Potential Collision With Other Aircraft Patents (Class 340/961)
  • Patent number: 10317915
    Abstract: Disclosed is a configuration of an autonomous vehicle for autonomously following a moving subject based on a radius of a virtual sphere surrounding the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle may be an unmanned ground vehicle or an unmanned aerial vehicle, which autonomously follows the subject (e.g., a device, a live entity, or any object) based on the virtual sphere. The radius of the virtual sphere may be dynamically configured according to a velocity of the autonomous vehicle or configurations of a camera coupled to the autonomous vehicle. Accordingly, the autonomous vehicle can follow the subject along a smooth trajectory, and capture images of abrupt movements of the subject in a cinematically pleasing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Tankersley
  • Patent number: 10319242
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to navigating a vehicle based on predicted trajectories of other vehicles. Systems, methods, and computer-program products consistent with the disclosure perform operations including receiving location information of other vehicles. The operations also include comparing the location information of the other vehicles with an intended trajectory information of the vehicle. The operations further include determining that interference exists based on the comparing. Additionally, the operations include determining a modification to the intended trajectory information of the vehicle that resolves the interference with one of the other vehicles. Moreover, the operations include presenting the modification to the intended trajectory information of the vehicle to an operator of the vehicle. Further, the operations include modifying the intended trajectory using the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Andreas Sindlinger, Garoe Gonzalez Parra, Jonas Michael Schulze
  • Patent number: 10304345
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle according to the present disclosure is an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly in midair and includes a propulsion unit configured to generate a propulsion force for fly in midair, a laser light source configured to illuminate laser light, an imaging unit configured to generate a captured image by capturing vertically below the unmanned aerial vehicle during flight in midair, and a controller configured to control an operation of the propulsion unit. The controller analyzes a captured image, extracts a light spot formed by laser light, measures a positional relationship with another unmanned aerial vehicle based on the extracted light spot, and executes a collision avoidance operation with respect to another unmanned aerial vehicle based on the measured positional relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Horinouchi
  • Patent number: 10299106
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed to receive location data identifying the current location of a vehicle. A database, storing radio device records, is then queried. Each radio device record in the database identifies a radio device (e.g., a transmitter, receiver, transceiver, transponders, etc.) and a location of the radio device using a suitable coordinate system. Radio device records associated with radio devices likely to be within communication range of the vehicle may then be retrieved from the database. These radio device records may be used to generate a radio device list that may be presented to an occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: J. Carl Cooper
  • Patent number: 10292001
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for issuing audio alerts within the cabin of a vehicle. The method may include detecting a condition programmatically assigned an audio alert and a virtual source for the audio alert. The method may further include determining, by the computer system based on the virtual source, a gain value for each speaker of a plurality of speakers carried in fix positions onboard the vehicle. Once the gain value for each speaker of the plurality of speak is known, the audio alert may be projected by each speaker of the plurality of speakers according to the gain value determined therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Groh, Benjamin Vondersaar, Edgar Nunez, Prabhanjan Kadepurkar, Matthew Dage
  • Patent number: 10281586
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium for performing a flight check of one or more navigational aid systems. Aspects include obtaining, using an aircraft, first information associated with an accuracy of signals transmitted by a localizer. Aspects also include obtaining, using the aircraft, second information associated with an accuracy of signals transmitted by a glide slope station. Aspects also include transmitting the first information and the second information to a ground receiver for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: THALES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Tom Otsubo, Richard Mullin
  • Patent number: 10276051
    Abstract: An obstacle-avoidance system for a vehicle, the obstacle-avoidance system may comprise: a communication device; a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors configured to detect collision threats within a predetermined distance of the vehicle; and a processor. The processor may communicatively couple to the communication device and the plurality of sensors and configured to receive navigation commands being communicated to a control system via said communication device. The processor may also receive, from at least one of said plurality of sensors, obstruction data reflecting the position of an obstruction. Using the obstruction data, the processor identifies a direction for avoiding said obstruction. In response, the processor may output, via said communication device, a derivative command to said control system causing the vehicle to travel in said flight direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
    Inventors: Fabrice Kunzi, Donald Rogers, Terrence McKenna
  • Patent number: 10256861
    Abstract: A floatable cell phone case floats, with a cell phone or other electronic device housed therein, on a liquid through use of enclosed polygonal units that define a polygonal air volume. The polygonal units form a seal with the cell phone to create buoyancy. The cell phone case comprises case body having a rear wall and enclosed sidewalls having a flange. The rear wall and sidewalls define a device placement zone. The device placement zone is sized to house the cell phone. The flange retains the cell phone within the device placement zone. The phone case further comprises enclosed polygonal units spanning upwardly from an inner surface of the rear wall into the device placement zone. Each of the polygonal units define a polygonal air volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Nicole Elizabeth Burns
  • Patent number: 10241566
    Abstract: Sensory feedback (“chaperoning”) systems and methods for guiding users in virtual/augmented reality environments such as walk-around virtual reality environments are described. Exemplary implementations assist with preventing collisions with objects in the physical operating space in which the user acts, among other potential functions and/or uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: David Sawyer, Kenneth Birdwell, Kenneth Barnett, Tristan Reidford, Aaron Leiby, Emily Ridgway, Alexander C. Vlachos
  • Patent number: 10235890
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating an aircraft display with a mobile device are disclosed. In embodiments, a system includes an aircraft display and a controller in communication with the aircraft display and a mobile device. The controller is configured to generate a graphical user interface at the aircraft display and mirror the graphical user interface at the mobile device. The controller is further configured to receive a user input via the mobile device and configured to update the graphical user interface at the aircraft display and the mobile device based upon the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Douglas A. Bell, Travis S. Vanderkamp, Sarah Barber, Michael J. Schmitt, Brent J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10234568
    Abstract: A system and method of determining a vehicle location where roads have different elevations and at least partially overlap. The method carried out by the system includes: receiving a plurality of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellite signals at a vehicle; determining a vehicle location and a vehicle velocity including an up velocity based on the received GNSS signals; identifying a plurality of roads, within a range of the vehicle location, at least one of which has a different elevation than the other road(s); and selecting at least one of the plurality of roads within the range based on the up velocity component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Croyle
  • Patent number: 10230479
    Abstract: A method and system for measuring a device under test are disclosed. In some embodiments, an electromagnetic measurement system to test a device under test, DUT is provided. The system includes, at a central location, an emulator core configured to introduce an impairment in each of at least one transmit signal to produce a digital impaired signal; and at a remote location, a transmitter configured to convert the digital impaired signal to an analog RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: ETS-Lindgren Inc.
    Inventor: Michael David Foegelle
  • Patent number: 10220784
    Abstract: A display system of a vehicle is provided herein. The display system includes light sources and an indicator that luminesces in response to light excitation by the light sources. A controller is provided for selectively operating each of the light sources based on input from one or more proximity sensors. The indicator luminesces in one of a number of colors depending on which of the light sources is activated and each color indicates the proximity of a detected object relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, James J. Surman, Aaron Bradley Johnson
  • Patent number: 10176723
    Abstract: An obstacle avoidance system is provided to assist a pilot in avoiding obstacles. The obstacle avoidance system includes a set of proximity sensors and a pilot interface device. The set of proximity sensors detects nearby obstacles by emitting a signal and receiving a reflected signal from an obstacle. A processor receives an obstacle indication from the set of proximity sensors and detects the obstacle that is in proximity to the aircraft based at least in part on the reflected signal. The processor acquires a distance and a direction to the obstacle and calculates a threat level posed by the obstacle. The pilot interface device is operable to display the following: an ownship icon indicative of the aircraft, a velocity vector icon indicative of a velocity vector of the aircraft, and an obstacle graphic indicative of the distance, direction, and threat level of the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anup A. Gadgil, Joseph L. Komer
  • Patent number: 10170009
    Abstract: A method for transmitting flight parameters of a lead aircraft to an intruder aircraft. Transmission includes a collision avoidance system connected to which is a flight parameter transmission authorization system having a database including coordinates defining a volume of confidence smaller than the monitoring volume. The flight parameter transmission authorization system of the lead aircraft authorizes, only for an intruder aircraft identified as flying within the volume of confidence, transmission of at least one flight parameter of the lead aircraft, such that this intruder aircraft is able to calculate the position of centers of wake vortices generated by the lead aircraft or the flow strength of the wake vortices. Exchanging flight parameters of the lead aircraft only with intruder aircraft flying within the volume of confidence with limited dimensions makes it possible not to exceed the maximum capacity of the bandwidth of the automated communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Mathieu Hiale-Guilhamou, Jean-luc Robin
  • Patent number: 10160536
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aircraft (5) comprising: a structure (6); a landing gear (1) mounted on the structure (6) of the aircraft; and at least one obstacle detector (2). The aircraft (5) is characterized in that the obstacle detector (2) is secured to an arm (3), said arm (3) being mounted on the structure (6) such that it can move between a rest position in which the arm (3) is retracted and a detection position in which the arm (3) is deployed such that the obstacle detector (2) extends close to a lower portion of the landing gear (1) at a distance from the structure (6) of the aircraft (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignees: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE, SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Carlo Necci, Jacques Lacourie
  • Patent number: 10147330
    Abstract: A flight path holding pattern system is configured to determine an efficient holding pattern for an aircraft. The flight path holding pattern system includes a holding pattern determination unit that is configured to automatically generate the holding pattern for the aircraft based on one or more of current air traffic in relation to a destination airport, historical holding patterns in relation to the destination airport, current weather conditions in relation to the destination airport, and fuel consumption of one or both of the aircraft and at least one other aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samantha A. Schwartz, Garoe Gonzalez Parra, Adam Karwan, Marcin Zadroga
  • Patent number: 10126408
    Abstract: A ship vicinity information display device is provided. The ship vicinity information display device includes a display unit configured to display information indicating a situation in the vicinity of a first ship, a detector configured to detect a second ship existing in the vicinity of the first ship, a ship wave information generating module configured to generate information of ship waves caused by the second ship, and a display processing module configured to cause the display unit to graphically display the second ship detected by the detector, and the information of the ship waves generated by the ship wave information generating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Ise
  • Patent number: 10126416
    Abstract: A light grid in accordance with the time of flight principle having at least one light transmitter (2) which transmits light signals (3) into a measured zone (5) and having at least one light receiver (4) which receives the light signals (3) reflected from the measured zone (5) and supplies them in the form of received electrical signals to a control and evaluation unit (7) which determines a distance signal representative of the distance (8) of objects (6) from the light grid (1) from the time between the transmission and the reception of the light signal (3) while taking account of the speed of light, with the light receiver (4) having at least one single photon avalanche diode (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Magnus Albert, Jörg Sigmund
  • Patent number: 10121384
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ryan D. Hale, Louis J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 10116378
    Abstract: A method in an aircraft computing system for facilitating communication between a flight crew and external communication facility (ECF) such as air traffic control (ATC) or airline operational control (AOC) is provided. The method comprises monitoring aircraft data by an aircraft computing system for a plurality of pre-defined, non-emergency conditions, detecting, by the aircraft computing system, a pre-defined, non-emergency condition requiring communication from the flight crew to the ECF, automatically generating and displaying a computer-generated message on an aircraft cockpit display responsive to detecting the condition requiring communication from the flight crew to the ECF, providing a selection option for transmitting the message to the ECF, and transmitting the message to the ECF in accordance with the option selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Katarina Alexis Morowsky, Aaron Gannon, Ivan Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10109207
    Abstract: A method for an aircraft for handling potential collisions in air traffic includes providing by a collision avoidance system a collision avoidance maneuver to avoid a collision with one or more intruders. The collision avoidance system is configured to obtain information about these intruders. The method includes further providing flight management constraints from an onboard flight system. Further, the method includes providing flight situation data from a navigation system. The method includes generating a modified collision avoidance maneuver based on the collision avoidance maneuver provided by the collision avoidance system, the flight situation data and the flight management constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Joy Jonatan Bousquet, Winfried Lohmiller, Joerg Meyer
  • Patent number: 10098204
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, computer program product, and system, relating to a geographic lighting controller. A controller receives an instruction for a smart lighting effect, the instruction including a target geographic location. The controller retrieves from a database, based on the target geographic location, information identifying a first plurality of smart lights to activate as part of the smart lighting effect. The controller determines a plurality of network addresses and a plurality of orientations for the first plurality of smart lights, based on the retrieved information, generates a lighting effect command relating to the first plurality of smart lights, and transmits the lighting effect command to create the smart lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Calvin Byers, Joseph M. Clarke, Gonzalo A. Salgueiro, M. David Hanes
  • Patent number: 10086953
    Abstract: A synchronized, aircraft light system includes a first light emitting diode (LED) light source disposed on the aircraft and a second LED light source disposed on the aircraft. The first LED light source and the second LED light source are operatively coupled to a direct current (DC) power source by a DC power bus. A power line communication (PLC) modem is operatively coupled to the DC power bus. The PLC modem is operable to impart a synchronization signal on the DC power bus, such that the first LED light source and the second LED light source are caused to illuminate via power supplied from the DC power source via the DC power bus, in a predetermined, synchronous manner with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Qixiang Li
  • Patent number: 10074283
    Abstract: An example method includes determining a probable flight trajectory for each respective flight; modifying the probable flight trajectory based on constraints imposed by Air Traffic Controller (ATC) rules to generate a modified flight trajectory; assigning respective arrival slots for modified flight trajectories; receiving trajectory exchange information indicating that two aircraft operators have exchanged two respective flight trajectories associated with two respective flights operated by the two aircraft operators; based on the trajectory exchange information, modifying: (i) the two respective flight trajectories, and (ii) respective arrival slots assigned to the two respective flight trajectories; and transmitting, by the computing device, the modified two respective flight trajectories to respective aircraft assigned to perform the two respective flights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Italo Romani de Oliveira, Jose A. Fregnani
  • Patent number: 10043405
    Abstract: An advisor system includes a computer-readable storage medium having encoded thereon a program of instructions. Execution of the instructions causes a processor to determine a current state of a first aircraft operating on a movement area of an airport including determining a path vector for the first aircraft. The path vector includes a speed and direction of travel of the first aircraft and identification of a runway intersection the first aircraft is projected to enter. The processor processes a surveillance signal transmitted from a second aircraft operating on the movement area, including determining a quality of the surveillance signal. The processor further determines a movement vector of the second aircraft, and compares the path vector and the movement vector to identify possible interference. Finally, the processor provides an advisory at the first aircraft based on the compared path vector and the movement vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric R. Chartier, Evan Eaves, William Colligan, Andrew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10043400
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing trajectory amendments are provided. In one embodiment, a computing system can identify a plurality of aircraft operators. The system can provide for display in a user interface, to one or more computing devices of each of the plurality of aircraft operators, a first set of data identifying an arrival time slot associated with a landing area. The system can receive one or more second sets of data indicating that one or more of the aircraft operators has selected the arrival time slot. The system can select a first aircraft operator of the one or more aircraft operators for the arrival time slot. The system can provide, to a computing device of the first aircraft operator, an output indicating that the first operator has been selected for the arrival time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Szabolcs Andras Borgyos
  • Patent number: 9997078
    Abstract: An obstacle avoidance system is provided to assist a pilot in avoiding obstacles. The obstacle avoidance system includes a set of proximity sensors and a pilot interface device. The set of proximity sensors detects nearby obstacles by emitting a signal and receiving a reflected signal from an obstacle. A processor receives an obstacle indication from the set of proximity sensors and detects the obstacle that is in proximity to the aircraft based at least in part on the reflected signal. The processor acquires a distance and a direction to the obstacle and calculates a threat level posed by the obstacle. The pilot interface device is operable to display the following: an ownship icon indicative of the aircraft, a velocity vector icon indicative of a velocity vector of the aircraft, and an obstacle graphic indicative of the distance, direction, and threat level of the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Anup A. Gadgil, Joseph L. Komer
  • Patent number: 9971734
    Abstract: A device and a method for determining a rough component of a latitude or longitude position of a moving craft. The position is reconstructed cyclically by combining the rough component with a corresponding fine component. The device determines the sign of a difference between the fine component for an acquisition cycle and the fine component for a preceding acquisition cycle. The device then computes the rough component corresponding to the given acquisition cycle of the fine component, as a function of the sign of the difference and of the sign and of the value of the speed of the craft. The device and the corresponding method make it possible to extrapolate an unrefreshed rough component as a function of the trend of the fine component and of the sign of the speed of the moving craft to reduce error associated with the computation of the latitude or longitude position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventor: Nicolas Fabas
  • Patent number: 9938010
    Abstract: An electronic human machine interface (HMI) module is configured to receive at least one input from an operator of a manually-operated vehicle. The electronic HMI module includes an electronic graphical display unit and an electronic control module. The electronic graphical display unit is configured to display information corresponding to the manually-operated vehicle and information corresponding to an autonomously operated unmanned vehicle (UV) located remotely from the manually-operated vehicle. The electronic control module is in signal communication with the UV and is configured to receive an electronic image signal from the UV. The electronic control module is further configured to display a real-time image captured by the UV on the electronic graphical display unit based on the image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Margaret MacIsaac Lampazzi, Thomas Guido, Gary Howland, Luca F. Bertuccelli, Robert Pupalaikis
  • Patent number: 9898934
    Abstract: A system is described that is configured to receive surveillance data from a vehicle, determine a location of the vehicle based at least in part on the received surveillance data, and determine a course of the vehicle based at least in part on the received surveillance data. The system is further configured to predict a future vehicle maneuver for the vehicle based at least in part on the location and the course of the vehicle, and based at least in part on a set of protocol data indicating one or more standard procedures for one or more vehicle maneuvers. The system is further configured to determine, based at least in part on the predicted future vehicle maneuver, a modified protection volume for the vehicle that is modified relative to a baseline protection volume for the vehicle. The system is further configured to generate an output based on the modified protection volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Guoqing Wang, Rong Zhang, Zhong Chen, Ruy C. Brandao, Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 9892645
    Abstract: A movement state presentation device includes an information acquisition unit that acquires movement information relating to a plurality of moving objects including a current position, a position prediction unit that predicts each of positions of the plurality of moving objects at each of a plurality of future time points common to the plurality of moving objects based on the movement information acquired by the information acquisition unit, and a display processing unit that causes the current positions of the plurality of moving objects to be displayed on a display unit using the movement information acquired by the information acquisition unit, and causes the positions of the plurality of moving objects at each of the future time points to be sequentially displayed on the display unit in chronological order at a display interval common to the plurality of moving objects based on the positions predicted by the position prediction unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NEC SOLUTION INNOVATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Morishita, Katsuyuki Nagai, Hisashi Noda, Yoshie Sakurazawa
  • Patent number: 9880263
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that relate to a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) device. The LIDAR device includes a fiber laser configured to emit light within a wavelength range, a scanning portion configured to direct the emitted light in a reciprocating manner about a first axis, and a plurality of detectors configured to sense light within the wavelength range. The device additionally includes a controller configured to receive target information, which may be indicative of an object, a position, a location, or an angle range. In response to receiving the target information, the controller may cause the rotational mount to rotate so as to adjust a pointing direction of the LIDAR. The controller is further configured to cause the LIDAR to scan a field-of-view (FOV) of the environment. The controller may determine a three-dimensional (3D) representation of the environment based on data from scanning the FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Pierre-yves Droz, Gaetan Pennecot, Anthony Levandowski, Drew Eugene Ulrich, Zach Morriss, Luke Wachter, Dorel Ionut Iordache, William McCann, Daniel Gruver, Bernard Fidric, Samuel William Lenius
  • Patent number: 9874635
    Abstract: A lidar system having a light source to emit an output beam and an overlap mirror having a reflecting surface with an aperture through which the output beam passes. The lidar system may include mirrors driven by a galvanometer scanner, a resonant scanner, a microelectromechanical systems device, or a voice coil motor. The mirrors may direct the output beam toward a light source field of view (FOV) and may move the light source FOV to different locations within a field of regard. The mirrors may receive reflected portions of the output beam as an input beam and direct the input beam toward the reflecting surface of the overlap mirror. The lidar system may include a receiver to receive the input beam from the reflecting surface of the overlap mirror. The receiver may have a receiver FOV that moves synchronously with, and at least partially overlaps, the light source FOV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Luminar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Eichenholz, Austin K. Russell, Scott R. Campbell, Alain Villeneuve, Rodger W. Cleye, Joseph G. LaChapelle, Matthew D. Weed, Lane A. Martin
  • Patent number: 9864370
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for preventing interference from simultaneous data transmissions in a remote control system. A controlled terminal is typically configured to receive control data from a controlling terminal and to transmit feedback data to a monitoring terminal. To prevent interference caused by the simultaneous transmissions of control data and feedback data. The controlling terminal can transmit the control data to the monitoring terminal, which then transmits the control data to the controlled terminal. Such transmission of the control data may be carried out in a way that does not interfere with the transmission of the feedback data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hong Tao Wang, Zhi Cong Huang
  • Patent number: 9858822
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an automated unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) self-identification system, devices, and techniques pertaining to the automated identification of individual UAVs operating within an airspace via a mesh communication network, individual UAVs and a central authority representing nodes of the mesh network. The system may detect nearby UAVs present within a UAV's airspace. Nearby UAVs may self-identify or be identified via correlation with one or more features detected by the UAV. The UAV may validate identifying information using a dynamic validation policy. Data collected by the UAV may be stored in a local mesh database and distributed to individual nodes of the mesh network and merged into a common central mesh database for distribution to individual nodes of the mesh network. UAVs on the mesh network utilize local and central mesh database information for self-identification and to maintain a dynamic flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Kristofer Gentry
  • Patent number: 9857794
    Abstract: A system and non-transient computer readable medium for executing a method for controlling position and speed of a marine vessel propelled by a marine propulsion device along a route including a plurality of waypoints are disclosed. An input source provides the plurality of waypoints to a controller, each individual waypoint being associated with a respective operator-selected desired speed of the marine propulsion device. A position determination device determines an actual geographical location of the vessel, and a speed sensor determines an actual speed of the marine propulsion device. The controller receives a given waypoint and its respective desired speed from the input source, the actual geographical location from the position determination device, and the actual speed from the speed sensor. The controller compares these values and outputs commands to propel the marine vessel to the given waypoint and concurrently to operate the marine propulsion device at the respective desired speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew David Jarrell, Robert Raymond Osthelder, Kenneth G. Gable
  • Patent number: 9852643
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing trajectory amendments are provided. In one embodiment, a computing system can identify a plurality of aircraft operators. The system can provide for display in a user interface, to one or more computing devices of each of the plurality of aircraft operators, a first set of data identifying an arrival time slot associated with a landing area. The system can receive one or more second sets of data indicating that one or more of the aircraft operators has selected the arrival time slot. The system can select a first aircraft operator of the one or more aircraft operators for the arrival time slot. The system can provide, to a computing device of the first aircraft operator, an output indicating that the first operator has been selected for the arrival time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Szabolcs Andras Borgyos
  • Patent number: 9844466
    Abstract: A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NANT HOLDINGS IP LLC
    Inventors: Wayne C. Boncyk, Ronald H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9844469
    Abstract: A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NANT HOLDINGS IP LLC
    Inventors: Wayne C. Boncyk, Ronald H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9844468
    Abstract: A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NANT HOLDINGS IP LLC
    Inventors: Wayne C. Boncyk, Ronald H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9844467
    Abstract: A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NANT HOLDINGS IP LLC
    Inventors: Wayne C. Boncyk, Ronald H. Cohen
  • Patent number: 9824598
    Abstract: A flight hindrance display apparatus includes circuitry. The circuitry is configured to acquire surrounding information of an aircraft. The surrounding information is related to a hindrance factor which is a possible flight hindrance to the aircraft. The circuitry is configured to determine a spatial range of the flight hindrance factor on a basis of the acquired surrounding information. The circuitry is configured to determine a flight hindrance cross-section that intersects a plane including a vector of a flight direction of the aircraft and is included in the determined spatial range of the flight hindrance factor. The circuitry is configured to cause a display unit to stereoscopically display an own position of the aircraft, the spatial range of the flight hindrance factor, and the flight hindrance cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi Onomura, Shinei Takahashi, Yu Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9797565
    Abstract: A light engine for a lighting fixture includes a bracket, with multiple mounting surfaces configured at different angles to form a substantially concave region, and a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) modules mounted to the multiple mounting surfaces to project an axis of a light beam from each of the plurality of LED modules along substantially a same illuminating plane. The light engine includes a first set of lenses with a first type of optical surface for focusing a first portion of the plurality of LED modules and a second set of lenses with a second type of optical surface, different than the first type, for focusing a second portion of the plurality of LED modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International LLC
    Inventor: Radu C. Rapeanu
  • Patent number: 9738394
    Abstract: A zero fuel time is determined and presented to an operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Zero fuel time may be determined based on a fuel burn rate and an amount of remaining fuel. A return to base time is determined and presented to an operator of a UAV. Return to base time may be determined based on a location of the UAV and a location of a base. Zero fuel time and return to base time are presented to an operator of a UAV proximate to one another using contrasting and/or varying visual characteristics to ease comparison and identification of this data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Insitu, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Royds Hayes
  • Patent number: 9718558
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for decluttering an aircraft display. Chart data, flight data and user input data are obtained. User input data reflects pilot preferences. A modified combination of chart data and flight data is generated in response to user input data. Symbology that is graphically representative of the modified combination is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jerry Ball, Roger W. Burgin, Emmanuel Letsu-Dake, Dave Pepitone
  • Patent number: 9719791
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing travel information and/or content to users. According to certain embodiments, an area of interest is calculated based on a determined location of a user traveling along a route and a relative distance of travel. The area of interest is associated with coordinates on a map and includes at least a triangular area or a radial area. At least one database is searched to identify travel information and/or content within the area of interest. The travel information and/or content is stored in the database and associated with coordinates on the map. Instructions are provided at a first point in time to electronically display the identified travel information and/or content on a device of the user. Further identified travel information and/or content is displayed to the user at subsequent points in time as the user travels along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Mapquest, Inc.
    Inventors: Sue Anne Hall, Kacy Nikole Beitel
  • Patent number: 9720501
    Abstract: One variation of a dynamic tactile interface includes: a tactile layer including a deformable region and a peripheral region adjacent the deformable region; a substrate coupled to the tactile layer, the substrate defining fluid channel and cooperating with the deformable region to define a variable volume fluidly coupled to the fluid channel; a displacement device coupled to the bladder, displacing fluid into the variable volume to transition the deformable region from the retracted setting to the expanded setting, and displacing fluid out of the variable volume to transition the deformable region from the expanded setting to the retracted setting, the displacement device defining a equilibrium range of fluid pressures within the fluid channel; a reservoir fluidly coupled to the fluid channel and supporting a reserve volume of fluid; and a valve selectively controlling transfer of fluid from the reservoir to the fluid channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Tactus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Ray, Mario Garcia, Roman Rak, Rob Ray, Max Shimshak, Michael Ray, David Anvar, Forrest Grinstead, Nathan Knapp, Micah Yairi, Craig Ciesla
  • Patent number: 9709982
    Abstract: A flight management system with core and supplementary modules is proposed. The core module may include generic applications that implement generic functionalities related to a flight management of the aircraft. The supplementary module may include supplementary applications that implement supplementary functionalities specific to an entity to which the aircraft belongs. The supplementary module may be divided into principal and auxiliary partitions (or entities), and the supplementary applications, also referred to as principal applications, may be implemented in the principal partition. One or more auxiliary applications may be implemented in the auxiliary partition. Each auxiliary application may be associated with one or more principal applications such that the execution of the principal application requires the associated auxiliary application to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Mere, Pierre Neri, Julien Bernat, Marc Vie
  • Patent number: 9701418
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting pilot fatigue in an aircraft having at least an airframe and a pilot-operated aircraft control device includes detecting movements of the aircraft control device, and determining when the pilot is fatigued based on the detected movements of the aircraft control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Erik T. Nelson, Michael Dillard