Combined (e.g., Toll Systems, One-way) Patents (Class 340/928)
  • Patent number: 11410470
    Abstract: Provided is a charging system including: an axle load meter disposed on a lane and configured to measure an axle load of each of a plurality of axles of a vehicle traveling on the axle load meter; an acceleration information acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the vehicle, vertical-direction acceleration information associated with each of the axles; a correction calculation unit configured to calculate a corrected axle load for each of the axles by correcting, based on the vertical-direction acceleration information, a measurement result for each of the axles obtained by the axle load meter; and a toll determination unit configured to determine a toll for the vehicle based on the corrected axle load for each of the axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakayama, Kenta Nakao, Takaaki Sunagawa, Koichi Kanehara
  • Patent number: 11402483
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to identify motion events on a sloped surface, such as a mountainside, using transmitted and received radio frequency (RF) chirps. A one-dimensional array of receive antennas can be digitally beamformed to determine azimuth information of received reflected chirps. Elevation information can be determined based on time-of-flight measurements of received reflected chirps and known distances to locations on the sloped surface. Motion events may be characterized by deviations in return power levels and/or return phase shifts. The systems and methods may, for example, be used to provide real-time detection of avalanches and/or landslides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Niiva OpCo, LLC
    Inventors: David Long, Jordan Hill
  • Patent number: 11392902
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for providing notification of items for pickup at a location. The apparatus may include at least one memory and a processor(s) configured to automatically send an electronic message to a network device requesting pickup of an item(s) at a location of a user of the apparatus responsive to detecting pressing of a button on an exterior of the apparatus. The processor is also configured to receive an acknowledgement message from the network device denoting (i) confirmation that the network device received the electronic message requesting pickup of the item(s) at the location of the user and (ii) scheduled pickup of the item(s) from the location of the user at an estimated time. The processor is further configured to generate a visible indication regarding the pickup of the item(s) in response to detecting receipt of the acknowledgement message. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Asheesh Goja
  • Patent number: 11379817
    Abstract: A toll advertisement message (TAM) broadcast from a roadside unit (RSU) is received by a vehicle via V2X communication, the TAM indicating geographic locations of lanes of a roadway for which tolls are due and cost information for traversing the lanes of the roadway. A heading of the vehicle is determined in relation to a TAM reference point indicating a geographic location of a toll gantry. A toll zone boundary region for the vehicle is identified by filtering the geographic locations of the lanes in the TAM to include only those lanes in a travel direction consistent with the heading. A lane straddling algorithm is utilized to identify, for each of the lanes in the travel direction, a respective percentage within each lane that the vehicle is traveling. A tolling usage message (TUM) is sent via the V2X communication, indicating to the RSU the percentage lane usage of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Krishna Bandi, Sathyanarayana Chary Palakonda, Samer Ibrahim, Brennan Hamilton, Jovan Milivoje Zagajac
  • Patent number: 11373521
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to generating a bid for turn priority at an intersection. An autonomous vehicle determines that the autonomous vehicle and a second autonomous vehicle are proximate to an intersection. The autonomous vehicle generates a first bid that is indicative of a first importance that the autonomous vehicle traverses the intersection. The first bid is based upon characteristics of a trip of a passenger riding in the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle transmits the first bid to a networked computing system, wherein the networked computing system determines a turn order based upon the first bid and a second bid generated by the second autonomous vehicle. The networked computing system transmits the turn order to the autonomous vehicle, wherein the autonomous vehicle operates based upon the turn order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: Kyle John Morris
  • Patent number: 11361687
    Abstract: A control device as an advertisement display device that is mountable on a vehicle includes a calculation unit configured to calculate a time for which an occupant of another vehicle is able to visually recognize a video displayed on a display attached to a host vehicle based on a driving state of the host vehicle, and a display controller configured to display an advertisement edited such that a video time corresponds to the visually recognizable time calculated by the calculation unit on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Naoki Uenoyama, Yoshihiro Oe, Hirofumi Kamimaru
  • Patent number: 11290849
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system, method, mobile communication device and one or more computer programs for a monitoring system. In one aspect, the system includes a plurality of transmitters, each transmitter having associated therewith a reflector antenna configured to substantially reflect signal transmission toward a detection area; and a mobile device configured to: receive transmitter signals from at least two transmitters from the plurality of transmitters; and determine that the mobile device is located within the detection area based on received signal strengths of the at least some of the transmitter signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TMA CAPITAL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventors: Anthony Karam, Gregori Alexandravich Laletin, Kevin John Walsh, Paul Blazkiewicz
  • Patent number: 11257303
    Abstract: A system carried by a vehicle for computing tolls that interfaces with vehicle data entry and display components. The system uses these components to display toll-related information and to accept user input for toll-related information. The system may also incorporate vehicle sensors including seat occupancy sensors, infra-red sensors and cameras to determine vehicle occupancy for tolling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Gravelle
  • Patent number: 11245442
    Abstract: The present invention provides a long-distance (e.g. satellite-to-ground) wireless communication method and apparatus. Two-dimensional antenna arrays are operated pairwise to produce interleaved groupings of beams which are elongated in one direction and aligned in another direction. These groupings of beams can be provided using fixed analog beamforming arrays. An active beamformer can be used to form beams which are directed within each grouping of beams. Different ports of the analog beamforming arrays can be operated to produce beams in different groupings, or different bi-sector beams within a same grouping. A simplified parametric-based channel state information precoding operation using direction of arrival for MIMO processing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Senglee Foo, Wen Tong
  • Patent number: 11221226
    Abstract: A passing gate determining device including: an information acquirer configured to acquire a status of vehicles in front of gates in a place in which a plurality of gates are aligned; and a gate selector configured to select a gate through which a vehicle is to pass among the plurality of gates on the basis of the status acquired by the information acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Akihiko Otsu, Akira Mizutani, Atsushi Ishioka, Daichi Kato
  • Patent number: 11107063
    Abstract: A system, mobile device, backend server, and RFID toll module work in cooperation to automatically pay vehicular tolls to a toll agency that operates toll stations along a roadways travelled by the user of the mobile device. Upon approaching a toll station the mobile device enables the RFID toll module. The toll reader at the toll station transmits a toll reader signal that is received by the RFID toll module, which responds by transmitting a unique identifier. The unique identifier is associated with the mobile device at a toll account maintained by a toll service backend server. Upon completion of a toll transaction, the RFID toll module indicates the transaction to the mobile device, which forwards toll transaction information to the toll service backend server for payment from the toll account to the toll agency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GeoToll, Inc.
    Inventors: Wyatt Drake Geist, Jaime Andres Borras
  • Patent number: 11064569
    Abstract: Disclosed are a network sharing method, a network accessing method and a system. The network sharing method comprises: detecting whether a terminal device enables a WiFi function as receiving a WiFi hotspot creating operation; creating a virtual WiFi hotspot configured with preset hotspot name and password through a Bluetooth Generic Attribute (GATT) as detecting that the WiFi function is enabled; and establishing a Bluetooth PAN connection with an access terminal through the virtual WiFi hotspot to achieve network sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Longquan Yuan, Yonglin Liao, Shengpeng Liao, Xinyao Ye, Yajun Hu
  • Patent number: 10997854
    Abstract: To provide a parking lot management system capable of maintaining a high vehicle number recognition rate even with reduced camera performance. A parking lot management system 1 comprises a parking lot system 10 installed in a parking lot, and a server device 30 connected thereto by a network 2. The parking lot system 10 comprises a camera unit 11, and the server device 30 comprises a server-side control means 31, server-side memory 32, a data analysis means 33, and a server-side communication means 34. The camera unit 11 comprises a camera-side control means 13, a flashlight 14, an indicator 15 for indicating that a space is occupied, a camera 16, camera-side memory 17, and a camera-side communication means 18. Because the data analysis means 33 of the server device 30 has high analytical power, a low-performance camera 16 is sufficient for the camera unit 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: DAITO TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Kihara
  • Patent number: 10984255
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for automatically identifying and verifying vehicle license plate data. Specifically, the inventive system utilizes multiple automated data points to correlate a more accurate read of a license plate taken on roadways than systems that rely solely on Optical Character Recognition. The inventive system utilizes machine learning to automatically determine the make and model of the vehicle, which is then matched against motor vehicle records to provide for automation in the 80-90% range. The inventive system also utilizes analytics to determine if there are issues with the cameras and provides for near real time alerts to maintenance personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Global Agility Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Schmer
  • Patent number: 10899541
    Abstract: Methods and systems for in route mail sorting and packaging are disclosed. One aspect disclosed is a vehicle including a freight bay. The freight bay includes a plurality of item storage bins. The freight bay also includes a robot. The robot includes a means for grasping items and moving them between the item storage bins. For example, the robot may include an item manipulating attachment that in some aspects may include two or more extending portions for grasping items. The robot may assemble item packages from a plurality of individual items based on addresses of the items. The robot may also manipulate shrink wrap around the item package and position the item package within a station that heats the package and causes the shrink wrap to shrink around the items in the package, thereby forming the items into a package that is easy to deliver to a single address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Ryan M. Luckay, Robert E. Dixon, Jr., Gregory Cooil
  • Patent number: 10896552
    Abstract: A system carried by a vehicle for computing tolls that interfaces with vehicle data entry and display components. The system uses these components to display toll-related information and to accept user input for toll-related information. The system may also incorporate vehicle sensors including seat occupancy sensors, infra-red sensors and cameras to determine vehicle occupancy for tolling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Gravelle
  • Patent number: 10883845
    Abstract: Methods for detecting the passing of a virtual tolling point by a vehicle travelling on a road network are performed by systems and apparatuses. In the methods, a sequence of distances between position fixes and the virtual tolling point are calculated, where the position fixes are sequentially obtained from a GNSS receiver carried by the vehicle. The sequence of distances are searched for a global minimum followed by an increase and, if such is found, then the passing of the virtual tolling point is detected. Otherwise, a new distance calculated between a newly obtained position fix and the virtual tolling point is appended to the sequence while discarding the oldest distance from the sequence. The method is then repeated from the sequence of distances being searched until the passing of the virtual tolling point is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Christian Poschinger, Thomas Siegl
  • Patent number: 10850727
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a non-transitory computer readable medium for parking assistance are provided. The method includes identifying a parking space based on information acquired from a plurality of sensors, connecting to a sensor associated with the identified parking space, acquiring measurement data from the sensor indicative of a vehicle position relative to the sensor, determining a parking trajectory based on the measurement data, and controlling at least a subsystem of a vehicle based on the parking trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Julian M. Mason, Nikolaos Michalakis
  • Patent number: 10848959
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus mounted on a vehicle, the wireless communication apparatus includes: a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with a network; an information card on which information on a contract of a service provided from a communication carrier is recorded; and a control unit that rewrites the information recorded on the information card according to a request for contracting of the service or a request for canceling of the service transmitted from the network when contracting or canceling the service, wherein the control unit writes a cancellation state to the information of the information card according to the request for canceling transmitted from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10839679
    Abstract: A map database stores map data. The map data includes position reference point data including identification information of a position reference point being set in an intersection area where traffic lanes intersect, join, or diverge and an absolute position of the position reference point. A communication system receives the identification information of the position reference point and a relative position of another vehicle to the absolute position of the position reference point. A vehicle position information processing unit acquires the absolute position of the position reference point from the position reference point data on the basis of the received identification information of the position reference point. Then, the vehicle position information processing unit specifies a position of the another vehicle on the basis of the acquired absolute position of the position reference point and the received relative position of the another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Tsuda, Toshiki Kawase, Tsuneo Sato, Yukishiro Saito, Kuniaki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10832066
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for navigating an autonomous vehicle. In one implementation, a system for detecting whether a road on which a host vehicle travels is a one-way road may include at least one processing device. The processing device may be programmed to receive at least one image associated with an environment of the host vehicle, identify a first plurality of vehicles on a first side of the road, identify a second plurality of vehicles on a second side of the road, determine a first facing direction associated with the first plurality of vehicles, determine a second facing direction associated with the second plurality of vehicles, and cause at least one navigational change of the host vehicle when the first facing direction and the second facing direction are both opposite to a heading direction of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Barak Cohen, Gideon Stein
  • Patent number: 10802483
    Abstract: Using an imaging device of a user device associated with a public user, an image of an autonomous vehicle (AV) operating in an area is captured. The public user associated with the user device is other than an occupant or controller of the AV. Image processing of the image is performed to extract a set of visual characteristics of the AV. A visual characteristic in the set of visual characteristics is insufficient to uniquely identify the AV. From a set of AVs a subset of candidate AVs is selected where each candidate AV in the subset of candidate AVs matches within a tolerance at least one visual characteristic in the set of visual characteristics, the subset of candidate AVs including the AV. A stop command is sent to the AV, causing the AV to execute a stopping operation resulting in a change in a velocity of the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10789837
    Abstract: A vehicle identification system includes one or more displays associated with a vehicle, and a network-accessible controller. The one or more displays are located to be visible from an exterior of the vehicle. The controller is adapted to generate a first signal with an identifier to be transmitted to a mobile communication device associated with a vehicle or its driver in response to a ride request from a user. The mobile communication device associated with the vehicle or its driver is adapted to generate a second signal indicative of the identified to be transmitted to one or more displays. The controller is also adapted to generate a further signal for displaying an advertisement on the one or more displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: RideShare Display, Inc.
    Inventors: Dereje M. Demisse, Steve Rose
  • Patent number: 10776661
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for segmenting and dimensioning objects are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein includes determining a first sensor of a plurality of sensors toward which a vehicle is moving based on image data generating by the plurality of sensors; designating the first sensor as a reference sensor; combining the image data from the plurality of sensors to generate combined image data representative of the vehicle and an object carried by the vehicle, the combining based on reference sensor; generating a plurality of clusters based on the combined image data; and identifying a first one of the clusters nearest the reference sensor as the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ye Gu, Yan Zhang, Bo Fu, Jay J. Williams, Kevin J. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 10769299
    Abstract: Embodiments of a smart card and systems and methods for secure data access using a smart card are described. The smart card may be formed a substrate and may include a microprocessor, a memory containing an applet, a counter, and a unique identifier. The smart card may dynamically generate a unique uniform resource location (URL) and transmit the URL to via a contactless communication interface to securely facilitate data access from other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rule, Wayne Lutz, Paul Moreton, Kevin Osborn
  • Patent number: 10706461
    Abstract: A system and method for traffic decongestion which allows users to bid for faster passage and faster journeys. The system and method allows autonomous, semi-autonomous or user-driven cars to bid for faster passage for their journeys. Users willing to use slower journeys may be compensated for their contribution in reducing traffic congestion. In addition to reduction of traffic congestion, the system and method can normalize road usage, minimize road wear, give municipalities a new revenue stream, and save users time currently wasted by traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GREENLIGHTSTRADING LLC
    Inventors: Samir Varma, Daniel Sarfati
  • Patent number: 10692112
    Abstract: A display control method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium for a digital billboard display, include an attribute identification circuit configured to identify attributes of each user of a group of users viewing the digital billboard display, a content determining circuit configured to determine a content type to be displayed on the digital billboard based on an aggregation of all of the attributes of the group of users identified by the attribute identification circuit, and a display augmenting circuit configured to deliver the content type to the digital billboard display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stefan von Cavallar, Timothy Michael Lynar, Jorge Andres Moros Ortiz, John Michael Wagner
  • Patent number: 10666071
    Abstract: A portable power bank controllable via inertial input. Control includes: while in one or both of a charge mode and a providing charge mode, monitoring for an inertial input; upon detection of a first active mode inertial input, activating the user visual display; upon detection of a second active mode inertial input disabling one or both of the output mode and the charge mode; and upon detection of a third active mode inertial input, re-enabling one or both of the charge mode and the providing charge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Xentris Wireless, LLC
    Inventor: Vivek Patel
  • Patent number: 10575445
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a measured temperature acquiring unit configured to acquire, from a non-contact temperature sensor, a measured temperature on the surface of a rack housing an information and communication technology device; and an output section configured to output an alarm related to the temperature of the rack on the basis of the measured temperature acquired by the measured temperature acquiring unit. The output section does not output the alarm for a predetermined time period when the amount of change in measured temperature exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: AZBIL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Inori Matsuyama, Mitsuhiro Honda
  • Patent number: 10551506
    Abstract: An onboard electronic device for mounting to a first vehicle. The onboard device may include a capture device configured to capture identifying data associated with a second vehicle. The onboard device may also include a GNSS receiver configured to detect position data based on at least one GNSS signal. The onboard device may further include an onboard controller communicatively coupled to the capture device and the GNSS receiver. The onboard controller may be configured to perform operations including receiving the identifying data from the capture device, receiving the position data from the GNSS receiver, and generating a data report signal based on the identifying data and the position data. The onboard device may further comprise a transmitting antenna configured to transmit the data report signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10506225
    Abstract: A method of performing an absolute length calibration for an object located with or covered by a camera device in a mirror. The dimensions of the camera device are determined and an image is captured by the camera device of the camera device with the object. A length of the image of the object and the dimensions of the image of the camera device are measured and those measurements are used to calibrate the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: BodyBarista ApS
    Inventor: Peter Falk
  • Patent number: 10489987
    Abstract: A system carried by a vehicle for computing tolls that interfaces with vehicle data entry and display components. The system uses these components to display toll-related information and to accept user input for toll-related information. The system may also incorporate vehicle sensors including seat occupancy sensors, infra-red sensors and cameras to determine vehicle occupancy for tolling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Gravelle
  • Patent number: 10467440
    Abstract: A multi-protocol RFID interrogating system employs a synchronization technique (step-lock) for a backscatter RFID system that allows simultaneous operation of closely spaced interrogators. The multi-protocol RFID interrogating system can communicate with backscatter transponders having different output protocols and with active transponders including: Title 21 compliant RFID backscatter transponders; IT2000 RFID backscatter transponders that provide an extended mode capability beyond Title 21; EGOTM RFID backscatter transponders, SEGOTM RFID backscatter transponders; ATA, ISO, ANSI AAR compliant RFID backscatter transponders; and IAG compliant active technology transponders. The system implements a step-lock operation, whereby adjacent interrogators are synchronized to ensure that all downlinks operate within the same time frame and all uplinks operate within the same time frame, to eliminate downlink on uplink interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Steven J. Catanach, Robert W. Tiernay, Joseph H. Kao, Michael Melville
  • Patent number: 10445726
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a payment card amplification device comprising a card reader, an amplifier, an antenna, and a power supply. The card reader is configured to read payment card information from a payment card and generate an output signal comprising the payment card information. The amplifier is coupled to receive the card reader output signal and configured to generate an amplified signal comprising the payment card information. The antenna is coupled to receive the amplified signal and transmit the payment card information, wherein the transmitted payment card information can be read by a payment terminal. The power supply is coupled to a power source and configured provide power to the card reader and the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Michael Mossoba, Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Daniel John Marsch
  • Patent number: 10407022
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a vehicle, the method may include detecting, by a vehicle monitor that is associated with a vehicle, a failure to communicate with a first communication network; storing failure information about a time of the failure and a location of the vehicle in proximity to a detection of the failure; attempting, after the detecting of the failure and by the vehicle monitor, to establish communication with at least one communication network out of the first communication network and a second communication network; wherein the second communication network is a long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) and the first communication network is not a LoRaWAN; and after succeeding to establish communication with a given communication network out of the first and second communication networks, transmitting the failure information over the given communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Traffilog Ltd
    Inventors: Robert Izraeli, Assi Bitton, Arik Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10403011
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating an interactive user interface for displaying and/or processing passing information data. An interactive user interface can be generated displaying a first portion including an interactive bubble chart configured to display a first set of passing information related to instances of a first individual passing a first plurality of markers. The interactive user interface can also include a second portion including a selectable user interface element for providing one or more search criteria for identifying other individuals in search for other individuals with passings related to passing of the first individual. One or more other individuals that satisfy the search criteria can be displayed to the user. As the user selects a second individual, the interactive user interface can be updated to display a second set of passing information related to one or more instances of the second individual passing the first plurality of markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Brakeley, Deborah Hwang
  • Patent number: 10354457
    Abstract: Methods for tolling locations of a vehicle having a license plate number are performed by means of a tolling system. The tolling system has a camera at each location to be tolled, a server, a user terminal, linked by a network, and a database The method includes: generating one or more tolling records, each including a picture of the vehicle taken by one of the cameras, the location of the camera, and a license plate number read by optical character recognition from the picture, and storing the tolling records in the database; sending a confirmation request to the user terminal including the read license plate number and location information dependent on the locations in the tolling records; and receiving a response from the user terminal and, if the response confirms the request, deleting the pictures from the tolling records in the database. Alternative embodiments include pre-/post-registration of locations to toll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventor: Robert Povolny
  • Patent number: 10354299
    Abstract: A taximeter, system and method for a taxi are disclosed. In one aspect, the taximeter includes a processing system including a memory having stored therein a plurality of computer applications, wherein the processing system is configured to execute a meter application during a passenger trip to determine a fare due, and execute a payment application to facilitate electronic payment of the fare due. In particular embodiments, the taximeter establishes a wireless data communication session with a mobile device of the passenger to facilitate payment of the fare due via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TAXIPROP PTY LTD
    Inventors: Peter Francis Kelly, Spiro John Chellos, John Philip D'Arcy, John William Young
  • Patent number: 10331687
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for repairing vehicles. A computing device having first and second software executables can determine vehicle identification information (VII) that identifies a vehicle. The computing device can store first and second vehicle identifiers that are based on the VII and are respectively associated with the first and second software executables, where the first vehicle identifier differs from the second vehicle identifier. The computing device can be used to repair the vehicle by at least: receiving a request to activate the first software executable, and activating the first software executable at least by providing the stored first vehicle identifier to the first software executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick S. Merg, Jacob G. Foreman, Joshua C. Covington, Roy Steven Brozovich
  • Patent number: 10206069
    Abstract: An example method for determining, at an electronic device, a presence or absence of the electronic device in a specific space may include estimating a current location based on strength of signals received from a plurality of wireless communication devices; correcting the estimated location by using movement information acquired through a sensor to generate a first corrected location; correcting the first corrected location by using information about a boundary area of a predefined presence determination area to generate a second corrected location; and determining the presence or absence in the presence determination area, based on the second corrected location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yonggwon Lee, Abhishek Kumar, Dongkeon Kong, Hyejung Cho, Jaehong Kim
  • Patent number: 10157541
    Abstract: A vehicle surveillance system includes: a photographing unit configured to photograph a target vehicle; a positional information acquisition unit configured to acquire positional information indicating a position of the photographing unit; a surveillance information generation unit configured to extract a vehicle number from an image acquired by the photographing unit and generate surveillance information on the basis of at least the vehicle number and the positional information; and a surveillance information output unit configured to output the surveillance information generated by the surveillance information generation unit. The photographing unit, the positional information acquiring unit, the surveillance information generation unit, and the surveillance information output unit are installed in a mobile surveillance vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takuma Okazaki, Takeshi Fukase
  • Patent number: 10158746
    Abstract: A vehicle display apparatus for enabling use of a wireless portable electronic device with a vehicle includes a processor, and a display, a transceiver, and memory each coupled to the processor. The memory contains program instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to receive data at the transceiver over a first wireless connection with a wireless headgear apparatus. The wireless headgear apparatus is in communication with the wireless mobile device over a second wireless connection. The program instructions are further configured to cause the processor to display information related to the wireless mobile device on the display based on the received data, to receive a user selection related to operation of the wireless mobile device via a user interface in communication with the processor, and to transmit the user selection to the wireless headgear apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sreeniwas Ranganathan, Sumeet Agarwal, Sundar Neelamegam, Amit Patankar
  • Patent number: 10149242
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose an energy saving method for a wireless AP, including: when it is detected that a time during which a wireless AP transmits no packet uplink or downlink and is associated with no station is greater than a preset time threshold, disabling, by the wireless AP, a transmit channel, and retaining only a receive channel; listening for, by the wireless AP, a Probe Request through the receive channel; and if the Probe Request obtained by listening meets a preset activation condition, enabling, by the wireless AP, the transmit channel. The embodiments of the present invention further disclose a wakeup method for a wireless AP and related devices. By means of the present invention, power consumption of a wireless AP can be effectively reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianming Wu
  • Patent number: 10133834
    Abstract: The method for simulating wave propagation wherein: a) data representing a three-dimensional scene (14) are supplied; b) primary rays (Pij) emitted in different propagation directions are calculated; d) as a function of a point of reception (P), is calculated primary scattered rays (RdA, RdB), emitted by the surfaces of the objects present in the scene reached by a primary ray. The power transported by the scattered rays (Rd) is calculated as a function of the relative orientation between the primary incident ray that reaches the surface of the object in question and the normal to this surface. Simulator, computer program and recording medium for implementing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
    Inventors: Steve Pechberti, Dominique Gruyer
  • Patent number: 10102685
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides various examples of a self-declaring wireless device installed on a vehicle operable to automatically detect, determine and declare occupancy information of the vehicle traveling on a restricted traffic lane to an electronic toll collection (ETC) system. According to one aspect, a process for performing self-declaration by a vehicle traveling on a restricted traffic lane includes the steps of: receiving sensor data collected by one or more sensors installed on the vehicle; determining occupancy data of the vehicle based on the received sensor data; and controlling a wireless transceiver installed on the vehicle to communicate with an electronic toll collection (ETC) system associated with the restricted traffic lane based on the determined occupancy data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Neology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis, Bobby Leanio
  • Patent number: 10080624
    Abstract: A method of providing RF energy to a wireless transponder device includes outputting primary RF energy in a form wherein the primary RF energy comprises a plurality of RF bursts, with each consecutive pair of the RF bursts being separated by an associated time interval, and outputting secondary continuous wave RF energy in between each of the RF bursts of the primary RF energy during at least a portion of each of the associated time intervals. Also, a reader device implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Marlin H. Mickle, Joshua R. Stachel, Kara Nicole-Simms Bocan, Ervin Sejdic
  • Patent number: 10059255
    Abstract: A method includes: establishing a wireless communication session with a mobile device of a user and a vehicle control unit equipped in a vehicle; receiving a sequence of vehicle light control signals transmitted from the mobile device defining activation periods during which a vehicle light of the vehicle is to be activated alternating with deactivation periods during which the vehicle light is to be deactivated; and controlling the vehicle light in synchronization with the sequence of vehicle light control signals while the sequence of vehicle light control signals is being received. The controlling of the vehicle light includes: continuously transmitting activation signals to the vehicle control unit to activate the vehicle light during each of the activation periods; and refraining from transmitting the activation signals to the vehicle control unit to deactivate the vehicle light during each of the deactivation periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Schreiber, Amanda Christiana, Jens Schenkenberger, Regina Kaiser, Stefan Lessmann, George Hires, Gerrit de Graag
  • Patent number: 10013813
    Abstract: This publication describes a method and a system for registering use of studded decks (6) and for collecting due toll for use of studded decks on a vehicle (19) having at least one studded deck (6). This is done when a vehicle (19) passes over a detection device (1) on a road surface (18) of a road, the detection device (1) being associated with one or more sensors (2) that is able to detect impulses created by the decks (6) on the vehicle (19) that passes over the detection device (1). The impulses are registered and compared with a pre-determined value that enables a processing device (3) to determine whether one or more of the decks (6) are provided with studs or not. The system is configured in such way that the processed signal provides basis for collecting toll or at least bringing this fact to the attention of the driver and that toll is due.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ARES TURBINE AS
    Inventors: Ole Bjøn Kleven, Fredrik Nerol Kleven
  • Patent number: 10012961
    Abstract: A servo control device includes a velocity command creation part configured to create a velocity command value for driving a servomotor; a velocity detection part configured to detect velocity of the servomotor; and a torque command creation part configured to create a torque command value using a difference between the velocity command value and the velocity detection value. The torque command creation part has an integral gain part and a proportional gain part, an integral gain and a proportional gain are obtained by multiplying a value calculated by multiplying an initial value by a ratio of load inertia of a machine relative to rotor inertia of the servomotor, by an integral gain magnification and a proportional gain magnification, respectively, and the integral gain magnification is set to a value smaller than the square of the proportional gain magnification according to a delay time of a velocity control loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoutarou Tsuneki, Satoshi Ikai
  • Patent number: 9927253
    Abstract: Provided is a system that includes a first camera and a second camera each configured to capture image data from respective viewing angles, and a data processor coupled with the first camera and the second camera, that receives the image data, calculates a range based on the image data received and validates the calculated range for a parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Clynne, Rick Dean Dureiko, Jonathan Robert Meyer, Koushik Babi Saha