Central Station Responsive To Traffic Detectors Patents (Class 340/910)
  • Patent number: 10994735
    Abstract: In a case where a host vehicle that is traveling on a first lane intends to turn right or left at an intersection via a second lane whose traveling direction coincides with that of the first lane, a vehicle controller constituting a part of a vehicle control device performs a travel control or an assistance control that differs depending on whether the second lane is a priority lane where another vehicle that is different in type from the host vehicle preferentially travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Matsunaga, Masaaki Nagashima, Toshiaki Takano
  • Patent number: 10984254
    Abstract: An investigation assist device includes a processor and a storage that records information on a road map including a plurality of intersections and captured videos of a plurality of cameras respectively in correlation with a capturing time, camera information, and intersection information. The processor retrieves a vehicle satisfying a retrieval condition based on a captured video of the camera specified by camera information corresponding to designated intersection information specifying at least one intersection of the plurality of intersections. The processor superimposes a traveling direction of a selected vehicle at the time of passing through an intersection corresponding to the designated intersection information on a position of the intersection on the road map in response to selection of the information on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuumi Miyake, Takahiro Yoshimura, Kazuya Ozawa, Takamitsu Arai, Takeshi Wakako
  • Patent number: 10946883
    Abstract: A train detection system for a railway track defines a first lateral side and a second lateral side opposite the first lateral side. Two cameras are arranged along the railway track spaced apart from each other. Each camera is placed on either the first lateral side or the second lateral side. The system includes at least one passive target. Each of the passive targets is placed within the field of view of at least one of the cameras and on the opposite lateral side of the railway track with respect to the at least one of the cameras in whose field of view the respective passive target is placed. The system also includes at least one controller adapted to recognise the passive target in the images provided by at least one of the cameras to the controller to determine whether a train is located on the railway track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Jeffrey Fries, Jared Cooper, Phillip Martin, Seneca Snyder, Nicholas Nagrodsky
  • Patent number: 10775695
    Abstract: A photosensitive resin composition according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes: a nanophosphor; a photo-polymerization initiator including an acetophenone-based initiator; and a photo-polymerization compound, wherein the photo-polymerization initiator further includes at least one among a thioxanthone-based initiator, an oxime-based initiator, and a benzophenone-based initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Baek Hee Lee, Young Min Kim, Min Ki Nam, Hae Il Park, Seon-Tae Yoon
  • Patent number: 10755563
    Abstract: A driving assistance system includes a plurality of in-vehicle devices configured to communicate with a roadside device. The plurality of in-vehicle devices are mounted on a plurality of vehicles travelling in a row, respectively. Based on information on a response to travelling in a row, acquired from the roadside device, one of the plurality of in-vehicle devices determines whether a traffic signal controller that controls a traffic signal device is configured to perform control to give priority to the plurality of vehicles travelling in a row. Based on a result of the determination, the driving assistance system selects one in-vehicle device, from among the plurality of in-vehicle devices, to transmit, to the roadside device, a request signal requesting to give priority to the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Takeda, Naoki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10692373
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for providing information to information representation units, the method comprising: determining, in a network server, information to be provided to at least one information representation unit (200); transmitting the information to at least one mobile node (100) travelling on a predetermined route passing in the vicinity of said at least one information representation unit (202); and in response to the mobile node (100) approaching said at least one information representation unit, transmitting the information from a short-range low power transmitter (112) of the mobile node (100) to a short-range low power receiver (114) of the information representation unit (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Teleste Oyj
    Inventors: Jani Väre, Kari Virtanen, Kimmo Ylander, Jyrki Alamaunu
  • Patent number: 10671259
    Abstract: In V2V or other networks in which multiple video feeds are available to a participant, the participant's ability to select a particular video feed for display can be eased through the use of guided scanning. A guided scanning strategy is built based on operator inputs and used to select a particular set of video feeds that are initially shown as a video “slideshow” on the display used by the participant. Each video feed appears only for a limited period of time to enable easy participant review. Once the participant sees a particular video feed of interest, that video feed to can be selected for persisted presentation on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Travis M. Grigsby, Steven Michael Miller, Pamela Ann Nesbitt, Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 10559201
    Abstract: A fleet of vehicles (“connected vehicles”) are equipped to wirelessly transmit data in real time, the data including at least an identifier of the vehicle, a GPS location, and a timestamp. Preferably, messages may be sent from the vehicles approximately once per second. This “probe data” from operating vehicles is analyzed to assemble vehicle operation data over a collection period of say, a few weeks. The data is analyzed for a specific signalized intersection. In an embodiment, a preferred process is to leverage the connected vehicle probe data to figure out the traffic volume for a target time period and location, and then optimize the corresponding timing plan for that time period for the subject signal/lane/phase. Target time periods may be on the order of 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour, although the exact time period is not critical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Bauer, Jingtao Ma
  • Patent number: 10504363
    Abstract: A vehicle detection and classification system which comprises a plurality of proximity sensors is distributed in a fixed spatial array relative to a road such that a distance of each sensor to the nearest adjacent sensor is less than a minimum horizontal dimension of a vehicle to be detected. The array has a maximum dimension greater than the minimum horizontal dimension of a vehicle to be detected. Each of the sensors is configured to determine presence or absence of a vehicle and to communicate data regarding said presence determination to a data processing system, wherein the data processing system is configured to use data from a plurality of the sensors to detect and classify a vehicle on the road based on at least one dimension of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Q-Free ASA
    Inventors: Brage Blekken, Anders Ivar Hagen, Ola Martin Lykkja
  • Patent number: 10385268
    Abstract: A photosensitive resin composition comprises: a solvent in an amount of about 60 percentage by weight (wt %) to about 95 wt %; and a solid content in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 40 wt %, with respect to a total weight of the photosensitive resin composition, wherein the solid content comprises with respect to a total weight of the solid content: a phosphor in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 90 wt %; a photopolymerizable compound in an amount of about 4 wt % to about 70 wt %; an acetophenone-based photopolymerization initiator in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 20 wt %; and an alkali soluble resin in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 80 wt %, with respect to a total weight of the solid content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Samsung Display Co., Ltd., DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Baekhee Lee, Minki Nam, Junghyun Kwon, Youngmin Kim, Namseok Roh, Haeil Park, Seontae Yoon, Donguk Kim, Kisoo Park, Kwangkeun Lee, Junhan Lee, Juho Kim, Hyounwoo Kim, Hunsik Kim, Jongsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10360738
    Abstract: An video analysis computing system driving analysis may include a camera associated with a first vehicle and having a viewing angle capable of capturing a video of one or more other vehicles in proximity to the first vehicle, a first memory location communicatively coupled to the camera, wherein the first memory location stores video data captured by the camera, and an evaluation module including a processor executing instructions that cause the processor to: evaluate the captured video stored in the first memory location to determine whether a driving event performed by a second vehicle has occurred, assign, in response to an identified driving event performed by the second vehicle, a driving event rating to a video showing the identified driving event, wherein the driving event rating may be calculated, at least in part, using a crowd-sourced driving event rating obtained after posting the video to a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10330481
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a path to a target destination are presented. A position sensor is mounted to a haul truck. The position sensor is configured to identify a position of the haul truck. A distributed objects database stores information describing target destinations within a mining environment and performance characteristics of the haul truck. A navigation aid is connected to the position sensor. The navigation aid is configured to identify a target destination for the haul truck, retrieve a performance characteristic of the haul truck from the distributed objects database, and calculate a first path to the target destination using the performance characteristic of the haul truck. A user interface is connected to the navigation aid. The user interface is configured to display the first path for an operator of the haul truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael W. Lewis, Andree Röttig, Lucas Van Latum
  • Patent number: 10321275
    Abstract: A facility is equipped with floor tiles. Each tile is equipped with transmitters that transmit on specific frequencies. A particular set of frequencies identifies a particular floor tile and a particular segment on the floor tile. A user electromagnetically couples to one or more antennas of the tile, acting as a signal path for the signals on the particular set of frequencies. A receiver detects these signals, and the information about the frequencies detected and relative signal strength may be used to determine a location of the user within the facility. Receivers in the floor tiles allow a first tile to transmit its set of frequencies and a second tile to receive the set of frequencies and determine where the user has stepped from. By concatenating these steps a path of the user may be determined. Receivers in shelves facilitate disambiguation of one user from another when interacting with items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolai Orlov, Nathan Pius O'Neill, Jeremy Samuel De Bonet
  • Patent number: 10242570
    Abstract: A traffic adjustment or a traffic command, for example, is based on data congestion on a cellular network. Position data is received from a mobile device. A portion of a cellular network that corresponds to the position data is selected. The portion of the cellular network may be the geographic area covered by a cell. The network state of the portion of the cellular network is identified. A traffic device is also identified. The traffic device may be a traffic light or a variable speed sign. The traffic adjustment or traffic command for the traffic device is calculated based on the network state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: John Harris, Leo Modica, Brian Moore, Paul Stephens
  • Patent number: 10215584
    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: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Sunil Kumar Chintakindi, Andrew Calkins, Joy Hoeffler, Pedro Alvarez-Tabio Togores
  • Patent number: 10147005
    Abstract: A sign information output apparatus includes an output instructor for instructing an information output section to stop output of sign information if a traveled distance measured in response to the detection of a sign exceeds a threshold value, and a threshold value changer for changing a threshold value depending on at least one of interval information with respect to an interval at which signs of one type are placed, speed limit information with respect to a speed limit of the road, and a speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Otsuki, Yutaka Tokunaga, Izumi Takatsudo, Shinnosuke Saito, Yuji Yokochi, Yasuhiko Fujita
  • Patent number: 10129133
    Abstract: Techniques for delivering data or information to a vehicle include a method of distributing information to a vehicle. Information corresponding to the vehicle is first received while the vehicle is en route between an origination point and a destination from a computing device that is not being transported by the vehicle. A first computing device or a second computing device determines a destination port at which the vehicle is to arrive, the destination port included in a plurality of ports at which vehicles arrive and from which vehicles depart. The first computing devices causes data to be routed to a third computing device communicatively connected to the first computing device, the third computing device corresponding to the destination port, and at least one of the data or the third party computing device determined based on the information received at the first computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Wahler
  • Patent number: 10109186
    Abstract: A vehicle detection and classification system which comprises a plurality of proximity sensors is distributed in a fixed spatial array relative to a road such that a distance of each sensor to the nearest adjacent sensor is less than a minimum horizontal dimension of a vehicle to be detected. The array has a maximum dimension greater than the minimum horizontal dimension of a vehicle to be detected. Each of the sensors is configured to determine presence or absence of a vehicle and to communicate data regarding said presence determination to a data processing system, wherein the data processing system is configured to use data from a plurality of the sensors to detect and classify a vehicle on the road based on at least one dimension of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Q-Free ASA
    Inventors: Brage Blekken, Anders Ivar Hagen, Ola Martin Lykkja
  • Patent number: 10074272
    Abstract: A method is provided for traffic lane and traffic signal control identification and traffic flow management. Methods may identify traffic lights controlling lane movements, cataloging the information through analysis of traffic light signal phase and timing, and analyzing traffic movement through an intersection during specific periods of time. In particular, example methods may include identifying each of a plurality of paths through an intersection; identifying states of one or more traffic lights controlling traffic through the intersection; determining vehicle throughput data for the intersection through a predetermined number of cycles of the one or more traffic lights; and matching the vehicle throughput data to each of the plurality of paths of the intersection. The method may optionally include identifying times of movement and times of non-movement of vehicles across the intersection for each of the plurality of paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Bruce Bernhardt, Jingwei Xu
  • Patent number: 10032318
    Abstract: An video analysis computing system driving analysis may include a camera associated with a first vehicle and having a viewing angle capable of capturing a video of one or more other vehicles in proximity to the first vehicle, a first memory location communicatively coupled to the camera, wherein the first memory location stores video data captured by the camera, and an evaluation module including a processor executing instructions that cause the processor to: evaluate the captured video stored in the first memory location to determine whether a driving event performed by a second vehicle has occurred, assign, in response to an identified driving event performed by the second vehicle, a driving event rating to a video showing the identified driving event, wherein the driving event rating may be calculated, at least in part, using a crowd-sourced driving event rating obtained after posting the video to a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventor: Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10006776
    Abstract: A route searching system is provided that can appropriately search for a route even when a movement restriction is individually set. In a case where a movement condition is satisfied, the route searching system refers to movement restriction information and searches for a recommended route based on the map information so as to exclude a route that violates the movement restriction. In a case where the movement condition is not satisfied, the route searching system searches for a recommended route based on map information including a route that violates the movement restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 9994227
    Abstract: An ECU as a driving assistance device has a traffic sign detection section, a lane entry detection section and a judgment section. The traffic sign detection section detects traffic signs including a speed limit symbol based on front-image data captured by an in-vehicle camera. The lane entry detection section detects that the own vehicle has entered a ramp lane to leave a highway. The judgment section detects an extent of a current driving lane as the ramp lane when following conditions (c1) and (c2) are satisfied after the lane entry detection section detects the entry of the own vehicle into the ramp lane: (c1) not less than two traffic signs are arranged along the current driving lane in forward direction of the vehicle; and (c2) an arrangement of speed limit symbols included in the detected traffic signs satisfy a predetermined speed reduction pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Yoshitomi, Jian Hu, Shota Satomura, Yusuke Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9937923
    Abstract: A controller is adapted to receive signals indicative of an image including a representation of a posted speed limit for a current section of a road on which an associated vehicle is traveling. The controller evaluates the image to identify the posted speed limit and dynamically determines if the posted speed limit is above a predetermined threshold speed limit. Only if the posted speed limit is above the predetermined threshold speed limit, the controller sets the identified posted speed limit as a warning threshold. If a speed of the associated vehicle is more than a predetermined range over the warning threshold, the controller transmits a warning signal to a notifier for notifying an operator of the associated vehicle and controls a speed of the vehicle based on the posted speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert J Custer, Andrew J Pilkington
  • Patent number: 9916758
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a traffic light for cooperative vehicle-infrastructure and a method for controlling the same. The traffic light for cooperative vehicle-infrastructure includes: a communication module, a central processing module, a Global Positioning System GPS module and a scheduling module. The communication module is configured to receive a set of messages sent by vehicles periodically. The GPS module is configured to locate the position of the traffic light. The central processing module is configured to perform calculations and analyses on the received set of messages and the position of the traffic light, dynamically set lasting times of red and green lamps of the traffic light, and send a control signal carrying the set times to the scheduling module. The scheduling module is configured to control the lasting times of the red and green lamps of traffic light according to the control signal carrying the set times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: LEAUTO INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Zou, Wenrui Li, Yong Xu, Kunsheng Chen, Dan Li, Wei Lin, Peng Liu
  • Patent number: 9836974
    Abstract: An operation management center divides an operation area in which an on-demand bus operates into a plurality of predetermined sub-areas, and searches for candidate routes on which the on-demand bus travels for each divided sub-area. The center sets one of the retrieved routes as a basic route, and sets, as adjustment time for each divided sub-area, time required when the bus passes through a location separated from the basic route. Thus, by setting such adjustment time for each sub-area, and by using the adjustment time set for each sub-area, the center can determine an operation plan that takes into account an additional request while reducing an impact on the determined operation plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Kawamoto, Hiroko Mori, Hironobu Kitaoka
  • Patent number: 9709415
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of providing personalized route information involves gathering a plurality of past location indicators over time for a wireless client device, determining a future driving objective using the plurality of previously-gathered location indicators, obtaining real-time traffic data for an area proximate to the determined driving objective, and generating a suggested route for the driving objective using the near real-time traffic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Rowley, Shumeet Baluja
  • Patent number: 9651393
    Abstract: To provide a driving support device that, when a vehicle approaches signs arranged in the vicinity of a plurality of roads, provides information of a sign that targets at a road on which the vehicle travels, and suppresses provision of information of a sign that does not target at the road on which the vehicle travels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9637683
    Abstract: A photosensitive resin composition comprising: a solvent in an amount of about 60 percentage by weight (wt %) to about 95 wt %; and a solid content in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 40 wt %, with respect to a total weight of the photosensitive resin composition, wherein the solid content comprises: a phosphor in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 90 wt %; a photopolymerizable compound in an amount of about 4 wt % to about 70 wt %; a photopolymerization initiator in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 20 wt %; an alkali soluble resin in an amount of about 5 wt % to about 80 wt %; and a dispersant in an amount of about 0.1 wt % to about 12 wt %, with respect to a total weight of the solid content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD., DONGWOO FINE-CHEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Baekhee Lee, Minki Nam, Junghyun Kwon, Youngmin Kim, Namseok Roh, Haeil Park, Seontae Yoon, Donguk Kim, Kisoo Park, Kwangkeun Lee, Junhan Lee, Juho Kim, Hyounwoo Kim, Hunsik Kim, Jongsoo Lee
  • Patent number: 9625263
    Abstract: A method is provided for ascertaining at least one road-related information item, including the following steps: ascertaining a position of a location on a road, starting from which a mobile user device of a communication network crossed the road, based on the position data of the user device, ascertaining a waiting time during which the user device had to wait at the location before the user device crossed the road, ascertaining a position of a light signal system as a road-related information item, based on the ascertained waiting time and the ascertained position. A corresponding system is also provided, as well as a corresponding computer program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 9564047
    Abstract: A traffic monitoring system includes a plurality of road monitoring devices and a traffic control center electronically coupled to the road monitoring devices. Each road monitoring device has specific transmittable position information stored therein. The traffic control center has stored transmittable images of a plurality of vehicle types and stored transmittable images of the plurality of roads to be monitored. When one or more vehicles passes one of the road monitoring devices, the road monitoring device receives a vehicle identification code from each vehicle, calculates position information of each vehicle and transmits the road monitoring device position information, each vehicle identification code and the vehicle position information for each vehicle to the traffic control center. The traffic control center configures a three dimensional traffic image from all of the vehicle images of the one or more vehicles passing the one of the road monitoring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Feng Wu
  • Patent number: 9528844
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a three-dimensional map data storage unit for storing three-dimensional map data for use in projecting a three-dimensional space on a map onto a plane, a location information storage unit for storing location information including a type of geographical objects at points spaced at predetermined intervals on the map, a present position storage unit for storing a present position on the map, an operation input receiving unit for receiving an operation input, a collision determination unit for determining the possibility of occurrence of collision in a course from the present position to an end point, a correction unit for correcting the end point based on the determined possibility of occurrence of collision and shifting the present position to the corrected end point, and a drawing unit for drawing a three-dimensional image, the three-dimensional image produced by projecting onto the plane the three-dimensional space on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Asai, Junpei Ito, Takeki Osada, Satoshi Suzuno
  • Patent number: 9014953
    Abstract: Wireless sensing and communication system including sensors located on the vehicle, in the roadway or in the vicinity of the vehicle or roadway and which provide information which is transmitted to one or more interrogators in the vehicle by a wireless radio frequency mechanism. Power to operate a particular sensor is supplied by the interrogator or the sensor is independently connected to either a battery, generator, vehicle power source or some source of power external to the vehicle. The sensors can provide information about the vehicle and its interior or exterior environment, about individual components, systems, vehicle occupants, subsystems, or about the roadway, ambient atmosphere, travel conditions and external objects. The sensors arranged on the roadway or ancillary structures would include pressure sensors, temperature sensors, moisture content or humidity sensors, and friction sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Breed, Wendell C. Johnson, Wilbur E. DuVall
  • Patent number: 8928493
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traffic signal control system for controlling a plurality of signal junctions comprising a signal group oriented multi-agent control scheme, each agent operates independently and represents one or more traffic signals at a signal junction; means for each agent for determining traffic conditions at its signal junction and traffic conditions at neighboring agents; and means for applying fuzzy logic in signal control operations, wherein signal control operation is based on traffic conditions at each agent and one or more neighboring agents, such that the control operation is distributed to each agent to control each of said plurality of signal junctions. An advantage of the system is that this approach in combining the flexible signal group control with the artificial intelligence of fuzzy logic dynamic control is achieved. The operation of the control system is based on detector data input, that is refined to real time traffic situation model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Road Safety Management Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Mantalvanos
  • Patent number: 8909462
    Abstract: Providing traffic flow control services includes receiving requests at an arbiter of a traffic control subsystem. The traffic control subsystem is in a first state, and the requests are received from vehicle transmitters in proximity of the traffic control subsystem. Traffic flow control services also include applying a pre-defined condition to the requests and implementing a traffic flow control activity responsive to application of the pre-defined condition. The traffic flow control activity includes maintaining the first state or changing the first state of the traffic control subsystem to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Eric L. Masselle
  • Patent number: 8909396
    Abstract: A blocked rail crossing detection and notification system is described. The system includes a processing device, a communications interface communicatively coupled to the processing device and operable for facilitating communications between the processing device and at least one external device, and at least one vehicle detection mechanism placed proximate to a rail grade crossing. The at least one vehicle detection mechanism is communicatively coupled to the processing device and operable to provide signals to the processing device indicative of the presence or non-presence of a vehicle within a defined area surrounding an intersection of a roadway and one or more railroad tracks. The processing device is further programmed to communicate the presence or non-presence of a vehicle along with supporting correlative visual data within the defined area to the at least one external device via the communications interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Island Radar Company
    Inventor: Thomas N. Hilleary
  • Patent number: 8830086
    Abstract: A method and system for adjusting traffic lights. The method and system can dynamically divide a region according to the road congestion situation and adjust traffic lights in a resulting control region according to the control region, so as to solve the traffic congestion problem. The system for adjusting traffic lights includes: a congestion determining module, a control region determining module and a adjusting module, wherein the control region determining module is configured to determine a control region according to a dispersion demand of a first phase and a dispersal capability of a corresponding phase of an adjacent intersection, and the adjusting module is configured to adjust traffic lights of at least one corresponding phase of an adjacent intersection in the control region so as to relieve the traffic congestion situation at the first phase of the first intersection. Also described is a corresponding method for adjusting traffic lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rong Zeng Cao, Zhao Cao, Wei Ding, Hou Li Duan, Peng Gao, Zhen Lei
  • Patent number: 8775060
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are described for lateral control of a host vehicle (F) during travel in a vehicle platoon. The apparatus and method include acquiring a control signal u and a lateral error ? relative to a target vehicle (L) of a preceding vehicle (T) travelling in the vehicle platoon, filtering the received lateral error ?, filtering the received control signal u, and executing via a processor a control algorithm for actuating lateral control of the host vehicle (F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Solyom, Badr Bin Salamah, Arash Idelchi
  • Patent number: 8736462
    Abstract: A system and method for traffic information delivery may be implemented as a static network device for sharing information with network nodes. The system includes a processor in communication with a transceiver and memory, the memory containing code that when executed by the processor effects the method steps for determining an occurrence of a traffic incident within a defined distance from the device, establishing communication with a network node, receiving a device identifier over a public network from the network node, the device identifier based on a user-configurable parameter and a non-user-configurable parameter of the network node, establishing in response to the device identifier matching an authorized device identifier corresponding to a known network node, a secure private network with the network node, and sending information about the traffic incident to the network node via the secure private network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Uniloc Luxembourg, S.A.
    Inventor: Craig Stephen Etchegoyen
  • Patent number: 8711006
    Abstract: The vehicle detection apparatus includes a communication unit, a magnetic sensing unit, a calibration information generation unit, a vehicle detection unit, and a control unit. The communication unit receives information about movement of a reference vehicle from a central management center. The magnetic sensing unit senses the change in a magnetic field attributable to the movement of a vehicle, and generates a magnetic signal. The calibration information generation unit generates calibration information. The vehicle detection unit calibrates the change in the magnetic signal attributable to movement of an actual vehicle based on the calibration information, and detects the movement of the actual vehicle. The control unit controls the above units, and sets the mode to calibration information generation mode in order to generate the calibration information and to vehicle detection mode in order to sense the movement of the actual vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae-Jun Yoo, Do-Hyun Kim, Jong-Hyun Park, Kyong-Ho Kim, Jong-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 8587453
    Abstract: A portable traffic signaling system includes a plurality of portable traffic signals, each of the portable traffic signals having a plurality of traffic lights and a stand having legs that fold for transport and unfold for deployment. A short range wireless traffic signal transceiver that communicates bidirectionally via a short range wireless communication link. A traffic signal processing module controls the operation of the plurality of traffic lights to at least: a stop condition, and a go condition based on control data, such as control data received from a remote control device via the short range wireless communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Cripps
  • Patent number: 8525700
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein provide a system and method for managing information display for vehicles on cross roads. The system includes at least one panel to display a traffic regulatory information and advertisements, a central server, a programmable logic controller (PLC) connected to the central server, a plurality of sensors to detect the at least one panel position and any moving foreign objects. A display unit is managed online from a traffic control center to receive and display a real-time traffic information and a plurality of timers are provided for calculating a time schedule information of the traffic lights based on the traffic. The sensors control and transmit the time schedule information to the PLC. The time schedule information and traffic algorithms are transmitted by the PLC to a central control system for processing and estimating an optimum time schedule of traffic lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Mohammadreza Rejali, Mojtaba Tavanaei Pooya
  • Publication number: 20130162449
    Abstract: A traffic routing system reduces emissions from commuter and other traffic, eases congestion on roadways, and decreases transit time by use of communications among vehicles and traffic controls, such as traffic lights. In one aspect, a traffic light receives a signal that a vehicle is approaching and in response turns green to allow the vehicle to pass without impairment. In another aspect, a vehicle receives a signal to adjust a current rate of speed to arrive when a traffic signal allows vehicles to pass. In still another aspect, a combination of congestion, emergency traffic, roadwork and similar factors influence proposed routes sent to vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ON TIME SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: On Time Systems, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8457808
    Abstract: An automatic delivery system for an infrastructure comprising passenger transportation, freight delivery, electrical grid, oil, gas, water pipelines, communication, sewer removal, etc. The automation at the current state of technology is mostly achieved by enclosing the delivery system inside of an enclosure for achieving automatic weather independent transportation and eliminating costs related to protecting the aforementioned infrastructure components from outside elements. In addition, the system is simple enough to avoid traffic and collisions automatically by processing in real time just a single piece of information: a location of each vehicle; as the result, the system is inexpensive since no hardware is necessary for between-vehicles communications, for road condition detection, for GPS, etc. Plus every person will be able to use transportation on-demand with or without sharing a commute and at a desired comfort level including but not limited to entertainment, exercise, working on the go, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Alisa Michnik, Yefim Michnik
  • Patent number: 8445826
    Abstract: An outdoor lighting fixture includes at least a first ballast for controllably providing power to at least one lamp for illuminating an outdoor area. The outdoor lighting fixture further includes a housing and a radio frequency transceiver. The outdoor lighting fixture yet further includes an antenna coupled to the radio frequency transceiver and extending away from the housing. The outdoor lighting fixture also includes a control circuit that operates the radio frequency transceiver as a wireless router for wireless network communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Orion Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Neal R. Verfuerth
  • Publication number: 20130099942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a traffic signal control system for controlling a plurality of signal junctions comprising a signal group oriented multi-agent control scheme, each agent operates independently and represents one or more traffic signals at a signal junction; means for each agent for determining traffic conditions at its signal junction and traffic conditions at neighbouring agents; and means for applying fuzzy logic in signal control operations, wherein signal control operation is based on traffic conditions at each agent and one or more neighbouring agents, such that the control operation is distributed to each agent to control each of said plurality of signal junctions. An advantage of the system is that this approach in combining the flexible signal group control with the artificial intelligence of fuzzy logic dynamic control is achieved. The operation of the control system is based on detector data input, that is refined to real time traffic situation model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT LTD
    Inventor: Martin Mantalvanos
  • Patent number: 8395530
    Abstract: A traffic control system for converting an intersection into a roundabout during periods of heavy traffic includes a mechanism for monitoring traffic flow through the intersection and about the roundabout. The system also includes a concave opening in and around the intersection and a concrete disc disposed in the cavity, a hydraulic lift is constructed and arranged to elevate the concrete disc above the level of the road and lights provided to alert motor vehicles to enter a roundabout defined by the elevated disc. The system also includes traffic lights for alerting a motor vehicle operator to drive onto the disc or around the disc to use the intersection and/or roundabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Khaled Jafar Al-Hasan
  • Patent number: 8386156
    Abstract: A roadside equipment (RSE) system that can be used for controlling traffic signals and other equipment and corresponding method. A method includes wirelessly receiving vehicle data from an onboard equipment (OBE) system connected to a vehicle, the vehicle data including location data, time data, and vehicle identification data related to the vehicle. The method includes determining motion data for the vehicle and determining the current state of at least one traffic device. The method includes determining a roadway lane corresponding to the vehicle, based on the motion data and the current state of the at least one traffic device, and storing the vehicle and associated roadway lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: David Dodd Miller
  • Patent number: 8344909
    Abstract: A distributed individual vehicle information capture method for capturing individual vehicle data at traffic intersections and transmitting the data to a central station for storage and processing is provided. The method includes capturing individual vehicle information at a plurality of intersections (122) and transmitting the individual vehicle information from the intersections to a central station (124). Consequently, the individual vehicle information is available to be stored and processed by a device at the central station (126). Traffic intersection equipment for capturing individual vehicle data at traffic intersections and transmitting the data to a central station for storage and processing is also disclosed. The equipment includes a traffic detection device (159) for capturing individual vehicle data at an intersection (158) and a network connection to a central station (174).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean W. Teffer, Alexander Sherwood
  • Patent number: 8339283
    Abstract: Device for viewing the aerial environment for aircraft, including a display, a processor and memory configured to generate and to provide a first data processing resource, the data being a graphical representation of the aerial environment composed of colored zones, each color being associated with a danger level for the aircraft, said data comprising environmental data; and a second data processing resource for cartographic data. The device further comprises a graphical mixer to overlay the graphical representation arising from the environmental data onto a representation of the cartographic data on one viewing screen, each zone of a color of the representation of environmental data having a transparency coefficient dependent on the danger level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Eric Filliatre, Philippe Neto
  • Patent number: 8260533
    Abstract: The invention relates to traffic flow monitoring devices. The system includes stationary traffic monitoring points that includes reading devices to receive data from electronic tag located on a vehicle, and is connected to a remote server that includes a database of vehicles and associated electronic tags, and their owners. The stationary traffic monitoring points are in the form of autonomous small-sized computer devices with a cellular communication module, and includes automatic devices for photo-video-radar recording and for processing information about vehicles and traffic situation, and with automatic software tools for determining the parameters of the vehicles, traffic laws and for comparing them with the permissible parameters for the particular road section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Igor Y. Matsur