Override Of Traffic Control Indicator By Command Transmitter Patents (Class 340/906)
  • Patent number: 11562647
    Abstract: A traffic detection device for sending a call signal to a traffic signal controller, the traffic detection device having a receiver to receive information sent from a mobile device, the information including identity information and/or location information of the mobile device, a traffic control device (TCD) interface to connect the traffic detection device to the traffic signal controller, and a processor to define a dynamic approach based on one or more of the identity information, speed limit, time of day, or speed of the mobile device. The device may determine whether to send a calf signal to the traffic signal controller via the TCD interface to prompt the traffic signal controller, when the processor determines that the mobile device is in the dynamic approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ThruGreen, LLC
    Inventor: David H Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11551553
    Abstract: An on-board unit (OBU) of a vehicle receives one or more data messages indicative of intersection geometry for an upcoming intersection along a roadway being traversed by the vehicle and traffic control status of a traffic control of the intersection. An outbound direction for the vehicle through the intersection is identified. A first traffic message is sent to preempt the traffic control to allow the vehicle to perform a maneuver to traverse the intersection in the outbound direction. The maneuver is indicated as complete and a second traffic message is sent to discontinue the preempt of the traffic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Bandi, Sathyanarayana Chary Palakonda, Swetha Shailendra, John Walpuck
  • Patent number: 11458891
    Abstract: A secondary horn system for a vehicle includes a processor and a memory communicably coupled to the processor and storing a secondary horn system control module. The control module may include instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to determine a presence of an alert space along a projected path of the vehicle and, responsive to a determination of the presence of an alert space, control operation of a secondary horn system to transmit a sound into the alert space. The system may provide for autonomous operation of the secondary horn system in certain driving situations, thereby easing demands on the driver and enhancing driver safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Ludwig Kuehner, Hiroshi Yasuda, Jaime Camhi
  • Patent number: 11462111
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented using various methods and/or apparatuses in a vehicle to utilize vehicle external sensor data, vehicle internal sensor data, vehicle capabilities and external V2X input to determine, send, receive and utilize V2X information and control data, sent between the vehicle and a road side unit (RSU) to determine intersection access and vehicle behavior when approaching the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Dan Vassilovski, Hong Cheng, Zhibin Wu, Shailesh Patil, Richard Hovey
  • Patent number: 11433861
    Abstract: A drive assistance device includes an automatic brake unit configured to perform automatic brake control, a brake hold unit configured to perform a brake hold control keeping the vehicle stopped, a brake hold cancel unit configured to cancel the brake hold control when it is determined that a predetermined cancel condition is satisfied, a surroundings information obtaining unit configured to obtain surroundings information indicating a situation around the vehicle, a maneuver information obtaining unit configured to obtain maneuver information about a driving maneuver performed by a driver of the vehicle, a maneuver determination unit configured to determine, based on the surroundings information and the maneuver information whether the driving maneuver performed during the brake hold control is appropriate for the situation around the vehicle, and a prohibition unit configured to prohibit cancelling the brake hold control as long as it is determined that the driving maneuver is inappropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mafune Kakeshita, Toshifumi Kawasaki, Kohei Morotomi
  • Patent number: 11380196
    Abstract: A traffic warning system for first responders, such as the police, firefighters, and paramedics, that allows a first responder to wirelessly communicate their pending approach to an intersection with a multimedia warning system mounted and hardwired to a conventional traffic light and operated via an integrated remote control device or mobile phone application (“mobile app”) using radio frequencies, BLUETOOTH® technology, wireless digital technology, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Clay Robinson Dorsey
  • Patent number: 11373525
    Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Martin McEnroe, Sanjiv Singh, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 11355008
    Abstract: A lighting system for illuminating an environment, the lighting system comprising a plurality of lighting modules (111, 112, 113), the lighting modules comprising a light source (111a) for emitting light, illuminating an area, an acoustic sensor (111b) arranged for sensing noise in the area, a network interface configured to allow the lighting module to send noise data via a network, and a vehicle routing device (120) comprising: a first network interface (121) configured to receive noise data from the plurality of lighting modules via the network, a processor circuit arranged to calculate noise metrics for different regions (341-344) in the environment from the received noise data, compare the calculated noise metric with noise metric threshold values, dependent upon the calculated noise metric exceeding a noise metric threshold value for a particular region, generating a traffic rerouting signal, said traffic rerouting signal causing a traffic routing system to reroute traffic away from said particular regi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ralf Gertruda Hubertus Voncken, Dominika Lekse, Alexandre Georgievich Sinitsyn, Judith Hendrika Maria De Vries, Tom Verhoeven
  • Patent number: 11257367
    Abstract: Provided are system and method for controlling traffic lights. The system includes a traffic light device and a smart roadside device. The smart roadside device includes a roadside sensing module including: a camera assembly configured to collect information of an image for traffic lights of the traffic light device and a radar configured to acquire first surrounding environment information of a road junction monitored by the smart roadside device, and a roadside processing module configured to determine traffic flow information of a red light lane according to the first surrounding environment information and the information of the image for the traffic lights, determine a duration of a green light according to the traffic flow information, and control a duration displaying the green light in a next cycle of the traffic light device according to the duration of the green light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apollo Intelligent Driving Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huo Cao, Xing Hu, Sheng Tao, Haisong Wang
  • Patent number: 11232707
    Abstract: Controlling traffic signal preemption includes inputting to a conditional preemption circuit, values of incident parameters that include at least a vehicle unit identifier of a vehicle unit and an incident priority that describes an incident. The conditional preemption circuit determines a vehicle class based on one or more of the plurality of incident parameters. In response to a preemption request communicated from the vehicle unit, the conditional preemption circuit determines whether or not the vehicle unit qualifies for preemption at one or more intersections based at least on the vehicle class, location of the vehicle, and heading of the vehicle unit specified in the preemption request. Phase selection signals are communicated to traffic signal control circuitry at the one or more intersections in response to determining that the vehicle unit qualifies for preemption at the one or more intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Kulus, Chad Mack, Jared Moore
  • Patent number: 11210945
    Abstract: An infrastructure system includes at least one sensor, a transceiver, and a computer communicatively coupled to the at least one sensor and to the transceiver. The computer is programmed to receive data from the at least one sensor indicating respective locations and motions of objects in an environment surrounding the at least one sensor; in response to one of (a) the data from the at least one sensor or (b) a request from a user, generate a virtual traffic marker at a first location in the environment; and instruct the transceiver to broadcast the virtual traffic marker to vehicles in the environment. The first location is based on the data from the at least one sensor, and the virtual traffic marker is data including the first location and traffic instructions corresponding to the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Helen Kourous-Harrigan, Linjun Zhang, John Anthony Lockwood
  • Patent number: 11200802
    Abstract: According to the disclosed approaches, a server system receives vehicle messages having information transmitted from vehicle processors. Each vehicle message specifies published geographical coordinates that indicate a geographical location of a vehicle. For each vehicle message, the server system determines one or more virtual phase selectors associated with the published geographical coordinates; determines whether each virtual phase selector is active or inactive; starts execution of each virtual phase selector determined to be in inactive; and communicates the vehicle message to the one or more virtual phase selectors. Each virtual phase selector determines traffic signal control data based on the vehicle message and transmits the traffic signal control data to a traffic signal controller associated with the virtual phase selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David John Edwardson
  • Patent number: 11202302
    Abstract: Use of a mobile user device to identify the individual operating a vehicle, which, either alone or in conjunction with a vehicle control unit (VCU), may be used to establish vehicle priority in connection with traffic control systems. This provides for a system that provides priority for the individual based on their individual and current need for priority, as opposed to providing priority generally for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: STC, Inc
    Inventors: Brad Cross, Terry Fryar, Nicholas Freed
  • Patent number: 11170642
    Abstract: Systems and methods that allow use of simple priority VCUs (those that can only request an increased priority) to operate in a manner that simulates much more sophisticated schedule-adherence or ETA-type traffic control systems without the need to upgrade vehicle hardware. Instead, tracking of the vehicle, whether provided by other systems or by the VCU operating in conjunction with certain prepared points or zones is used to determine if the VCU equipped vehicle is ahead or behind schedule and operation of the VCU itself is altered to modify the expected arrival time of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: STC, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cross, Nick Freed
  • Patent number: 11158189
    Abstract: According to the disclosed approaches, a first processor receives location messages from second processors. Each location message specifies published geographical coordinates that indicate a geographical location, and the published geographical coordinates are a version of actual geographical coordinates truncated from a first level of precision to a second level of precision. The first processor accesses subscriptions to location topics in response to the location messages. Each location topic specifies in the second level of precision, subscribed-to geographical coordinates of a location. The first processor determines whether or not the published geographical coordinates match any of the subscribed-to geographical coordinates. Non-matching location messages are discarded, and matching location messages are transmitted to one or more third processors identified by the subscriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Edwardson, Samantha Edwardson
  • Patent number: 11145199
    Abstract: Several implementations of an access point, an application server, and instances of an application operating upon a cell phone are disclosed. These implementations support the cell phone and its application traveling on a vehicle, which wirelessly communicates through a wireless router, such as a Bluetooth router with an access point situated in a cabinet to direct a traffic controller driving a traffic light. The wireless router responds to a cell phone initiated by the app, by reporting the location and speed of the vehicle, often further including the vehicle type, such as a bicycle or heavy truck. The traffic controller may lengthen a green light in response to a heavy truck, to reduce wear on roadways. The access point may respond to a bicycle, by confirming its presence to the bicycle driver as well as adjust the traffic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: SENSYSNETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Kavaler, Amine Haoui, Sophia Haoui
  • Patent number: 11120685
    Abstract: A map information system includes a database management device that manages a map database used for driving support control of a vehicle. The map database includes traffic signal map information that indicates a position of a traffic signal. The traffic signal map information is associated with an evaluation value indicating certainty of the traffic signal map information for each traffic signal. The database management device recognizes a signal indication of the traffic signal at a verification position, based on camera image information indicating an image around the vehicle. The database management device recognizes behavior of the vehicle with respect to the verification position, based on vehicle state information and vehicle position information. Then, the database management device sets the evaluation value regarding the traffic signal at the verification position according to whether or not the behavior of the vehicle is consistent with the signal indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Hayashi, Keisuke Hokai
  • Patent number: 11113961
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide, implement, and use using a computer-vision based methods of context-sensitive monitoring and characterization of driver behavior. Additional systems and methods are provided for unsupervised learning of action values, monitoring of a driver's environment, and transmitting visual information from a client to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NETRADYNE, INC.
    Inventors: David Jonathan Julian, Avneesh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 11088821
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses, methods, and systems for secure communication in a traffic control network. An embodiment includes a memory, and circuitry configured to receive a traffic control public key from a traffic control device, wherein the traffic control public key is received in response to providing, to the traffic control device, a request to modify content of the traffic control device, encrypt data corresponding to vehicle information using the traffic control public key, provide, to the traffic control device, the encrypted data to store the data in the traffic control device, and access a network of traffic control devices, including the traffic control device, via the data stored in the traffic control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alberto Troia, Antonino Mondello
  • Patent number: 11069234
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for improving traffic safety and efficiency. The system includes various signal transmitters and receivers positioned throughout roadways, within automobiles, in smartphones, or supported by a cellular network backbone, for distributing traffic related information to users and traffic controller equipment. Embodiments of the present disclosure allow for vehicles and/or pedestrians to initiate a dual-transmission of cellular and RF signals for changing a traffic light state, where the first signal received at a traffic intersection controller unit is processed for changing the traffic light state (e.g., changing a light from red to green on-demand). Other embodiments of the present disclosure allow for users to receive visible and/or audible traffic related alerts on mobile devices, where the alerts are based on data shared between nearby drivers, pedestrians, and the traffic controlling equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Applied Information, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Patrick Mulligan, Iain Jeffrey Mulligan
  • Patent number: 11062597
    Abstract: An intersection information distribution apparatus includes a plurality of image capturers, one or more first wireless communicators, a position estimator, and a controller. The plurality of image capturers capture images in and around an intersection. The one or more first wireless communicators perform directional communication with a second wireless communicator mounted on a vehicle. The position estimator estimates a position of the vehicle in and around the intersection from a communication state of the directional communication. The controller selects a piece of data from among pieces of data of the images captured by the plurality of image capturers on the basis of the estimated position of the vehicle. The one or more first wireless communicators transmit the selected piece of data to the second wireless communicator of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Naganori Shirakata, Koji Takinami, Kenichi Ono, Noboru Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11055990
    Abstract: Several implementations of an access point, an application server, and instances of an application operating upon a cell phone are disclosed. These implementations support the cell phone and its application traveling on a vehicle, which wirelessly communicates through a wireless router, such as a Bluetooth router with an access point situated in a cabinet to direct a traffic controller driving a traffic light. The wireless router responds to a cell phone initiated by the app, by reporting the location and speed of the vehicle, often further including the vehicle type, such as a bicycle or heavy truck. The traffic controller may lengthen a green light in response to a heavy truck, to reduce wear on roadways. The access point may respond to a bicycle, by confirming its presence to the bicycle driver as well as adjust the traffic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Sensys Networks, Inc
    Inventors: Robert Kavaler, Amine Haoui, Sophia Haoui
  • Patent number: 11030895
    Abstract: Controlling traffic signal preemption includes inputting to a conditional preemption circuit, values of a plurality of incident parameters that include at least a vehicle unit identifier of a vehicle unit and an incident priority that describes an incident. The conditional preemption circuit determines a preemption mode for a vehicle associated with the vehicle unit identifier based on one or more of the plurality of incident parameters. The preemption mode is one of a first mode or a second mode. Traffic signal preemption is enabled for the vehicle unit in response to the conditional preemption circuit determining the first mode. Traffic signal preemption is disabled for the vehicle unit in response to the conditional preemption circuit determining the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Kulus, Chad Mack, Jared Moore
  • Patent number: 11004336
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an electronic device comprises a communication module comprising communication circuitry, a processor, and a memory operatively connected with the communication module and the processor, wherein the memory stores instructions configured to, when executed, enable the processor to obtain driving-related information from each of a plurality of vehicles positioned within a designated distance from a roundabout using the communication module, determine driving expectation information about a time and direction in which each of the plurality of vehicles enters or exits the roundabout based on the obtained driving-related information, and transmit driving guide information produced based on the determined driving expectation information to each of the plurality of vehicles through the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyoung Choi, Yongjun Lim, Kyusung Kim, Dohyoung Kim, Soojung Bae, Juyeon You, Yeonee Choi
  • Patent number: 10971004
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system receives vehicle information from one or more ADVs. The system determines a location and a heading of each ADV from the vehicle information of the ADV. For each of the ADVs, the system determines if the ADV is approaching a traffic light junction based on the location and the heading of the ADV. The system sends the vehicle information of the ADVs to a traffic light control system in response to determining the ADV is approaching the traffic light junction, where the vehicle information is used by the traffic light control system to direct a traffic flow at the traffic light junction, including adjusting a time duration of a light signal at one or more traffic lights disposed at the traffic light junction in advance of the ADVs arriving at the traffic light junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Jiaming Tao, Yifei Jiang, Liangliang Zhang, Dong Li, Jiangtao Hu, Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10962985
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a materials handling vehicle to navigate a vehicle transit surface in a warehouse environment including a navigation subsystem configured to cooperate with a traction control unit, a braking system, a steering assembly, and an obstacle detection subsystem to: determine whether the materials handling vehicle is approaching, or has arrived at, a potentially contested intersection; associate with the intersection pre-positioned warehouse object data, a set of road rules, and obstacle data; and navigate the materials handling vehicle through the intersection utilizing warehouse navigation maneuvers in combination with the associated set of road rules, obstacle avoidance maneuvers, or both, the warehouse navigation maneuvers accounting for the associated pre-positioned warehouse object data and the obstacle avoidance maneuvers accounting for the obstacle data derived from the obstacle detection subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Toby Collett, Sam McArdle, Sian Phillips, Greg Sumner
  • Patent number: 10916130
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system displays a priority sign for a first road and a yield sign for a second road as a default right of way for a road intersection. The system receives signals from one or more X2X sensors detecting a traffic flow for a predetermined segment of road for each of the first and the second roads before the road intersection. If it is determined the traffic flow of the first road has no vehicle and the traffic flow of the second road includes at least one vehicle, the system initiates a first timer to count a predetermined time duration. If the traffic flow of the first road is determined to remain with no vehicle for the predetermined time duration, the system reverses the default right of way for the intersection so traffic signs for the first road displays yield and the second road displays priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10902722
    Abstract: A method for providing incident specific information at a vehicle computer. In operation, the vehicle computer receives an incident assignment including information related to a current incident from a dispatch computer. The vehicle computer further receives an information request and in response, identifies a first context parameter by co-relating the information request with information related to the current incident and a second context parameter by co-relating the information request with information not related to the current incident. The vehicle computer generates a response to the information request based on the first context parameter when the current incident status identifies that the vehicle is responding to the current incident. Otherwise, the vehicle computer generates a response to the information request based on the second context parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 10896606
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamically controlling a set of platooning vehicles travelling on a roadway to respond to a presence of a non-platooning emergency vehicle based on situational factors such as roadway configuration, emergency vehicle status, and a location of the platooning vehicle as being approaching from ahead or from behind. An emergency vehicle sensor unit senses a presence and an urgency status of the emergency vehicle near a platooning vehicle. A roadway configuration sensor unit generates roadway configuration data representative of a sensed configuration of the roadway. A control unit generates an emergency vehicle avoidance platoon control command signal based on the roadway configuration, presence, and urgency data for use by the set of platooning vehicles to maneuver the platoon away from a path of the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Thomas J. Hayes, Michael D. Cremona
  • Patent number: 10817956
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media for generation of a vehicle repair plan. Implementations include actions of receiving vehicle damage data including an image of a damaged vehicle. The vehicle damage data is processed to determine a damaged area and a damage type of a portion of the damaged vehicle. A repair plan is generated for the damaged vehicle based on the damaged area and the damage type. The repair plan is initiated for the damaged vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Haitao Zhang, Juan Xu, Jinlong Hou, Jian Wang, Xin Guo, Danni Cheng, Yue Hu, Bokun Wu, Yanqing Chen
  • Patent number: 10805763
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for tracking a vehicle's course using geolocation data is provided. The method comprises obtaining a set of predetermined GPS locations representing a closed course; tracking movements of a user using a GPS controller; authenticating the movements of the user against the set of predetermined GPS locations while the client terminal is within a predetermined distance of at least one of the set of predetermined GPS locations; and presenting consolidated timing information about the user's movements along the set of predetermined GPS locations. The system comprises a central processing server in communication with a computer network and configured to obtain information from a central database; and one or more client terminals in communication with the central processing server via the computer network, and configured to provide a graphical user interface for user interaction with the central processing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: LapKing Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent G. Monteleone, Jerry Lee Chappell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10755565
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor, and a memory storing instructions such that the processor. The processor is programmed to detect a plurality of objects proximate to an infrastructure node. The processor is further programmed to determine respective priorities for each of the objects based on respective characteristics of the objects; and include the objects in a wireless message to a vehicle based on the priorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Linjun Zhang, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10730540
    Abstract: A system for selectively disabling highway crossing equipment includes a timer for controlling a maximum out of service time for the highway crossing equipment, a switch for controlling disablement of the highway crossing equipment, and control circuitry responsive to the timer and the switch. The control circuitry disables the highway crossing equipment in response to an input received from the switch before the maximum out of service time has been reached and re-enables the highway crossing equipment in response to a subsequent input from the switch received before the maximum out of service time has been reached. The control circuitry places the highway crossing equipment in a failsafe condition when the maximum out of service time has been reached without receiving the subsequent input from the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BNSF Railway Company
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Schnell
  • Patent number: 10671087
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a materials handling vehicle to navigate a vehicle transit surface in a warehouse environment including a navigation subsystem configured to cooperate with a traction control unit, a braking system, a steering assembly, and an obstacle detection subsystem to: determine whether the materials handling vehicle is approaching, or has arrived at, a potentially contested intersection; associate with the intersection pre-positioned warehouse object data, a set of road rules, and obstacle data; and navigate the materials handling vehicle through the intersection utilizing warehouse navigation maneuvers in combination with the associated set of road rules, obstacle avoidance maneuvers, or both, the warehouse navigation maneuvers accounting for the associated pre-positioned warehouse object data and the obstacle avoidance maneuvers accounting for the obstacle data derived from the obstacle detection subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Toby Collett, Sam McArdle, Sian Phillips, Greg Sumner
  • Patent number: 10629068
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to methods and apparatus for providing directions to user devices that belong to pedestrians or to individuals traveling on pedestrian pathways. Pedestrians or other users of user devices wishing to travel along pedestrian pathways toward a destination may be provided instructions according to a criterion, a basic assumption, or a rule. While commonly such criteria may relate to providing individuals with directions to walk from a current location to a specified destination in a minimal time, methods and apparatus consistent with the present disclosure may also allow for a user to specify other rules or criteria that are consistent with one or more objectives or parameters specified by that user. To accomplish this, information may be received from user devices and instructions may be sent to those user devices as users of those user devices progress toward respective destinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Malkes, William S. Overstreet, Jeffery R. Price, Michael J. Tourville
  • Patent number: 10515543
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining the status of a traffic device and vehicle movement. A traffic device may have a traffic device computer, one or more traffic signals, and/or a transceiver. The traffic device may transmit, via the transceiver and to a vehicle and infrastructure computing device, information indicative of a status of the one or more traffic signals. The vehicle and infrastructure computing device may comprise a vehicle and infrastructure control computer. The vehicle and infrastructure computing device may receive, from the traffic device, the information indicative of the status of the one or more traffic signals. The computing device may determine that the information indicative of the status of the one or more traffic signals indicates that the one or more traffic signals of the traffic device switched from a red light to a green light and a time that the one or more traffic signals of the traffic device switched from the red light to the green light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Regina Madigan, Timothy W. Gibson, Howard Hayes, Surender Kumar
  • Patent number: 10474794
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and/or system for facilitating event-based vehicle operation can include determining a vehicle route; determining geographic regions for the vehicle route; monitoring the determined geographic regions for events; determining an event of interest from the detected events; and/or dynamically facilitating modification of vehicular operation of the vehicle based on the event of interest, such as in response to determination of the event of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Banjo, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien Michael Patton, Rish Mehta
  • Patent number: 10447577
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for processing vehicle messages is provided. The method comprises: receiving a vehicle message for transmission; determining whether a condition exists to expedite transmission of the vehicle message; determining if a preferential sub-network is available; determining if at least one less preferential sub-network is available; and when the condition exists, when the preferential sub-network is not available for use, and the less preferential sub-network is available, expediting the transmission of the vehicle message over a less preferential sub-network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Divya Swarup Giriyappa Srinivasan, Thomas D. Judd
  • Patent number: 10440507
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for tracking a vehicle's course using geolocation data is provided. The method comprises obtaining a set of predetermined GPS locations representing a closed course; tracking movements of a user using a GPS controller; authenticating the movements of the user against the set of predetermined GPS locations while the client terminal is within a predetermined distance of at least one of the set of predetermined GPS locations; and presenting consolidated timing information about the user's movements along the set of predetermined GPS locations. The system comprises a central processing server in communication with a computer network and configured to obtain information from a central database; and one or more client terminals in communication with the central processing server via the computer network, and configured to provide a graphical user interface for user interaction with the central processing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: LapKing Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent G. Monteleone, Jerry Lee Chappell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10410515
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle alert system is an emergency vehicle transmitter system with multiple possible passenger vehicles, motorcycle, and pedestrian receivers that are able to receive the emergency signal when located or passing within a predetermined radius. The system, in addition to the audio warning system, may be adapted to reduce or to silence the volume of radios and personal electronic devices within proximity to the emergency transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Muro-Calderon
  • Patent number: 10302441
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for updating a route of a vehicle based on a broadcast emergency signal are provided. Aspects include receiving, by a navigational device associated with the vehicle, the broadcast emergency signal indicating a route of an emergency vehicle and determining, by the navigational device, whether the route of the vehicle associated with the navigational device overlaps with the route of the emergency vehicle. Aspects also include determining a revised route for the vehicle based on a determination that the route of the vehicle associated with the navigational device overlaps with the route of the emergency vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elianne A. Bravo, Michael L. Greenblatt, Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt
  • Patent number: 10292136
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication transponder for use in V2V communication, safety, optimization and anti-collision systems wherein the transponder records and shares observed traffic signal timing and phasing, and uses this information to make recommendations or perform automatic operation to optimize parameters such as safety, gas mileage, travel time, and overall traffic flow. Methods for sharing and making recommendations are described. Embodiments include considerations of traffic and road history in recommendations. No central authority, road-side equipment, (RSU), or pre-determined lane maps are required. Embodiments include a hybrid protocol using both TDMA and CSMA. Some embodiments are free of MAC and IP addresses. Embodiments include equipped vehicles and V2V system using the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Zetta Research and Development LLC—ForC Series
    Inventors: Kim Rubin, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10222771
    Abstract: An occupancy based traffic control system for augmenting traffic control mechanisms corresponding to one or more buildings of one or more building types within a geographic subsector is provided. The system includes, a subsector aggregator, an other facility occupancy estimator, and a subsector processor. The subsector aggregator receives energy consumption and outside temperature streams corresponding to a portion of the one or more buildings, and employs occupancy components to generate average occupancy components corresponding to each building type. The other facility occupancy estimator matches the average occupancy components to remaining ones of the one or more buildings not in the first portion according to building type. The subsector processor uses the first and second aggregated occupancy components modify defaults of traffic control devices based on the occupancy estimate to optimize flow of pedestrians and automotive vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Enel X North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Husain Al-Mohssen, Elizabeth J. Main, Angela S. Bassa
  • Patent number: 10217356
    Abstract: Approaches are disclosed for timing the submission of transit signal priority (TSP) requests. A phase selector receives TSP information of a vehicle at a current time, and the phase selector determines an estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the vehicle at an intersection having a traffic signal controlled by an intersection controller. The phase selector determines the arrival phase of the traffic signal at the ETA, along with a phase-relative arrival time of the ETA. The phase selector determines a time to issue the TSP request based on the phase-relative arrival time, and issues the TSP request to the intersection controller at the determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Baller
  • Patent number: 10192434
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for altering the default operation of traffic signals, e.g., static cycling of lights, based on one or more road conditions and/or operating characteristics of vehicles at or near an intersection at which the traffic signals are located. The timing of light changes in traffic signals can be altered based upon a desire to optimize fuel efficiency, prioritize passage of vehicles through the intersection, and/or exhibit favoritism to vehicles that are driven efficiently and/or by drivers contributing to a pay-to-pass system. Traffic signal controllers controlling traffic signals may, over time, learn traffic patterns based on gathered information regarding the operating characteristics of vehicles and/or road conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 10136253
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for tracking a vehicle's course using geolocation data is provided. The method comprises obtaining a set of predetermined GPS locations representing a closed course; tracking movements of a user using a GPS controller; authenticating the movements of the user against the set of predetermined GPS locations while the client terminal is within a predetermined distance of at least one of the set of predetermined GPS locations; and presenting consolidated timing information about the user's movements along the set of predetermined GPS locations. The system comprises a central processing server in communication with a computer network and configured to obtain information from a central database; and one or more client terminals in communication with the central processing server via the computer network, and configured to provide a graphical user interface for user interaction with the central processing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Lapking Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent G. Monteleone, Jerry Lee Chappell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10127812
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring or affecting movement of a vehicle using a traffic device. An event data source may have a processor and/or a transceiver. The event data source may transmit, via the transceiver and to a vehicle and infrastructure computing device, information indicative of an event affecting a portion of road. The vehicle and infrastructure computing device may comprise a vehicle and infrastructure control computer. The vehicle and infrastructure computing device may receive, from the event data source, the information indicative of the event affecting the portion of road. The computing device may determine one or more traffic devices associated with the portion of road and configured to control traffic for the portion of road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Regina Madigan, Timothy W. Gibson, Howard Hayes, Surender Kumar
  • Patent number: 10118548
    Abstract: Techniques for a fully- or semi-autonomously operated vehicle (AV) to signal to or notify a third-party located within the vehicle's environment that the vehicle has detected the third-party's presence are provided. The third-party may be a pedestrian or a passenger in another proximate vehicle. Sensors associated with the AV may provide data via which the third-party's presence (and optionally, movement and behavior) is detected, and signaling device(s) on-board the vehicle may transmit audio, visual, and/or electromagnetic signals into the environment to indicate that the vehicle is aware of the third-party's presence. In some situations, a two-way dialog between the signaling device(s) and the third-party may be established to confirm intended behaviors or actions of the vehicle and/or of the third-party. Increased safety and decreased risk of accident or injury may be provided with AVs in a manner that is familiar to third-parties' defensive signaling with drivers of non-autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Duane Christiansen
  • Patent number: 10068471
    Abstract: A method of avoiding collisions and preempting traffic signals, including the steps of predicting a first likely travel route of a first vehicle along established roadways; predicting a second likely travel route of a second vehicle along the established roadways; preempting a normal operation of at least one traffic signal at an intersection of roadways along at least one of the first likely travel route and the second likely travel route allowing at least one of the first vehicle and the second vehicle to traverse the intersection; and determining whether both the first vehicle and the second vehicle will be at the intersection within a predefined time interval of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Collision Control Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Dave Gross
  • Patent number: 9997074
    Abstract: A display apparatus in a vehicle, the display apparatus including a sensor configured to acquire vehicle periphery information; a wireless processor configured to transmit and receive information on a virtual traffic signal to and from another vehicle; a display; and a processor configured to detect another vehicle having a possibility of intersection from the vehicle periphery information, generate the virtual traffic signal based on a position relationship between the vehicle and the other vehicle, and display the generated virtual traffic signal on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hansung Kim, Pyonho Hong, Jaeseung Bae, Doohee Lee, Juhnho Park