Combined (e.g., Toll Systems, One-way) Patents (Class 340/928)
  • Patent number: 11823517
    Abstract: The present invention provides a cloud computing based system for compliance monitoring of vehicles and users of hydrocarbon wellsites and methods of implementing compliance monitoring service. The system includes at least one access control station located in the compliance monitored hydrocarbon wellsite and a cloud system server to manage the compliance monitoring of the hydrocarbon wellsites. The cloud system server can analyze an access code data and geolocation data received from a mobile computing device of a user, who is desiring to enter or exit a hydrocarbon wellsite or a portion of it, to authenticate the user, to determine whether the user is entering or exiting the hydrocarbon wellsite, and to identify the location of the access control station where the user entry or exit occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: DRILLING TOOLS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Marc Haci, Arturo Quezada, Niall Miner, Brandon Mills
  • Patent number: 11815870
    Abstract: A method for performing computing procedures with a control unit of a transportation vehicle wherein the control unit is not installed in a fixed position in the transportation vehicle, but is instead a removable design. The control unit performs control tasks for transportation vehicle functions in the transportation vehicle and is used outside the transportation vehicle for vehicle-independent calculations. The control unit in the transportation vehicle uses a computing power and/or memory capacity which is/are not required for the control tasks for vehicle-independent calculations in the transportation vehicle, wherein these vehicle-independent calculations are continued outside the transportation vehicle when the control unit is removed from the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventors: Mukayil Kilic, Thomas Christian Lesinski
  • Patent number: 11768502
    Abstract: The present application discloses a method, system and related device of implementing vehicle automatic payment. The method includes: controlling, by a vehicle controller, a vehicle to drive automatically and stop at a payment position; obtaining, by a payment terminal, vehicle identification information of the vehicle, and determining payment amount corresponding to the vehicle identification information; sending, by the payment terminal, leaving indication information to the vehicle controller after determining that the vehicle controller pays the payment amount; and controlling, by the vehicle controller, the vehicle to start and leave the payment position when receiving the leaving indication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nan Wu, He Zheng
  • Patent number: 11760384
    Abstract: A method of and processor for determining a trajectory estimation order for vehicles are disclosed. The processor has access to a section of a road map corresponding to surroundings of the one of the vehicles, and road rules associated therewith. The method includes identifying pairs of vehicles that have intersecting potential trajectories and vehicle priority information indicative of priorities of vehicles on the section of the road map. Based on the vehicle priority information, the method includes determining a trajectory estimation order for vehicles on the section of the road map, such that a given vehicle having priority over another vehicle in the vehicle priority information is above another vehicle in the trajectory estimation order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: YANDEX SELF DRIVING GROUP LLC
    Inventors: Pavel Sergeevich Hud, Victor Igorevich Otliga
  • Patent number: 11714181
    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: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventors: David Long, Jordan Hill
  • Patent number: 11688279
    Abstract: A mobility information provision system includes a collector, a mapping unit, a generator, and a controller. The collector collects information about movement of mobile bodies. The mapping unit maps positions of the mobile bodies on the basis of the information collected by the collector. The generator generates course-related information by using information including the positions of the mobile bodies mapped by the mapping unit. The controller controls movement of each of the mobile bodies, by using the generated course-related information, or information obtained on the basis of the course-related information and usable for determination or control of the movement of the corresponding one of the mobile bodies. The generator generates the course-related information for each of the mobile bodies, to prevent hindrance to movement of a first mobile body moving in emergency, out of the mobile bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hajime Oyama, Ryosuke Namba, Masato Mizoguchi, Tomoyuki Kitamura
  • Patent number: 11686585
    Abstract: A system comprising a processor configured to advise a vehicle occupant of an advisable route through a tollbooth determined based on tollbooth traffic, responsive to identifying a vehicle as being within a threshold distance of a tollbooth. The processor is also configured to offer an option for toll prepayment responsive to the advisable route corresponding to a prepaid toll lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Raghu Prabhudeva
  • Patent number: 11657654
    Abstract: This disclosure makes vehicle passage at a tollbooth on a vehicle road smoother. A plurality of candidate lanes are selected based on whether or not a first vehicle scheduled to pass through a tollbooth is an ETC vehicle, and the type of each lane at the tollbooth. Moreover, a predicted value in correlation with a required time predicted to be required for passing through the tollbooth is calculated for each candidate lane. Further, a recommended lane that is recommended for the first vehicle to travel is determined from the plurality of candidate lanes based on the predicted value for each candidate lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashige Hori, Masaru Wakabayashi, Yoko Sakurai, Ken Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 11629465
    Abstract: A gate for controlling oncoming traffic on a roadway (e.g. a highway). The gate comprises an arm movable between an extended position in which the arm extends into a given portion of the roadway to inform the oncoming traffic that the given portion of the roadway is closed and a retracted position in which the arm does not extend into the given portion of the roadway and thus leaves open the given portion of the roadway for the oncoming traffic. The gate also comprises a control system comprising an actuator and configured to support the arm and move the arm between the extended position and the retracted position. The arm may be quite long and vertically wide to close more of the roadway and be clearly visible to the oncoming traffic, while the gate may be crash-tested (i.e., compliant with crash-testing criteria), the control system may be compact, and the gate may be reusable and easily repairable if crashed into.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: SYSTEMES VERSILIS INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Fran├žois Menier, Vincent Shebib Loiselle, Nicholas Gendron
  • Patent number: 11624165
    Abstract: An electrical power generating apparatus for generating electrical power using a generator connected directly or indirectly to a flywheel is disclosed. The apparatus comprises items such as platforms, protrusions, generators, flywheels and other components. The platforms are configured to be laid on a surface and easily allow an object, e.g., a vehicle to traverse over the platforms. Each protrusion is configured to move downward and upward through apertures located in a top portion of the platform. The protrusions may interact with reset members. The protrusions move in a linear/angle downward/downward-upward motion when the object pushes/strikes/depresses the protrusions. Each protrusion can be connected in an operative manner to a shaft via a gear, and/or to a lever which is connected in an operative manner to shaft, thereby rotating the shaft by converting linear motion to rotational motion. A generator, flywheel, and gearbox can be coupled to one or more shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Eugene A. Giannotta
  • Patent number: 11617074
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for secure vehicular communications, including determining a size of a file to be transferred to or from a vehicle; determining the data transfer speed at which the file may be transferred; based on the file size and transfer speed, determining a travel distance of the vehicle needed to complete transfer of the file; assigning a secure data transfer zone in which to perform the transfer based on the determined travel distance and based on a size of the secure data transfer zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Randall Mason Harris
  • Patent number: 11605084
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are generally directed to techniques for managing fraud rules and generating authentication directions according to location data from one or more client devices. Embodiments may include using a payment server informed by a client device application to manage and/or apply fraud rules for transactions. In embodiments, fraud rules may be managed based on location data provided by a client device application and/or location data associated with at least one transaction system. In some embodiments, fraud rules may be managed based on location data provided by multiple client device applications and/or location data associated with at least one transaction system. In some embodiments, rules may be managed for an individual authorization request according to information from at least one client device application and location data for a transaction system associated with the authorization request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Abdelkader M'Hamed Benkreira, Joshua Edwards, Adam Vukich
  • Patent number: 11579285
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an intelligent roadside unit. The intelligent roadside unit includes: a radar configured to detect an obstacle within a first preset range of the intelligent roadside unit; a camera configured to capture an image of a second preset range of the intelligent roadside unit; a master processor coupled to the radar and the camera, and configured to generate a point cloud image according to information on the obstacle detected by the radar and the image detected by the camera; and a slave processor coupled to the radar and the camera, and configured to generate a point cloud image according to the information on the obstacle detected by the radar and the image detected by the camera, in which the slave processor checks the master processor, and when the original master processor breaks down, it is switched from the master processor to the slave processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Fang, Haisong Wang, Xing Hu, Sheng Tao, Yifeng Shi, Huo Cao
  • Patent number: 11544942
    Abstract: A tolling system is operable to reduce the number of manual reviews of a toll point images needed to process toll fee charges by separately reporting from both toll points and mobile device in vehicles running a tolling application program the lane and crossing time when traversing a toll point. A tolling service can match records produced by the toll points with records providing by the mobile device when the toll point cannot immediately determine the identity of the toll customer passing through the toll point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: GEOTOLL, INC.
    Inventors: Jaime Andres Borras, Wyatt Drake Geist
  • Patent number: 11545032
    Abstract: This system includes a roadside apparatus and a vehicle-side apparatus. The roadside apparatus includes a roadside sensor that detects a road situation, a recognizer that recognizes a traffic object from the road situation detected by the roadside sensor and converts a result of the recognition into stereotype information of the traffic object, and a transmitter that transmits and receives the stereotype information. The vehicle-side apparatus includes a data storage unit that stores data regarding a traffic object corresponding to the stereotype information, a receiver that receives the stereotype information transmitted by the roadside apparatus, and a presentation unit that presents the data stored in the data storage unit on the basis of the received stereotype information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Hisanaga, Kenji Ogawa, Kazufumi Cho, Akihiko Izumi, Taichi Shimoyashiki
  • Patent number: 11532230
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system, a method and an apparatus for position-based parking of a vehicle, capable of solving the problem in the related art that an unmanned vehicle cannot be parked at a specified position accurately in an environment with a weak GPS signal. The method includes, during position-based parking of a vehicle at a predetermined position: receiving, by a communication device of the vehicle, posture data from a roadside device located within a predetermined range from the predetermined position; deciding, by a vehicle-mounted processing device of the vehicle, whether received posture data satisfies a predetermined positioning rule; determining posture adjustment data for the vehicle when the received posture data does not satisfy the predetermined positioning rule; and controlling the vehicle to perform a posture adjustment operation based on the posture adjustment data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING TUSEN ZHITU TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 11495060
    Abstract: A system and method associate a transponder identifier with a transient user account. The account is automatically activated and vehicle license plate information from the transient user's vehicle is automatically associated upon departure of the transient user from a vehicle departure point of a transportation hub. Toll charges incurred by the vehicle can then be associated with the transient user's account based on either reading the transponder identifier or capturing the license plate information. The account is automatically deactivated and closed-out upon return of the vehicle to a vehicle return point at the end of the transient use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Central Florida Expressway Authority
    Inventor: Laura Kelley
  • Patent number: 11482102
    Abstract: This invention provides a system-oriented and fully-controlled connected automated vehicle highway system for various levels of connected and automated vehicles and highways. The system comprises one or more of: 1) a hierarchical traffic control network of Traffic Control Centers (TCC's), local traffic controller units (TCUs), 2) A RSU (Road Side Unit) network (with integrated functionalities of vehicle sensors, I2V communication to deliver control instructions), 3) OBU (On-Board Unit with sensor and V2I communication units) network embedded in connected and automated vehicles, and 4) wireless communication and security system with local and global connectivity. This system provides a safer, more reliable and more cost-effective solution by redistributing vehicle driving tasks to the hierarchical traffic control network and RSU network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: CAVH LLC
    Inventors: Bin Ran, Yang Cheng, Shen Li, Fan Ding, Jing Jin, Xiaoxuan Chen, Zhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11468714
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a system for making toll payments using toll payment equipment. The system may include a mobile computing device, a toll gateway, and an insurance company computing device. The mobile computing device (e.g., a phone) may be configured to communicate with the toll gateway when a vehicle carrying the mobile computing device passes through the toll gateway. The mobile computing may send a signal to the insurance company computing device to cause the insurance company computing device to pay an appropriate toll or discounted toll (if applicable). The insurance company may maintain an account for a customer from which toll payments are made. In addition, the insurance company computing device may collect information about the vehicle as it passes through the toll gateway. The insurance company computing device may use this information to determine an insurance-related value, such as an insurance premium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas J. Wilson, Edward A. Biemer
  • Patent number: 11463121
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a location identification device to identify a location of the vehicle; a first antenna including an antenna body, a first feeding line connected to the antenna body, and a second feeding line including a phase delay device connected to the antenna body; a first wireless transceiver connected to the first antenna to provide a communication signal to the first antenna through the first feeding line or the second feeding line; and a controller. The controller is configured to control the first wireless transceiver to provide a communication signal to the first antenna through the first feeding line in a first communication mode, control the first wireless transceiver to provide a communication signal to the first antenna through the first feeding line and the second feeding line in a second communication mode, and switch to the second communication mode if the vehicle approaches a toll booth while operating in the first communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dongjin Kim, Beom Shik Kim, Unhwan Seol, Kwangwoo Ryu, Jang Soon Han, Jaekyu Yu, Ohyun Kwon, Jihoon Sung, Jisoo Baek, Byoung Hyun Lee, Jungnam Bae, Jiwoon Lee, Eon Du Hwang, Hyeon Je Son
  • Patent number: 11435473
    Abstract: A slope stability monitoring apparatus which produces slope deformation maps that preserve measurements from fast moving small areas, slow moving small areas, slow moving large areas and fast moving large areas while minimising the effect of non-wall movement contamination, such as atmosphere and artefacts. Also a method of producing slope deformation maps by deriving a correction factor and applying the correction factor to correct for non-wall movement contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: GroundProbe Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Patrick T. Bellett, Glen Stickley
  • Patent number: 11415662
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a plurality of antennas to communicate with an external electronic device and at least one processor operatively connected to the plurality of antennas. The processor is configured to detect a tracking start event using an external magnetic material positioned at a location adjacent to the electronic device, to track a location of the external electronic device using the plurality of antennas and, while the tracking is performed, to obtain a height value of the external electronic device when an angle between the electronic device and the external electronic device is a specified angle. The processor is further configured to change a specified condition based on the obtained height value, to detect a tracking end event based on the specified condition, and to change an operating mode associated with the electronic device in response to detecting the tracking end event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jungho Ahn, Jun Yoo, Chulkwi Kim, Jaeil Joo
  • 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: RE49644
    Abstract: Systems and/or Methods are disclosed for acquiring data from a transceiver responsive to one or more signals that are received at the transceiver from one or more devices. In one embodiment, a transceiver is configured to transmit a signal responsive to having received a first signal from a first device, wherein the signal that is transmitted by the transceiver is configured to trigger a second device to transmit a second signal. The transceiver is further configured to transmit data responsive to having received the second signal that is transmitted by the second device. In other embodiments, a transceiver is configured to receive a signal from a first device over frequencies of a predetermined frequency band that the first device is authorized to use, to receive a signal from a second device over frequencies of the predetermined frequency band and to transmit data responsive to having received both the signal from the first device and the signal from the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Inventor: Peter D. Karabinis