Vehicle Parking Indicators Patents (Class 340/932.2)
  • Patent number: 10997864
    Abstract: The invention concerns a parking space recognition system (13) for a motor vehicle (1), with a sensor device (3) that is designed to detect at least one surface (6a, 6b) of at least one object (7a, 7b) in the surroundings of the motor vehicle (1) and extending along a direction of travel (F) of the motor vehicle (1) and with a computing device (8) that is designed to identify a space (9) between two detected surfaces (6a, 6b) extending along the direction of travel (F) as a potential parking space with an associated parking space position, which can be at least one longitudinal parking space (10) or at least one transverse parking spaces (11a, 11b), and with a memory device (12) that is designed to identify the recognized potential parking space as a longitudinal parking space (10) or as a transverse parking space (11a, 11b) or as a potential parking space depending on parking space information stored for the parking space position, in order to increase the accuracy of parking space detection by a motor vehic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Schwalb, Frank Blinkle, Stephan Haenisch, Tobias Bieler
  • Patent number: 10994698
    Abstract: A remote keyless entry system includes an in-vehicle device including an in-vehicle device controller, an in-vehicle device transmitter that transmits an in-vehicle device signal, and an in-vehicle device receiver that receives a portable device signal, and a portable device including a portable device controller, an acceleration sensor, a portable device receiver, and a portable device transmitter, wherein the portable device controller calculates a distance from the in-vehicle device to the portable device based on the in-vehicle device signal, calculates a first travel distance based on acceleration, and causes the portable device transmitter to transmit the portable device signal including at least the distance, the in-vehicle device controller receives the portable device signal multiple times and calculates a second travel distance based on distances included in received portable device signals, and whether a relay attack is performed is determined based on the first travel distance and the second trave
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Nozaki
  • Patent number: 10991249
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring occupancy of multiple parking spaces are presented herein. Arrangements may use a radar-based vehicle detector that comprises a radar antenna that has a field-of-view of a portion of a parking facility. Multiple parking sensors may be present that monitor parking spaces outside of or obstructed from the field-of-view. A parking host system may be present that communicates with the radar-based vehicle detector and the plurality of parking sensors and determines in which parking space a vehicle has parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Parkifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Reisbick, Ryan Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10991248
    Abstract: A system includes a model generating component to generate a prediction tree model based on training data and an input component to receive input data including a destination in a geographical area. A computation component identifies at least one parking venue or at least one parking space near the destination in the geographical area and to generate at least one parking prediction corresponding to the at least one parking venue or the at least one parking space based at least in part on applying the input data to the prediction tree model. A presentation component presents the at least one parking venue or the at least one parking space and to present the at least one parking prediction to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Laxmikant Agrawal, Sudheer Pratipati, Audrey Colle, Jose De Oliveira, Jeff Couckuyt
  • Patent number: 10984659
    Abstract: A parking availability map system and method, including: a sensor-based parking space detection system coupled to a vehicle and operable for detecting and identifying open and occupied parking spaces within a predetermined vicinity of the vehicle; and an application server disposed remotely from the vehicle and executing an algorithm operable for receiving open and occupied parking space data from the sensor-based parking space detection system, receiving a parking space availability query from a user disposed remotely from the server, and, responsive to the parking space availability query, transmitting parking space availability information to the user. Optionally, the sensor-based parking space detection system includes a camera-based parking space detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Korkut Sert, Sihao Ding
  • Patent number: 10981599
    Abstract: An automated parking system includes an automated parking vehicle and an information terminal. The vehicle includes a parking control device and a communication device. The parking control device controls the vehicle to cause the vehicle to search for and park in a vacant parking slot by means of autonomous travel. The communication device transmits automated parking status information to the information terminal when no vacant parking slot is found. Furthermore, the communication device receives an instruction about status control of the vehicle from the information terminal. The information terminal includes a communication device. The parking control device controls the vehicle according to the instruction about the status control of the vehicle that has been received from the information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yosuke Hattori
  • Patent number: 10971012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for vehicle parking navigation and communication is described. Between a mobile device and a parking server, a first communication link is established. First parking data is received over the first communication link. A parking request including a parking facility identifier is received and a short range communication network is identified, at least in part in response to the parking facility identifier. Between the mobile device and the parking server, a second communication link is established for the short range communication network. Second parking data is received over the second communication link. The first parking data and second parking data may be combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jingwei Xu, Yuxin Guan
  • Patent number: 10971011
    Abstract: A database creation apparatus includes a controller having at least one processor configured to: (1) acquire vehicle information including position information and status information of a vehicle and information relating to vehicle size of the vehicle associated with each other; (2) extract the position of the vehicle in a parked state on the basis of the vehicle information; and (3) add data indicating that general vehicles of the same vehicle size as the vehicle can be parked at the position to a parking lot database, if the position of the vehicle in the parked state does not coincide with a specific position at which only the vehicle or only specific vehicles including the vehicle are allowed be parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaoru Yamada
  • Patent number: 10962372
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence-based routing and path optimization module is enabled for autonomous AVs. The AV is enabled to navigate to surface roads based on the computational complexity of the navigation and the computational power within the autonomous self-driving AV, a cloud infrastructure, and/or an edge device. An AI based model is implemented to determine which navigational approaches are appropriate for an autonomous AV to pursue based on compute resources available and compute resources required. A module implemented in a cloud based server and/or within an autonomous AV is enabled to match the computational complexity of routes with the navigation. The autonomous AV is enabled to create a navigational prediction movement model for these objects to determine the likely behavior of the objects. The AV may include autonomous cars, autonomous trucks, vertical take off and landing (VTOL) devices, electric VTOL, electric bikes, flying cars, and other transportation devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Accelerate Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Sanjay K Rao
  • Patent number: 10964214
    Abstract: A method collectively and yet individually assesses a parking area and locates a parking space which is energy-optimized with respect to a temperature control. A correspondingly equipped parking system carries out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Richard Wisbrun
  • Patent number: 10957199
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of parking a transport in an initial space, determining an average time of an event attended by at least one occupant associated with the transport, moving the transport to at least one other space when an elapsed time of the event is less than the average time and when the at least one other space is available and closer to an event location than the initial space, and moving the transport to a final space when the event is completed, and the final space is a location of a device associated with the at least one occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Warren Reaser
  • Patent number: 10957200
    Abstract: Identifying parking spaces and notifying user devices provides an easy way to reduce traffic and save time for registered users. One example may include activating a sensor to detect at least one status change, monitoring a predefined area for the at least one status change, receiving at least one status change at a first time, receiving at least one additional status change at a second time, comparing the at least one status change and the at least one additional status change to a valid sequence of status changes, determining a valid sequence of status changes has occurred, and transmitting a notification to a registered user device previously registered to receive a notification when the valid sequence of status changes occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10951807
    Abstract: A computer vision system includes a camera that captures a plurality of image frames in a target field. A user interface is coupled to the camera. The user interface is configured to perform accelerated parallel computations in real-time on the plurality of image frames acquired by the camera. The system provides identification and quantification of space use at a sub room level of granularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: RoundhouseOne Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Raymond Miller, Archana Ramachandran, Christopher C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10950128
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments described in this disclosure are generally directed to systems and methods for assigning parking spots to autonomous vehicles based on data transfer throughput and other considerations. In one exemplary method, a server computer receives from a first autonomous vehicle, information regarding a size of a first dataset available for uploading from the first autonomous vehicle into the server computer. The server computer may further receive from a second autonomous vehicle, information regarding a size of a second dataset that the second autonomous vehicle has available for uploading into the server computer. The server computer may then assign parking spots to the two autonomous vehicles based on evaluating various factors such as the size of one or both datasets, characteristics of wireless links for carrying out data transfer in the parking area, characteristics of various access points in the parking area, and priorities associated with the data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Eric Eaton
  • Patent number: 10943486
    Abstract: A traveling safety control system using ambient noise may include a microphone mounted in an operating vehicle and for receiving ambient noise; and a signal processing controller for comparing the ambient noise with vehicle noise characteristic data and determining traveling information related to a nearby vehicle through an artificial intelligence-based analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Dong-Chul Lee, In-Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 10943475
    Abstract: A parking inventory management system includes a sensor apparatus with a plurality of magnetometers each configured to respectively generate a magnetic signatures of a vehicle as it drives across the sensor apparatus. A computing device is associated with the sensor apparatus and compares the magnetic signatures of the vehicle generated by each of the plurality of magnetometers to the magnetic signatures of the vehicle generated by each other magnetometer of the plurality thereof so as to determine a direction of the vehicle. A match between the magnetic signature of the vehicle as generated by at least two of the plurality of magnetometers indicates that the direction of travel of the vehicle is along a direction between those two of the plurality of magnetometers. A speed of the vehicle is derived as a function of a time difference between points of peak similarity between matching magnetic signatures of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: The Parking Genius, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean O'Callaghan
  • Patent number: 10943481
    Abstract: A database creation apparatus includes a controller having at least one processor configured to: (1) acquire vehicle information including position information and status information of a vehicle and information relating to vehicle size of the vehicle associated with each other; (2) extract the position of the vehicle in a parked state on the basis of the vehicle information; and (3) add data indicating that general vehicles of the same vehicle size as the vehicle can be parked at the position to a parking lot database, if the position of the vehicle in the parked state does not coincide with a specific position at which only the vehicle or only specific vehicles including the vehicle are allowed be parked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kaoru Yamada
  • Patent number: 10926757
    Abstract: A parking assist system that performs an automated parking maneuver of a motor vehicle into a transverse parking space transversely with respect to a roadway with automated longitudinal and transverse guidance along a parking trajectory. The system detects a signal characteristic of a drive torque of a drive engine that indicates impacting of one or more wheels against an obstacle. The system also detects that a vehicle position reached when the one or more wheels impact against the obstacle indicates that the obstacle is a delimiting ground obstacle which delimits the transverse parking space toward a rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christoph Romainczyk
  • Patent number: 10930151
    Abstract: A roadside parking management method includes: receiving a monitoring area image captured by a camera; dividing the monitoring area image to obtain a plurality of tracking detection areas in the monitoring area image; monitoring at least one of a vehicle and a license plate in the monitoring area image; and determining parking event information according to a tracking detection area where the at least one of the vehicle and the license plate is located. The method can improve the management efficiency of parking events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT INTER CONNECTION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Yan, Yanping Xiang, Xueming Yang
  • Patent number: 10919522
    Abstract: In the present disclosure, operations may include obtaining a parking area constraint, a time constraint, and one or more mobile machine parameters. The operations may include determining a first parking position within the parking area during the time period. The operations may include identifying one or more shade-providing objects. The operations may include determining, based on the one or more shade-providing objects, one or more shadow profiles. The operations may include determining, based on the time constraint, the parking area constraint, and the one or more shadow profiles, a first shadow-position relationship that indicates shade provided at the first parking position during the time period. In addition, the operations may include selecting the first parking position based on the first shadow-position relationship and the one or more mobile machine parameters. The operations may further include, in response to the selecting, causing the mobile machine to park at the first parking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Suhas Chelian
  • Patent number: 10916140
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method for an ego vehicle. The method includes providing roaming data to a server, the roaming data describing a roaming pattern of the ego vehicle in a geographic area as a function of time. The method further includes providing a request to the server that describes a need for the ego vehicle to park. The method further includes receiving, from the server, a geographic location of an available parking spot and an estimated length of time the available parking spot will remain available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Hongsheng Lu, Gaurav Bansal, John Kenney
  • Patent number: 10916141
    Abstract: A system for generating a parking space directory includes at least one processor and a memory device in communication with the at least one processor. The memory device includes a communications module, a confidence interval module, and a directory generating module. The modules includes instructions that when executed by the one or more processors causes the one or more processors to obtain parking information related to at least one parking space having a vehicle parked within the at least one parking space, determine a confidence interval that the at least one parking space is an actual parking space based on a number of vehicles that have utilized the at least one parking space, and generate a directory of the at least one parking space that includes the location of the parking space and the confidence interval associated with the at least one parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan M. Wiesenberg
  • Patent number: 10913360
    Abstract: Systems and methods of autonomously driving a vehicle to one or more locations, or repositioning the vehicle, to achieve optimal solar exposure are provided. Operating conditions of the vehicle, environmental conditions, as well as road conditions may be considered when determining whether or not to move, relocate, or reposition the vehicle to achieve optimal solar exposure. The optimal solar exposure is that which allows a power storage device of the vehicle to be charged to a desired state of charge. Additional considerations, such as the time needed to travel to a new location(s) and return from the location(s) in time for a next use of the vehicle, may be taken into account. Any energy expenditures that may result from traveling to/from the new location(s) may also be considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 10915767
    Abstract: Parking spot detection methods and systems that detect and pair parking line markers, improving the accuracy and speed of parking spot detection in vehicular driver assist (DA) and autonomous driving (AD) applications. These methods and systems incorporate three major steps: (1) preprocessing—one or more standard camera images are input into the algorithm and a bird's-eye-view (BEV) image is output from the algorithm; (2) deep neural network (DNN) segmentation of the parking line markers—the BEV image is input into the algorithm and a binary image is output from the algorithm (with, e.g., the parking line markers areas displayed in white and the background displayed in black); and (3) binary image processing—the binary image is input into the algorithm and detected and paired parking line markers representing the parking spots are output from the algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Sihao Ding, Minming Zhao, Ying Li, Andreas Wallin, Harshavardhan Reddy Dasari, Gambhir Bista
  • Patent number: 10906532
    Abstract: A method for autonomous driving includes detecting an environment around a vehicle, autonomously driving the vehicle based on the detected environment, determining whether a target parking position has been set, determining an autonomous driving mode of the vehicle from among a first mode for controlling a speed of the vehicle to move the vehicle to the target parking position and a second mode for searching for an available parking position, based on a determination of the autonomous driving mode from among the first and second modes, autonomously driving the vehicle in one of the first and second modes, based on autonomously driving the vehicle in one of the first and second modes, determining whether a condition is satisfied, and based on a determination that the condition is satisfied, switching the autonomous driving mode to the other of the first and second modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Seongho Lee, Taeho Noh, Jaedoo Go
  • Patent number: 10906533
    Abstract: A method for manoeuvring a motor vehicle into a parking space includes: determining a parking trajectory from a starting point to a destination point in the parking space, wherein the parking trajectory includes circular arcs, straight lines, and clothoids; manoeuvring the motor vehicle along the determined parking trajectory into the parking space; and determining an auxiliary trajectory with a plurality of sections from the starting point to the destination point. The auxiliary trajectory includes circular arcs and straight lines as the sections, a respective transition region is defined for neighbouring sections, and a clothoid is determined for the respective transition regions. The parking trajectory is determined from the auxiliary trajectory in which the respective transition regions are replaced by the clothoids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Bensemann, Markus Heimberger
  • Patent number: 10906530
    Abstract: An automatic parking system includes a smart key recognizing sensor recognizing a smart key positioned in a first area, a sensor system sensing presence or absence of a parking section line, and positions of surrounding vehicles when the smart key is recognized, a controller configured to analyze data sensed by the sensor system to calculate parking areas around a subject vehicle, calculate a range allowing generation of a moving path based on the parking areas, determine at least two parking types available at a current position of the subject vehicle in the range allowing generation of a moving path, provide a moving path range for a parking type that is selected among the moving path ranges, and receive a signal transmitted by the smart key to automatically park the subject vehicle in the optimal parking area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoon Soo Kim, Dae Joong Yoon, Eu Gene Chang, Jae Seob Choi, Min Byeong Lee, Seung Wook Park, Jong Gyu Kim, In Yong Jung
  • Patent number: 10896609
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for cooperative parking space search by a vehicular micro cloud. In some embodiments, a method includes determining that an ego vehicle is traveling in search of an available parking space. In some embodiments, the method includes forming a vehicular micro cloud responsive to the determination that the ego vehicle is traveling in search of the available parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Takamasa Higuchi, Seyhan Ucar, Onur Altintas
  • Patent number: 10889323
    Abstract: A method for carrying out an automatic drive of a vehicle along a provided trajectory which provides at least one stored trajectory for a current position of the vehicle, selects one of the provided trajectories, and carries out an automatic drive of the vehicle. A control of the vehicle provides signals for a transverse control and a longitudinal control to control the vehicle along the selected trajectory based on detected surroundings data. At least one piece of additional information is detected or received, and the selection process is additionally carried out based on the at least one piece of additional information. Also disclosed is a corresponding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Wojciech Waclaw Derendarz, Peter Mühlfellner, Sebastian Grysczyk, Lutz Junge, Rene Waldmann, Stefan Wonneberger, Thomas Holleis, Stefan Brüning, Sven Horstmann, Clemens Brummer, Marc Bartholomaeus, Martin Stellmacher, Marcel Nicklas, Fabian Pucks, Carsten Last
  • Patent number: 10884125
    Abstract: A parking assistance device (100) is provided with distance sensors (2FL, 2FR, 2RL, 2RR) which transmit detection waves laterally with respect to a host vehicle (1) while the host vehicle (1) travels and receive reflected waves of the detection waves, a reflection point calculating unit (11) which calculates a reflection point indicating a position where the detection wave is reflected, a grouping unit (13) which groups the reflection points, a parking space pitch calculating unit (14) which calculates a parking space pitch indicating a width of each parking space by using periodicity of a shape of a reflection point group set by grouping, a parking target area setting unit (15) which sets a parking target area which is a target of perpendicular parking by the host vehicle (1), and a parking assistance controlling unit (21) which guides the host vehicle (1) to the parking target area on the basis of the parking space pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Harase, Satoru Inoue, Ryotaro Suzuki, Wataru Tsujita, Yoshitsugu Sawa, Tsutomu Asahina
  • Patent number: 10875532
    Abstract: A travelling assist apparatus executing a collision avoidance control between other vehicle and an own vehicle is provided with an approach determination unit determining whether the other vehicle will enter an own lane from an adjacent lane of the own lane; a passing determination unit determining whether the other vehicle is able to pass across the own lane; an interruption determination unit determining whether the other vehicle interrupts the own lane; and a collision avoidance unit executing the collision avoidance control under a condition where the interruption determination unit determines that the other vehicle interrupts the own lane and the passing determination unit determines that the other vehicle is able to pass across the own lane, and executes the collision avoidance control regardless of a determination of the interruption determination unit, when the passing determination unit determines that the other vehicle is unable to pass across the own lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shogo Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 10873725
    Abstract: An image processing unit repeatedly acquires a captured bird's-eye image which is obtained by bird's-eye conversion of a captured image of the surroundings of a vehicle. An image processing unit acquires a history image that is a bird's-eye image corresponding to a predetermined area in front in the traveling direction at each timing determined according to a predetermined condition. The image processing unit acquires a history image at every predetermined first cycle if an unstable condition related to a behavior of the vehicle is not satisfied. If an unstable condition is satisfied, the history image is acquired at a later timing than the first cycle. The image processing unit creates a bird's-eye image for display by extracting an area corresponding to a non-imaging area of the latest captured bird's-eye image from among the accumulated history images, and combining the extracted area with the non-imaging area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kohara, Hirohiko Yanagawa, Akihiro Sunasaka, Satoshi Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10868951
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of operating cellular devices in a synchronized manner. Each of a plurality of mobile cellular devices has a system clock, a display screen, and a camera flash, and each mobile cellular device communicates with a communications network. A software application is loaded onto each of the cellular devices. A primary user selects a session activity that is to be performed by the cellular devices. The cellular devices first update system time to improve time synchronization. At an execution time, a session activity is performed simultaneously by all the mobile cellular devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Zima, Seth Damergy
  • Patent number: 10861335
    Abstract: A parking management system and a parking space management method are provided. In this system, intelligent parking locks are capable of performing two-way data communication with a cloud platform and executing an action instruction issued by the cloud platform, which realizes parking space sharing, open and intelligent management and monitoring. One-key navigation parking and one-key car searching can be realized since the intelligent parking locks include Bluetooth positioning and/or multiple GPS combined with mobile internet applications. The problems in searching for a parking space and searching for one's own car are hence well solved. The induction type parking locks control system ensures automatic locking and unlocking operations according to the distance between the mobile terminal and the parking locks, which significantly improves user's experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Shen Wang, Changyuan Fang, Wen Long
  • Patent number: 10852741
    Abstract: A method for autonomously controlling a vehicle is disclosed. In some examples, a vehicle can maneuver out of a parking space in an autonomous and unmanned operation. While parking, the vehicle can capture first one or more images of its surroundings and store the images in a memory included in the vehicle. Upon starting up, the vehicle can capture second one or more images of its surroundings and compare them to the first one or more images to determine if there is an object, person, or animal proximate to the vehicle, for example. In some examples, in accordance with a determination that there is no object, person, or vehicle present that was not present during parking, the vehicle can autonomously move from the parking space with or without a user present in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Hong S. Bae, Aziz Umit Batur, Evan Roger Fischer, Oliver Max Jeromin
  • Patent number: 10847032
    Abstract: Disclosed is a parking position notification apparatus connected to a user terminal for transmitting and receiving data. The parking position notification apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclosure includes: a camera configured to capture an image of surroundings of a vehicle; a sensor configured to sense movement route information of the vehicle; and a wireless communication processor configured to transmit the generated map data to a user terminal. According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, at least one of, for example, an autonomous driving vehicle, a user terminal or a server may be linked or fused with an artificial intelligence (AI) module, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a robot, an augmented reality (AR) device, a virtual reality (VR) device, or a device associated with 5G service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jong Jin Park
  • Patent number: 10843684
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus (13) has: a learning device (131) configured to learn a first position (WP_start) that is a position of the vehicle when a driver starts a parking operation, a second position (WP_shift) that is a position of the vehicle when the driver changes a shift range of the vehicle and a third position (WP_end) that is a position when the driver completes the parking operation during a period when the driver performs the parking operation; and a generating device (132) configured to generate, as a target route (TR_target) along which the vehicle should travel when the vehicle is automatically parked, a traveling route that reaches the third position from the first position via the second position on the basis of a learning result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Aya Yamada
  • Patent number: 10846949
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus for controlling the parking of a vehicle, a system having the same, and a method thereof. The apparatus for controlling parking of a vehicle includes a communication device communicating with a remote controller located inside or outside a vehicle, and a processor receiving information about a surrounding obstacle from a sensor and performing avoidance steering control of the vehicle to avoid collision with the surrounding obstacle, when receiving a vehicle control command from the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gil Won Seo, Dong Hae Kim, Jong Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10846534
    Abstract: An augmented reality system including processors and storage devices storing instructions. The instructions may configure the processors to perform operations including determining a location of a mobile device, identifying a facility based on the location, requesting mapping data from a facility server, the mapping data comprising a plurality of vehicles, vehicle location data, and landmarks, identifying one location attribute in a video feed captured by an augmented reality viewer displayed in the mobile device, and determining whether the one location attribute matches the plurality of vehicles or the landmarks. The operations may also include identifying qualified vehicles from the vehicles based on qualification criteria, determining whether the qualified vehicles is in a field of view of the augmented reality viewer based on object attributes and the vehicle location data, and generating a modified video feed by providing an indication associated with qualified vehicles in the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONCE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Furlan, Chih-Hsiang Chow, Steven Dang
  • Patent number: 10839686
    Abstract: A method of operating a community parking system includes generating sensor data with a plurality of vehicles corresponding to vehicle parking spaces and parked vehicles located in a region, transmitting the sensor data to a parking data system, and generating parking map data with the parking data system based on the sensor data, the parking map data including a location of the vehicle parking spaces. The method also includes generating parking service data with the parking data system based on the sensor data, the parking service data identifying a status of each vehicle parking space as either occupied or unoccupied, and transmitting the parking service data to a particular vehicle of the plurality of vehicles to assist an operator of the particular vehicle in locating one of the vehicle parking spaces having an unoccupied status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Wunder, Frederik Brockmann, Naveen Ramakrishnan, Manuel Maier, Rahul Kapoor, Alexander Hagmeister, Karsten Thalheimer
  • Patent number: 10839692
    Abstract: A driving supporter includes: a departure-possibility-value obtainer that obtains a departure-possibility value; a relative positional relationship obtainer that detects another vehicle located diagonally at a rear of an own vehicle and obtain a relative positional relationship between them; a support executer that executes a lane-departure prevention support; and a support controller that controls the support executer to execute the lane-departure prevention support when the departure-possibility value is greater than or equal to a threshold value. The support controller includes a threshold-value determiner that determines the threshold value to a smaller value when the relative positional relationship is a set relationship than when the relative positional relationship is not the set relationship. The set relationship is a relationship in which there is a possibility of collision of the own vehicle with the other vehicle in an event of departure of the own vehicle from a lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kawaguchi, Iwao Izumikawa, Yuji Okuda, Kazuma Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10838414
    Abstract: A method and system are described for automated parking of a vehicle. The method includes determining that the vehicle is in an appropriate starting position for performing a parking maneuver, determining a control zone for controlling the parking maneuver, determining that an authorized key is located in the control zone, detecting an object located in the control zone, verifying that the detected object is an authorized user, detecting a movement of the authorized use, and when the detected movement of the authorized user is a movement in the direction of an expected parking area, performing the parking maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Martin Bonander
  • Patent number: 10839687
    Abstract: A parking space monitoring system, with multiple microprocessors for handling various parking space management conditions, including at least one of the following conditions: (1) Space Occupancy (vehicle detection); (2) Parking Meter Status; (3) Display of Parking Policy to Motorists; (3) Motorist User Interactions; (4) Maintenance User Interactions; (5) Radio Communications with a Central management system and Network; and (6) Coordination of the operation between various ones of the microprocessors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: fybr, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Keller, Chris Krstanovic, Tom Swiedler, David Fasciano, Eric Groft
  • Patent number: 10832064
    Abstract: A vacant parking space detection apparatus according to the present disclosure includes a memory and a hardware processor coupled to the memory. The hardware processor is configured to: generate, for each of divided regions in a region around a vehicle, map information representing a presence probability of an object based on a detection result of a sensor for detecting an object present around the vehicle; define on the map information a plurality of first straight lines, whose intercepts differ from each other, with one or more angles to a straight advancing direction of the vehicle; and detect whether a vacant parking space is present at the angle based on a presence probability of an object assigned to the divided region belonging to each of the plurality of first straight lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshito Hirai
  • Patent number: 10821971
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, the operating status of the features, the identity of a vehicle operator, risk levels for operation of the vehicle by the vehicle operator, or damage to the vehicle may be determined based upon sensor or other data. According to further aspects, decisions regarding transferring control between the features and the vehicle operator may be made based upon sensor data and information regarding the vehicle operator. Additional aspects may recommend or install updates to the autonomous operation features based upon determined risk levels. Some aspects may include monitoring transportation infrastructure and communicating information about the infrastructure to vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10821845
    Abstract: A system for navigating a vehicle automatically from a current location to a destination location without a human operator is provided. The system of the vehicle includes a global positioning system (GPS) for identifying a vehicle location and a communications system for communicating with a server of a cloud system. The server is configured to identify that the vehicle location is near or at a parking location. The communications system is configured to receive mapping data for the parking location from the server, and the mapping data is at least in part used to find a path at the parking location to avoid a collision of the vehicle with at least one physical object when the vehicle is automatically moved at the parking location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10818178
    Abstract: A vehicle operation management system includes a communication terminal and a plurality of vehicles that communicates with the terminal, and is capable of autonomously driving. The vehicles include a first vehicle and a second vehicle. In a boarding area, when the first vehicle is at a leading portion in a file, the second vehicle is at a next position in the file, and one boarding request is made from the terminal, the first notification unit in the first vehicle notifies that the first vehicle is available for boarding, and the second notification unit in the second vehicle does not notify that the second vehicle is available for boarding. When the first vehicle is at the leading portion and the second vehicle is located at the nest position, and at least two boarding requests are made, the first and second notification units notify that the first and second vehicles, respectively, are available for boarding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Morimura
  • Patent number: 10818185
    Abstract: A parking support apparatus for a vehicle may include: a detector configured to detect a distance between a vehicle and an object; a parking space recognizer configured to recognize a parking space based on a first distance detected through the detection unit, and generate first parking space recognition information; a parking controller configured to generate second parking space recognition information corresponding to the first parking space recognition information based on a second distance detected through the detection unit, while controlling parking of the vehicle; an error calculator and statistics analyzer configured to calculate errors between the first and second parking space recognition information, and statistically analyze the calculated errors; and a compensation parameter calculator configured to calculate a compensation parameter for compensating for one or more of the first distance and the first parking space recognition information, based on the errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Young Oh
  • Patent number: 10818181
    Abstract: A vehicle and a controlling method of the vehicle are provided. The vehicle may include: a battery; a plurality of cameras powered by the battery; a GPS sensor configured to detect a GPS signal; a storage configured to store map information; and a controller configured to determine a parking location based on the map information and the GPS signal, determine a fixed object based on images captured by the plurality of cameras and deactivate at least one camera of the plurality of cameras based on the parking location, the fixed object and a state of charge (SOC) of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Wang Seong Cheon
  • Patent number: 10810882
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system to assist in parking a vehicle. The system includes an overhead sensor, a controller adapted to receive instructions from a remote device to set an optimum parking position, and wherein the controller is adapted to display one or more guidelines on a display screen in the vehicle to indicate the position of the vehicle in relation to the optimum parking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Corey Webb, Casey Webb, Clint Cook, Christopher Jones