility information to the vehicle, and/or to receive sensor or other environmental data to integrate with an electronic game or other extended reality experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan Gammelgard, Justin Davis
  • Patent number: 11375386
    Abstract: A method for beamform management in vehicular communications includes, within a computerized processor, determining a planned route for a vehicle, identifying a plurality of candidate cellular towers with which the vehicle may communicate along the planned route, and determining signal strengths of each of the towers at locations along the route. The method further includes determining a communication plan including identifying locations of each of the towers and segmenting the planned route into portions based upon the determined signal strengths. One of the towers is assigned to communicate with the vehicle for each of the portions based upon the signal strengths. The method further includes utilizing the communication plan to change communication between the vehicle and the towers as the vehicle traverses the route by directing a primary lobe of an antenna beam toward each of the candidate cellular towers in turn according to the communication plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Naga Siva Vikas Vemuri, Andrew J. MacDonald, Scott T Droste, Ashhad Mohammed
  • Patent number: 11368398
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and a transport manager system operate to reduce network congestion by detecting one or more data flows in a network, determining, using a candidate flow detection threshold, whether a data flow of the one or more data flows is a candidate flow, the candidate flow detection threshold being based on one or more characteristics of the one or more data flows, and in response to determining that the data flow is the candidate flow, managing the data flow. A consumption rate, a duration, a number of bytes communicated, a throughput, or aggregated characteristics of the one or more data flows may be used to determine the candidate flow detection threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: OPANGA NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Michelle Miller, John M. Burnette, Ben Hadorn, Dave Gibbons, Sean Brown
  • Patent number: 11367346
    Abstract: A networked system for providing public space data on demand, including a plurality of vehicles driving on city and state roads, each vehicle including an edge device with processing capability that captures frames of its vicinity, a vehicle-to-vehicle network to which the plurality of vehicle are connected, receiving queries for specific types of frame data, propagating the queries to the plurality of vehicles, receiving replies to the queries from a portion of the plurality of vehicles, and delivering matched data by storing the matched data into a centralized storage server, and a learner digitizing the public space in accordance with the received replies to the queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Nexar, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ilan Kadar, Shmuel Rippa, Roi Adadi, Oren Meiri, Eliahu Brosh, Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, Eran Shir
  • Patent number: 11358514
    Abstract: There is provided a mobile object including an imaging unit configured to capture a perimeter of the mobile object, a speaker configured to be capable of controlling directivity, a determination unit configured to determine whether the mobile object is in a driving mode, and a speaker control unit configured to control the speaker in the driving mode in a manner that predetermined audio is output toward a warning target that is recognized based on a captured image captured by the imaging unit, and to control the speaker in a non-driving mode in a manner that the predetermined audio is output in a non-directional way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Hiroshi Okada, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Hirofumi Yuchi, Kohei Asada
  • Patent number: 11361658
    Abstract: An edge computing-based method for fine determination of an urban traffic state includes the following steps: preprocessing lane-level data collected by edge nodes; dividing a complete road segment; computing an average delay per vehicle of a lane by using the edge nodes; inputting the preprocessed and computed data into a fuzzy logic model to determine a lane-level traffic state of an approach region; and based on the characteristic that edge nodes at the intersections can be interconnected, linking upstream and downstream intersection information to compute an average travel speed of a remaining road segment, and determining a traffic state of the remaining road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SHANGHAI SEARI INTELLIGENT SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Zhao, Yifan Wang, Bin Huan, Yi Zhu, Xuechen Yang, Xuexue Wang
  • Patent number: 11355031
    Abstract: A method of evaluating the driving behavior in a vehicle. The method includes determining values of a plurality of parameters of the operation of a first vehicle in a first road segment, determining values of the plurality of parameters for one or more second vehicles in a second road segment having similar properties to those of the first road segment, comparing the determined values of the first vehicle and the one or more second vehicles and providing an evaluation of the driving behavior of the first vehicle, responsive to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Insurance Services Office, Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Tamir, Ido Topaz
  • Patent number: 11354864
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting location-based augmented reality road signs on or within a vehicle includes a database, a plurality of transmitters, and a plurality of vehicle integrated receivers. The database is held in a computer network accessible location and stores a plurality of datasets. The plurality of transmitters are connected to the database through the computer network and broadcast area-relevant datasets from the database wirelessly in a defined geographic coverage area. The plurality of vehicle integrated receivers are operative to receive area-relevant datasets and use the information therein to determine when a particular road sign is required and then generate a standardized road sign image for the required road sign and display the image on or in the vehicle as an augmented reality projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Raziq Yaqub, Kaveh Heidary, R Barry Johnson
  • Patent number: 11348186
    Abstract: One or more devices in a data analysis computing system may be configured to receive and analyze movement data and driving data, and determine driving trips and associated drivers based on the received data. Movement data may be collected by one or more mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers, and on-board vehicle systems. Drivers associated with driving trips may be identified based on the movement data collected by the mobile devices, such as speed data, acceleration data, or distance/location data. In some cases, driving patterns may be determined based on the movement data before and after stopping points, and the driving patterns may be compared to a set of previously stored driving patterns associated with various different drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Valery Alexander Kanevsky
  • Patent number: 11340091
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses are provided for storing and accessing traffic data images in a limited bandwidth environment. A traffic map image database is stored in a navigation device, where the database includes a plurality of traffic map images. A traffic condition is determined for a location of the navigation device. A traffic map image is retrieved from the database using a processor, where the traffic map image reflects the traffic condition for the location of the navigation device. The traffic map image is displayed on the navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Sunil Kumar Chintakindi, Andrew Calkins, Joy Hoeffler, Pedro Alvarez-Tabio Togores
  • Patent number: 11341755
    Abstract: An information acquisition apparatus provided in a moving object (vehicle) that moves on a road includes: a storage unit that records therein information about the road that is acquired based on movement of the moving object on the road; a determination unit that determines the type of the road on which the moving object moves and determines whether the road is of a predetermined type defined in association with the type of the moving object; and an identifying unit that identifies the information about the road acquired based on the movement of the moving object on the road of the predetermined type and recorded in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Oishi, Kazuya Matsuura, Akira Iihoshi, Takeo Tokunaga, Atsuki Kakinuma
  • Patent number: 11320275
    Abstract: Information about selection parameters is obtained from a starting position to a destination position along an initial route. At least one alternative route is calculated by selecting a waypoint as an intermediate destination based on an initial route calculation and the selection parameters. The at least one alternative route is determined through the waypoint differs from the initial route on a specific section on which the intermediate destination lies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Neusoft Technology Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Gelhar
  • Patent number: 11316937
    Abstract: An improved system and method for defining an event based upon an object location and a user-defined zone and managing the conveyance of object location event information among computing devices where object location events are defined in terms of a condition based upon a relationship between user-defined zone information and object location information. One or more location information sources are associated with an object to provide the object location information. One or more user-defined zones are defined on a map and one or more object location events are defined. The occurrence of an object location event produces object location event information that is conveyed to users based on user identification codes. Accessibility to object location information, zone information, and object location event information is based upon an object location information access code, a zone information access code, and an object location event information access code, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Darrell Diem
  • Patent number: 11315417
    Abstract: A method for wrong-way driver detection, including a step of reading in position data via an interface, the position data representing a measured position of a vehicle, a step of reading in inaccuracy data representing an inaccuracy of the position data, a step of reading in map data mapping road segments negotiable by the vehicle, and a step of ascertaining at least one plausible road segment based on the position data, the inaccuracy data and the map data, using a particle filter, the plausible road segment representing a road segment to which an instantaneous position of the vehicle may be assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Simon Geisler
  • Patent number: 11285953
    Abstract: A method and a system determine visibility distances based on a dynamic Field of View (FoV) of a subject vehicle. A vehicle incorporates the system. Map polygons are created, each of which determines edges of a road in a map of the surroundings of the subject vehicle. Further, visible areas are determined in the map by intersecting the map polygons with the dynamic FoV. Based on the visible areas, a visibility distance for the road is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Cristian Burca
  • Patent number: 11288959
    Abstract: A system of active lane markers in a roadway, the active lane markers comprising sensors, transmitters and receivers to monitor the status of the roads and provide vehicle guidance to vehicles in response to analysis of sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Steven Zack
  • Patent number: 11279352
    Abstract: A vehicle control device comprises: a region recognition unit that recognizes a specific region present in a progression direction of a host vehicle, for example a crossing or an intersection, and identifies the type of the specific region; a space presence determination unit that determines whether or not there is a space through which the host vehicle can enter outside of exits of the specific region; and a vehicle control unit that controls the host vehicle according to the presence of the space. Furthermore, the space presence determination unit switches the method for determining the presence of the space in accordance with the type of the specific region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 11275170
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to dual processing. Accordingly disclosed are, an apparatus and a method for dual processing for stationary objects and moving objects including generating a first set of range/Doppler images and a second set of range/Doppler images from a radar system, wherein the first set of range/Doppler images is processed over a first processing time and the second set of range/Doppler images is processed over a second processing time; using a first clustering algorithm to generate a first set of range/Doppler/angle object detections based on the first set of range/Doppler images; using a second clustering algorithm to generate a second set of range/Doppler/angle object detections based on the second set of range/Doppler images; and generating a set of range/Doppler/angle object tracks for stationary and moving objects from the first set of range/Doppler/angle object detections and the second set of range/Doppler/angle object detections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Electromagnetic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Jeffrey Hershkowitz
  • Patent number: 11270578
    Abstract: An approach is provided for detecting road closures programmatically by monitoring probe activity. The approach, for example, involves generating a historical model of expected probe activity on the road segment based on historical probe data. The approach also involves monitoring observed probe activity from the road segment. The approach further involves calculating a probability of the observed probe activity based on the historical model of the expected probe activity. The approach further involves determining the closure status of the road segment based on the probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Davide Pietrobon, Andrew Lewis, Gavin Heverly-Coulson
  • Patent number: 11270583
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and computer system for traffic control. A computer determines an uncommitted demand and receives a supply pattern from an adjacent downstream node. The computer aggregates the supply pattern with its own supply pattern before propagating the supply pattern to an adjacent upstream node. Moreover, the computer receives a committed demand and demand weight pattern from an upstream node and aggregates the committed demand and demand weight patterns with its own before propagating the aggregated committed demand and demand weight patterns to an adjacent downstream node. The computer further allocates a remaining downstream supply to the uncommitted demand based on weight and detects pending slot position conflicts. Based on detecting a pending slot position conflict, the computer configures a pattern shift and commits the available downstream supply as upstream committed demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Keeranoor G. Kumar
  • Patent number: 11267398
    Abstract: A component for a vehicle configured to drive on a roadway is a control unit that is configured to detect a road user on the roadway, ascertain a portion of the roadway in which the road user can move, and prompt a communication unit of the vehicle to generate an optical output, where via the optical output the road user is indicated the portion of the roadway in which the road user can move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Lenja Sorokin
  • Patent number: 11254400
    Abstract: Systems and processes for initiating a rescue, using peer-to-peer distress alert systems, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: David Belu Solomon
  • Patent number: 11243129
    Abstract: An electronic device includes at least one sensor configured to collect sensing data, a memory configured to store the sensing data, and a processor. The processor is configured to acquire first sensing data through the at least one sensor and determine a falling pattern of the electronic device based on the first sensing data, acquire second sensing data through the at least one sensor and determine a collision pattern according to falling of the electronic device based on the second sensing data, determine the type of object with which the electronic device collides based on the falling pattern and the collision pattern, and perform a preset function based on the type of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Jaeyoung Shin, Jungsik Park
  • Patent number: 11244175
    Abstract: Various aspects of the disclosure relate to a request-response mechanism for sharing sensor information. For example, sensor devices and/or the like in objects (e.g., in vehicles, machines, fixed structures, etc.) may share information acquired by one or more sensors. The disclosure relates, in some aspects, to techniques for determining that sensor information may be beneficial for one or more regions (e.g., spaces, or areas) that may be occluded to one or more types of sensing, and based at least in part on such determination(s), pro-actively sharing, or requesting sharing, of applicable sensor information, e.g., between objects comprising a user equipment (UE) and one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kapil Gulati, Junyi Li, Sudhir Kumar Baghel
  • Patent number: 11244176
    Abstract: An autonomous driving system for a vehicle comprising: an I/O module operative to communicate with an obstacle avoidance server; at least one sensor operative to provide at least an indication of an obstacle in a path of the vehicle; processing circuitry; and an autonomous driving manager to be executed by the processing circuitry and operative to: detect the at least an indication of an obstacle based on data provided by the at least one sensor, drive the vehicle in accordance with a driving policy associated with the obstacle, and send an obstacle report with obstacle information associated with the at least an indication of an obstacle to the obstacle avoidance server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: CARTICA AI LTD
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Karina Odinaev
  • Patent number: 11242061
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle control device adapted to be mounted in a host vehicle (H), the vehicle control device comprising an environment monitoring unit adapted and configured to monitor the environment of the host vehicle (H) and to provide corresponding environment monitoring data, and a lane change request generating unit adapted and configured to determine based upon the environment monitoring data whether the generation of a request for a lane change of the host vehicle (H) from a current lane (CL) to a lower-ranking lane (RL) is to be initiated (arrow A6a) or is to be suppressed (arrow A6b), if the environment monitoring data indicate that at least one succeeding vehicle (S) driving in the same lane as the host vehicle (H) approaches the host vehicle from behind at a speed higher than the speed of the host vehicle (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Marcus Kleinehagenbrock, Thomas Weisswange
  • Patent number: 11238741
    Abstract: A driving evaluation apparatus configured to evaluate level of safety driving by drivers belonging to any one of groups organized hierarchically, includes: microprocessor and memory. The microprocessor is configured to function as: a location information acquisition unit configured to acquire location information of the drivers from mobile terminals; an evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate driving evaluation value based on the location information of the drivers; a driving evaluation unit configured to rank the plurality of drivers within a belonging group or rank the belonging group by comparing the belonging group with other groups regarding the level of safety driving based on the driving evaluation value; and an output unit configured to output a ranking result. The management information includes location information of speed management area for managing travel speeds of the mobile bodies and information of threshold for determining overspeed, settable by user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Hagiwara, Mitsuhiro Baba, Akihiro Hirashima, Tomoyuki Nitta
  • Patent number: 11231292
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to generating and providing route options for an autonomous vehicle. For example, a user may identify a destination, and in response the vehicle's computer may provide routing options to the user. The routing options may be based on typical navigating considerations such as the total travel time, travel distance, fuel economy, etc. Each routing option may include not only an estimated total time, but also information regarding whether and which portions of the route may be maneuvered under the control of the vehicle alone (fully autonomous), a combination of the vehicle and the driver (semiautonomous), or the driver alone. The time of the longest stretch of driving associated with the autonomous mode as well as map information indicating portions of the routes associated with the type of maneuvering control may also be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Kenneth Hobbs, Lawrence Burns, Brian Cullinane
  • Patent number: 11231709
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle mode regulator system and method comprise transmitting authorization signals from autonomous driving infrastructure on a roadway to a controller module to authorize or inhibit operation of a vehicle in different levels of automation. The controller module controls the level of automation under which the autonomous driving system of the vehicle operates based on the signals received from the autonomous driving infrastructure. In this regard, the controller module can prevent the autonomous driving system of the vehicle from operating in certain levels of automation unless appropriate authorizations signals are received. Similarly, the controller module can permit or even require operation of the vehicle in certain levels of automation upon receipt of certain authorization signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventors: Arnold Chase, William Chase
  • Patent number: 11221495
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter generally relates to alerting a vehicle driver having impaired eye sight of an object present in a portion of a field of view of the driver where the driver has impaired eye sight. With embodiments of the present disclosure, a driver with impaired eye sight may be provided with an alert when an object is present in a portion of a field of view of the driver where the driver has impaired eye sight. In this way may drivers who otherwise may feel uncomfortable driving due to impaired eye sight in parts of their field of view, be provided with an aid for safely driving the vehicle. This provides for improved quality of life for the person who may be able to safely drive the vehicle, and also for an improved safety when the person drives the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Kim Svensson, Andreas Sandberg
  • Patent number: 11222533
    Abstract: A device for a driving assistance system for a transportation vehicle including a control unit to detect information concerning a position of a controllable road sign. The control unit detects information concerning the position of the transportation vehicle and determines information concerning at least one expected passing time, at which the transportation vehicle passes the controllable road sign, based on the information concerning the position of the transportation vehicle and the information concerning the position of the controllable road sign. The device also includes a receiving and transmitting unit to provide the information concerning the expected passing time at which the transportation vehicle passes the controllable road sign, to a control entity for the controllable road sign. The receiving and transmitting device receives information from the control entity concerning a period of time in which the controllable road sign is passable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Stephan Sorgatz
  • Patent number: 11222528
    Abstract: In an exemplary method, a traffic monitoring subsystem receives mobile device attribute data from a plurality of mobile devices over a network, selectively aggregates the mobile device attribute data, the selectively aggregating including identifying anomalous data in the mobile device attribute data and excluding the anomalous data from the aggregated mobile device attribute data, and generating traffic condition data based at least in part on the aggregated mobile device attribute data, the traffic condition data representative of a traffic condition. In certain examples, the traffic monitoring system provides the traffic condition data to at least one of the mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and & Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Michelle Felt
  • Patent number: 11222470
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method comprises obtaining a video stream of a portion of a geographic area, the video stream comprising a plurality of video frames, each of the plurality of video frames captured at a respective first time. Contextual metadata is obtained, the contextual metadata associated with one or more objects located in the portion of the geographic area at a second time, the second time being before each of the respective first times. The contextual metadata is inserted into one or more of the plurality of video frames, thereby causing the contextual metadata associated with the one or more objects to be overlaid on one or more corresponding portions of the one or more of the plurality of video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Wilczynski, Daniel Cervelli, Andrew Elder, Anand Gupta, Praveen Kumar Ramalingam, Robert Imig
  • Patent number: 11212524
    Abstract: A controller and a method for controlling output bitrate of a video encoder when encoding a video stream. The method for controlling output bitrate of a video encoder when encoding a video stream comprises: receiving weather forecast data for a location where the video stream is captured; predicting, based on the weather forecast data, a future increase in output bitrate of the video encoder due to weather affecting contents of the video stream; and reducing the output bitrate of the video encoder by increasing a compression level of the video stream so as to compensate for the future increase in output bitrate of the video encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventor: Viktor Edpalm
  • Patent number: 11209278
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a route taken by a user at a decision point in a navigable network in an area covered by an electronic map. The map comprises a plurality of segments representing navigable segments of the navigable network in the area covered by the electronic map. A user is travelling along a main route from an origin to a destination. An upcoming decision point is identified, and one or more alternative routes between the decision point and the destination generated. Data indicative of each route is stored in a route pool, associated with data indicative of the outgoing segment at the decision point that forms part of the route. Each route passes along a different outgoing segment, and which segments are all different to an outgoing segment included in a continuation of the main route. When the user has passed through the decision point, it is determined whether the current position of the user lies on the outgoing segment forming the continuation of the main route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Felix Godafoss K├Ânig, Michael Marte, Jose F. Santiago Nunez, Kees Wesselius, Stanislav Zheltov, Thomas Gerhard Helmut Schickinger, William Breen
  • Patent number: 11212443
    Abstract: A method for providing location-dependent recording modes for an event detection and reporting system of a vehicle includes detecting that the vehicle is approaching or is in an area in which the recordation of data is restricted by rule, and operating the event detection and reporting system in a restricted mode in response to detecting that the vehicle is approaching or is in the area in which the recordation of data is restricted. The method also includes recording, while the event detection and reporting system is in the restricted mode, either correlated video or non-video data in an obscured format, and the other of the correlated video or non-video in an unobscured format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Andreas U. Kuehnle
  • Patent number: 11205342
    Abstract: A traffic information processing device includes a communication unit configured to communicate through a communication network with a plurality of communication vehicles configured to detect relative positions and relative speeds of vehicles around a host vehicle with respect to the host vehicle, an information acquisition unit configured to acquire position and speed information of the communication vehicle and position and speed information of vehicles around the communication vehicle from each of the communication vehicles traveling in a specific area through the communication unit, and a traffic state prediction unit configured to predict a future change in a traffic state of a road in the specific area based on the position and speed information from the communication vehicles acquired by the information acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Ikemoto, Keiji Yamashita, Koji Taguchi, Shin Sakurada, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11205340
    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: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Steven C. Cielocha, Roxane Lyons, Matthew S. Megyese, William J. Leise, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Jennifer L. Crawford, Jeremy Myers, Rajiv C. Shah, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Leo N. Chan
  • Patent number: 11205344
    Abstract: A driving behavior evaluation device, includes: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory, the processor being configured to: acquire onboard sensor information that is detected by a sensor installed in a vehicle and that includes a depression amount of an accelerator pedal, acquire map information including information regarding an intersection, and in a case in which an event has been detected, render a lower driving evaluation than in a case in which the event is not detected, the event being an event in which the depression amount of the accelerator pedal increases or decreases at least once within a predetermined time after the vehicle has arrived at a temporary stop position, or has temporarily stopped, at the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kobayashi, Gentaro Kogano
  • Patent number: 11195195
    Abstract: Various applications, systems and methods for using, and enhancing V2V communications for various purposes are described. These systems and methods leverage various aspects of satellite radio broadcasts in combination with V2V communications. In some embodiments, V2V-enabled vehicles can receive advertisements or offers from RSEs, or even other V2V enabled vehicles, in a defined Target Region, which may then be played to a user in-vehicle once a given Trigger Region has been entered. By logging all advertisements or offers played to a user and sending the log to an RSE, for example, and from there to a content provider (e.g., an SDARS service operator), verified delivery of advertisements is achieved, which allows the content provider to obtain significant revenues from advertisers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Sirius XM Radio Inc.
    Inventors: Stelios Patsiokas, Paul Marko, Craig Wadin, Joan DeLuca, Jeffrey David Hayes, Stuart Cox, Richard Andrew Michalski, Mark Rindsberg, George David Mantel, Joseph Michael Smallcomb, Anh Xuan Nguyen