At Remote Location Patents (Class 340/989)
  • Patent number: 11218008
    Abstract: A control unit for a battery system includes a plurality of battery cells is provided. The control unit includes: an input node configured to receive a sensor signal indicative of a state of at least one of the plurality of battery cells; a microcontroller connected to the input node and configured to generate a first control signal based on the sensor signal; and a switch control circuit configured to control a power switch of the battery system by: receiving the sensor signal, the first control signal, and a fault signal indicative of an operational state of the microcontroller; generating a second control signal based on the sensor signal; and transmitting one of the first control signal and the second control signal to an output node of the control unit based on the received fault signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Maximilian Hofer, Markus Pretschuh, Michael Erhart
  • Patent number: 11198415
    Abstract: Example on-demand driver (ODD) systems and methods are described herein. An example method includes generating, with an ODD system, a softkey for a vehicle associated with an agreement between a driver-in-need (DIN) and an ODD, monitoring, with the ODD system, a location of an ODD device carried by the ODD, and transmitting, with the ODD system, the softkey to the ODD device when the ODD device is detected as being within a proximity of the vehicle. In the example method, the softkey is used to unlock the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dave A. Herman, David Joseph Orris, Nicholas Scheufler, Nunzio Decia, Stephen Jay Orris
  • Patent number: 11169804
    Abstract: Techniques for maintaining d-heap property and speeding up retrieval operations, such as top or pop, by vectorizing the d-heap and utilizing horizontal aggregation SIMD instructions across the retrieval operations. A d-heap is vectorized by storing it in a contiguous memory array containing a beginning-most side and end-most side. Horizontal aggregation SIMD instructions are utilized to aggregate the values of the vectorized d-heap. Thus, the number of comparisons required in order to find the maximum or minimum key value within a single node of the d-heap is reduced resulting in faster retrieval operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin Schlegel, Harshad Kasture, Pit Fender, Matthias Brantner, Hassan Chafi
  • Patent number: 11127290
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having one or more autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. According to certain aspects, a computer-implemented method for communicating information regarding a smart infrastructure component to an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle may be provided. Sensors may be communicatively connected to an infrastructure communication device, and the infrastructure communication device may generate a message based upon information from the sensors and/or regarding the infrastructure component. The message may be transmitted, and, with the vehicle operator's permission, all or part of the determined message may be presented to the operator of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle. The message may include weather, traffic, ice, or road condition or construction information and facilitate safer vehicle travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 11095741
    Abstract: Value-based data transmission in an autonomous vehicle may include acquiring sensor data from a plurality of sensors of the autonomous vehicle, the sensor data comprising a plurality of portions; determining, for each portion of the sensor data, a value; determining, based on the values for the sensor data, an upload policy; and transmitting, based on the upload policy, one or more portions of the sensor data to a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: GHOST LOCOMOTION INC.
    Inventors: John Hayes, Volkmar Uhlig
  • Patent number: 11079758
    Abstract: A method of collecting data regarding the operation of a vehicle that includes receiving sensor data regarding one or more objects or events in a surrounding environment using one or more vehicle sensors, classifying, by one or more processors, the one or more detected objects or events, generating one or more vehicle inquiries based on the classification of the one or more detected objects or events, presenting one or more vehicle inquiries, and receiving user feedback to the one or more vehicle inquiries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: John J. Leonard, Simon A. I. Stent, Luke S. Fletcher, Stephen G. McGill
  • Patent number: 11080802
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for defining, measuring and tracking aspects, such as pavement defects. Based on the survey data dimensional detail for the pavement defects is determined and treatment approaches selected. A bid package based on the treatment approach is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Hamilton Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11067699
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a vehicle for receiving and processing first data while the vehicle is in a parked position, the data taking into consideration errors in a position determination for the vehicle on account of atmospheric effects. The first data are produced by at least one satellite which is designed to send the first data to the vehicle having a first communication interface. The first communication interface is designed to receive the first data from the at least one satellite. A controller is connectable to the first communication interface in order to receive first data from the first communication interface for processing. The controller is further designed to take the received first data as a basis for determining at least one parameter for the creation of an error correction model for correcting a position error in the determination of a position for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 11055933
    Abstract: A method for operating a communication network comprising a plurality of motor vehicles, wherein the motor vehicles each have a sensor device having at least one environmental sensor, wherein at least one motor vehicle, when a malfunction of an environmental sensor is found by its sensor device, transmits the status data describing the malfunction and including position data of the motor vehicle to at least one external evaluation device for determining interference area information describing an interference area for environmental sensors of the motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jan Buchholz, Sebastian Engel
  • Patent number: 11044585
    Abstract: Multicast expert system information dissemination systems and methods making use of artificial intelligence are provided. The systems and methods include a wireless device for receiving RF multicast information messages from a content provider wherein said information is descriptive of objects potentially of interest to users of the device. Received multicast messages may include information parameters about objects of potentially interest to the user. The wireless device also includes a knowledge base prestored in the wireless device descriptive of the user's level of interest in various objects. Artificial intelligence expert system control is used to evaluate a combination of the user's level of interest in the object information and distance from the user to the location where the object may be obtained. The artificial intelligence expert system derives a user advisory action index. In one embodiment the artificial intelligence may be implemented using fuzzy logic inference engine apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Robert D. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 11021101
    Abstract: The present teaching relates to method, system, and medium, for generating an augmented alert in a hybrid vehicle. First information indicating an upcoming switch in an operating mode of the vehicle is received, which specifies a set of tasks, arranged in an order, to be completed by a driver in the vehicle to achieve the upcoming switch, and a task duration for each of the set of tasks by which the task is to be completed. A current state of the driver is obtained and used to determine a set of warnings to alert the driver to perform the set of tasks. Each warning corresponds to a task in the set of tasks and is created based on the current state of the driver. A warning schedule is generated based on the set of warnings in the order of the set of tasks and transmitted so that warnings in the warning schedule are delivered to the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: PLUSAI LIMITED
    Inventors: Hao Zheng, Timothy Patrick Daly, Jr., David Wanqian Liu
  • Patent number: 11008197
    Abstract: In a method for performing a manual drive in an elevator after mains power-off, the frequency converter of the motor is separated from mains, any safety blocking of the brake drive and/or motor drive is disabled, current is supplied from the battery to the brake drive to open the elevator brake and current is supplied from the battery to the drive control to allow regulation of the motor speed via the inverter bridge, the manual drive control observes the motor speed via the speed sensor and starts a speed feedback loop to regulate the motor speed to a manual drive reference value by feeding a three phase-AC current to the motor windings via the semiconductors of the inverter bridge, which manual drive speed reference is lower than the speed reference for normal elevator operation, when the car reaches a floor level the floor level indicator is activated, and the actuator is released whereafter the current supply from the battery to the elevator brake is interrupted and the previous disabled safety blocking o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juhamatti Nikander, Ari Kattainen, Pasi Raassina
  • Patent number: 10916138
    Abstract: The network system triggers registration of the start 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: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Carma Technology Limited
    Inventor: Sean O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10912135
    Abstract: A server device includes a memory and processor. A vehicle identification number (VIN) is stored in the memory. The VIN is associated with connection information for a vehicle associated with the VIN. The processor executes A VIN matcher stored in the memory, and denies a request for connection information in response to a mismatch between a supplied VIN from a connecting device and the VIN stored in memory. The processor executes a network connector stored in the memory, and sends connection information to a connecting device in response to a match between the supplied VIN from the connecting device and the VIN stored in memory. The connection information is sent through the network connection using a first communication protocol and contains information for the connecting device to connect to the vehicle through direct pairing using a second communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Jeffrey Michael Zellen, Matthew Bourdua, Janardhan Thodeti
  • Patent number: 10891870
    Abstract: A system (1) for aiding navigation includes an airport navigation device (2) to generate a ground route within the airport for an aided aircraft, a device (3) for determining the current position of the aided aircraft, a traffic surveillance device (9) for determining the location and type of nearby aircraft, a computation unit (10) for determining, for each segment of the ground route congestion information as a function of the position, type and speed of the nearby aircraft on each of the segments, and a display device displaying an airport map, the current location of the aided aircraft and congestion information for each segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Nicolas Gros, Antoine Casta
  • Patent number: 10891815
    Abstract: A key information management device includes: a key information distribution unit configured to distribute key information to a company that provides a delivery service that allows an inside of a vehicle, a building, or a facility used by a user to be designated as a delivery destination of a package, key information being used by a delivery person of the company to unlock a specified entrance of the vehicle, the building, or the facility; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the delivery person who delivers the package has reached within a specified range of the vehicle, the building, or the facility, wherein the key information distribution unit is configured to distribute the key information to the company when the determination unit determines that the delivery person has reached within the specified range of the vehicle, the building, or the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Endo, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 10887822
    Abstract: Techniques for assigning APs to wireless network controllers are described. One or more RF constellations for a plurality of APs in a wireless network are generated. The RF constellations are organized based on estimated RF distances among the plurality of APs. The plurality of APs are clustered into a plurality of groups of one or more APs, based on the RF constellations and the estimated RF distances. Each group, of the plurality of groups, is assigned to a wireless network controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome Henry, Vishal S. Desai, Pooya Monajemi, James F. Florwick
  • Patent number: 10861269
    Abstract: A key information management device includes: a key information distribution unit configured to distribute key information to a company that provides a delivery service that allows an inside of a vehicle, a building, or a facility used by a user to be designated as a delivery destination of a package, key information being used by a delivery person of the company to unlock a specified entrance of the vehicle, the building, or the facility; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the delivery person who delivers the package has reached within a specified range of the vehicle, the building, or the facility, wherein the key information distribution unit is configured to distribute the key information to the company when the determination unit determines that the delivery person has reached within the specified range of the vehicle, the building, or the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Endo, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 10838383
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10825035
    Abstract: A point calculation device includes an actual movement route calculation unit configured to calculate an actual movement route of a vehicle from departure to arrival, and a point calculation unit configured to calculate use points according to a difference between the actual movement route and a preset movement route from a departure location to an arrival location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kuniaki Yamato, Ryoichi Takei, Shinichi Taniguchi, Tohta Kasai
  • Patent number: 10819779
    Abstract: At least one of a set of topics published by one or more vehicle-located mobile gateways is subscribed to. A set of publication topics is created based on the first set of topics, the publication topics made available to a client. A subscription request is received from the client corresponding to a selected topic of the set of publication topics. First sequential data is received from the one or more mobile gateways in response to the subscription to the at least one of the set of topics of the one or more mobile gateways. Second sequential data is sent to the client responsive to the subscription request, the second sequential data being based on the first sequential data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Philip Botticelli
  • Patent number: 10775790
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) are disclosed. A current state of an ADV is sampled at a first time to obtain a set of parameters. A cost, from a cost function that reflects desired control goals, is generated for a future time horizon based at least in part on the set of parameters. The cost is minimized with one or more constraints to obtain target control input values. For each of the target control input values, a lookup operation is performed using the control input value to locate a first mapping entry that approximately corresponds to the control input value. A first control command is derived from the first mapping entry. The ADV is controlled using the derived first control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Lin Ma, Chuming Zhao, Wenda Zeng, Zhenguang Zhu, Qi Kong
  • Patent number: 10769217
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide an address harvester that harvests addresses from one or more applications executing on a device. Some embodiments use the harvested addresses to facilitate the operation of one or more applications executing on the device. Alternatively, or conjunctively, some embodiments use the harvested addresses to facilitate the operation of one or more applications executing on another device than the one used for harvesting the addresses. In some embodiments, a prediction system uses the harvested addresses to formulate predictions, which it then provides to the same set of applications from which it harvested the addresses in some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley B. Clark, Jorge Fino, Scott Herz, Emanuele Vulcano, Marcel van Os
  • Patent number: 10764716
    Abstract: A method and a system are provided for the automatic monitoring of the position of an object, such as a vehicle or other mobile equipment, including, for example, an implement or tool or of construction material and works-related material. The method includes a series of steps carried out iteratively. The steps include detecting a current position of an object to be monitored; determining a spatial distance of the detected current position from a position previously specified as a central position; checking whether the spatial distance which has been determined exceeds a predetermined distance threshold, and if this is the case, triggering a predefined functionality of the object and/or of the position monitoring system and specifying the detected current position as a central position for a subsequent iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: PROEMION GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Neumann
  • Patent number: 10757544
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for transmitting a plurality of push-based communications associated with products moving geographically. In various aspects, an application programming interface (API) endpoint server having a push-based API, the push-based API associated with a webhook provided to a delivery service server, may receive via a webhook-push following an update to a delivery status state of a delivery event. The webhook-push includes information associated with the delivery event. A short message service (SMS) webpage server may generate a description of the update to the delivery status state. The SMS webpage server may be further configured to generate an SMS-based webpage including an image of an operator of a mobile delivery vehicle. An SMS delivery component may transmit a communication including the description of the update to a client device associated with the delivery event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Andrew Schweinfurth, Lindsey Kanefsky
  • Patent number: 10750324
    Abstract: An electronic scanning apparatus comprises a first wireless receiver configured to receive a first data. A second wireless receiver configured to initially be in a disabled mode. The second wireless receiver is enabled to receive a second data in response to reception of the first data by the first wireless receiver. The second wireless receiver returns to the disabled mode in response to receiving the second data. A processing module is coupled to the first wireless receiver and the second wireless receiver. A networking interface is coupled to the processing module. The networking interface is configured to receive the first data and the second data from the processing module and to transmit the first data and the second data to an external server. A Smart Tag includes both a first wireless receiver and a second wireless receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Connectdata Technologies do Brasil LTDA.
    Inventor: Gabriel Ribeiro Borges
  • Patent number: 10699588
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for aircraft taxi routing are described herein. One device includes instructions stored thereon which, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to receive a record of a plurality of historical routes taken by a plurality of aircraft through taxiways of an airport, receive an indication of a plurality of conditions particular to the airport, receive an indication of a starting point of a proposed route in the airport and an endpoint of the airport, wherein the starting point and the endpoint are associated with a proposed taxiing of an aircraft, determine a route between the starting point and the endpoint based on the plurality of historical routes and the plurality of conditions, and provide the determined route to an air traffic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Karel Marik, Karel Macek
  • Patent number: 10664790
    Abstract: Various embodiments of present invention provide systems, methods, and computer-program products containing executable code for processing a package for shipping with a common carrier. Various embodiments include a wireless computing device that may be one of several types of devices such as smartphones, mobile telephones, mobile computers, portable digital assistants, laptop computers, gaming devices, electronic tablets, or other types of similar devices. In particular embodiments, executable code is installed on the wireless computing device that, when executed, causes the device to perform certain functionality. For instance, in particular embodiments, the wireless computing device records an image of a shipping form being placed on a package, verifies the image is suitable for analysis and transmission, and extracts a tracking number from the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Bolton
  • Patent number: 10647302
    Abstract: A system for controlling vehicle permissions based on a geo-fence boundary is disclosed. The system may include one or more processor that receives location information of an origin, generates a map based on the location information of the origin, determines the geo-fence boundary associated with a prospective radius from the origin based on the map, receives a vehicle location, and controls the vehicle permissions based on a comparison of the vehicle location to the geo-fence boundary. The system may further include a display configured to display the map and the geo-fence boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTRUE INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ann Santiano, Chris Wang, Misia K. Clive Groszek, Skyler Reed Lund
  • Patent number: 10652703
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for transmitting a plurality of push-based communications associated with products moving geographically. In various aspects, an application programming interface (API) endpoint server having a push-based API, the push-based API associated with a webhook provided to a delivery service server, may receive via the webhook a webhook-push following an update to a delivery status state of a delivery event. A short message service (SMS) webpage server may generate a description of the update to the delivery status state. The SMS webpage server may be further configured to generate an SMS-based webpage and the description of the update to the delivery status state may include the URL of the SMS-based webpage. An SMS delivery component may transmit a communication including the description of the update to a client device associated with the delivery event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Andrew Schweinfurth, Lindsey Kanefsky
  • Patent number: 10636310
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for providing an indicator of a direction between a requester and a transportation vehicle. For example, the systems and methods described herein can provide a dynamic digital compass from the current orientation of a requester client device to the location of a transportation vehicle. For example, the systems and methods described herein can determine a location of a requester client device, a location of a transportation vehicle, and an orientation of the requester client device. The systems and methods can also utilize the location of the requester client device, the location of the transportation vehicle, and the orientation of the requester client device to identify a direction from the requester client device to the transportation vehicle relative to the current orientation of the requester client device and provide a digital compass to indicate the direction to the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: LYFT, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan McDavitt-Van Fleet
  • Patent number: 10627794
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality with a Public Safety Answering Point (“PSAP”). In some embodiments, a computing system located at a PSAP might receive a first message indicative of an emergency situation, analyze the first message to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; utility devices; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system might then autonomously control each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart utility, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Philip W. Carpenter, James D. Scheller, Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 10573184
    Abstract: An approach for notifying a passenger of a route deviation during travel. The approach includes calculating a passenger route deviation from a predicted travel route and comparing the passenger route deviation to a predefined threshold route deviation. The approach further includes providing the passenger a notification of a route deviation if the deviation exceeds a predefined route deviation threshold. In addition, the approach determines if the passenger acknowledged the route deviation notification within a predetermined time period and if the passenger fails to acknowledge the notification, then provides the notification to one or more third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Internatioinal Business Machines Corpoation
    Inventors: Sushain Pandit, Shikhar Kwatra, Vittorio Castelli, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10571284
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a housing, microphone, speaker, camera, memory or database which stores information regarding a travel schedule or itinerary, global positioning device, controller, and a transmitter. The controller is specially programmed to detect a deviation of the apparatus from the travel schedule or itinerary or to detect an absence of, or a leaving of, the apparatus from an expected location on the travel schedule or itinerary, and, if the controller detects a deviation of the apparatus from the travel schedule or itinerary or detects an absence of, or a leaving of, the apparatus from the expected location on the travel schedule or itinerary, the controller generates a travel route deviation message. The transmitter transmits the travel route deviation message to a first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Raymond Anthony Joao, Mary Antonette Spano
  • Patent number: 10533865
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a map application that identifies a transit route that includes one or more transit legs between a starting location and a destination location. In response to a request to start navigating the identified transit route, the map application of some embodiments provides a first display area for displaying a set of navigation instructions, each of which describes a transit maneuver that is associated with a transit leg of the transit route. The map application also provides a second display area for displaying a map region presentation associated with the navigation instruction that is displayed in the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Marcel Van Os, Brian Andrich, Ian Leighton, Justin O'Beirne, David Hodge, Eleanor Cady Wachsman, Nathaniel V. Kelso, Aaron A. Reiner, Christine B. McGravan, Wesley Yue, Eric L. Grundstrom
  • Patent number: 10504374
    Abstract: A travel path setting apparatus includes an information acquiring unit, a memory, a predictable scenario creating unit, and a path searching unit. The information acquiring unit acquires surrounding information on a surrounding situation of a movable body. The memory stores a probability model related to the surrounding situation of the movable body. The predictable scenario creating unit creates, on a basis of the surrounding information and the probability model, a plurality of predictable scenarios for each of a plurality of predetermined times in future. The predictable scenarios are each the surrounding situation of the movable body that is predicted for corresponding one of the predetermined times. The path searching unit searches for and sets the travel path on a basis of the predictable scenarios created by the predictable scenario creating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoaki Itabashi, Satoshi Okada, Akihiro Yamane
  • Patent number: 10482770
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product controls operations of a vehicle based on a condition of cargo being transported. One or more processors receive output from a camera on a first cargo vehicle, wherein the output from the camera describes a movement of cargo caused by movement of the first cargo vehicle. The processor(s) determine, based on the output from the camera, that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused cargo in the first cargo vehicle to shift beyond a predetermined amount, and transmit instructions to a second cargo vehicle to adjust initial cargo loading operations on the second cargo vehicle based on determining that the movement of the first cargo vehicle has caused the cargo to shift beyond the predetermined amount in the first cargo vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Evelyn R. Anderson, Michael Bender, Michael Boone, Rhonda L. Childress
  • Patent number: 10484082
    Abstract: Space asset tracking system includes a space asset tag (SAT) disposed in a tag housing. A space vehicle tracking system (SVTS) disposed within the tag housing includes a power supply, a position sensing receiver system (PSRS), and a ground link radio frequency (GLRF) transmitter under the control of a processing circuit. The processing circuit selectively causes the GLRF transmitter to automatically transmit tracking information based on the position information. The system can also include a ground station for receiving the tracking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Haris Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry C. Brand, Derek M. Tournear, Andrew J. Lee, Thomas B. Campbell, Norberto H. Marquez-Arroyo
  • Patent number: 10429200
    Abstract: A system adjusts an estimated travel time from an origin to a destination to better predict an actual trip duration. The system receives a route from a specified origin and destination. The system receives an estimated trip duration corresponding to the generated route. A machine learned model improves the estimated trip duration by applying data about past trips facilitated by the system and data about traffic-control features associated with a route. For example, the system may use counts of a number of road signs and a number of traffic signals located along the generated route to predict an actual trip duration. In some cases, the system may additionally use data about synchronized traffic lights to predict actual trip duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasudev Parameswaran, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Patent number: 10427643
    Abstract: A system includes a first unit associated with an object and a second unit. The first unit includes a first transceiver coupled with first processing circuitry. The second unit includes a second transceiver coupled with second processing circuitry. Methodology includes establishing a bidirectional wireless communication link between the first and second units. Following establishment of the communication link, the first and second units exchange messages. The first processing circuitry measures a first received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value for each of the messages received at the first unit and sends the first RSSI value in a subsequent message to the second unit. The second processing circuitry measures a second RSSI value for each of the messages received at the second unit and sends the second RSSI value in another subsequent message to the first unit. A relay attack is determined in response to the first and second RSSI values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Filippo Casamassima, Matja{hacek over (z)} Gu{hacek over (s)}tin, Wolfgang Eber
  • Patent number: 10419590
    Abstract: In one example, performance of a method facilitates an improvement in a wireless communication service provided to a user of a mobile wireless communication device, and includes receiving a user input signal indicating a perception by the user that performance of a mobile wireless communication device is unsatisfactory, retrieving, in response to receipt of the user input signal, device configuration information, and information concerning the location of a mobile wireless communication device at about the time that the user input signal was received, presenting the user with a list of user-selectable problem descriptions, and receiving a user input signal indicating user selection of one of the listed problem descriptions, transmitting, to a server, a request for assistance concerning the user-identified problem, and uploading, to the server, cached analytics stored at a mobile wireless communication device and corresponding to the selected problem description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CARRIER IQ, INC.
    Inventors: Chenhui Liu, Frederick Peter Mikkelsen, Alberto Gutierrez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10417512
    Abstract: Provided is at least two of a direction determination unit which determines that the state is abnormal when a gaze direction of a driver of a vehicle is not within a first predetermined range based on a captured image of a head of the driver, a height determination unit which determines that the state is abnormal when a height of an eye of the driver is not within a second predetermined range based on the captured image, and a position determination unit which determines that the state is abnormal when a position of the head in a lateral direction is not within a third predetermined range based on the captured image; and an abnormal state determination unit which determines whether the state of the driver is abnormal based on the determination results of the determination units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Minori Yamataka, Takeshi Enya
  • Patent number: 10380886
    Abstract: This invention provides a system-oriented and fully-controlled connected automated vehicle highway system for various levels of connected and automated vehicles and highways. The system comprises one or more of: 1) a hierarchical traffic control network of Traffic Control Centers (TCC's), local traffic controller units (TCUs), 2) A RSU (Road Side Unit) network (with integrated functionalities of vehicle sensors, I2V communication to deliver control instructions), 3) OBU (On-Board Unit with sensor and V2I communication units) network embedded in connected and automated vehicles, and 4) wireless communication and security system with local and global connectivity. This system provides a safer, more reliable and more cost-effective solution by redistributing vehicle driving tasks to the hierarchical traffic control network and RSU network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CAVH LLC
    Inventors: Bin Ran, Yang Cheng, Shen Li, Fan Ding, Jing Jin, Xiaoxuan Chen, Zhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10370005
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to place a vehicle into a valet mode, restricting vehicle usage. The processor is also configured to determine that a valet tag, having a wireless connection to the vehicle, is in motion, while the vehicle is in valet mode and activate an external indicator usable to find the vehicle, responsive to the tag motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Aaron Delong, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Timothy Thivierge, Jr., Brian Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 10354531
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a method for identifying parking locations. The current disclosure presents a technique for identifying parking locations within a geographical area. In one embodiment, a database is populated and stores information associated with parking locations. The database can include coordinates associated with parking locations and other relevant attributes. In another embodiment, the information from the database may be used to identify and present a visual representation and route to available parking locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kjell F. Bronder, Scott M. Herz
  • Patent number: 10351058
    Abstract: A method, system, and a variety of electronic circuits are provided herein that manage advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for passengers in a vehicle wearing a wearable device. The aspects disclosed herein allow the passenger/occupant/driver to receive ADAS messages/alerts, and receive haptic, video, audio notifications providing the same. As such, the passenger/occupant/driver is notified by the ADAS message in a passive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Husein Dakroub
  • Patent number: 10310095
    Abstract: A system comprises model generation circuitry operable to process positioning data from a plurality of positioning system receivers of a network of vehicles to generate one or more statistical models of the positions of the vehicles, wherein the positioning data is received via a plurality of mobile access points of the network of vehicles. The system also comprises positioning circuitry operable to receive a reading from a particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers, and compensate the reading from the particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers based on the one or more statistical models to determine a most-probable location of the particular one of the plurality of positioning system receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Moura, Roy Russell
  • Patent number: 10302442
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for displaying on a device incident reports regarding transit lines and stations. Through a map application of the device, the method of some embodiments receives an incident report regarding transit lines or stations of interest. The method displays the incident report in an incident reporting display area that is accessible on the device without opening of the map application. The incident report in some embodiments includes a set of incidents associated with the transit line or station. In some embodiments, an incident can be an incident about the overall transit line, a portion of the transit line, or stations along the transit line. A station is a location along a transit line at which a transit vehicle that travels the transit line stops. In some embodiments, the transit vehicle passengers get on or off the transit vehicle at a transit station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Usama M. Hajj, Julien Grimault, Ellis M. Verosub, Tara A. Teich
  • Patent number: 10290159
    Abstract: A vehicle has one or more accelerometers for detecting acceleration of a chassis component. One or more separate sensors are also provided in the vehicle. A controller is programmed to receive a signal indicating acceleration from the one or more accelerometers, wherein the acceleration is between a lower threshold that indicates normal vehicle operation and an upper threshold which would otherwise set off restraint devices, such as airbags for example. When the acceleration is between the thresholds, a potential-chassis-damage signal can be locally created or sent. The controller then validates the potential-chassis-damage signal based on the signals received from the separate sensors. Upon validation, the controller outputs a message to a display, such as a display screen inside the vehicle or an OBD diagnostic tool, warning a user of potential-chassis damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Hagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10279804
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting an accident of a vehicle, the method including: receiving a movement dataset collected at least at one of a location sensor and a motion sensor arranged within the vehicle, during a time period of movement of the vehicle, extracting a set of movement features associated with at least one of a position, a velocity, and an acceleration characterizing the movement of the vehicle during the time period, detecting a vehicular accident event from processing the set of movement features with an accident detection model, and in response to detecting the vehicular accident event, automatically initiating an accident response action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayanta Pal, Bipul Islam, Romit Roy Choudhury, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus, Vishal Verma