Traffic Analysis Or Control Of Surface Vehicle Patents (Class 701/117)
  • Patent number: 10291539
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein relates to methods, systems, and computer readable media for discarding messages during a congestion event. One method includes registering a traffic congestion policy for handling traffic associated with an application during congestion. The method further includes determining a first congestion level associated with a congestion event. The method also includes determining message rates of messages associated with similar message priority values, wherein the message priority values are determined using the traffic congestion policy. The method further includes discarding a first message using the message rates, the first congestion level, and a message discard algorithm, wherein the message discard algorithm is determined using the traffic congestion policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajiv Krishan, Brian John Hassink
  • Patent number: 10292071
    Abstract: According to one aspect of an embodiment an information providing device includes a communication unit that communicates with a terminal device used by a user. The information providing device includes an information provision control unit that generates provided information provided to the user in the terminal device and optionally including congestion information presenting a congestion condition and cause the communication unit to transmit the generated provided information to the terminal device. The information providing device includes a derivation unit that derives sensitivity with respect to the congestion information based on information received by the communication unit from the terminal device after the provided information including the congestion information has been transmitted. The information provision control unit of the information providing device generates the provided information based on the sensitivity derived by the derivation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takamitsu Iriyama, Kazuhiro Ninomiya, Michitaka Ohno
  • Patent number: 10279813
    Abstract: A vehicular drive assist system performs drive assist for a vehicle traveling in each predetermined area while receiving a feedback on evaluation relating to ease of travel on a road in each of the areas. In the system, a management center performs evaluation of ease of travel on a road for each of the areas on the basis of information obtained from the vehicle and feeds back the evaluation result to the vehicle. In this case, a variation width of the evaluation relating to ease of travel is restricted on a basis of static factors of road environment for each of the areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 10279823
    Abstract: A method includes generating a trip plan that dictates operational settings to be implemented by a vehicle system moving along a route. The trip plan is based on a temporary work order issued for a restricted segment of the route. The work order provides a maximum speed through the restricted segment for a limited time period that is expressed using a time standard. One or more of the operational settings of the trip plan specify movement of the vehicle system through the restricted segment at a vehicle speed that is less than or equal to the maximum speed. In response to determining that the temporary work order has expired, the method includes at least one of prompting an operator of the vehicle system to confirm that the work order has expired or generating a new trip plan in which the vehicle system exceeds the maximum speed through the restricted segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ankit Sharma, David Allen Eldredge, Saravanan Thiyagarajan, William Cherrick Schoonmaker, Joseph Daniel Wakeman, Kaitlyn Ann Hrdlicka, Prakarsh Paritosh
  • Patent number: 10279810
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to preemptively adjusting operating parameters of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes determining a control profile for the vehicle based, at least in part, on an environmental context and in response to identifying that the vehicle is located proximate to a roadway location for which the operating parameters are to be optimized. The environmental context characterizes at least current surroundings of the vehicle including the roadway location. The control profile indicates a predicted control input that is expected to be received through a driver input system for controlling the vehicle. The method includes adjusting the operating parameters of the vehicle according to the control profile to preemptively optimize the vehicle in anticipation of the predicted control input. The method includes controlling the vehicle according to the operating parameters upon receiving a driver control input through the driver input system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Shannon Alicia Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10282983
    Abstract: A traffic volume determination system includes a processor configured to: calculate, while taking account of a change between a past traffic volume and a current traffic volume of vehicles passing through an area around a link, an estimated value of the current traffic volume of the vehicles passing through the link from the past traffic volume of the vehicles passing through the link; and determine that the link is closed when a current actual traffic volume of the vehicles passing through the link is smaller than the estimated value of the current traffic volume of the vehicles passing through the link by more than a statistical error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Xin Jin, Toshinori Takayama
  • Patent number: 10272910
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for collision avoidance includes an environmental sensor for detecting an obstacle on an anticipated trajectory of a vehicle. A computing unit searches for a first evasion trajectory on which the obstacle is collision-free and for a second evasion trajectory which is transmitted from the probable trajectory and on which the obstacle can be traversed without collision. A steering system is controllable by a computing unit to steer the vehicle along one of the evasion trajectories. The computing unit is arranged to steer the steering system only and to steer the vehicle along the first evasion trajectory when the search for the second evasion trajectory is unsuccessful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: OPEL AUTOMOBILE GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Bonarens, Jens Ferdinand
  • Patent number: 10272570
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for controlling a robotic device, comprising the steps of, receiving at a computing device at least one command arranged to effect an operation on the robotic device, reviewing the command to determine whether the command is suitable for execution, wherein the command is provided to the device only if the command is suitable for execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: C2 Systems Limited
    Inventor: James Robert Storr
  • Patent number: 10276044
    Abstract: An information providing apparatus includes a traffic information database and a data processing device. The data processing device detects, based on the traffic information data, an impediment event. The data processing device extracts the impediment event potentially encountered by an assisted vehicle. The data processing device calculates, based on the traffic information data, a certainty level of the impediment event. The data processing device provides a driver of the assisted vehicle with a straightforward notification regarding the impediment event potentially encountered by the assisted vehicle and having the certainty level equal to or higher than a straightforward notification threshold. The data processing device provides the driver with an euphemistic notification, which is different from the straightforward notification, regarding the impediment event potentially encountered by the assisted vehicle and having the certainty level less than the straightforward notification threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sayaka Ono, Makoto Aso, Kazuki Tamura, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 10264399
    Abstract: A system and method of wireless communication between a location-based wireless communications device and a vehicle, the method including the steps of: detecting when the vehicle is within an operating range of the location-based wireless communications device; establishing a short-range wireless communication (SRWC) connection between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle, wherein the SRWC connection is carried out over at least a first frequency band that enables a multi-Gbps data transfer rate; and transferring data between the location-based wireless communications device and the vehicle over the SRWC connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hrabak, John Sergakis, Nadav Lavi, Thomas M. Forest
  • Patent number: 10262529
    Abstract: A system comprising a plurality of mobile object servers respectively assigned to a plurality of regions in a geographic space, the plurality of mobile object servers including at least one mobile object server including a mobile object agent assigned to a moving object in the assigned region; and a plurality of event servers operable to manage events occurring in the geographic space; wherein each mobile object server is operable to transfer the mobile object agent to one of the plurality of mobile object servers assigned to a neighboring region in response to the moving object moving to the neighboring region, and execute the mobile object agent to collect information of events from at least one event server, and provide the moving object with information that assists the moving object with traveling in the geographic space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Gaku Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10254123
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: determining a user orientation for representing a system user; capturing an external image based on the user orientation; determining with a control circuit a sign-content estimate from the external image based on the user orientation; and communicating an augmented output for representing a physical sign captured in the external image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Naveen Kumar Vandanapu, Gregory Stewart Aist, Aliasgar Mumtaz Husain, Casey Carter, Shalu Grover
  • Patent number: 10254119
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for a route, based on a model of ETA. The systems may perform the methods to obtain a first electrical signal associated with at least one route having at least one road section; generate and save first structured data of at least one global feature vector and at least one historical duration associated with the at least one route based on the first electrical signal; generate second structured data of a model of ETA by training the model based on the at least one global feature vector and the at least one historical duration; and save the second structured data of the model of ETA in the at least one non-transitory computer-readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zheng Wang, Shujuan Sun, Jieping Ye
  • Patent number: 10254764
    Abstract: Systems, methods, controllers and algorithms for controlling a vehicle to closely follow another vehicle safely using automatic or partially automatic control are described. The described control schemes are well suited for use in vehicle platooning and/or vehicle convoying applications, including truck platooning and convoying controllers. In one aspect, methods of initiating a platoon between a host vehicle and a platoon partner are described. In another aspect, a number of specific checks are described for determining whether a platoon controller is ready to initiate platoon control of the host vehicle. In another aspect, a platoon controller that includes a state machine that determines the state of the platoon controller is described. In another aspect, methods for generating braking alerts to a driver of a vehicle while the vehicle is being at least semi-automatically controlled by a platoon controller are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Peloton Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lorenz Laubinger, Stephen M. Erlien, Joshua P. Switkes
  • Patent number: 10240457
    Abstract: A mine management system includes a carrying machine that is loaded with ore and travels from a mining area to an earth removal area in underground of a mine, a loading machine that mines ore in the mining area and loads the ore onto the carrying machine, and a management device that sets a work mode in the underground based on an input signal, and changes a work parameter of the carrying machine and a work parameter of the loading machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Kawai, Shinichi Terada, Taito Fujita, Yuichi Kodama, Masaaki Uetake
  • Patent number: 10240941
    Abstract: A lane guidance system for a vehicle for guiding a vehicle to a recommended lane in which the vehicle is recommended to run out of traffic lanes included in a route from a first point to a second point through the use of an output unit mounted on the vehicle includes: a calculating unit that calculates a predicted value of an occurrence probability of sudden lane change as information indicating the occurrence probability of sudden lane change when the vehicle runs in sections corresponding to a plurality of links; a setting unit that sets the recommended lane on the basis of the predicted value; and a generating unit that generates guidance information for the recommended lane and that outputs the guidance information to the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Ryo Neyama
  • Patent number: 10234861
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a first vehicle component at least partially controlling a vehicle action and a second vehicle component at least partially controlling the vehicle action. A coordination controller is programmed to coordinate control of the vehicle action. The coordination controller detects a first vehicle component failure, selects a vehicle mode, and allocates workloads of the first vehicle component and the second vehicle component according to the selected vehicle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Eric She
  • Patent number: 10235876
    Abstract: A method and a system of evaluating traffic network reliability adapted to a traffic route network with sub-routes are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Wei-Chang Yeh, Ming-Jian Zuo
  • Patent number: 10229602
    Abstract: In one embodiment a transportation request for a sightseeing trip is received from a computing device of a passenger, wherein the transportation request identifies a plurality of sightseeing attractions. One or more drivers are selected, based on availability data associated with a plurality of drivers, to transport the passenger to the plurality of sightseeing attractions. Navigational data is transmitted to the one or more drivers to enable the one or more drivers to transport the passenger to the plurality of sightseeing attractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GT Gettaxi Limited
    Inventor: Sunny Marueli
  • Patent number: 10222223
    Abstract: There is provided a traffic information output system capable of reducing or eliminating the burden on a user when the searched route and the traffic information on the route are outputted. The traffic information output system comprises a moving cost prediction unit 213 which predicts a moving cost of the route according to a reference time point indicated in a change pattern, and a moving cost output control unit 214 which outputs, to the output device, the prediction moving cost and change time point interfaces P27 and P28 for outputting a prediction moving cost which is a moving cost predicted according to a post-change reference time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Murata
  • Patent number: 10217357
    Abstract: An autonomous in-vehicle virtual traffic light system that mimics conventional traffic signal systems and neither depends on vehicle to vehicle communication nor vehicle to intersection or road sensors communication nor vehicle to wireless network communication. The system does not depend on external servers nor broadcast stations to forward traffic information to conventional vehicles or driverless vehicles. A virtual traffic controller placed on-board vehicles to provide traffic information including traffic light signals and images of road signs autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Mohamed Roshdy Elsheemy
  • Patent number: 10203217
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for vehicle speed acquisition and citation. In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, multiple different imaging systems can be placed individually at different locations along a route of travel, such as a highway, byway or waterway. Images of different vehicles can be captured at each of the locations and different ones of the different vehicles can be image-recognized. A time of travel between pairs of the locations can be determined for selected ones of the different vehicles in order to compute a rate of travel for the selected ones of the different vehicles. A citation signal is generated when a speed of a vehicle exceeds a predetermined speed limit such that the vehicle owner may be automatically cited for speeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10202118
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to generating a speed plan for an autonomous vehicle. As an example, the vehicle is maneuvered in an autonomous driving mode along a route using pre-stored map information. This information identifies a plurality of keep clear regions where the vehicle should not stop but can drive through in the autonomous driving mode. Each keep clear region of the plurality of keep clear regions is associated with a priority value. A subset of the plurality of keep clear regions is identified based on the route. A speed plan for stopping the vehicle is generated based on the priority values associated with the keep clear regions of the subset. The speed plan identifies a location for stopping the vehicle. The speed plan is used to stop the vehicle in the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jared Stephen Russell, Dmitri A. Dolgov, Nathaniel Fairfield, Laura Estelle Lindzey, Christopher Paul Urmson
  • Patent number: 10198643
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to classifying the status of objects. For examples, one or more computing devices detect an object from an image of a vehicle's environment. The object is associated with a location. The one or more computing devices receive data corresponding to the surfaces of objects in the vehicle's environment and identifying data within a region around the location of the object. The one or more computing devices also determine whether the data within the region corresponds to a planar surface extending away from an edge of the object. Based on this determination, the one or more computing devices classify the status of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: David I. Ferguson, David Harrison Silver, Hyman Jack Murveit
  • Patent number: 10190269
    Abstract: There is disclosed a mobile pavement surface scanning system and method. In an embodiment, the system comprises one or more light sources mounted on the platform for illuminating a pavement surface, one or more stereoscopic image capturing devices mounted on the platform that capture sequential images of the illuminated pavement surface and a movement sensor that encodes movement of the platform and provides a synchronization signal for time or distance synchronized image capture. One or more processors synchronize the images captured by the image capturing devices and stamps the images with one or more of time and distance data, calculate 3D elevation for each point on the pavement surface using stereoscopic principles, and assesses the quality of the pavement surface to determine the level of pavement surface deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FUGRO ROADWARE INC.
    Inventors: Hitesh Shah, Prasanna Kumar Sivakumar, Ishar Pratap Singh, Miroslava Galchinsky, David Lowe
  • Patent number: 10185323
    Abstract: A system to reduce vehicle resource depletion risk which includes a memory, controller, efficiency module, mobile computing device, and fleet vehicle. The memory includes executable instructions. The controller executes the instructions. The controller communicates with an efficiency module. The efficiency module causes a fleet vehicle to optimally perform a rideshare task. The mobile computing device generates first location data and communicates the first location data to the controller. The fleet vehicle includes a vehicle system and a vehicle controls device and can communicate with the controller. The vehicle system generates second location data. The vehicle controls device commands the fleet vehicle to perform a rideshare task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Stefan
  • Patent number: 10181264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for intersection assistance using dedicated short range communications are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a dedicated short range communication transceiver and an intersection assistor. The example dedicated short range communication transceiver is configured to receive safety messages from other vehicles. The example intersection assistor is configured to, before the vehicle reaches an intersection, determine a likelihood that there will be space for the vehicle on the other side of the intersection, and display a recommendation on whether to proceed through the intersection based on the likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Brian Bennie, Allen R. Murray, Cynthia M. Neubecker, Omar Makke, Noorulla Mohammed, Oliver Lei
  • Patent number: 10180330
    Abstract: A system and method for providing position information of a transit object to a computing device is provided. Global positioning satellite (GPS) information of a transit object can be periodically received. For each of some of the GPS information, one or more candidate points of a transit system can be identified based on the GPS information. Using the one or more candidate points, a most likely path of travel can be determined. Additional position points along the most likely path of travel can be extrapolated and transmitted to a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul-Phillip Holden, Matthew Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10181263
    Abstract: A method for improved traffic congestion estimation is provided using signal phase and timing data from traffic signals at intersections and probe data from vehicles traversing said intersections. An example method may include: identifying each of a plurality of paths through an intersection; identifying signal phase and timing data for each traffic light associated with each path through the intersection; receiving probe data for vehicles approaching or traversing the intersection; estimating a number of vehicles failing to traverse the intersection along a path through the intersection; estimating a congestion status of the path through the intersection based on the number of vehicles failing to traverse the intersection; and causing the congestion status to be provided to permit updating of a map to reflect the congestion status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jingwei Xu, Xin Gao, Weimin Huang, Bruce Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 10175697
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying and labeling distinct objects within 3-D images of environments in which vehicles operate, to thereby generate training data used to train models that autonomously control and/or operate vehicles, are disclosed. A 3-D image may be presented from various perspective views (in some cases, dynamically), and/or may be presented with a corresponding 2-D environment image in a side-by-side and/or a layered manner, thereby allowing a user to more accurately identify groups/clusters of data points within the 3-D image that represent distinct objects. Automatic identification/delineation of various types of objects depicted within 3-D images, automatic labeling of identified/delineated objects, and automatic tracking of objects across various frames of a 3-D video are disclosed. A user may modify and/or refine any automatically generated information. Further, at least some of the techniques described herein are equally applicable to 2-D images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Prateek Sachdeva, Dmytro Trofymov
  • Patent number: 10168172
    Abstract: Embodiments for network reconstruction from message data by a processor. A digital map may be created using one or more messages of a plurality of vehicles obtained at a plurality of control points of a route network. The digital map may be analyzed to estimate a feasibility of simultaneous trajectories of the plurality of vehicles between selected locations in the route network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric P. Bouillet, Bei Chen, Randall L. Cogill, Thanh L. Hoang, Marco Laumanns, Rahul Nair, Tim Nonner, Pascal Pompey, John Sheehan, Jacint Szabo
  • Patent number: 10171982
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for providing an emergency evacuation service are described herein. An apparatus to provide an emergency evacuation service comprises an emergency event detection module to detect the existence of an emergency event at a venue; a transceiver to request and receive evacuation instructions from an emergency evacuation system, in response to detecting the existence of the emergency event; and a controller to process the evacuation instructions and display, to a user of the apparatus, information related to the evacuation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Eddie Balthasar, Craig Owen, David Stanasolovich, Catherine W. Spence
  • Patent number: 10169934
    Abstract: Enhanced features of a vehicle-based transportation system are presented here. In accordance with one methodology, the transportation system receives a ride request that identifies a passenger, a pickup location, and a destination location. The transportation system determines that the passenger requires user-specific security clearance to access a secured area at or near the destination location, and coordinates with a security system to grant the user-specific security clearance to the passenger. The transportation system can also determine a vehicle drop-off location based on the passenger destination, and coordinate with a navigation system to obtain navigation instructions to guide the passenger from the vehicle drop-off location to the passenger destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jason E Diehl, Jim K. Rainbolt, Mary E. Decaluwe, Janet S Goings
  • Patent number: 10169338
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for communicating an announcement to passengers on a transportation vehicle. For example, one method includes providing an information system on the vehicle having at least one of a wireless access point and a plurality of seat display devices and operating the information system to communicate with the wireless access point or the seat display devices. The method includes playing audio corresponding to the announcement over a public address system of the vehicle, and causing text corresponding to the audio to display on the seat display devices or personal electronic devices in communication with the wireless access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10168702
    Abstract: Travelling corresponding to characteristics of autonomous driving can be performed. An autonomous driving control device 3 mounted on a vehicle and controlling autonomous driving, includes a storage unit 32 that stores map data 32a, a route extraction unit 311 that extracts a plurality of routes from an origin O to a destination D based on the map data 32a, a determination unit 312 that determines whether or not to change to another route in response to a situation of an intersection when the vehicle approaches the intersection while the vehicle is traveling in one route of the routes extracted by the route extraction unit 311, and an autonomous driving control unit 313 that controls autonomous driving based on the determination of the determination unit 312.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryohei Kato, Jun Li, Kentaro Daikoku, Takaaki Shiina, Hiroaki Senoo, Shinichi Amaya
  • Patent number: 10169665
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for virtual inductance loop technology. In one aspect, a method includes calibrating, using calibration parameters, cameras directed towards a scene, obtaining, by the cameras, images corresponding to the scene, identifying reference structures in the scene, and determining, based on the reference structures and the images, locations in the scene for generating virtual inductance loop lines in the scene. The method also includes generating the virtual inductance loop lines to be imposed on the images, comparing the virtual inductance loop lines to determine one or more offsets, and determining, based on the offsets, characteristics of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhong Zhang, Allison Beach, Narayanan Ramanathan, Don Madden
  • Patent number: 10157319
    Abstract: A computing device detects an abnormal observation vector using a principal components decomposition. The principal components decomposition includes a sparse noise vector st computed for the observation vector that includes a plurality of values, wherein each value is associated with a variable to define a plurality of variables. The sparse noise vector st has a dimension equal to m a number of the plurality of variables. A zero counter time series value ?t is computed using ?t=?i=1mst[i]. A probability value for ?t is computed using p=?i=?t+1m+1Hc[i]/?i=0m+1Hc[i], where Hc[i] includes a count of a number of times each value of ?t occurred for previous observation vectors. The probability value is compared with a predefined abnormal observation probability value. An abnormal observation indicator is set when the probability value indicates the observation vector is abnormal. The observation vector is output when the probability value indicates the observation vector is abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAS Institute Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Xiao, Jorge Manuel Gomes da Silva, Saba Emrani, Arin Chaudhuri
  • Patent number: 10152872
    Abstract: A method and system for generating warning notifications using wireless indoor navigation technology is disclosed. The method comprises determining a location for an individual and a transportation device by receiving device identifiers (e.g., distinctive combination of numbers and/or characters uniquely identifying receiving devices associated with the individual and the transportation device) and location information, received from one or more beacons, from the receiving devices. The method comprises determining a location associated with the individual and the transportation device based on the location information and/or the device identifiers. The method also comprises receiving a destination location and determining an intended path for the transportation device. The method comprises warning the individual upon determining that the location associated with the individual is within a predetermined proximity to the transportation device or its intended path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John
  • Patent number: 10144428
    Abstract: A plurality of vehicles predicted to pass through an intersection are identified. An acceleration and a start time are assigned for each of the vehicles. The start time is based at least in part on actuation of a traffic light. One or more vehicle subsystems are instructed to be actuated based on the assigned acceleration and the start time upon actuation of the traffic light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Carlos Alberto Caballero De Ita, Tania Garcia, Omar Antonio Ramirez Pavon, Edgar Javier Ortega
  • Patent number: 10147315
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided to improve the identification and characterization of split lane traffic and other multi-modality traffic conditions. In the context of a method, multimedia data from a camera is received that is representative of traffic conditions along a road segment upstream of a junction. The method identifies a multi-modality condition along the road segment upstream of the junction based upon an analysis of the multimedia data. The method also includes evaluating a plurality of probe points representative of travel along the road segment upstream of the junction in accordance with a detection algorithm to separately determine whether the multi-modality condition exists along the road segment upstream of the junction. The method further includes determining whether to modify one or more tuning parameters of the detection algorithm based upon the multi-modality condition identified based upon the analysis of the multimedia data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James Fowe
  • Patent number: 10147325
    Abstract: Customization of sharing of rides can involve the grouping of passengers in vehicles according to objective and subjective parameters and preferences. In some embodiments, vehicles or other components of the system are equipped to identify and compare information about users of the system using biometric scanning. In some embodiments, fares for rideshares can be tied to a projected quality or desirability of the rideshare for a user or users of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Copeland, Suzanne M. Fisi, Simone O. Harvey, David C. Hatch, Muhammad Farukh Munir, Aaron Francis Colfax Petrik, Darrell L. Suen, Timothy R. Ward, Steven J. Wirt, Ryan J. Wyler, Nancy B. Zimmerman, Chris Kalaboukis
  • Patent number: 10140854
    Abstract: An instance of probe data that was captured by sensors of a probe apparatus onboard a vehicle is received. Previous instances of probe data captured by the probe apparatus onboard the vehicle are accessed and the instance of probe is analyzed based on the previous instances of probe data. A current traffic state is determined for the vehicle based on the analysis. In an example embodiment, the analysis comprises generating a hidden Markov model based on speed data of the probe data. A Viterbi-path is obtained corresponding to the instance of probe data and the previous instances of probe data. The current traffic state is defined based on the Viterbi-path. The current traffic state may be used to determine traffic information/data for a road segment and/or predict a future traffic state for the vehicle. Traffic management decisions and/or routing decisions for the vehicle may be made based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Filippo Pellolio
  • Patent number: 10139491
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted device includes an interference determination unit and a sensor control unit. The interference determination unit determines whether an interference state where a first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor equipped to a first vehicle may receive a second transmission wave transmitted from a second electromagnetic wave sensor equipped to a second vehicle is present, based on transmission time frame information received by a first wireless communication device equipped to the first vehicle, and reception duration information indicating a reception duration during which a first electromagnetic wave ranging sensor equipped to the first vehicle may receive a first reflected wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohito Takasuka, Junichiro Funabashi
  • Patent number: 10132640
    Abstract: This invention concerns a method of determining a route using map data comprising a plurality of navigable paths, the map data divided into a plurality of regions. The method comprises using at least one processing apparatus to: receive an origin and a destination on the map data and a travel time, determine a route from the origin to the destination using the map data and minimum cost data that identifies minimum cost paths between regions of the map data. The minimum cost data identifies more than one minimum cost path between a pair of the regions if different minimum cost paths exist between the pair of regions at different times and determining a route comprises identifying from the minimum cost paths for the pair of regions comprising the origin and destination, the minimum cost path having a lowest cost at the travel time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM NAVIGATION B.V.
    Inventors: Heiko Schilling, Simone Francine Tertoolen, Ewgenij Gawrilow, Moritz Hilger, Andreas Profous, J├╝rgen Werber
  • Patent number: 10133280
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle control device provided in a vehicle and a method of controlling the vehicle. A vehicle control device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure may include a communicator, a sensor, and a processor configured to control the communicator to receive map information from an external server and location information of the another vehicle from the another vehicle, wherein the processor merges the acquired location information of the vehicle and the received location information of the another vehicle into the received map information to control the vehicle based on at least one of the merged map information and the information associated with the vehicle sensed through the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sungmin Kim, Xavier Punithan, Hyunho Ki, Jinsang Lee
  • Patent number: 10126747
    Abstract: In one example, an intersection of a first path and a second path may be determined. The first path may be associated with a first mobile drive unit and the second path may be associated with a second mobile drive unit. A plurality of velocity sets may be determined based on the intersection. A velocity set may be selected from the plurality of velocity sets. The velocity set may include velocity values that correspond to the first mobile drive unit and the second mobile drive unit. The selected velocity set may be provided to at least one of the first mobile drive unit or the second mobile drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Svec, Matthew Paul Bell, Michael T. Barbehenn
  • Patent number: 10127811
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling traffic lights of a road geometry network using a cloud-based traffic control system. Methods may include: receiving map data including road network geometry and traffic light locations relative to intersections of the road network geometry; receiving signal phase and timing of traffic lights at the traffic light locations; receiving probe and sensor data from a plurality of probes traversing the road network geometry; analyzing the received probe and sensor data from the plurality of probes relative to the road network geometry and the traffic light locations; determining revised signal phase and timing for at least one traffic light within the road network geometry based on the analyzed probe and sensor data relative to the road network geometry and the traffic light locations; and providing revised signal phase and timing to the at least one traffic light within the road network geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jingwei Xu, Bruce Bernhardt, Arnold Sheynman, Xin Gao
  • Patent number: 10127251
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for organizing on-disk layout of index structures are provided herein. A method includes organizing an on-disk corpus of data index structures; partitioning each data index structure into an active and/or latest state data partition and an archived data partition; sub-partitioning each of the archived data partitions into sub-partitions based on exact lifespan of each data item; executing a search query that includes temporal predicates and keyword predicates across the corpus by: pruning a collection of identified items of data from the corpus that contain the keyword predicates using range metadata associated with the temporal predicates to generate a pruned list of data items; and performing a list intersection operation on the data index structures to generate a list of common data items from the pruned list; retrieving the common data items from the active and/or latest state data partitions and the archived data sub-partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Prasad M. Deshpande, Animesh Nandi, Narendran Sachindran, Suriya Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10126139
    Abstract: A method includes directing a vehicle to take a route designated as a preferred route from among a plurality of potential routes. The designation as a preferred route is based in part on a predicted energy recovery from a regenerative shock absorber when the vehicle traverses the preferred route. A system includes a processor that executes a program designating at least one preferred route from among a plurality of potential routes. The designating is based in part on a predicted energy recovery from a regenerative shock absorber, and a transmitter that communicates the at least one preferred route to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Aed M. Dudar, Douglas Raymond Martin
  • Patent number: 10121373
    Abstract: An apparatus for reporting traffic information comprises a mobile device. The mobile device comprises one or more sensor for monitoring an environmental condition, a memory for storing one or more template. A signal processing module is present for comparing the monitored environmental condition with a selected one of the one or more template indicative of a type of environmental condition. The module generates a event notification message when the monitored environmental condition matches the selected template, the event notification message including information of the type of environmental condition. A transmitter is arranged to transmit the event notification message to a remote station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Rainer Makowitz, Frodo Ferro, Xavier Hours, Christophe Oger