Vehicle Parking Indicators Patents (Class 340/932.2)
  • Patent number: 11328607
    Abstract: A method of identifying vacant parking locations includes receiving sensor data captured with respect to a parking aisle and analyzing the received sensor data to detect shadows cast by parked vehicles within the parking aisle. Vacant parking spots are detected based on the detected shadows. An output is generated indicating whether a parking spot vacancy has been detected within the parking aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Mason B. Sutorius
  • Patent number: 11328597
    Abstract: Techniques are described for defining and delivering parking area information to a vehicle. The parking area information can be sent by a parking assistant device associated with a parking area and in response to receiving one or more messages from a vehicle system of the vehicle. Messages from the vehicle system indicate a location of the vehicle and are used by the parking assistant device to track a movement of the vehicle. The parking area information is sent in one or more responses messages from the parking assistant device and can include a rule for determining whether the vehicle is permitted to park in an unoccupied parking zone within the parking area or indicate a result of applying the rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance
    Inventor: Jake Silas
  • Patent number: 11325588
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vehicle control system and a method of controlling the vehicle. The vehicle control system includes: at least one sensor module disposed in a vehicle to have a detecting area for the inside or the outside of the vehicle, configured to capture detecting data and to process the captured detecting data; and a controller configured to park the vehicle in a recognized parking space using position coordinates of each of at least two objects based at least in part on the processing of the detecting data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Mando Mobility Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Nac Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 11318956
    Abstract: An assistance system for assisting the driver of a motor vehicle when positioning the motor vehicle at a predefined target position is provided. The target position is preferably a charging position for wireless, in particular inductive, charging of the motor vehicle. In order to position the motor vehicle, the longitudinal movement of the vehicle can be controlled manually by one or more operator control elements (e.g., accelerator pedal, brake pedal) which can be actuated by the driver. The assistance system assists the manual longitudinal control during positioning. The assistance system serves to influence the manual longitudinal control. By influencing the manual longitudinal control, the assistance system counteracts, as a function of the respective position information, the longitudinal movement of the vehicle at least for certain relative positions, in order to bring the vehicle to a stop essentially at the target position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Josef Krammer, Dirk Ahrens, Jochen Otzelberger, Reiner Friedrich
  • Patent number: 11321911
    Abstract: A method for representing the surroundings of a vehicle. The method includes: detecting the surroundings of the vehicle and ascertaining obstacles in the surroundings with the aid of surroundings sensors of the vehicle; displaying a first depiction encompassing a representation of the surroundings including the obstacles and a representation of the vehicle on a display device; establishing an approach by the vehicle to an ascertained obstacle due to the fact that a predefined distance to the obstacle has been undershot; and displaying a second depiction including a detail, enlarged in comparison to the first depiction, of the representation of the surroundings including the obstacles and the representation of the vehicle on the display device, the detail representing the area of the surroundings and of the vehicle at which the approach by the vehicle to the obstacle was established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Cain Pankey, Jose Domingo Esparza Garcia, Raphael Cano
  • Patent number: 11318928
    Abstract: A vehicular automated parking system includes a camera having a field of view rearward of the vehicle. When the vehicle is parked in a parking space, with a forward vehicle parked in front of the vehicle and a rearward vehicle parked behind the vehicle, the vehicular automated parking system determines a forward limit of the parking space responsive to a driver of the vehicle driving the vehicle forward until a front end of the vehicle is close to the forward vehicle. Responsive to the determined forward limit of the parking space, and responsive to processing by an image processor of image data captured by the camera, the vehicular automated parking system controls the vehicle when the vehicle is leaving the parking space in a manner that avoids the forward vehicle parked in front of the vehicle and the rearward vehicle parked behind the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Achim Gieseke, Frank Goseberg, Michael Biemer, Ruediger Boegel, Goerg Pflug
  • Patent number: 11315426
    Abstract: A method for dynamically configuring as required the layout and number of parking spaces for various types of vehicles includes acquiring types of vehicles entering a parking lot, the parking lot comprising at least two types of parking spaces, and determining whether available parking spaces as currently laid out match the types and numbers of types of vehicles entering the parking lot. Available parking spaces can be provided or rearranged to match the vehicles entering the parking lot if there is a sufficiency of space to accommodate and match the plurality of vehicles to enter the parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chia-Li Yao
  • Patent number: 11312368
    Abstract: An onboard automatic parking system for a vehicle comprises: an automatic parking unit (20) suited to control a maneuver of the vehicle in or out of a park area secured by a remotely controlled access system; a communication circuit (14) suited to send a wireless instruction for operating the access system; and a human machine interface (30) suited to monitor the communication circuit (14) to send the wireless instruction upon actuation of the human machine interface (30), wherein the human machine interface (30) is also suited to command the automatic parking unit (20) that controls the maneuver subsequent to actuation of said human machine interface (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventor: Stephane Schuler
  • Patent number: 11315420
    Abstract: A driving support system includes a first monitoring device on a first object, the first monitoring device having a first controller, a first camera, and a first display, a second monitoring device on a second object, the second monitoring device having a second controller and a second camera, and a server in communication with the first and second monitoring devices. The first and second controllers are each detect a target in images acquired from the respective first or second camera, calculate target information for the target, and transmit the target information to the server. The server generates list information including the target information from the first and second monitoring devices, and transmits the list information to the first and second monitoring devices. The first controller further generates a map according to the list information received from the server, and displays the map on the first display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KIOXIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marie Takada, Masanobu Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 11307580
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle parking system includes a parking system server that is in electronic communication with an autonomous vehicle. The server executes programming instructions that cause it to receive a parking location request from the autonomous vehicle, identify one or more parking zones that are proximate to the autonomous vehicle, determine an estimated density and a distance from a present location of the autonomous vehicle for each the parking zones, use the estimated densities and the distances to select one of the parking zones as a destination zone, and provide the autonomous vehicle with a geographic identifier for the destination zone. After the vehicle identifies an available parking space in the destination zone, the system will initiate a transaction with a parking service provider to authorize the autonomous vehicle to park in the destination zone for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Meter Feeder, Inc.
    Inventors: James Gibbs, Daniel W. Lopretto
  • Patent number: 11308805
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a parking space notification device and method. The parking space notification device for checking parking sections and a parking space, which includes image sensors each configured to detect a parking section and a parking space using images, distance detection sensors each configured to detect a parking section and a parking space using distances to obstacles, a controller configured to process information about all of the parking sections and the parking spaces by using information about the parking section and information about the parking space which are detected by at least one of the image sensors or the distance detection sensors, and a memory storing information data about all of the parking sections and the parking space, which is processed by the controller. The controller detects a parking or leaving event using the image sensors and updates the information data stored in the memory when the event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: MANDO MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nac Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 11308347
    Abstract: The invention is related to a method of determining a similarity transformation between first coordinates and second coordinates of 3D features, comprising providing a first plurality of 3D features having first coordinates in a first coordinate system which is associated with a first geometrical model of a first real object, wherein the first plurality of 3D features describes physical 3D features of the first real object, providing a second coordinate system, providing image information associated with a plurality of images captured by at least one camera, for each respective 3D feature of at least part of the first plurality of 3D features, wherein the respective 3D feature is captured by at least two of the plurality of images, determining camera poses of the at least one camera in the second coordinate system while the at least two of the plurality of images are captured, determining for the respective 3D feature a second coordinate in the second coordinate system according to the at least two of the plu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Ulbricht, Thomas Olszamowski
  • Patent number: 11308804
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a multiplicity of motor vehicle parking spaces through a server is provided. Smart parking devices and vehicle occupancy sensors that are each physically proximate to and which correspond to at least one of the parking spaces is interfaced with the server. Parking availability indicators that are each associated with at least one of the parking spaces is interfaced with the server. Street sweeping activity affecting the parking spaces is planned and comprising times and dates over which street sweeping of the parking spaces will occur. Any requests for reserving the use of the parking spaces during the street sweeping activity is denied. The parking availability indicators are activated associated with the parking spaces affected by the street sweeping activity. Occupancy of each of the parking spaces by a motor vehicle is sensed through the nearest vehicle occupancy sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Alan G. Bell, Craig Eldershaw, Lance E. Good, Daniel H. Greene, Francisco Eduardo Torres, Serdar Uckun, David Preston Cummins
  • Patent number: 11302193
    Abstract: A controller of a server device that is an information processing device according to the present disclosure executes setting a ratio between number of first parking spaces and number of second parking spaces, on the basis of a past actual utilization figure of a parking lot including the first parking spaces with a first time limit and the second parking spaces that allow parking for a longer time period than the first time limit, and controlling provision of the first parking spaces and the second parking spaces at the set ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuko Mizuno, Misa Ejiri, Kazuyuki Kagawa, Yuta Oshiro, Katsuhito Kito
  • Patent number: 11303803
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can receive a plurality of content items. Tag information is generated for each content item of the plurality of content items. The tag information comprises one or more tags, and at least one tag for each content item is generated based on a machine learning technique. Query information is received from a first user. One or more content items of the plurality of content items is identified based on the query information and the tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Meta Platforms, Inc.
    Inventors: John Samuel Barnett, William Samuel Bailey, Cheng Huang, Joshua Li, Alexander Dauning Li
  • Patent number: 11302191
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for calculating a by spot occupancy of a parking lot are disclosed. For example, the method includes receiving an indication of a triggering event, sending a query to receive a first image and a second image in response to the triggering event, receiving the first image and the second image, analyzing the first image and the second image to determine a change in an occupancy status of a parking spot within the parking lot and calculating the by spot occupancy of the parking lot based on the change in the occupancy status of the parking spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Mizes, Rakesh Suresh Kulkarni, Peter Paul
  • Patent number: 11287279
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for identifying an appropriate parking space for a motor and a route leading thereto for a motor vehicle having a navigation system, wherein at least one collision-free route is calculated on the basis of at least one piece of information that is related to a search for a parking space and that is requested from at least one external server, which manages at least one parking lot having at least one parking space, before the motor vehicle reaches the parking lot. A motor vehicle with a navigation system and an external server, for execution of the method, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Erwin Roth, Florian Schuller, David Lenz, Pascal Minnerup, Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 11285939
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a smart parking assist system and a control method thereof, and display the ratios of the progress distance and the remaining distance of the vehicle based on the distance by which the vehicle must move in the path set for each period in which automatic parking control is performed by a smart parking assist system, thereby allowing the driver to easily recognize the automatic parking control state of the vehicle and the distance by which the vehicle must move. Accordingly, the present embodiments may provide the driver with information on the automatic parking control state for each period of the automatic parking control, and may enable the driver to drive the vehicle to an accurate control position without exceeding the same in the period in which the vehicle is moved straight by the manual operation of the driver during the automatic parking control period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: MANDO MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jae Suk Kim, Tak Gen Kim
  • Patent number: 11279405
    Abstract: A hitch assist system is provided herein that includes a sensing system configured to detect a trailer and obstacles proximate the trailer. The hitch assist system also includes a controller in communication with the sensing system and configured to define a final vehicle heading direction relative to the trailer when a hitch ball of a vehicle is aligned with a coupler of the trailer; determine an uppermost/farthest position of the vehicle from the trailer; determine a lowermost/nearest position of the vehicle from the trailer; and determine a vehicle path that aligns the vehicle within the uppermost/farthest and lowermost/nearest positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Li Xu, Douglas Blue, Kyle Simmons, Luke Niewiadomski, Eric Hongtei Tseng, Peter Ling
  • Patent number: 11281218
    Abstract: Systems and apparatuses for receiving data from a plurality of sensors and using the data, as well as other data, to generate a parking recommendation for an autonomous vehicle and instruct the autonomous vehicle to travel to the recommended parking location are provided. Data may be received from a plurality of sensors within a first autonomous vehicle, as well as from other vehicles and/or structures. Historical parking data associated with the first autonomous vehicle may also be extracted. In some examples, an expected future trip of the first autonomous vehicle may be determined. The system may then evaluate the data to generate a parking recommendation for the first autonomous vehicle. The system may generate and transmit instructions for traveling from a current location to the recommended parking location and may cause the first autonomous vehicle to travel to the recommended parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Howard Hayes, Regina Madigan, Surender Kumar, Mark V. Slusar
  • Patent number: 11276307
    Abstract: Location information associated with a parking area is received. Information about a plurality of vehicles parked in the parking area is determined. A first space located between a first parked vehicle and a first non-movable object located in front of the first parked vehicle is determined. The first space is comprised of a first required space and a first non-required space. A second space located between the first parked vehicle and a second non-movable object located behind the first parked vehicle is determined. The second space is comprised of a second required space and a second non-required space. Responsive to determining that the first non-required space is greater than the second non-required space, the first parked vehicle is moved towards the first space. After moving the first parked vehicle, the first space is equivalent to the first required space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corey Francis, Jorge Andres Moros Ortiz, Khoi-Nguyen Dao Tran
  • Patent number: 11263906
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for locating parking spaces are disclosed. According to one method, a request is received from a user of a vehicle to locate a space; the location of the user is determined; a database comprising spaces within a geographic region is accessed; from the database, a subset of spaces within the geographic region is identified, the subset comprising user-specific spaces; a determination is made regarding the availability of the user-specific spaces; and if a user-specific space is available, a transmission is initiated, intended for the user, providing the location of at least one available space. The systems, methods, and apparatus may be used to locate free spaces, may allow users to indicate when they are vacating a space to enable other users to access the space via a “park it forward” approach, and may assign available spaces to users based on an equitable prioritization protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventors: Evan Humphreys, Denise Lisa Salvucci, Michael J. Kline
  • Patent number: 11263907
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method to reserve and park a vehicle in a parking lot via an application through a smartphone. The system comprises a parking meter installed at the parking lot to prevent unauthorized access of vehicle to the reserved parking lot. The parking meter could communicate to a server via a wireless communication for reserving a parking lot. The application could identify the user's location and allows the user to communicate or engage the parking meter at the parking lot via the navigation system. The parking meter comprises a housing, a camera, a chip reader, displays, a plurality of backlight panels, NFC, and ultrasonic sensor. The parking meter authorizes the vehicle's number and provides access to the parking lot. The user could pay for the usage of the parking lot via the application or the chip reader or NFC of the parking meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Tyler Witten
  • Patent number: 11257302
    Abstract: A parking monitoring and managing method can include capturing image data of a vehicle entering a parking lot or space and transmitting the image data to a remote networked computer system. A time of entry for the vehicle is recorded. Identification of the vehicle is determined upon entry. Image data is also captured for the vehicle when it exits the parking lot or space, and the image data is transmitted to the remote networked computer system. A time of exit is also recorded. The vehicle's identification is again determined upon exit. A violation is determined when a time period expires without the vehicle exiting the lot prior the time period expiring. A parking violation notice is issued to the owner of the vehicle determined to have been in violation. The time period can be, for example, a grace period, a parking time period or a maximum parking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Hudson, Joseph M. Caldwell, Richard C. Gage
  • Patent number: 11250706
    Abstract: A method for the operation of a parking assistance system of a transportation vehicle in which a parking space in a surroundings of the transportation vehicle is recognized with reference to sensor data of at least one surroundings sensor of the transportation vehicle and a predetermined parking space category is assigned to the parking space, and a parking maneuver into the parking space with the assigned parking space category is offered to a user of the transportation vehicle, wherein parking space surroundings data that describe a location of the parking space and/or a surroundings of the parking space are determined, a driving direction along which the transportation vehicle will be maneuvered into the parking space is determined with reference to the parking space surroundings data, and the parking maneuver along the determined driving direction is offered to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Philipp Hüger, Bastian Göricke
  • Patent number: 11250321
    Abstract: An immersive feedback loop is disclosed for improving artificial intelligence (AI) applications used for virtual reality (VR) environments. Users may iteratively generate synthetic scene training data, train a neural network on the synthetic scene training data, generate synthetic scene evaluation data for an immersive VR experience, indicate additional training data needed to correct neural network errors indicated in the VR experience, and then generate and retrain on the additional training data, until the neural network reaches an acceptable performance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Ebstyne, Pedro Urbina Escos, Yuri Pekelny, Emanuel Shalev
  • Patent number: 11235740
    Abstract: A system and a method automatically longitudinally guide a motor vehicle. The system is used to automatically brake the motor vehicle to a standstill on the basis of a detected infrastructure component which requires a braking of the motor vehicle to a standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Florian Kohlhuber
  • Patent number: 11222370
    Abstract: A parking garage system includes a plurality of parking garages. Each parking garage has a plurality of parking sectors and each parking sector has a plurality of parking spaces. A digital system tracks an occupancy level of each parking sector and an anticipated departure time of vehicles parked in each parking space. The digital system further directs vehicles to a particular parking sector based on the driver's anticipated departure time. The digital system also advises potential customers of occupancy level and parking rates and communicates information regarding occupancy level and parking rates to other parking garages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: SPACES OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Sourabh Sen
  • Patent number: 11212953
    Abstract: A vehicle attachment carrier loading guidance system may include a sensor for being supported by vehicle supporting a removable attachment having a mount interface for interacting with a mount on an attachment carrier distinct from the vehicle, wherein the sensor is output steering angle signals. The system may further comprise a controller to output presentation signals based upon the steering angle signals. The presentation signals are to generate a visual representation of a projected path of the mount interface with respect to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Ohrstrom, Nathan R. Vandike, Duane M. Bomleny, Colin D. Engel, Stephen R. Corban
  • Patent number: 11192543
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for automated parking of autonomous vehicles are provided herein. An example method includes receiving, by an automated driving system of an autonomous vehicle, a pull over request during a trip to a destination; initiating, by the automated driving system, a pull over sequence, the pull over sequence including determining if the autonomous vehicle is within a pre-determined distance from the destination; stopping the autonomous vehicle when the autonomous vehicle is within the pre-determined distance; and when the autonomous vehicle is not within the pre-determined distance, initiating a parking sequence to park the autonomous vehicle at a nearest available parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Glenn, Shadi Jammoul, Levasseur Tellis, Gerald H. Engelman
  • Patent number: 11194846
    Abstract: An approach is provided for generating parking restriction data using a machine learning model. The approach involves determining a plurality of classification features associated with a set of labeled road links. Each of the labeled road links is labeled with a parking restriction label that indicates a parking restriction status of said each of the labeled road links. The approach also involves training the machine learning model to classify an unlabeled road link of the geographic database using the plurality of classification features. The approach further involves determining the plurality of classification features for the unlabeled road link. The approach further involves processing the plurality of classification features for the unlabeled road link using the trained machine learning model to associate an assigned parking restriction label to the unlabeled road link. The approach further involves storing the assigned parking restriction label as the parking restriction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Stenneth
  • Patent number: 11195331
    Abstract: A neural network may be used to determine corner points of a skewed polygon (e.g., as displacement values to anchor box corner points) that accurately delineate a region in an image that defines a parking space. Further, the neural network may output confidence values predicting likelihoods that corner points of an anchor box correspond to an entrance to the parking spot. The confidence values may be used to select a subset of the corner points of the anchor box and/or skewed polygon in order to define the entrance to the parking spot. A minimum aggregate distance between corner points of a skewed polygon predicted using the CNN(s) and ground truth corner points of a parking spot may be used simplify a determination as to whether an anchor box should be used as a positive sample for training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Dongwoo Lee, Junghyun Kwon, Sangmin Oh, Wenchao Zheng, Hae-Jong Seo, David Nister, Berta Rodriguez Hervas
  • Patent number: 11188124
    Abstract: A smart ring includes a curved housing having a U-shape interior storing components including: a curved battery approximately conforming to the curved housing, a semi-flexible PCB approximately conforming to the curved housing and having mounted thereon: a motion sensor for generating motion data from physical perturbations of the smart ring, a memory for storing executable instructions, a transceiver for sending data to a client computer, a temperature sensor, and a processor for receiving motion data and performing executable instructions in response thereto, and a potting material disposed in the interior, forming an interior wall of the smart ring, wherein the potting material encapsulates the components and is substantially transparent to visible light, infrared light, and/or ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Proxy, Inc.
    Inventors: Curt C. von Badinski, Michael J. Strasser, Peter Twiss
  • Patent number: 11189166
    Abstract: Multiple sensors detect the environment of a motorcycle, including an intersection and a vehicle at the intersection. The direction and speed of both the motorcycle and vehicle are determined and, using these, times are calculated for the motorcycle and vehicle to reach a given point in the intersection. Depending on the times to arrive at the point, a probability of a collision is estimated. The rider of the motorcycle is alerted if there is a considerable probability of a collision, via haptic alert devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Damon Motors Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Jay Giraud, Dominique Kwong
  • Patent number: 11189170
    Abstract: A server includes a vehicle determination unit, an hour determination unit, and an authentication code transmission unit. The vehicle determination unit is configured to determine whether a reservation object vehicle corresponding to reservation vehicle information is in a parking place object area preset based on detection information of a parking place sensor and the reservation vehicle information. The hour determination unit is configured to determine whether a current hour is equal to or later than a transmission start hour. The authentication code transmission unit is configured to transmit an authentication code to a user terminal of a reservation user, when the vehicle determination unit determines that the reservation object vehicle is in the parking place object area and the hour determination unit determines that the current hour is equal to or later than the transmission start hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobutsugu Maruiwa
  • Patent number: 11184527
    Abstract: A smart selfie mirror includes a mirror, a lighting source, a camera, and a user interface for operating the lighting source and the camera. The mirror can be used to position oneself in a desired position relative to the camera. The lighting source may be used to provide illumination for purposes of using the mirror and to provide additional light when using the camera. The camera can be used to take a picture or record a video of oneself. In some embodiments, the smart selfie mirror includes a wireless transceiver for receiving commands from and sending data to a connected mobile device or the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Pilot Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Lyle, John Paul Breganza, Jessica Morales, Katia Morales, Hai Tran
  • Patent number: 11181386
    Abstract: A navigation device for guiding a moving body to a destination is provided. The navigation device includes: a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the moving body; a first determining unit configured to determine whether or not the moving body has arrived at the destination based on the position detected by the position detecting unit; a second determining unit configured to determine whether or not the destination can be entered when it is determined that the moving body has arrived at the destination; and a destination setting unit configured to choose an alternate destination when it is determined by the second determining unit that the destination cannot be entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sato
  • Patent number: 11180135
    Abstract: An autonomous parking system includes an object detection apparatus, and one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to: perform an initial parking operation for parking a vehicle into a first parking space along a first path, the first path including one or more first turnaround points; during the initial parking operation, detect a second parking space using the object detection apparatus; generate a second path for parking the vehicle into the second parking space; and, in response to user input, perform at least one of a first parking operation along the first path or a second parking operation along the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Daebum Kim, Taeho Noh, Hyukmin Eum
  • Patent number: 11180137
    Abstract: A vehicle environmental detection system (3) in an ego vehicle (1) including at least one control unit arrangement (15) and at least one detector arrangement (4, 7) that is adapted to obtain a plurality of detections (14). The control unit arrangement (15) is adapted to form a cluster (40) of the plurality of detections (14), form a first border line (16) and a second border line (17), where these border lines (16, 17) have mutually longitudinal extensions, and are mutually parallel and define outer borders of the cluster (40) and determine whether the cluster (40) corresponds to a row (13) of corresponding parked vehicles (18a, 18b, 18c, 18d, 18e, 18f, 18g), by the length or longitudinal displacement of, or distance between, the border lines (16, 17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: VEONEER SWEDEN AB
    Inventors: Christian Pfaffenzeller, Andreas Schmid, Christopher Unverdorben
  • Patent number: 11183063
    Abstract: A management device includes a recognizer configured to recognize a use situation of a specific area for stopping of a vehicle, and a guide configured to guide a second vehicle having a smaller vehicle body than a vehicle body of a first vehicle to the specific area when there is no first stop space and there is a second stop space in the specific area, on the basis of the use situation recognized by the recognizer, the first stop space is a space in which the first vehicle or the second vehicle is able to stop, and the second stop space is a space in which the first vehicle is not able to stop and the second vehicle is able to stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Chie Sugihara, Ryoma Taguchi, Yuta Takada
  • Patent number: 11183060
    Abstract: A parking management system and a parking management method are disclosed. The parking management system includes a control device and a parking space boundary indicating device. The control device is configured to acquire size information of a vehicle to be parked and information of the vacant area where no vehicle is parked in a parking lot, determine parking area information of the vehicle to be parked according to the size information and the information of the vacant area, and send the parking area information to the parking space boundary indicating device; the parking space boundary indicating device is configured to form parking space boundary lines by shedding light on a parking area according to the parking area information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignees: Beijing BOE Display Technology Co, Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Xing Zhou, Di Xu, Kun Lu, Ling Bai, Qifei Chen, Xiaozhe Zhang, Liangliang Ren, Dongliang Xu
  • Patent number: 11172274
    Abstract: Devices and meters comprising: a housing configured to mount to a pole supporting an existing meter, the housing defining an interior; a sensor within the interior of the housing, the sensor configured to collect environmental information pertaining to the local external environment of the existing meter; a wireless radio within the interior of the housing, the wireless radio configured to transmit the environmental information to the existing meter or to a remote server in communication with the existing meter; a power unit within the interior of the housing, the power unit supplying power to the sensor and the wireless radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: IPS GROUP INC.
    Inventors: David William King, Alexander Schwarz, Stephen John Hunter, Chad P. Randall
  • Patent number: 11167655
    Abstract: A connector is for a charging station. The charging station has a charging box having a signaling mechanism. The connector includes an electrical receptacle structured to be electrically connected to the signaling mechanism; a housing coupled to the electrical receptacle; an indicating assembly coupled to the interior of the housing and structured to indicate a charging status state provided by the signaling mechanism; and an interface between the indicating assembly and the signaling mechanism in order to energize the indicating assembly and provide an indication of charging status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Michel Rivas, Paul David Seff, David Austin Eldridge
  • Patent number: 11170235
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an extraction unit which extracts edge lines based on image data taken by an imaging device by shooting a neighborhood of a vehicle; a selection unit which selects, as a pair of edge lines, edge lines that satisfy a prescribed condition from the extracted edge lines; an exclusion unit which, in a case where a non-paint-out region exists between the pair of edge lines, excludes quasi-edge lines that form the non-paint-out region from the pair of edge lines; and a detection unit which detects a partition line that partitions a parking frame based on the pair of edge lines from which the quasi-edge lines are excluded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Yasutaka Okada, Hiroaki Sano, Tetsuo Yamamoto, Atsushi Yoshihara, Jun Kanetake, Ryo Yoshimura, Tomoki Shidori
  • Patent number: 11170647
    Abstract: A method for detecting allowable street parking slots, the method may include (i) receiving, by a computerized allowable street parking slot locating (CASPSL) system, street static vehicles information from multiple vehicles; wherein the street static vehicle information is indicative of (a) locations of static vehicles that are located at least partially within one or more streets, (b) relationship information indicative of spatial relationships between the static vehicles and the one or more street borders; and (c) timing information regarding timings of sensing of the static vehicles; and (ii) determining, by the CASPSL system, based on the street static vehicle information, allowable street parking slots metadata indicative of (a) locations of allowable street parking slots, and (b) time windows of allowed parking in the allowable street parking slot, and (c) spatial relationships between the static vehicles and the one or more street borders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: CARTICA AI LTD.
    Inventor: Igal Raichelgauz
  • Patent number: 11164458
    Abstract: A device for monitoring an occupancy status of a parking space of a parking area includes a sensor unit for detecting the occupancy status, a near-field communication unit, and a processing unit configured to (a) establish a first wireless data link to a first communication unit of a first external device using the near-field communication unit, (b) receive an activation and/or deactivation command from the external device via the first data link, and (c) activate and/or deactivate the sensor unit upon receipt of the activation and/or deactivation command. The parking area can include the device. Additionally, a system can includes the device and a first external device that includes the first communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ahmed Garamoun, Ronny Schmid
  • Patent number: 11157757
    Abstract: An image processing device includes: an extraction unit which extracts a horizontal edge line in which edge points are arranged consecutively in a horizontal direction from an image taken that contains an image of a parking frame; a detection unit which detects a three-dimensional indication body to serve as a stop position indication body in the parking frame based on the horizontal edge line extracted by the extraction unit; and a determining unit which, in a case where a plurality of the horizontal edge lines are arranged in a vertical direction in an image of the three-dimensional indication body detected by the detection unit, determines the stop position regarding one of the plurality of the horizontal edge lines other than a highest horizontal edge line in the vertical direction as corresponding to a top end line of the three-dimensional indication body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Yasutaka Okada, Hiroaki Sano, Tetsuo Yamamoto, Atsushi Yoshihara, Jun Kanetake, Ryo Yoshimura, Tomoki Shidori
  • Patent number: 11150094
    Abstract: A method optimizes a parking space search for a vehicle. During the method, at least one solution option is ascertained, and an optimization solution is ascertained from the at least one solution option, wherein the probability of the availability of at least one parking space is used as an optimization parameter, the position of the at least one parking space relative to a destination is used as an additional optimization parameter, expressed as the duration until the arrival at the destination from the at least one parking space, and the drive duration from a starting location to the at least one parking space is used as an additional optimization parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Richard Wisbrun, Daniel Kotzor
  • Patent number: 11151881
    Abstract: A parking assist device includes: a storage unit that stores a position of a specific parking space which is one of parking spaces where a vehicle is capable of being parked; a detection unit that detects a parking space from a captured image obtained by imaging the vicinity of the vehicle by an imaging device; a determination unit that determines that the detected parking space is the specific parking space in a case where a distance between the position of the detected parking space and the position of the specific parking space is equal to or smaller than a first threshold value; and a display process unit that causes the detected parking space to be displayed on a display unit while being highlighted in a case where it is determined that the detected parking space is the specific parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoki Yamamura
  • Patent number: 11151875
    Abstract: A method for providing vehicle assistance to a vehicle when parking in a parking lot is provided. The method includes identifying, by the path controller, one or more available parking spaces based on the one or more images. The method includes displaying, on a user interface in communication with the path controller, a representation of the identified one or more available parking spaces, and receiving, on the user interface, a driver selection of a representation of the identified one or more available parking spaces. The method includes determining, by the path controller, a path from a current position of the vehicle to an available parking space associated with the driver selection of the representation. The method includes instructing, a drive system of the vehicle, to autonomously drive the vehicle along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dalong Li, Ibro Muharemovic, Dominik Froehlich, Steffen Hartmann