Having Collision Avoidance Patents (Class 342/455)
  • Patent number: 10436899
    Abstract: An object detection apparatus includes a first acquisition unit that acquires, as a first direct wave group, reflected versions of first probing waves transmitted from and received at a first position, and acquires, as a first indirect wave group reflected versions of the first probing waves received at a second position, a second acquisition unit that acquires, as a second indirect wave group, reflected versions of second probing waves transmitted from the second position and received at the first position, and acquires, as a second direct wave group, reflected versions of the second probing wave received at the second position, and a determination unit that determines whether the object is a real object or a ghost in accordance with the receptions times of the first and second direct wave groups and the first and second indirect wave groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masumi Fukuman, Motonari Ohbayashi, Akihiro Kida
  • Patent number: 10436879
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting a floating layer on a surveillance area of the sea surface, a site of interest being placed in or around the surveillance area. The method comprises the following steps: a) satellite measurement of a radar feedback return, the radar signal being emitted by a satellite toward the sea surface of the surveillance area; b) recognition of at least one swell profile of the sea surface in accordance with the satellite measurements; c) identification of the fluid properties corresponding to the recognized swell profiles; and d) emission of a warning when the fluid properties identified for one of the recognized profiles correspond to a sea surface that includes undesirable elements for the site of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE
    Inventors: Arnaud Lenes, Jean-Benoit Ritz
  • Patent number: 10386475
    Abstract: A method of detecting collisions between an equipped mobile object travelling around an airport installation and at least one obstacle. The method comprises the following steps. Determining the real-time positions of the equipped mobile object in a reference frame tied to the airport installation. Reading at least one item of information contained in at least one marker fixed to the equipped mobile object. Determining an outline of the equipped mobile object on the basis of the read item of information contained in the marker. Positioning the outline determined in the reference frame tied to the airport installation. Triggering an alert if the distance between the outline of the equipped mobile object and the obstacle is less than a given threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS SAS
    Inventor: Diego Alonso Tabares
  • Patent number: 10372986
    Abstract: A method and device for detecting an overhead cable from an aerial vessel, for instance from a helicopter in motion, and specifically for use in a landing preparing procedure. The method includes providing, from a camera arranged in the aerial vessel, a plurality of images of an area beneath the aerial vessel when the aerial vessel is in motion; detecting lines in the images; determining if the lines represent lines at ground level or lines at a level above ground level; and determining if a line at a level above ground level represents a possible overhead cable. The step of detecting lines in the images may include a modified SUSAN algorithm. The step of determining if the lines represent lines at ground level or lines above ground level may include parallax calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Kleon Prosjekt AS
    Inventors: Aasmund Barikmo, Arne Sommerfelt
  • Patent number: 9791560
    Abstract: A radar signal processor includes a baseband signal generator, which generates a baseband signal based on information from a received radar signal and a Lead-Lag filter, which filters the baseband signal to generate a filtered signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Christoph Wagner
  • Patent number: 9651666
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a position of a receiver. A number of first radio frequency signals including navigation information at the receiver is received. The number of first radio frequency signals is sent from a number of platforms configured to receive second radio frequency signals from a plurality of satellites in a global positioning system. The position of the receiver is identified using a number of distances and a number of angles identified from the number of first radio frequency signals and a number of positions for the number of platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Darin William Brekke
  • Patent number: 9590721
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for using radio frequency (RF) signals with different beam widths for purposes of balloon-to-balloon communication are described. One example method includes determining a vertical angle between a first balloon and a second balloon, if the vertical angle is below a threshold angle, communicating with the second balloon using a narrow beam RF signal from a communication system of the first balloon, and if the vertical angle is not below the threshold angle, communicating with the second balloon using a wide beam RF signal from the communication system of the first balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Cyrus Behroozi, Eric Krenz
  • Patent number: 9552648
    Abstract: Described is a system for object tracking with integrated motion-based object detection and enhanced Kalman-type filtering. The system detects a location of a moving object in an image frame using an object detection MogS module, thereby generating an object detection. For each image frame in a sequence of image frames, the system predicts the location of the moving object in the next image frame using a Kalman filter prediction module to generate a predicted object location. The predicted object location is refined using a Kalman filter updating module, and the Kalman filter updating module is controlled by a controller module that monitors a similarity between the predicted object location and the moving object's location in a previous image frame. Finally, a set of detected moving object locations in the sequence of image frames is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Deepak Khosla, Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 9380083
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein recite a telephone communication system used for handling information such as messages, typically voice mail messages, and, more particularly, is directed to a system that provides distributed session initiation protocol (SIP) silos. Distributed SIP silos (DSS) is a Communications Application Platform (CAP) feature that maintains the site's call capacity even when a signaling server fails. DSS uses multiple non-redundant signaling servers to provide SIP signaling for the same set of media ports. Because there are multiple signaling servers providing signaling for the same set of ports, the failure of one signaling server only terminates the calls it was actively processing and once those calls have been cleaned up, all the available (non-suspended) ports in the configuration are available to the remaining signaling servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Unisys Corporation
    Inventors: Jon P Davis, Lynnette K Evans, Richard L Fuller, Gregory J Small, Scott S Preston
  • Patent number: 9372275
    Abstract: A receiver coil assembly for performing geophysical surveys, including a hollow outer shell defining a continuous internal passage that forms a loop; a multiturn receiver air coil extending around the continuous internal passage; and a first cored coil comprising multiturn solenoid windings about a ferromagnetic core, the first cored coil having a sensing axis in a different direction than a sensing axis of the air coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: GEOTECH AIRBORNE LIMITED
    Inventor: Jack Dodds
  • Patent number: 9301306
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a self-organizing OFDMA system for broadband communication are provided. In certain embodiments a communication node for a self organizing network comprises a communication interface configured to transmit data to and receive data from a plurality of nodes; and a processing unit configured to execute computer readable instructions. Further, computer readable instructions direct the processing unit to identify a sub-region within a cell, wherein the communication node is located in the sub-region; and transmit at least one data frame, wherein the data from the communication node is transmitted at a particular time and frequency as defined within the at least one data frame, where the time and frequency are associated with the sub-region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aloke Roy, Thanga Anandappan, Sharath Babu Malve
  • Patent number: 9243930
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing vehicle-centric collision avoidance are disclosed. An example method includes determining a first flight trajectory for a first aircraft, determining a second flight trajectory for a second aircraft, predicting a distance between the first aircraft and the second aircraft at a predicted closest point of approach based on the first and second flight trajectories, comparing the distance to a separation perimeter layer, the separation perimeter layer configured to provide a minimum separation distance from the first aircraft to the second aircraft, and altering the first flight trajectory when the distance breaches the separation perimeter layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Glenn S. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 9177477
    Abstract: A collision warning system for a subject vehicle is disclosed. The collision warning system uses data relating to the subject vehicle and a target vehicle in an algorithm to estimate the intention of the driver of the subject vehicle. The system uses historic data to improve the algorithm to obtain more accurate estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Mochizuki, Kei Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9135827
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial system, apparatus, and method for generating at least one airport surface incursion alert in a runway awareness and warning system are disclosed. A navigation data source and an airport surface data source provide navigation data and airport surface data to a surface alert generator (“SAG”). The SAG constructs a reference line based upon the airport surface data (e.g., landing threshold points, taxiway hold short lines, etc. . . . ), constructs a ground track line, determines at least one alert distance to an alert point along the ground track line if there is a reference line converging on and intersecting with the ground track line to form an alert point, and generates surface alert data if an alert time to the alert point meets an alert threshold time. The surface alert data is provided to a presentation system in which a visual alert, aural alert, and/or tactile alert is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carrico, Felix B. Turcios
  • Patent number: 9020732
    Abstract: A vehicle may include a sensor configured to detect a rearward approaching object and at least one controller configured to cause the vehicle to accelerate in response to the sensor detecting a rearward approaching object while the vehicle is moving forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Pilutti, Peter Gyumyeong Joh, Matthew Y. Rupp, Dorian Jack Spero, Aaron L. Mills
  • Patent number: 9020749
    Abstract: A host-vehicle risk acquisition device includes a host-vehicle path acquisition portion that acquires a path of a host-vehicle, and an obstacle path acquisition portion that acquires a plurality of paths of an obstacle existing around the host-vehicle. A collision risk acquisition portion acquires an actual collision risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle when the host-vehicle is in a travel state based on the path of the host-vehicle and the plurality of paths of the obstacle. An offset risk acquisition portion acquires an offset risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle in an offset travel state, which is offset from the travel state of the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuaki Aso, Toshiki Kindo, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 9014939
    Abstract: A system incorporating one or more interrogators or readers on heavy construction equipment (e.g., loaders) detect signals emanating from signal transmitters on clothing or equipment of construction workers. Responsive to the detection of a signal emanating from behind the heavy equipment, or in another position relative to the heavy equipment, the driver is notified audibly of the danger such that the driver may stop the movement of the heavy equipment or causes the brakes to be applied and transmission to be disengaged automatically without operator involvement. In another version, a wet brake system (also known as a hydraulic brake system) is triggered automatically responsive to the detection of one or more signals emanating from behind a heavy piece of equipment, or in another position relative to the piece of heavy equipment. A hydraulic cylinder is configured to depresses a de-clutch brake pedal when personnel are identified in a danger zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Robert L. Mendenhall
  • Patent number: 8994557
    Abstract: A collision warning apparatus, to be mounted to a vehicle, has a roof mount unit (40), to be fixed to the vehicle's roof, as well as a cabin mount unit (41) to be located in the driver's cabin. A digital transmission line (42) is provided for connecting the two. The roof mount unit (40) houses the antennas as well as the analog circuitry of the apparatus, while the cabin mount unit (41) comprises a display (26). The data sent through the transmission line (42) is digital, which allows to make the transmission line thin and flexible. The roof mount unit (40) has a magnet (43) and batteries (48) mounted in its base section (46), with the lighter components, in particular the antennas (30a, 31a, 32a) located in its head section (47).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Safemine AG
    Inventors: Peter A. Stegmaier, Urs M. Rothacher
  • Patent number: 8989915
    Abstract: A vehicular wireless communication apparatus disposed in a subject vehicle determines whether a travel locus of the subject vehicle is similar to a travel locus of a lead vehicle. When the travel locus of the subject vehicle and the lead vehicle are similar, the apparatus transmits the lead vehicle's device identification (ID) and a latest position information of the subject vehicle in place of travel locus information of the subject vehicle from the apparatus to other vehicles at regular interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Yamashiro
  • Patent number: 8922431
    Abstract: The invention relate to a collision avoidance apparatus (100, 200, 300, 22), system (10) and method (500). The apparatus (100, 200, 300, 22) includes a UHF (Ultra High Frequency) transceiver (102) operable to send and receive UHF signals in electric field (E-field) mode, a VLF (Very Low frequency) transceiver (104) operable to send and receive VLF signals in magnetic field (H-field) mode, and a SHF (Super High Frequency) transceiver (106) operable to send and receive SHF signals in electric field (E-field) mode. The apparatus (100, 200, 300, 22) further includes a control module (110) operable to direct the operation of the respective transceivers (102, 104, 106), thereby to detect receipt of a signal via at least one of the transceivers (102, 104, 106), and determine whether or not an alert is to be issued, based on the nature of the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Becker Research and Development (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Michael Volta Bruno
  • Patent number: 8917321
    Abstract: A failure-determination apparatus is provided with: a radar device (2); a camera unit (3); a moving target determination unit (12) that determines whether or not the object detected by the radar device (2) is a moving target; an object extraction unit (13) that extracts a specific object from the image captured by the camera unit (3); and a failure-determination unit (14) that determines that the camera unit (3) is in an abnormal state when the object which has been determined to be the moving target by the moving target determination device (12), cannot be determined to be the specific object by the object extraction unit (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoji Sasabuchi, Hiroyuki Koike
  • Patent number: 8909158
    Abstract: An aircraft communication system and corresponding method for establishing a datalink network between participating aircrafts, wherein each participating aircraft comprises a datalink transponder for sending and receiving standard communication messages (M) over a standard communication protocol; said datalink transponders are employed for establishing said datalink network using a standard communication protocol, and wherein said datalink transponders transmitting event driven messages (M) with a predefined structure identifying said messages (M) as test messages (TM) and at the same time comprising message data (MD) for establishing said datalink network, thus providing a datalink network established by transmission of solely messages (M) compliant with said standard communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG
    Inventors: Daniel O'Connor, Bruno Cervia, Robert Milns, Paul Gibson
  • Patent number: 8903591
    Abstract: A vehicle can be controlled in a first autonomous mode of operation by at least navigating the vehicle based on map data. Sensor data can be obtained using one or more sensors of the vehicle. The sensor data can be indicative of an environment of the vehicle. An inadequacy in the map data can be detected by at least comparing the map data to the sensor data. In response to detecting the inadequacy in the map data, the vehicle can be controlled in a second autonomous mode of operation and a user can be prompted to switch to a manual mode of operation. The vehicle can be controlled in the second autonomous mode of operation by at least obtaining additional sensor data using the one or more sensors of the vehicle and navigating the vehicle based on the additional sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Dmitri Dolgov
  • Patent number: 8897935
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system for preventing collisions with a terrain. The system includes a detecting means for detecting risks of collision with the terrain after a predetermined forecasting delay. The system further includes a determining means for determining, based on a trajectory followed by the aircraft, a possible limit point for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes indication means for giving indications on azimuth clearance sections, around the direction in which the aircraft is moving, suitable for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes means for estimating a free-travel distance in each azimuth clearance sector on a straight distancing trajectory with constant gradient and over a distance correspond to more than one minute of flight, the free-travel distance being free of potential conflicts with the terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Hugues Meunier, Nicolas Marty, Julia Percier
  • Patent number: 8896467
    Abstract: Methods and an appropriately setup communication unit for positioning in vehicle-to-surroundings communication are described, wherein the method involves a first sensor (S1) of a first communication subscriber using a transmission and reception unit to emit a challenge pulse, to which a transmission and reception unit of a second sensor (S2) of a second communication subscriber responds with a response pulse. The response pulse is received and evaluated by the first sensor (S1) and positioning is performed. In order to achieve reliable cooperative sensor communication, the transmission and reception units of the first and second sensors (S1, S2) use a frequency band (SCH2) which is reserved for vehicle-oriented safety applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Marc Menzel, Stephan Zecha, Oliver Scherf
  • Patent number: 8868324
    Abstract: The relative position of one vehicle vs. another vehicle, both driving in a vehicular environment, is determined using vehicular communications based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. The relative position determination is performed in a measuring vehicle using data provided by a measured vehicle through IEEE 802.11 communications carried through beacons as well as GPS or other location data and local map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AutoTalks Ltd.
    Inventor: Onn Haran
  • Patent number: 8831829
    Abstract: In a method for selecting safety measures to be taken to increase the safety of occupants of a vehicle, which safety measures relate to a hazard due to environmental influences, a relevance of the hazard is inferred from received position data and warning message data, and at least one safety measure, which includes activation of an actuator in a vehicle, is selected and taken as a function of the relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Freienstein, Matthias Marcus Wellhoefer
  • Patent number: 8755998
    Abstract: A method for reducing the risk of a collision between a vehicle and at least a first external object is contemplated. The risk of a collision may be reduced with use of a collision avoidance system having a detection unit adapted to issue a control signal in the event it detects a collision involving a first external object in a vicinity of the host vehicle, and an action unit adapted to operate the collision avoidance system such that an emergency maneuver can be initiated by the collision avoidance system at an earlier stage if the control signal is issued, as compared to when no control signal is issued.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Mattias Braennstroem, Andrew Backhouse, Lars Hammarstrand, Christian Applehult
  • Patent number: 8744738
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing separation between vehicles. A closest point of approach between a first vehicle traveling along a first path and a second vehicle traveling along a second path is predicted. A number of compensation commands for altering the first path of the first vehicle are generated using the closest point of approach and a desired level of separation between the first vehicle and the second vehicle. The number of compensation commands is integrated with a number of control commands for the first vehicle to form a final number of control commands configured to maneuver the first vehicle to substantially maintain the desired level of separation between the first vehicle and the second vehicle. A response of the first vehicle to the final number of control commands is a desired response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Glenn Scott Bushnell
  • Patent number: 8731812
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing vehicle-centric collision avoidance are disclosed. An example method includes determining a first flight trajectory for a first aircraft, determining a second flight trajectory for a second aircraft, determining a predicted first distance between the first aircraft and the second aircraft at a first closest point of approach based on the first and second flight trajectories, comparing the predicted first distance to a first separation perimeter layer, the first separation perimeter layer defining a first three-dimensional perimeter based on the first aircraft, determining a first adjustment having a first magnitude from the first flight trajectory when the predicted first distance is within a first perimeter, determining a second adjustment having a second magnitude from the first flight trajectory when the predicted first distance is within a second perimeter different from the first perimeter, and altering the first flight trajectory based on the first or second adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Glenn S. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 8676430
    Abstract: A vehicle can be controlled in a first autonomous mode of operation by at least navigating the vehicle based on map data. Sensor data can be obtained using one or more sensors of the vehicle. The sensor data can be indicative of an environment of the vehicle. An inadequacy in the map data can be detected by at least comparing the map data to the sensor data. In response to detecting the inadequacy in the map data, the vehicle can be controlled in a second autonomous mode of operation and a user can be prompted to switch to a manual mode of operation. The vehicle can be controlled in the second autonomous mode of operation by at least obtaining additional sensor data using the one or more sensors of the vehicle and navigating the vehicle based on the additional sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Dmitri Dolgov
  • Patent number: 8645053
    Abstract: The relative position of one vehicle vs. another vehicle, both driving in a vehicular environment, is determined using vehicular communications based on the IEEE 802.11 standard. The relative position determination is performed in a measuring vehicle using data provided by a measured vehicle through IEEE 802.11 communications carried through beacons as well as GPS or other location data and local map information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Autotalks Ltd.
    Inventor: Onn Haran
  • Patent number: 8612084
    Abstract: An autonomous navigation system for a tracked or skid-steer vehicle is described. The system includes a path planner (54) that computes a series of waypoint locations specifying a path to follow and vehicle location sensors (82). A tramming controller (60) includes a waypoint controller (62) that computes vehicle speed and yaw rate setpoints based on vehicle location information from the vehicle location sensor and the locations of a plurality of neighboring waypoints, and a rate controller (64) that generates left and right track speed setpoints from the speed and yaw rate setpoints. A vehicle control interface actuates the vehicle controls in accordance with the left and right track speed setpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Sydney
    Inventors: Ross Hennessy, Florian Oppolzer, Xiuyi Fan, Surya P. N. Singh, Hugh Durrant-Whyte
  • Patent number: 8606495
    Abstract: A method for a safety system of a mining vehicle. The method comprises scanning the surroundings of the mining vehicle while the mining vehicle is driven and giving a collision warning if an obstacle is detected in a safety zone of the mining vehicle. In the system, there is stored obstacle information comprising at least location information of predetermined obstacles. Location information of the obstacle detected on the basis of the scanning is compared with the location information determined in the obstacle information. Stopping of the mining vehicle, caused by the safety system due to the detected obstacle, is prevented in response to the detected obstacle being determined safe on the basis of checking the obstacle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy
    Inventors: Hannu Makela, Jouni Sievila, Jarkko Uotila
  • Patent number: 8560200
    Abstract: Provided is a driving support apparatus for a vehicle. When a stop signal is recognized by a stereo image recognition device, a cruise control unit calculates a traffic signal target acceleration for making a subject vehicle stop at a stop position of the stop signal. When a follow-up cruise target acceleration is not calculated and the traffic signal target acceleration is calculated, the cruise control unit substitutes the traffic signal target acceleration for the follow-up cruise target acceleration. When the follow-up cruise target acceleration and the traffic signal target acceleration are calculated and the traffic signal target acceleration is smaller than the follow-up cruise target acceleration, the cruise control unit substitutes the value of the traffic signal target acceleration for the follow-up cruise target acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tasuku Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8521352
    Abstract: A vehicle can be controlled in a first autonomous mode of operation by at least navigating the vehicle based on map data. Sensor data can be obtained using one or more sensors of the vehicle. The sensor data can be indicative of an environment of the vehicle. An inadequacy in the map data can be detected by at least comparing the map data to the sensor data. In response to detecting the inadequacy in the map data, the vehicle can be controlled in a second autonomous mode of operation and a user can be prompted to switch to a manual mode of operation. The vehicle can be controlled in the second autonomous mode of operation by at least obtaining additional sensor data using the one or more sensors of the vehicle and navigating the vehicle based on the additional sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, Dmitri A. Dolgov
  • Patent number: 8514100
    Abstract: A control unit detects presence of a person and a direction of his/her face based on image information inputted from an imaging device, and determines that a warning need be provided to notify the person of vehicle approach if the person is detected but his/her face is not detected. The control unit checks a determination result as to whether the warning should be provided to a warning sound output device. The warning sound output device generates warning sound in response to the determination result indicating that sound warning is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Youji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8504283
    Abstract: A host-vehicle risk acquisition device includes a host-vehicle path acquisition portion that acquires a path of a host-vehicle, and an obstacle path acquisition portion that acquires a plurality of paths of an obstacle existing around the host-vehicle. A collision risk acquisition portion acquires an actual collision risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle when the host-vehicle is in a travel state based on the path of the host-vehicle and the plurality of paths of the obstacle. An offset risk acquisition portion acquires an offset risk, which is a collision risk between the host-vehicle and the obstacle in an offset travel state, which is offset from the travel state of the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuaki Aso, Toshiki Kindo, Masahiro Harada
  • Patent number: 8477048
    Abstract: According to the invention, the device (1) comprises means (3) for detecting, during an altitude capture maneuver, the emission of a first type alarm by the anti-collision system (2) and means (4) for controlling the vertical speed of said airplane (AC), after the emission of such an alarm, until the triggering of the capture phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Paule Botargues, Xavier Dal Santo, Olivier Sapin, Vincent Bompart
  • Patent number: 8457872
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for managing the flight of an aircraft flying along a trajectory and being subject to an absolute time constraint (on a downstream point) or relative time constraint (spacing with respect to a downstream aircraft), the said aircraft comprising a flight management system calculating a temporal discrepancy to the said time constraint, wherein the said method includes the following steps: the calculation of a distance on the basis of the temporal discrepancy, the modification of the trajectory: if the temporal discrepancy to the time constraint corresponds to an advance, the lengthening of the trajectory by the distance; if the temporal discrepancy to the time constraint corresponds to a delay, the shortening of the trajectory by the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Guy Deker
  • Patent number: 8446295
    Abstract: According to the invention, the device (1) comprises means (4) for adapting the altitude capture maneuver, means (5) for first detecting the emission of a first type alarm, means (6) for determining a first alarm threshold and means (7) for establishing an activation height threshold from said first alarm threshold and airplane vertical speed at the time of the alarm emission, so that, when the height separating said aircraft (AC) from the altitude set level is strictly higher than said height threshold at the time of the alarm emission, said adaptation means (4) are disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Paule Botargues, Xavier Dal Santo, Olivier Sapin, Vincent Bompart
  • Patent number: 8386160
    Abstract: A body detection apparatus includes: movement direction calculation portion that calculates a movement direction of each of acquisition points by using signals that show the acquisition points and that are obtained through detection of a body present around the vehicle; and determination portion that pre-sets a frame commensurate with a shape of a body as a detection object, and for pre-setting for the frame a reference traveling direction as an assumed traveling direction of the body, and for determining, among the acquisition points, acquisition points present within the frame whose reference traveling direction is aligned with the movement direction as being acquisition points of a single body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Jun Tsunekawa, Masayuki Kishida
  • Patent number: 8380424
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing vehicle-centric collision avoidance are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes determining a first flight trajectory for a first aircraft. The method also includes determining a second flight trajectory for a second aircraft. A distance between the first aircraft and the second aircraft at a first closest point of approach (CPA) is predicted. The predicted closest point of approach is then compared to a separation perimeter layer. The separation perimeter layer is configured to provide a minimum separation distance from the first aircraft to the second aircraft. When the predicted closest point of approach breaches the separation perimeter, the first flight trajectory is altered to provide collision avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Glenn S. Bushnell
  • Patent number: 8362925
    Abstract: Embodiments of a process are provided suitable for implementation by an avionics display system deployed on a host aircraft and including a monitor. In one embodiment, the process includes the step of receiving air traffic data indicative of a first flight characteristic pertaining to a neighboring aircraft. The first flight characteristic is selected from the group consisting of: (i) the wake turbulence created by the neighboring aircraft, (ii) the current flight plan of the neighboring aircraft, and (iii) the airspace in which the neighboring aircraft's current detection position should reside to ensure that the neighboring aircraft's actual position resides within the an airspace currently assigned to the neighboring aircraft. A visual representation of the first flight characteristic is generated on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Brinkman, Pat Langdon
  • Patent number: 8340906
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for searching and generating trajectory content in a navigation device are provided. The method includes establishing a predetermined search region from a current position; extracting information about first parcels included in the established search region and information about second parcels including information about links of specific trajectory content; and determining whether the specific trajectory content is included in the established search region by comparing the information about the first parcels with the information about the second parcels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-chul Jung, Jeong-hoon Park
  • Patent number: 8335637
    Abstract: A method and a navigation device are disclosed for sharing at least one location message with at least one other device. The navigation device includes a receiver to determine a signal strength of a traffic message channel at a location, a memory to store information representing the signal strength of a traffic message channel, and at least one processor to correlate the information stored in memory to compile a traffic message channel resource and select a traffic message channel based on the traffic message channel resource and a location associated with a navigation device. The method includes determining a signal strength of a traffic message channel at a location, storing information representing the signal strength of a traffic message channel, correlating the information stored in memory to compile a traffic message channel resource, and selecting a traffic message channel based on the traffic message channel resource and a location associated with a navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tomtom International B.V.
    Inventors: William Deurwaarder, Erik Thomassen, Henny Verwaij, Barbara Laermann
  • Patent number: 8296054
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for limiting the number of alarms generated by an anticollision system on board an airplane according to which the duration of a phase of capture of a setpoint altitude by the airplane is adjusted so that a theoretical time for collision with an intruder aircraft is greater than a predetermined threshold, when the airplane is close to said setpoint altitude and air traffic exists in the environment of said airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Paule Botargues, Xavier Dal Santo, Pierre Fabre, Xavier Guery
  • Patent number: 8290698
    Abstract: A vehicle travel control apparatus including an object detector, a yaw-rate detector, a vehicle speed detector, a movement path estimator, a preceding vehicle assignment device, a travel controller, a still object determination device, and a stable-movement-state determination device, wherein the preceding vehicle assignment device avoids assigning the object as the preceding vehicle, or assigns the object as the preceding vehicle after waiting for a predetermined time, when: the present vehicle performs the follow-travel control targeting the preceding vehicle; the object detected at a position between the preceding vehicle and the present vehicle is determined to be the still object by the still object determination device; and the present vehicle is determined to be in the stable-movement-state by the stable-movement-state determination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiichiro Sawamoto
  • Patent number: 8244458
    Abstract: A method of quantifying a host vehicle's collision risk with a foreign object includes the steps of collecting and preserving a short-term history of range and azimuth data on the object and identifying leading edges of the foreign object. The leading edges are linked to previous detected leading edges in the short term history storage data to define a trajectory for the object, and to calculate range and azimuth velocities and accelerations of leading edges of the foreign object based on the leading edge trajectory. A collision risk P is then calculated for the foreign object using the range and azimuth velocities and accelerations according to a predetermined formula. If the collision risk P falls below a pre-set value, the methods of the present invention calculate an evasive maneuver for the host vehicle based on a vector sum of high risk leading edge risks and locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Michael R. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 8242950
    Abstract: A delineated collision avoidance system may comprise a processor for executing one or more instructions that implement one or more functions of the collision avoidance system, a transceiver for transmitting information from and receiving information for the host aircraft, and memory for storing the one or more instructions for execution by the processor to implement the one or more functions of the collision avoidance system to: receive from the transceiver information from another aircraft, generate from the received information a track for the other aircraft, and determine whether the track will intersect within a predefined period of time a region of interest around the host aircraft. In a variation, the system may include a display and the memory may include instructions to: determine whether a predefined condition is satisfied and change an appearance of a symbol shown on the display to indicate that the predefined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Cyro A. Stone, Gregory T. Stayton, Charles C. Manberg