Vehicle Control, Guidance, Operation, Or Indication Patents (Class 701/1)
  • Patent number: 11004045
    Abstract: Examples described herein relate to apparatuses and methods for reducing an amount of time that a user of a drive-up banking system is exposed to outdoor environmental conditions. A method includes detecting, by a drive-up banking system, a presence of a vehicle proximate the drive-up banking system; projecting, by the drive-up banking system, a user interface onto a vehicle window such that the user interface is visible to the occupant of the vehicle; receiving, by the drive-up banking system, information indicative of an identity of the occupant of the vehicle; determining, by the drive-up banking system, an account corresponding to the occupant of the vehicle; requesting, by the user interface, transaction information; receiving, by the user interface, information indicative of the transaction information; and conducting, by the drive-up banking system, a transaction based on the transaction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Dennis E. Montenegro
  • Patent number: 11001211
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for secure signal manipulation for testing integrated safety functionalities and to a system for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Henning Dürkop, Marc Neubauer, Alejandro Lorda Cobos
  • Patent number: 11001152
    Abstract: Presented are adaptive propulsion assist systems and control logic for manually-powered vehicles, methods for making/using such systems, and intelligent electric scooters with distributed sensing and control-loop feedback for adaptive e-assist operations. A method for regulating a propulsion assist system of a manually-powered vehicle includes a vehicle controller detecting a user contacting the vehicle's handlebar, responsively receiving sensor signals indicative of a user-applied force to the handlebar, and then determining a net user-applied force based on the handlebar force and user-generated forces applied to the scooter deck. The vehicle controller also receives sensor signals indicative of the vehicle's current acceleration, and determines therefrom a pitch angle of the surface on which the vehicle moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Carlos E. Caro Suarez, Brian V. Castillo, Sandra N. Thomson, Bradly LaBaere
  • Patent number: 11001283
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a railroad track comprises a transport device, a camera coupled to the transport device, an electronic display device, a memory device, and one or more processors. The camera is disposed adjacent to a rail of the railroad track and generates image data reproducible as one or more images of at least a portion of a surface of the rail. The processors can produce an image of the rail surface, which includes a plurality of elongated portions. The image is analyzed to identify any defects that exist within each elongated portion of the rail surface. The processors determine a value of a metric for each elongated portion of the rail surface. The metric is associated with the identified defects. The electronic display device displays a graph indicative of the metric for each elongated portion, the image of the rail surface, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: ENSCO, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Dick, Zhipeng Liu, Samson Yilma
  • Patent number: 11001255
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus operates a collision avoidance apparatus that is mounted in a vehicle based on a distance to an object that is positioned ahead of the vehicle in a travelling direction. The driving assistance apparatus includes: a resistance determining unit that determines whether or not running resistance that suppresses rolling of wheels forward in the travelling direction of the vehicle is present; an operation determining unit that determines whether or not an accelerator operation by a driver of the vehicle is being performed; and a distance setting unit that sets an operation distance that is a distance at which the collision avoidance apparatus is operated. When the resistance determining unit determines that the running resistance is present and when the operation determining unit determines that the accelerator operation is being performed, the distance setting unit sets the operation distance to a value that is less than that when the running resistance is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masumi Fukuman, Akihiro Kida
  • Patent number: 11003183
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a set of driving scenes are defined including, but are not limited to, a driving straight scene, a turning scene, a nudge scene, and a lane changing scene. For each of the predefined driving scenes, a list of path segments corresponding to a set of one or more features (e.g., speed, curvature, turning radius, relative distance, lane width, etc.) are determined based on the driving statistics of a number of vehicles driving through the same or similar driving scenes (e.g., driving straight, making turns, changing lanes, nudging obstacles or another vehicle) in the past. The path segments are then stored in a driving scene-to-path (scene/path) data structure specifically configured for the corresponding driving scene. For example, there will be at least one scene/path data structure for each of the driving straight scene, turning scene, nudge scene, and lane changing scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10997801
    Abstract: A controller provided at an information processing apparatus is configured to acquire information indicating driving history regarding traveling of a vehicle, specify a traveling section having a distance equal to or longer than a predetermined distance, in which the vehicle repeatedly travels at a frequency equal to or higher than a predetermined frequency, on the basis of the information indicating the driving history, and send a notification to a driver of the vehicle for encouraging the driver to provide ride sharing using the vehicle in the specified traveling section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichi Okabe, Hiroaki Sakurai, Kazuaki Takemura, Kengo Takeuchi, Kaori Sakai, Hideo Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10994728
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of a system that processes information describing movement of a vehicle at a time related to a potential collision to reliably determine whether a collision occurred and/or one or more characteristics of the collision. In response to obtaining information regarding a potential collision, data describing movement of the vehicle before and/or after a time associated with the potential collision is analyzed to determine whether the collision occurred and/or to determine one or more collision characteristic(s). The analysis may be carried out at least in part using a trained classifier that classifies the vehicle movement data into one or more classes, where at least some the classes are associated with whether a collision occurred and/or one or more characteristics of a collision. If a collision is determined to be likely, one or more actions may be triggered based on the characteristic(s) of the collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Stobbe, Stefania Talpa, Daniel Jacob Lewis, Jorge González Núñez, Ivan Lequerica Roca, Luis Alfonso Hernández Gómez
  • Patent number: 10994745
    Abstract: An information estimating system includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire an operation item for vehicle-mounted equipment mounted on a vehicle and a vehicle environment state, which is at least one of a vehicle status and a traveling state of the vehicle when the operation item is operated for each of a plurality of drivers, a learning unit configured to learn the operation item and the vehicle environment state of each of the plurality of drivers acquired by the acquisition unit in association with each other, and an estimator configured to estimate the operation item for the vehicle environment state at a predetermined time point of a specific driver based on the learned result learned by the learning unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiya Mori, Nobuyuki Nakano, Masanaga Tsuji, Tadashi Shibata, Akira Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10997155
    Abstract: A data classification apparatus capable of quickly determining an emotion of a driver includes an input device in which a target emotion and an accuracy expectation value of the target emotion are inputted, and a controller rearranging a pre-stored data structure based on the target emotion and the accuracy expectation value of the target emotion, wherein the controller rearranges the data structure so that an accuracy value of the target emotion is secured as much as the accuracy expectation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seunghyun Woo, Gi Beom Hong, Daeyun An
  • Patent number: 10999216
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for resource allocation and provisioning in a multi-tier edge-cloud virtualization environment. An exemplary method comprises: obtaining an application request for processing a given data type in a multi-tier environment; processing application requests received within a decision window to allocate resources for virtual nodes to process the application requests received within the decision window, wherein the allocated resources for each virtual node is on a corresponding one of cloud resources and a given edge node; instantiating the allocated virtual nodes to process the application requests; and providing the application requests to the instantiated virtual nodes, wherein the instantiated virtual nodes obtain the data of the given data type from a data repository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Ana C. Oliveira, Tiago Salviano Calmon, Flavia Coimbra Delicato, Paulo F. Pires, Igor Leão dos Santos
  • Patent number: 10987802
    Abstract: A control device includes: a casing; a communication board configured in a plate shape; a control board configured in a plate shape and having one side attached to the communication board; an amplifier board configured in a plate shape and having one side attached to the communication board and provided with a power module for driving an actuator of a robot; and a brake power supply unit disposed opposite the communication board across the amplifier board and configured to drive an electromagnetic brake of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoutarou Inaba, Hisashi Momotani
  • Patent number: 10991142
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process generates a posthumous virtual simulation of a human user. The process captures, via a processor-implemented essence data capture engine during a life of the human user, personality data and interaction data. The personality data connotes one or more core characteristics of the human user, whereas the interaction data connotes one or more interactive characteristics of the human user that are present during one or more real-world interactions with a distinct human user. Furthermore, the process generates, via a processor-implemented essence generation engine, a virtual persona model of the human user based upon the personality data and the interaction data. Additionally, the process generates, via a processor-implemented neural network engine, a neural network that posthumously simulates a virtual persona of the human user based on the virtual persona model during a virtual interaction between the distinct human user and a virtual representation of the human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Justin Harrison, Daniel Whitaker
  • Patent number: 10989547
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of systems and methods described in this disclosure generally pertain to a ride service that includes an autonomous vehicle configured to execute various functions autonomously for assisting customers. An exemplary autonomous vehicle of the ride service may be configured to autonomously execute one or more functions such as identifying a customer upon arriving at a pick-up location, finding a suitable parking spot close to the customer, guiding the customer (such as a visually impaired customer) to the autonomous vehicle, positioning a particular door of the autonomous vehicle to facilitate entry into the autonomous vehicle by the customer, and/or providing an assigned seat to the customer upon entry into the autonomous vehicle. In at least some cases, the customer may be a physically handicapped individual in need of certain types of assistance offered by the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kathryn Hamilton, Michael Awad Alla
  • Patent number: 10986556
    Abstract: A system having a first data processing unit and a second data processing unit, wherein the first data processing unit has a first communication interface and the second data processing unit has a second communication interface, and the first communication interface and the second communication interface are connected by means of a signal line, and a monitoring unit, which is set up and provided for the purpose of resetting the first data processing unit and/or the second data processing unit to a defined operational state by means of a reset signal. The monitoring unit is connected to the signal line and provided to monitor a signal, which signals a phase of data transmission between the first communication interface and the second communication interface using a predetermined voltage level of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung
    Inventors: Christopher Wohlgemuth, Christian Voss
  • Patent number: 10982995
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a collection bin for a waste collection vehicle. The collection bin includes a weighing system with a processor for measuring the weight of material collected from each waste container and associating this weight with appropriate data, such as the owner of the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventor: John Michael Curotto
  • Patent number: 10978024
    Abstract: A speed of service system includes a ground layer, a sensor positioned within the ground layer, a radio communicatively coupled to the sensor, a sign controller receiving a signal from the wired radio, and a visual display displaying information obtained by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Pilot Travel Centers, LLC
    Inventors: Olga Cowell, Tim Wroblewski
  • Patent number: 10977505
    Abstract: An occupant monitoring device is mountable in a vehicle, and configured to monitor one or more occupants riding in the vehicle. The occupant monitoring device includes: a recognizer that recognizes one or more occupants riding in the vehicle; a recognized occupant storage that stores occupant information recognized by the recognizer; a setting storage that stores setting for the one or more occupants, stored in the recognized occupant storage; and a monitor that monitors the one or more occupants riding in the vehicle based on the setting of the setting storage. When the recognizer is unable to identify an occupant by recognition processing, the recognized occupant storage stores guest information which does not identify the occupant, and the monitor monitors a guest who has ridden in the vehicle, based on the setting of the setting storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryota Nakamura, Masayuki Marubashi, Keita Onishi
  • Patent number: 10974702
    Abstract: An electronic display for an aerial device is provided. The electronic display replaces a traditional load chart including the operational parameters of the aerial device being used. The electronic display electrically connected with a computer control system connected to a sensor for collecting at least one piece of data relating to the operational parameters of the aerial device. The computer control system calculating the current operational parameter of the aerial device based on the at least one piece of data collected by the sensor and updating the operational parameters of the aerial device and displaying a graphical representation of the updated operational parameters on the electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Spartan Fire, LLC
    Inventor: James Roger Lackore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10971013
    Abstract: Systems for automatically warning at least one nearby vehicle of a potential safety hazard in or near a roadway, including one or more sensors configured to detect a potential safety hazard in or near a roadway; a memory containing computer-readable instructions for generating a message including at least one of a location of the one or more sensors and a location of the potential safety hazard; a processor configured to read the computer-readable instructions from the memory and generate the message; and a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the message to at least one nearby vehicle. Systems for coordinating actions of a first vehicle and a second vehicle upon detection of a potential safety hazard in or near a roadway, including in part evaluating whether the actions conflict and, if so, requesting that the first vehicle execute alternative actions for avoiding or mitigating risk of collision. Corresponding methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Richard Noel Bielby
  • Patent number: 10967852
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a system for displaying an image of a vehicle blind spot are provided. The apparatus is coupled to at least one external camera disposed outside the vehicle, at least one internal camera disposed inside the vehicle with a lens facing towards a driver, and at least one display disposed inside the vehicle. The method comprises capturing an image of the external environment of the vehicle by the external camera as an external image, capturing an image including the driver by the internal camera as an internal image, recognizing a face of the driver and a displacement of the face in the internal image, and adjusting a position of an ROI in the external image according to the recognized displacement, to display an image of the ROI on the display corresponding to the external camera. The displayed image of the external of the vehicle may be adjusted according to the posture or the angle of view of the driver, to have the image of the current blind spot by the driver shown correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hsueh-hsin Han, Hsuan-chieh Huang
  • Patent number: 10967745
    Abstract: A parking assistance method provides parking assistance when parking a vehicle in a parking space equipped with a ground coil for supplying electric power via a wireless connection to a vehicle coil mounted on the vehicle, at least two ground marks indicating a position of the ground coil, and a parking frame. The parking assistance method switches from a bird's-eye image including the vehicle and a circumference of the vehicle as viewed from above the vehicle to an enlarged image showing a relative position between the ground coil and the vehicle coil on a larger scale than the bird's-eye image when an absolute value of a relative angle between a longitudinal direction of the parking frame and a front-rear direction of the vehicle is a predetermined value or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitake Fukushima
  • Patent number: 10967871
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a driver sensing subsystem computes a characterization of a driver based on physiological attribute(s) of the driver that are measured as the driver operates a vehicle. Subsequently, a driver assessment application uses a confidence level model to estimate a confidence level associated with the driver based on the characterization of the driver. The driver assessment application then causes driver assistance application(s) to perform operation(s) that are based on the confidence level and modify at least one functionality of the vehicle. Advantageously, by enabling the driver assistance application(s) to take into account the confidence level of the driver, the driver assessment application can improve driving safety relative to conventional techniques for implementing driver assistance applications that disregard the confidence levels of drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stefan Marti, Joseph Verbeke, Sven Kratz
  • Patent number: 10969240
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein are generally directed to altering experience attributes. According to one aspect, a computer-implemented method for altering experience attributes based on a comparison of an estimated arrival time to a desired arrival time is provided. The method includes receiving logistical data for a trip of the vehicle occupant. The method also includes estimating an estimated arrival time based on navigation data. The method further includes determining that the estimated arrival time will occur at least a threshold amount of time after a desired arrival time. The method also includes identifying an experience attribute based on the determination that the estimated arrival time will occur at least the threshold amount of time after the desired arrival time. The method further includes altering a vehicle system based on the experience attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Akama, Shigeyuki Seko
  • Patent number: 10963678
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a face recognition apparatus and method. The face recognition apparatus includes a camera that captures a face image a driver, a database (DB) that stores face data including the face image and one or more environmental conditions corresponding to the face image, and a controller that, when a face recognition function is performed, extracts the face data from the DB based on an environmental condition at a time of recognizing a face, and recognizes a face of the driver based on a face image of the extracted face data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sam Yong Kim, Jin Kwon Kim, Byoung Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 10960815
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display means on board a motor vehicle, characterized in that it includes: a first step of determining the presence of a disruption in front of the vehicle, in which it is checked that at least one parameter representative of the presence of a disruption in front of the vehicle meets at least one predetermined condition; a second step of developing a display order that is triggered when the predetermined conditions are met, and in which an order to display a pictogram representative of the disruption on the display means is transmitted by an electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Joel Li, Kedar Sathaye
  • Patent number: 10963708
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method, a device (20, 30) and a computer-readable storage medium with instructions for determining the lateral position of a vehicle relative to the lanes of a road. An image processing unit (22) detects (10) road markings. A position-determining unit (23) determines (11) a starting position for the vehicle. A processing unit (24) determines (12) points of intersection of a line which is orthogonal to the vehicle movement and the detected road markings. The processing unit (24) determines (13) in addition points of intersection of the orthogonal line and road markings from a lane geometry map for the starting position determined for the vehicle, the points of intersection being filtered. An evaluation unit (25) finally determines (14) the lateral position of the vehicle by comparing the determined points of intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Moritz Schack, Markus Kerper
  • Patent number: 10965450
    Abstract: A system and method for securing communication across an in-vehicle bus, includes establishing a connection between a gateway in a vehicle and the in-vehicle bus; generating a session key at the gateway within the vehicle; transmitting a public key certificate and ephemeral key to the gateway and an electronic control unit of the vehicle; generating a shared secret at the gateway and the electronic control unit, respectively; encrypting the session key with the shared secret at the gateway; receiving the encrypted session key through the in-vehicle bus at the electronic control unit; and decrypting the encrypted session key based on the shared secret generated at the electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: James Robert Alfred, Sergei Sidorov, Ming Chee Tsang, Scott Lee Linke
  • Patent number: 10960713
    Abstract: A method for detecting and estimating an angle of rotation on itself, about a mounting axis, of a wheel unit with an acceleration sensor, the wheel unit being associated with a tire mounted on a rim, forming a wheel, the sensor detecting a gravitational force during the rotation of the wheel, forming a sinusoid. The wheel unit is mounted on the wheel with the acceleration sensor directly or indirectly inclined with respect to a plane tangential to the rim. The angle of rotation on itself of said wheel unit and therefore of the acceleration sensor at a given instant is estimated by comparing at least one parameter of the sinusoids that are obtained for the wheel unit in an initial mounting position on the wheel and in its position at this given instant, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Stéphane Billy, Jean-Christophe Bouthinon
  • Patent number: 10964209
    Abstract: A traffic and parking management system is in signal communication with vehicles to direct them to park in specific locations that are under the systems authority. The system tracks and determines the availability of parking spaces via a digital camera network, and then allocates spaces based on need, predicted availability, and predicted arrival time at a preferred destination or vicinity. The vehicles are directed to the space so allocated, and in the case of a pay for parking system, billed by the system. The traffic and parking management system operates in conjunction with a smart traffic control device which transmits information to approaching vehicles regarding its current and future state enabling vehicles to control their speed to avoid arriving at the traffic control device until it permits the passage of traffic, thus avoiding stopping, idling and reaccelerating when reaching the traffic control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Mark W. Publicover, William Knight Foster
  • Patent number: 10960876
    Abstract: Path planning method for computing optimal parking maneuvers for road vehicles including the steps of computing a set of value functions of a cost function of parking maneuvers reaching the target set of states as unique viscosity solution of a Hamilton Jacobi Bellman equation, supplying the set of value functions, together with a starting state of the vehicle, as input to the dynamic programming calculation procedure calculating at least the set of vehicle controls. The set of equations modeling the evolution of the state of said road vehicle is a switched system of equations between a first sub-system if the vehicle is in forward motion and a second sub-system if the vehicle is in reverse motion. The cost function takes into account the arrival time a number of direction changes of the road vehicle between forward motion and reverse motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: Magneti Marelli S.p.A., Università degli Studi di Parma
    Inventors: Piero Micelli, Luca Consolini, Mattia Laurini, Marco Locatelli, Axel Furlan, Michele Giorelli
  • Patent number: 10964218
    Abstract: A method for assigning control rights for an autonomous vehicle is provided. The method includes acquiring, via a network, identification information for identifying a user or a terminal of the user, and dispatch request information that indicates a dispatch request for an autonomous vehicle issued by the user. The method further includes selecting the autonomous vehicle to be dispatched to the user from among a plurality of autonomous vehicles, based on the dispatch request information. Thereafter, the method assigns a control right for the selected autonomous vehicle, to the user or the terminal, based on the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10963157
    Abstract: An ordering system includes a video display unit operable for displaying contents of a plurality of selectable menu screens and an input pad operable for capturing at least one gesture of a user in at least one direction over the input pad. The gestures are used to select from a plurality of selectable menu screens for display by the video display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: LSI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharron Young, David J. Moeglin, David Ninni, Nick Klein, David McQueen, Eddie Charusethakarn
  • Patent number: 10960977
    Abstract: A system is provided for sending a drone to a target on request. The system includes a server provided in communication with a plurality of mobile technology platforms, each of which having an instance of a particular software installed therein. The software contains programming instructions configured to transmit a request from a user for a drone. The system, upon receiving a transmitted request for a drone from one of the plurality of mobile technology platforms, dispatches a drone to fly to a specified target and provides the user with at least partial control of the drone's flight or of media capture by the drone based on the location of the drone relative to a geofence associated with the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PicPocket Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Wolfram K Gauglitz
  • Patent number: 10957127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in a vehicular telemetry system for determining accelerometer thresholds based upon decoding a vehicle identification number (VIN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Charles Cawse
  • Patent number: 10953887
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments herein, a system for monitoring the condition of a road surface traveled by a plurality of vehicles, each comprising at least one sensor, is provided. The system comprises a central processing arrangement arranged to: map at least a part of the road surface with a number of cells; receive road surface data for the cells, which road surface data is based on measurements made by the sensors as the plurality of vehicles travel on the road surface; and calculate a probability for at least one road surface parameter for each cell traveled by the plurality of vehicles based at least on road surface data received from the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Nira Dynamics AB
    Inventors: Per Magnusson, Thomas Svantesson
  • Patent number: 10955333
    Abstract: A method having: acquiring pressure distribution data at which there are a plurality of measurement points for which forces along three axes have been measured; calculating friction coefficients based on the forces along the three axes at the respective measurement points; generating associated data, linking a contact patch pressure and a maximum friction coefficient that is capable of being exhibited at the contact patch pressure, for a plurality of situations based on a single situation represented by a contact patch pressure and a friction coefficient exhibited at the contact patch pressure at a single measurement point; identifying maximum friction coefficients corresponding to contact patch pressures at respective measurement points based on the associated data; and calculating a margin of the friction coefficient, which is a difference between the maximum friction coefficient and the friction coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Koike
  • Patent number: 10953876
    Abstract: A target vehicle speed generation device includes a controller that includes a target travel route generation unit, a peripheral object information acquisition unit, and a target vehicle speed generation unit. The target travel route generation unit generates a target travel route of the vehicle. The peripheral object information acquisition unit acquires position information pertaining to an obstacle on a travel path of the vehicle, and position information pertaining to an obstacle that is located toward the side and is outside of the travel path of the vehicle. The target vehicle speed generation unit calculates a plurality of lateral deviations to the obstacle with respect to the target travel route, and generates a lower target vehicle speed for an obstacle having a lesser lateral deviation than for an obstacle having a greater lateral deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinobu Gotou, Takashi Fukushige, Satoshi Tange
  • Patent number: 10956555
    Abstract: Provided is a management system including vehicles and authentication servers. A vehicle includes a communication circuit, multiple electronic control units connected to an in-vehicle network, a detection circuit, and a transaction data generating circuit. The detection circuit detects a replacement of one or more electronic control units. The transaction data generating circuit generates transaction data including an identifier that uniquely identifies each of the replaced electronic control units. An authentication server includes a communication circuit, and a verifying circuit that verifies validity of the transaction data obtained by the vehicle. The authentication server also includes a recording circuit that, upon verifying that the first transaction data is valid by the verifying unit, records the transaction data in a recording device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yuji Unagami, Motoji Ohmori, Hideki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10957215
    Abstract: Approaches for analyzing driver pattern deviations and reproducing the pattern deviations in a user interface or a driving simulator are provided. A computer-implemented method includes: collecting, by a server, data from plural vehicles; determining, by the server, a baseline for a driving action based on the data from the plural vehicles; identifying, by the server, a problem action for a driver based on the baseline; and generating, by the server, an interface to display the problem action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Bender, Gregory J. Boss, John E. Moore, Jr., Stephen J. McConnell
  • Patent number: 10957418
    Abstract: A variety of applications can include a system having a system platform to which a memory system can be attached for operation of the system. With the memory system removed from the system platform or before being attached to the system platform, an interposer can be connected at the location for the memory system on the system platform to facilitate testing of the system with respect to the memory system. The interposer can include a set of electrical connectors embedded on a first side of the interposer to connect to the system platform and a connector embedded on a second side of the interposer opposite the first side, where the connector allows coupling to an external platform to convey signals between the system platform and the external platform. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Vigilante
  • Patent number: 10951673
    Abstract: A personal electronic device includes non-volatile data storage media and control circuitry configured to establish a first connection with a remote media content management server over a first communication network, receive media content item from the media content management server over the first communication network, temporarily store the media content in the non-volatile data storage media, establish a second connection with a network access terminal of a media delivery system associated with a vehicle over a second communication network using, transfer the media content from the non-volatile data storage media to the media delivery system over the second communication network, and after said transferring the at least a portion of the media content item, delete the at least a portion of the media content from the non-volatile data storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: VIASAT, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J Demange, Andrew D Tirella, Kevin B Rennie
  • Patent number: 10946858
    Abstract: A travel control apparatus, when a lane line of the traffic lane that had been being detected is no longer detected, estimates an imaginary lane line based on the position of the lane line detected in the past and controls the travel of the host vehicle such that the host vehicle is at a predetermined position with respect to the imaginary lane line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ko Sato, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yasuhisa Taira, Osamu Fukata
  • Patent number: 10948593
    Abstract: A system may include a fixed communications device and a mobile communications device each configured to wirelessly communicate at a first frequency and also at a second frequency higher than the first frequency. The fixed communications device and the mobile communications device may cooperate to establish a wireless link via the second frequency, exchange a location signal via the first frequency responsive to establishing the wireless link, communicate via the wireless link using the second frequency and determine respective transmit and receive delays associated with transmission and reception of the location signal via the first frequency, and determine a distance between the fixed communications device and the mobile communications device based upon a time of arrival of the location signal, the transmit and receive delays, and a signal speed associated with the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Jared Summers
  • Patent number: 10946744
    Abstract: A device includes a vehicle information acquisition part configured to acquire vehicle information containing a vehicle speed, a visibility information acquisition part configured to acquire visibility information on a road for travelling, a virtual vehicle video generation part configured to generate a virtual vehicle video of a virtual vehicle, which is to be moving ahead of a host vehicle in the same direction as the host vehicle, and a projection control part configured to control projection of the virtual vehicle video by a projection unit, such that a virtual image of the virtual vehicle video generated by the virtual vehicle video generation part is visually recognized in front of the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Matsumoto, Makoto Kurihara
  • Patent number: 10950133
    Abstract: Vehicle monitoring devices, vehicle monitoring management devices, and vehicle monitoring systems are described. According to one aspect, a vehicle monitoring device includes first circuitry configured to communicate with a vehicle being monitored and to receive information regarding the vehicle at a plurality of moments in time, second circuitry coupled with the first circuitry and configured to generate a plurality of messages, wherein individual ones of the messages include the information regarding the vehicle which was received at one of the plurality of moments in time and timing data which is indicative of timing of the vehicle data according to an independent timing protocol which is utilized by the vehicle monitoring device and another device which is remote from the vehicle monitoring device, and wherein the first circuity is configured to communicate the plurality of messages externally of the vehicle monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AutoMap, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 10942526
    Abstract: A system for navigation of an autonomously navigating submersible body during entry into a docking station below the water surface includes a determiner for determining an actual motion vector of the autonomously navigation submersible body in relation to the set motion vector describing the optimum entry direction into the docking station and a calculating unit. The calculating unit serves to determine the deviation between the actual motion vector and the set motion vector to determine control vectors based on the deviation and to thereby control the autonomously navigating submersible body during entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Juergen Beyerer, Gunnar Brink
  • Patent number: 10943136
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating a vehicle driver signature. More particularly, apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for generating a vehicle driver signature based on vehicle interior image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Chan, Kenneth J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10936397
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller having a microcontroller and a monitoring processor. The controller includes a bus transceiver for communicating on an external communication bus. The controller is configured such that each of the microcontroller and the monitoring processor can output a transmit data signal to the bus transceiver. The source of the transmit data signal is selected as the output of the monitoring processor responsive to evaluating the microcontroller as being inoperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Junghoon Kim, Yuqing Tang, Bader M. Badreddine, Matthew Allan Herrmann, Ahmad Hazime
  • Patent number: 10936414
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a display device for a vehicle which is capable of avoiding NAND flash memory data loss. Provided is a display device for a vehicle, comprising: a display unit 6 which displays vehicle information; a NAND flash memory 1 which stores, together with an error correction code, data which is related to the display of the display unit 6; and a control unit (for example, a second control unit 2) which causes the display 6 to display the vehicle information using said data. When a load upon the vehicle is low, such as when a switch key for commencing the driving of the vehicle is off, the control unit (for example, a first control unit 3), as a data loss avoidance process, assesses, with the error correction code, whether an error is present in the data which is recorded in the NAND flash memory 1. If the error is present in the data, the control unit (for example, the first control unit 3) corrects the error with the error correction code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuji Saito, Shin Usuda