Vehicle Position Indication Patents (Class 340/988)
  • Patent number: 11030538
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to determining an inquiry to provide to a user based on deficient information related to a plan of the user. Deficient information may be determined based on an insufficient association between a desired information item of the plan and a set of information items that are determined from one or more sources associated with the user. In some implementations, the user may provide, responsive to the inquiry, additional information related to the deficient information and a suggestion may be provided to the user based on the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Theodore Wansley, Amay Nitin Champaneria, Frederick Peter Brewin, Jason Luther Smart
  • Patent number: 11025854
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a method includes providing a camera on a vehicle; supplying video frames from the camera to video signal handling circuitry in a mobile communication device; and actuating the video signal handling circuitry in the mobile communication device to produce driver assistance signals based on the video frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Allessandro Vittorio Galluzzi, Riccardo Parisi
  • Patent number: 11017481
    Abstract: In an example, the present invention provides a method for capturing vehicle mileage information. The method includes initiating an application program configured on the mobile wireless device without any user input required to start tracking a drive. The method includes initiating movement of the mobile wireless device. The method includes using a mapping module to track a start point of a route for the mobile wireless device. The method includes moving the mobile wireless device from the start point through one or more legs. The method includes using algorithms or traffic data to identify one or more of the legs as a route or drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel S. Bomze, Howard A. Bomze, Daniel R. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 11015947
    Abstract: [Problem] To simply simulate a situation where a plurality of mobile objects move in a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: DEHENKEN LIMITED
    Inventor: Toyoshi Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 11014532
    Abstract: A control module for a vehicle comprises a wireless communication circuit in communication with a smart home device and a remote server. The control module further comprises a control circuit in communication with the wireless communication circuit and a controller of the vehicle via a bus interface. The control circuit is configured to receive a status request from the smart home device via the wireless communication circuit. Based on the status request, the control circuit requests a status identification from the controller according to the status request. The control circuit receives the status identification from the controller and communicates the status identification to the smart device via the wireless communication circuit. The status identification is announced by the smart home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Garrett D. Weber
  • Patent number: 11015945
    Abstract: A device can determine route information associated with a route of a vehicle, identify a point of interest (POI) based on the route information, and identify a portion of the route that has a shortest distance to the POI. The device can determine one or more paths from the POI, and determine whether the portion of the route is included in an initial portion of a path of the one or more paths. The device can determine whether the POI is located to a right of the portion of the route, and perform one or more actions to cause the route information and information regarding the POI to be provided to a user device associated with the vehicle based on whether the portion of the route is included in the initial portion of the path, and whether the POI is located to the right of the portion of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Lear, Victor J. Rehorst, Weiyu Liang, Elizabeth A. Burgess
  • Patent number: 11009363
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of determining a route between two locations in a navigation device by calculating the cost of paths between the two locations using a cost function. The cost function applies different weighting factors for the same type of attribute to line segments when the line segments are located in different areas of a map. As such, when the cost of a path is being assessed, the same type of attribute may be associated with different levels of penalty or bonus in different areas. This means that the route determined is less likely to avoid line segments that have a certain negative attribute in areas where the attribute has a less adverse affect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventors: Sjoerd Aben, Teun De Haas, Erik Thomassen, Breght Boschker
  • Patent number: 11009583
    Abstract: Machine learning on user equipment candidate locations provides more accurate location estimation in timing-based location estimation. For instance, timing signals from a user equipment are collected, and adjusted using calibration data, previously known for pairs of fixed-located cells. The adjusted timing data are processed into a location candidate dataset. The location candidate data set is iteratively processed using machine learning technology to eliminate candidate locations until an estimated location is determinable. The location estimation via the described technology is significantly more accurate than other timing-based methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Michaelis, Mark D. Austin, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 11003944
    Abstract: A camera system including: an image sensor that is controlled by one or more camera parameters; and a pre-processing circuit adapted to associate weights respectively with cells of a grid, wherein the weights differ from the one or more camera parameters, wherein the cells respectively include a plurality of contiguous picture elements of the image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Efim Belman
  • Patent number: 10991176
    Abstract: A driverless transportation system includes an autonomous driving vehicle and a management server. A check code includes: a vehicle code unique to the autonomous driving vehicle; and a passcode whose value changes each time it is generated. In deactivation processing, the autonomous driving vehicle newly generates the passcode, stores the check code including the newly-generated passcode, as a first check code, and transmits the first check code to the management server. The management server stores the first check code as a stored check code. In order to activate the autonomous driving vehicle, the management server transmits an activation instruction and the stored check code to the autonomous driving vehicle. In response to that, the autonomous driving vehicle reads the check code from its memory device, as a second check code, and determines whether or not the second check code and the stored check code match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasunao Yoshizaki, Koji Taguchi, Masaki Wasekura, Nobuhide Kamata
  • Patent number: 10989541
    Abstract: A travel route generation device includes circuitry configured to calculate positions of a starting point, an end point, and intermediate points from a start vehicle position, an end vehicle position, and intermediate vehicle positions, respectively, based on a distance from a contour point to a reference point. The circuitry is configured to define the shape of the target work region by calculating a line connecting the starting point, the intermediate points, and the end point, the line defining the shape of the target work region. The circuitry is configured to generate a travel route along which the work vehicle is to travel in the target work region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Uoya, Izuru Shimamoto, Kenji Tamatani, Megumi Suzukawa, Atsushi Shinkai, Kazuo Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 10993081
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method in a cellular telecommunications network, and a network node for implementing the method, the cellular telecommunications network including a base station having a coverage area, and a plurality of User Equipment (UE) located within the base station's coverage area, the method including instructing a first plurality of UEs to report their location; associating an occurrence of a connection performance indication for each UE of the first plurality of UEs with a reported location for that UE; defining a first geographical region in which the density of reported locations is above a first density threshold; defining a second geographical region in which the density of reported locations is above a second density threshold, wherein the area of the first geographical region is greater than the area of the second geographical region; instructing a second plurality of UEs within the first geographical region to report their location at a first reporting rate; and instructing a thi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventors: Farhad Mehran, Richard Mackenzie
  • Patent number: 10982961
    Abstract: This vehicle control system (1) is configured from a vehicle control device (2) installed in a vehicle and a server (40) connected to the vehicle control device (2) via a network. The server (40) is equipped with: a virtual lane generation section which generates virtual lane information relating to a virtual lane virtually set on a road on the basis of at least the travelling locus of another vehicle other than the vehicle; and a server communication section (42) which transmits, to the vehicle control device, the virtual lane information generated by the virtual lane generation section. The vehicle control device (2) is equipped with: a vehicle communication section (14) which receives the virtual lane information from the server (40); a target course generation section (28) which generates a target course of the vehicle on the basis of the virtual lane information; a vehicle control section (39) which causes the vehicle to move along the target course generated by the target track generation section (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, LTD., CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akio Sumizawa
  • Patent number: 10986214
    Abstract: Data associated with a selectively offline capable voice action is locally persisted in a voice-enabled electronic device whenever such an action cannot be competed locally due to the device being offline to enable the action to later be completed after online connectivity has been restored. Synchronization with an online service and/or another electronic device, and/or retrieval of context sensitive data from an online service may be performed after online connectivity has been restored to enable the voice action to thereafter be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Sangsoo Sung, Yuli Gao, Prathab Murugesan
  • Patent number: 10986478
    Abstract: On-hoard equipment in a motor vehicle includes a C-V2X communication device receiving a first signal from road side equipment having a known position. The C-V2X communication device transmits a second signal having content that is dependent upon a length of time in which the first signal traveled from the road side equipment to the C-V2X communication device. A GPS device is communicatively coupled to the C-V2X communication device and receives the second signal from the C-V2X communication device. The GPS device estimates a position of the vehicle. The estimating is dependent upon the second signal from the C-V2X communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Sameh Willliam Tawadrous, Hans A. Troemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10976750
    Abstract: The present invention provides a base station 100 for receiving vehicle control information and/or traffic state information from a vehicle control unit 400, preferably connected to the base station 100. The base station comprises a base band unit 101, and at least one interface 102, wherein the base band unit 101 is connected to the at least one interface 102, and wherein the at least one interface 102 is configured to communicate with at least one application processing unit 103 for processing the vehicle control information and/or the traffic state information in the at least one application processing unit 103, and to receive a result of the processing from the at least one application processing unit 103. The base station 100 is further configured to forward the result of the processing to the vehicle control unit 400.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jijun Luo, Geng Zhou, Karel Sotek
  • Patent number: 10979870
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes, by one or more computing devices, receiving, from a client system of a user, a request for event recommendations for the user; accessing information indicating a geographic location associated with the user; accessing a geographic map comprising multiple map tiles, each map tile defining a geographic area within the map; identifying a first map tile of the multiple map tiles associated with the user based on the geographic location associated with the user; and determining a social tile associated with the first map tile, wherein the social tile comprises the first map tile and one or more second map tiles of the multiple map tiles, wherein the first map tile and the one or more second map tiles are clustered into the social tile based on one or more items of prior attendee information corresponding to one or more prior events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10970364
    Abstract: In some examples, measurement data is received from at least one sensor that detects a signal reflected from a surface inside a platform. A likelihood ratio test is applied using the measurement data, and a load status of the platform is determined based on the likelihood ratio test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Victor James Stolpman, Dake He
  • Patent number: 10969232
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed invention relate to alignment of standard definition (SD) maps and high definition (HD maps) which may come from different sources. Responsive to input of a destination, a route to that destination may be defined, and SD map waypoints generated from that defined route. A graph may be generated from the HD map. The waypoints may be matched with nodes and edges in the graph. One or more edges may constitute a segment in the HD map. A plurality of segments are identified to match the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: USHR INC.
    Inventors: David Keith Johnson, Christopher Ian MacDonald, Shu Yang, Vincent Michael Howard
  • Patent number: 10959046
    Abstract: A location-based and preference-based system and method for matching media content about persons, places and things with the expressed preferences of mobile users to notify users about and provide users with access to media content about persons, places and things that match the user's expressed preferences. The system thus provides information such as stories or articles that match the user's interests and relate to their location. The system may assign ranks to all of the media content that meets that user's preferences wherein, in one embodiment, it will automatically play them in the assigned order. Comparison of the user's preferences with the various profiles of the media content allows the user only to be informed of the media content for those persons, places or things that the user is likely to be interested in. The system and method thus provides for a mobile real-time point of interest exchange network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Chemtron Research LLC
    Inventors: James V. Brady, Jr., Dana M. Sohr
  • Patent number: 10948912
    Abstract: A method for automatically following a preceding object by an autonomous vehicle is provided and includes the following steps: providing a first predetermined path, locating the preceding object and the autonomous vehicle on the first predetermined path, measuring the distance between the autonomous vehicle and the preceding object by a distance measuring unit disposed on the autonomous vehicle, determining a predetermined distance to be maintained between the autonomous vehicle and the preceding object through a central processor, and when the preceding object moves along the first predetermined path, the central processor drives the autonomous vehicle to be following the preceding object along the first predetermined path with the predetermined distance and a moving velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: Passion Mobility Ltd.
    Inventor: Chunghsin Lee
  • Patent number: 10948310
    Abstract: Various arrangements of location-based in-vehicle restaurant menu systems are presented. In some embodiments, a location sensor that determines a global location of a vehicle is present. An in-vehicle display incorporated as part of the vehicle may be present. A location of the vehicle may be determined to correspond to a location-specific menu based on data received from the location sensor. A location-specific menu may be retrieved for the available restaurant location in response to determining the location of the vehicle. The location-specific menu may be output for presentation to the in-vehicle display, allowing a user to decide on his order before approaching an intercom system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Alan Cruz
  • Patent number: 10942519
    Abstract: A system and method for navigating an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) by capturing and analyzing information of a global scene and local objects around the ADV, is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor assembly incorporated on the ADV and a computing device in communication with the sensor assembly. The sensor assembly is configured to collect environmental data around the ADV. The computing device comprises a processor, and a memory unit for storing a predefined scene template and environmental data. The computing device is configured to process the environmental data to identify a moving and static object. The computing device is further configured to observe an environmental scene around the ADV. The observed environmental scene is aligned with a predefined scene template. Further, the predefined scene template is adjusted using the processed environmental data. The computing device provides instruction to control the vehicle based on the adjusted scene template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: AUTOX, INC.
    Inventor: Jianxiong Xiao
  • Patent number: 10943272
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for broadcasting audio. In one aspect, the method includes receiving, from a server by a smart broadcasting device associated with a service client, an audio broadcast instruction; in response to receiving the audio broadcast instruction, downloading an audio file corresponding to the audio broadcast instruction, wherein the audio file comprises a marketing content related to services provided by the server to the service client associated with the smart broadcasting device; and broadcasting, by the smart broadcasting device, the audio file by using a speaker of the smart broadcasting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qimeng Zou, Linqing Wang, Jiankang Sun, Yao Qin
  • Patent number: 10939304
    Abstract: System and method for forecasting availability of network services during flight is provided. The system of the disclosed invention utilizes flight plans and coverage data to provide users aboard aircraft with status of satellite Internet services. The system couples the flight plans with the coverage data to provide information regarding how the flight path of the aircraft will affect availability of Internet services during the flight. The method includes retrieving a flight plan to generate a flight path having one or more waypoints, transmitting one or more service coverage data from service providers, coupling the flight path with the service coverage data to determine portions of the flight path in which the network service is unavailable, and delivering to the users information about the service unavailable portions of the flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Satcom Direct, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Halsey, Ryan Sands
  • Patent number: 10937315
    Abstract: The network system triggers registration of the start of a transport journey in response to a communication of a transport user device and a transport provider device with each other, performs a continuous coordinated proximity monitoring to verify the identity of a transport user and a transport provider vehicle, and triggers registration of the end of the transport journey through communication of the transport user device and the transport provider device with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Carma Technology Limited
    Inventor: Sean O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10937253
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving motor vehicle data related to a motor vehicle from a sensor, retrieving a smart contract, related to the motor vehicle data, stored in a blockchain, performing a validation of the motor vehicle data based on validation standards stored in the smart contract, in response to the validation standards not being satisfied, identifying a required corrective action to the motor vehicle, transmitting a request for the corrective action to be performed to one or more registered entities, receiving a confirmation that the corrective action is complete, creating a blockchain transaction including the confirmation, and storing the blockchain transaction in the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kuntal Dey, Seema Nagar, Meenal Kapoor, Vinayak Sastri
  • Patent number: 10936050
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatuses are provided to determine an occurrence of a first user indication and determine a plurality of Points of Interest (POI) corresponding to the first user indication, and to determine an occurrence of a second user indication and responsively determine a narrowed POI from the plurality of POIs. An action corresponding to the narrowed POI and the first and/or second user indication is determined and effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., EDGE3 TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Yamamoto, Pedram Vaghefinazari, Tarek A. El Dokor, Jordan Cluster
  • Patent number: 10929819
    Abstract: A cloud based system for vehicle maintenance to a target vehicle includes a cloud based on-site vehicle maintenance service. A GPS-based proximity module in a first server associated with the on-site vehicle maintenance service receives both current GPS coordinates of a service vehicle associated with a first maintenance and service provider and current GPS coordinates of the target vehicle of a customer. The current GPS coordinates are used for at least one maintenance and service delivery session with the target vehicle of the customer. The vehicle maintenance and service operation includes 1) directing the service vehicle to the target vehicle of the customer, 2) opening and/or unlocking the target vehicle of the customer, 3) ensuring the one or more vehicle maintenance and service jobs have been performed, and 4) ensuring the target vehicle of the customer is closed and locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Seval Oz, Yao Zhai, Adrian Ramos Aguayo, Sudeep Kaushik, Nikolas Bergerhoff
  • Patent number: 10928206
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an own vehicle position calculation section that calculates an own vehicle position on a map by using a coordinate system projected by a map projection method based on conformal map projection, which has conformality and represents most regions in the world with a single system, and a vehicle control section that controls a vehicle by using the own vehicle position calculated by the own vehicle position calculation section by using the coordinate system projected by the map projection method based on conformal map projection, which has conformality and represents most regions in the world with a single system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Shikimachi, Kiyoshi Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 10915784
    Abstract: A method for detecting map errors includes the following method steps: A first and a second locating map are provided. Features detectable with the aid of a first surroundings sensor of a vehicle are recorded in the first locating map. Features detectable with the aid of a second surroundings sensor of the vehicle are recorded in the second locating map. At least one comparison feature recorded in the first and second locating maps is selected. At least one comparison variable is ascertained on the basis of a first pose of the comparison feature on the first locating map and a second pose of the comparison feature on the second locating map. A map error is established if the comparison variable exceeds a specified threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Zaum, Jan Rohde
  • Patent number: 10915901
    Abstract: A method for processing a transaction request, implementable by a first transaction node, may comprise: acquiring transaction data of a target transaction, wherein the first transaction node participates in the target transaction; determining, according to the transaction data, a transaction abstract after a plurality of transaction nodes each sign a data abstract of the transaction data, wherein the transaction nodes comprise at least the first transaction node and one or more second transaction nodes; generating a transaction request that comprises the transaction abstract; and broadcasting the transaction request to one or more consensus nodes, causing the consensus nodes to each save the transaction abstract in the transaction request into a blockchain after the transaction abstract passes consensus verification, the consensus nodes being blockchain nodes, wherein the transaction nodes and the consensus nodes are blockchain nodes of a blockchain network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED NEW TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ning Li
  • Patent number: 10914599
    Abstract: A vehicle navigation system may receive, from an external computer system, a first route to a destination from a current position of the vehicle navigation system. A current speed of the vehicle navigation system as the vehicle navigation system travels on the first route may be provided to the external computer system. The vehicle navigation system may receive, from the external computer system, other routes to the destination that begin from a starting point that corresponds to an anticipated deviation from the first route located at least a defined distance from the vehicle navigation system. A graphical user interface of the vehicle navigation system may be caused to display a second route of the other routes based on a current deviation of the vehicle navigation system from the first route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Red Hat Israel, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Tsirkin
  • Patent number: 10914600
    Abstract: Methods and systems for analyzing, ranking, and presenting multi-modality transportation proposals are presented. In one embodiment, a method is provided that includes receiving a request for transportation and generating proposals that include routes for transportation an origin location and a destination location of the request. The proposals each include segment(s) corresponding to a portion of a route and at least one modality identifying a type of transportation for the segment(s). Proposal scores may then be calculated for each of the proposals. Proposal scores for a proposal may be calculated based on a disutility measure of the proposal that measures a predicted inconvenience for a user following the route identified by the proposal. The proposals may be ranked based on the proposal scores and the ranking may be transmitted to a mobile device for display on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Parker Spielman, Mayank Gulati, Karina Goot, Priyanka Madhav Phatak, Michael Francis Lodick, Jatin Chopra, David Louis Bergman Quaid
  • Patent number: 10917473
    Abstract: A road sensor system for sensing data about a road surface and for providing that data, in real time, to data receivers. The system includes a communications network and a data control center that receives and transmits data via the communications network. Sensor assemblies include a housing that is implanted into the road surface, a sensor in the housing that collects sensor data related to an area local to the sensor assembly, and a communications module for communicating sensor data via the communications network from the sensor to the data control center for storage in the database. Sensor data received and stored is associated with location data for a location of the road surface where the housing is implanted. The data receivers receive sensor data or metadata derived from sensor data via the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Astec, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Bass, Chuck Simpson, Kris Robertson, Mark Chambers
  • Patent number: 10906539
    Abstract: An automatic driving navigation method, apparatus, and system, an in-vehicle terminal, and a server are provided. The method includes obtaining, by an in-vehicle terminal, satellite positioning data of a vehicle, receiving a differential positioning correction from a radio base station in a wireless network, and correcting the satellite positioning data using the differential positioning correction to obtain a high-precision location of the vehicle; providing, by the server, a lane level planning driving route to the in-vehicle terminal according to the high-precision location provided by the in-vehicle terminal and with reference to high-precision map information; and controlling, by the in-vehicle terminal according to the obtained high-precision location, the vehicle to automatically drive according to the lane level planning driving route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhihua Yang, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 10907978
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, systems and apparatuses for determining a blind corner navigational score based on real-time or near real-time navigational analysis using sensor data, digital image data, and a map database are discussed. In some arrangements, detection of a blind sensor may be performing using sensor data, digital image data, and navigational data from a map database system. In at least some arrangements, a warning signal or a vehicle control signal may be transmitted to a vehicle in response to a determination that the blind corner navigational score is above a threshold. In at least some arrangements, route correction and/or route modification based on an upcoming blind corner may be performed if a blind corner navigational score is above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Veljko Krunic, Sunil Chintakindi, Timothy W. Gibson, Howard Hayes, Surender Kumar
  • Patent number: 10902686
    Abstract: Provided is an erroneous communication prevention device operable to prevent erroneous communication between an RFID tag installed in a vehicle and an RFID communication antenna disposed at a roadside. The erroneous communication prevention device includes an erroneous communication prevention antenna operable to transmit erroneous communication prevention electromagnetic waves toward an electromagnetic wave leakage monitoring region. The electromagnetic wave leakage monitoring region is outside an RFID communication region where the RFID tag performs valid communications with the RFID communication antenna. In addition, the electromagnetic wave leakage monitoring region is defined in a region where the RFID tag is enabled to perform communications using electromagnetic waves transmitted from the RFID communication antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES MACHINERY SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Maeda, Satoshi Nozaki
  • Patent number: 10891328
    Abstract: A system for providing a life log service and a method of providing the life log service. The computing device for providing the life log service includes: a display which displays a map in a first display area and which displays like content in a second display area; and a processor including a content generator which generates the life content of a user based on a current position of the computing device, and a controller, which, in response to the generated live content, updates the second display area in real time to display the generated life content and updates the map in the first display area to display a path synchronized with the generated life content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-won Yang, Du-seok Kim, Hyun-cheol Park, Seung-chur Oh, Ho-sik Cho
  • Patent number: 10891287
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing travel-related information for a location to a user based on activity indications of the user that are related to the location. The location may be determined based on a set of one or more related activity indications and a travel-related score may be determined for the location that is indicative of likelihood that the user has interest in travelling to the location. The user may be provided the travel-related information for the location based on the travel-related score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Amay Nitin Champaneria, Frederick Peter Brewin, Vivek Raghunathan, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Aparna Chennapragada, Ramakrishnan Srikant, Vineet Gupta, Carl Lischeske, Mahesh Keralapura Manjunatha, Carolyn Au, Ramanathan Guha, Ravi Kolluri, Pablo Bellver, Kiran Panesar, Andrew Dai
  • Patent number: 10881331
    Abstract: A respiratory monitoring apparatus comprises at least one motion sensor and a processing device. The at least one motion sensor senses an angular motion of a measured part capable of indicating a respiratory motion, and outputs an angular velocity vector of the measured part; the processing device, connected to the motion sensor, extracts a respiratory angular velocity from the angular velocity vector, and acquires a respiratory wave according to the respiratory angular velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Mindray Scientific Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenhan Yu, Hui Yu
  • Patent number: 10872111
    Abstract: An apparatus for presenting search results includes a content module that gathers user-generated content from a plurality of users of a social networking service, the user-generated content relating to one or more of an event and an activity, a cluster module that identifies a cluster of related user-generated content from the location information of the gathered user-generated content, the cluster comprising a plurality of items of user-generated content relating to one or more of a common event and an activity that have a geographically similar location, an area module that determines an area containing the cluster of related user-generated content, a search module that receives a search query, the search query related to one or more of the common event and activity of the cluster, and a map display module that presents, on an electronic map, a boundary for the determined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LENOVO Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) PTE. LTD
    Inventors: Barry Alan Kritt, Sarbajit Kumar Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10870497
    Abstract: A method is provided. The method comprises receiving a travel plan for a vehicle including a travel path information; determining a vehicle trajectory using the travel path information; obtaining forecasts of at least one of weather and vehicles proximate in time and location to the vehicle along the vehicle trajectory; determining, based upon at least one of the weather forecast and the other vehicles forecast, if at least one optional function would be beneficial to enable during vehicle travel along the vehicle trajectory; and generating at least one enablement code corresponding to the determined at least one optional function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan K, Sreenivasan Govindillam K
  • Patent number: 10871577
    Abstract: The present disclosure can perform positioning of a terminal even though a communication bandwidth capable of being used by a reference station is narrow. In a positioning method, a positioning system, a correction information generation method, and a correction information generation apparatus of the present disclosure, coordinates of a terminal are positioned by using the reference station, a plurality of relay stations communicating with the reference station, and the terminal communicating with the relay station. In the positioning method, the positioning system, the correction information generation method, and the correction information generation apparatus of the present disclosure, information for specifying the relay station communicating with the terminal is acquired, and the correction information is generated based on the positioning signal from a satellite which is received by the reference station based on the coordinates of the relay station communicating with the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10867285
    Abstract: A service appointment can be mapped to an automobile. Mapping a service appointment to an automobile can include receiving the diagnostic trouble code (DTC) from the automobile, interpreting, via a computing device, a service operation that resolves the DTC, and updating, via the computing device, the plurality of attributes of the plurality of service centers. Mapping the service appointment to an automobile can also include mapping, via the computing device, the service operation to a selected service center from the plurality of service centers based on the plurality of attributes of the selected service center and scheduling an appointment with the service center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: CDK GLOBAL, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Kelley
  • Patent number: 10859386
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for managing waste services. The system may have a memory with computer-executable instructions stored thereon, and a processor. The processor may be configured to execute the instructions to receive, via a first portal, sensor data and location data associated with a service vehicle; to make a determination based on the location data of whether the service vehicle is stopped or moving; and based on the determination, to selectively show on a second portal, confirmation of a service activity completed by the service vehicle or an irregularity in a roadway traveled by the service vehicle corresponding to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Rodoni
  • Patent number: 10860967
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus are provided in controlling product deliveries to customers. Some embodiments provide a system, comprising: a delivery control system comprising: a delivery control circuit; and a memory coupled to the delivery control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the delivery control circuit cause the delivery control circuit to: identify that a first customer has traveled beyond a first geo-location boundary associated with the first customer; trigger, in response to identifying that the first customer has traveled beyond the first geo-location boundary, a change in monitoring activity of movements of the first customer; identify that the first customer has traveled beyond a second geo-location boundary associated with the first customer; and automatically suspend the scheduled delivery of the one or more products to the delivery site in response to identifying that the first customer has traveled beyond the second geo-location boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10862970
    Abstract: A vehicle controller communicates with a cellular communication system to request content. The content is transmitted to one or more road side units with storage (RSS) lying on the vehicles known or inferred trajectory. When the vehicle passes by the RSS some or all of the content is transmitted to the vehicle using a short-range, high-bandwidth communication protocol. The content may be divided into segments and each segment sent to an RSS. The segments are sized according to a capacity of the RSS and the amount of time the vehicle is expected to spend traversing a range of the RSS. Content may be cached in the RSS for use by other vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Sagar Kumar Regmi, Yun Ho Lee, Lynn Valerie Keiser
  • Patent number: 10850747
    Abstract: Disclosed is a feature for a vehicle that enables taking precautionary actions in response to conditions on the road network around or ahead of the vehicle, in particular, an intersection without traffic signals and without a sufficient merge lane. A database that represents the road network is used to determine locations where roads meet without a traffic signal and without a sufficient merge lane. Then, precautionary action data is added to the database to indicate a location at which a precautionary action is to be taken about the location of the insufficient merge lane. A precautionary action system installed in a vehicle uses this database, or a database derived therefrom, in combination with a positioning system to determine when the vehicle is at a location that corresponds to the location of a precautionary action. When the vehicle is at such a location, a precautionary action is taken by a vehicle system as the vehicle is approaching a location of an insufficient merge lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Robert Denaro
  • Patent number: RE48322
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detection of a construction zone sign are described. A computing device, configured to control the vehicle, may be configured to receive, from an image-capture device coupled to the computing device, images of a vicinity of the road on which the vehicle is travelling. Also, the computing device may be configured to determine image portions in the images that may depict sides of the road at a predetermined height range. Further, the computing device may be configured to detect a construction zone sign in the image portions, and determine a type of the construction zone sign. Accordingly, the computing device may be configured to modify a control strategy associated with a driving behavior of the vehicle; and control the vehicle based on the modified control strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nathaniel Fairfield, David I. Ferguson, Abhijit S. Ogale, Matthew Wang, Yangli Hector Yee